Rebecca Simmons, MSW
Rebecca graduated from James Madison University with her undergraduate degree in Sociology and a Master’s in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rebecca worked in the criminal justice field as a probation officer and later worked with at-risk children and families in a clinical setting, which is where she was introduced to the Child Advocacy Center model. Rebecca joined the Valley CAC team as Executive Director in 2015 and is passionate about educating the community on the reality of child abuse, as well as equipping them with tools to prevent future abuse. Rebecca lives in Augusta County with her husband, Tim, and their two dogs. She enjoys spending time with friends and traveling to new places.
Michelle B. Nadeem, MA
Lead Forensic Interviewer
Michelle received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Roanoke College and her Master’s Degree in Human Services: Marriage and Family, from Liberty University. Michelle joined Valley CAC in 2012 as the Lead Forensic Interviewer. She is committed to enhancing the quality of life of young people around the world. In Australia, Michelle was an impactful member of the Juvenile Justice Diversionary Program, and has worked with many other local non-profit organizations here in the Shenandoah Valley who are dedicated to our area’s youth. Michelle grew up in Augusta County and enjoys all the natural beauty the Valley has to offer. She enjoys exploring the outdoors and especially loves spending family time with her husband and three sweet girls.
Charle' Johnson, MA
Outreach and Education Coordinator
Charle’ received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and her Master’s Degree in Communication and Advocacy at James Madison University. Charle’ has always considered herself an advocate for the safety and well-being of children, as well as the environment, as shown through her work with the Department of Interior-Bureau of Land Management, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and other various community service organizations. In addition to her passion for public service, Charle’ loves traveling and looks forward to experiencing other cultures around the world with her growing family.
Kim Myers, M.Ed.
Family Advocate, Forensic Interviewer
Kim graduated from James Madison University with her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Kim has worked with at-risk children and families for the past decade, including therapeutic services in the home, private schools, and public schools. Kim grew up in Hampton, VA but has lived in the Shenandoah Valley for 17 years. She loves getting to know people and is interested in helping caregivers provide support to their children as well as learning ways to care for themselves. Kim values each relationship, whether it’s a first-time visitor to the CAC or people who return for ongoing services. Kim also volunteers with Cat’s Cradle, a non-profit cat rescue organization in the valley. In her spare time, Kim enjoys reading, watching documentaries, gardening, and spending time with friends.
Jodi Myers, LPC
Jodi has a M.A. in Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University and a M.S. in Adult Education from James Madison University. She grew up in Kentucky and has had the privilege to live and work in a number of states in the South and East due to her husband, Kenny’s, career in the poultry industry. Jodi has worked with children, teens and families in a variety of settings, including as an extension agent, teaching on the college level, and most recently, ten years as a school counselor at Wilson Memorial High School in Augusta County. Jodi has two children, a daughter studying at George Mason University, and a son who recently graduated from high school. She enjoys gardening, her cats, reading, and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
Coty Hargrove, BSW
Coty has been with Valley CAC since November 2019, first as an intern and now as a forensic interviewer. Coty received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Mary Baldwin University in May 2020. Before working at the Valley CAC, Coty worked for Staunton Parks and Recreation for five years watching children in the before- and after-school programs at Staunton City Schools. She also worked as a summer camp counselor with Camp Staunton. When she is not working, Coty loves reading and spending time with her friends, her husband, and her dog, Cooper. Coty grew up in this area and looks forward to giving back to her community in this role.
Naia is a 2-year old Golden Retriever/Labrador cross who was trained by Canine Companions for Independence (www.cci.org). She graduated as a Facility Dog in July 2020 with her handler, Kim Myers. Naia will be working full time and looks forward to meeting all the children and families who visit the CAC!
Report Child Abuse:
Child Protective Services (540) 245-5800 ext. 6
In-State Hotline (800) 552-7096
Out-of-State Hotline (804) 786-8536
Hearing Impaired (800) 828-1120