TEAM

Meet Our Team

The Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center Team

Our staff of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping victims of abuse find hope and healing through high-quality, evidence-based treatment services.

Susan Scharf

Executive Director

Susan Scharf

Executive Director

Susan joined our team in August of 2014 as a part-time Family Advocate. She has been the Executive Director since July of 2015. Susan completed ChildFirst WV Forensic Interview Training to become a Forensic Interviewer in May 2016. She is now the back-up Forensic Interviewer for the CAC. Susan also serves on the Board of Directors for West Virginia Child Advocacy Network (WVCAN) and is the Membership Services Committee Chair. Locally, Susan is an active member of the SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) and both Wetzel and Tyler County MDIT (Multidisciplinary Investigative Team). She has remained focused on the CAC mission and is passionate about providing hope and healing to children and families in Wetzel and Tyler County.

Brittany Darnell

Forensic Interviewer/Advocate

Brittany Darnell

Forensic Interviewer/Advocate

Brittany joined our team in January of 2018 as a Forensic Interviewer/Advocate. Brittany completed ChildFirst WV Forensic Interview Training in May 2018 to improve her advocacy skills and has become the primary Forensic Interviewer for The Lighthouse CAC. Since that time she has completed numerous trainings to expand her interviewing skills including: CST (Child Sex Trafficking) Forensic Interview Training, Building Forensic Interviewing Skills, and Expanded Forensic Interview Training. She is happy to serve the children of Wetzel and Tyler Counties.

Akayla Kline

Family Advocate

Akayla Kline

Family Advocate

Akayla joined our team in January 2021 as a Family Advocate. She graduated from West Liberty University in December 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Akayla is also a newlywed, she was married in October 2021. She has completed multiple trainings such as the West Virginia State Victim Assistance Academy to better serve our families as an advocate. She is happy to serve the families of Wetzel and Tyler Counties.

Becky Bailey

Outreach Advocate

Becky Bailey

Outreach Advocate

Becky joined our team as an Outreach Advocate in December 2019. Becky splits her time providing Family Advocacy and also handles Prevention/Outreach duties. In 2019, all schools in WV were mandated through Erin’s Law to provide Body Safety Education to every student at least 1 time per year, with a strong recommendation for up to 4 times per year. Becky is available to Wetzel and Tyler County schools to do just that. She follows the curriculum designed by the Erin’s Law Task Force and approved by the state Board of Education. Becky has a Master of Science Degree in Forensic Science and believes in the importance of preventative education. Becky and her husband welcomed their first baby into their family in 2021.

Susan Scharf

Executive Director

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Susan joined our team in August of 2014 as a part-time Family Advocate. She has been the Executive Director since July of 2015. Susan completed ChildFirst WV Forensic Interview Training to become a Forensic Interviewer in May 2016. She is now the back-up Forensic Interviewer for the CAC. Susan also serves on the Board of Directors for West Virginia Child Advocacy Network (WVCAN) and is the Membership Services Committee Chair. Locally, Susan is an active member of the SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) and both Wetzel and Tyler County MDIT (Multidisciplinary Investigative Team). She has remained focused on the CAC mission and is passionate about providing hope and healing to children and families in Wetzel and Tyler County.

Brittany Darnell

Forensic Interviewer/Advocate

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Brittany joined our team in January of 2018 as a Forensic Interviewer/Advocate. Brittany completed ChildFirst WV Forensic Interview Training in May 2018 to improve her advocacy skills and has become the primary Forensic Interviewer for The Lighthouse CAC. Since that time she has completed numerous trainings to expand her interviewing skills including: CST (Child Sex Trafficking) Forensic Interview Training, Building Forensic Interviewing Skills, and Expanded Forensic Interview Training. She is happy to serve the children of Wetzel and Tyler Counties.

Akayla Kline

Family Advocate

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Akayla joined our team in January 2021 as a Family Advocate. She graduated from West Liberty University in December 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Akayla is also a newlywed, she was married in October 2021. She has completed multiple trainings such as the West Virginia State Victim Assistance Academy to better serve our families as an advocate. She is happy to serve the families of Wetzel and Tyler Counties.

Becky Bailey

Outreach Advocate

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Becky joined our team as an Outreach Advocate in December 2019. Becky splits her time providing Family Advocacy and also handles Prevention/Outreach duties. In 2019, all schools in WV were mandated through Erin’s Law to provide Body Safety Education to every student at least 1 time per year, with a strong recommendation for up to 4 times per year. Becky is available to Wetzel and Tyler County schools to do just that. She follows the curriculum designed by the Erin’s Law Task Force and approved by the state Board of Education. Becky has a Master of Science Degree in Forensic Science and believes in the importance of preventative education. Becky and her husband welcomed their first baby into their family in 2021.

The Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center Board Of Directors

Cynthia Durig

Community Bank New Martinsville, WV

Danielle Ice-Davis

Paden City Public Library Paden City, WV

Tammy Waggoner

Union Bank New Martinsville, WV

Marilyn Stout

Business Owner Sistersville, WV

Katrina Byers

Tyler County Family Resource Network Sistersville, WV

John Holliday

School Counselor Proctor, WV

Linda Leasure

Retired Insurance Agent Sistersville, WV

Joel Davis

Business Owner & Free the People Paden City, WV

Sherrie Thomas

WesBanco Paden City, WV