Children First Center Staff

Executive Director

Cathy Parks

Our Executive Director comes to us with 20 years of Healthy Families experience.  She is a member of the Healthy Families America National Advisory Board, representing the state of Indiana.  She attended Huntington College pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and followed that with a Master of Organizational Leadership from the University of St. Francis.  She is Dare to Lead trained and looks forward to building the capacity of our organization and growing strong leaders to help reduce the instances of child abuse and neglect in the 5 counties we serve.

Healthy Families Program Manager

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Meggan Testin
Meggan has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Ball State University. For the past 16 years, she has worked with the Healthy Families program starting as a home visitor, then moving into assessments before becoming a supervisor. Meggan likes how Healthy Families affords families to share their unique story in a way that feels safe for the family. Meggan has been teaching yoga for the past eight years and is also a Certified Lactation Specialist.

Healthy Families Supervisor

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Christina Haver

Christina is a Supervisor for Healthy Families here at Children First Center. Christina possesses a Double BA in Health & Human Services and Child Development with a Minor in Psychology and brings with her extensive knowledge & first-hand experience in the field of social work, mental health, & behavior modification. Christina has approximately 5-6 years of supervisory, management, & mentor experience and has worked with Child Protective Services and partnered with Department of Child Services to coordinate a variety of intensive & non-intensive services for diverse communities of clientele.

H.O.M.E.
  Program Supervisor

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Bonita Bymann

Bonita has worked in the H.O.M.E. (Helping Others Meet Expectations) program for 26 years.  She was a home-based family support worker with families until March of 2022 when she became supervisor for the program.  Bonita has also taught Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention classes to area schools and agencies for almost 10 years.  Bonita has a Bachelor of Social Work degree, along with a Criminal Justice major from Ball State University. Bonita works closely with the Department of Child Services and other partnering agencies to ensure families and children receive the best support and services possible. 

H.O.M.E.
  Program Supervisor

Healthy Families Supervisor

Rachel Morrison

Rachel graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Elementary Education.  She's working towards her Masters in Mental Health Counseling.  She is the mother of 2 children.  She has been with Children First Center since 2008 and started as a Family Support Worker.  She fell in love with her job after working with a few clients.  She enjoys helping families and the variety each day brings.

Accounting Specialist

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Lisa Treace

Lisa has been with the Children First Center since May 2020.  She has 35 years of Financial and Office Management experience.  She is a certified payroll professional and a Public Notary.  She received her Business Administration degree from the Indiana Institute of Technology.  She is passionate about the work she does for Children First Center and making sure our agency is properly funded to provide the needed services. 

Sandy is a graduate of Tri-State University.  She has lived in DeKalb County for 39 years. She has been with Children First Center as  HR Coordinator and HF Administrative Assistant for almost a year now.  She loves the focus of our organization – helping families be all that they possibly can be – by providing education, resources and support to families in need or whomever just needs that extra support.  Having had a child who benefited from Children First Center’s programs years ago when it was the Preschool for the Handicapped, she knows the support and help the organization gave then and though times have changed, continues to give to families in whatever manner they can.

Receptionist/
Office Administrator

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Trudy Jones

Trudy has been with Children First Center since Jan 2020. She has 15 years experience in social work. Trudy received her BS in Psychology from Trine University. She enjoys being Healthy Families supervisor, supporting her staff in providing services

for families to increase Parent Child interactions.

Human Resources /
Mealthy Families Admin.
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Sandy Proud

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Steve Pierzchala

Steve has worked in the social services and medical fields as an administrative assistant for over 20 years. His calling and talents are in serving staff, management, and clients in most any capacity. “Helping people’s tasks to be easier to do and/or accomplish” is the goal of his work.

 

“I wish everyone would themselves and have their friends contact Children First Center for all their children’s needs. In our current crazy culture, all of us, even we old geezers, need help. People with children can use a helping hand and we are here to provide it. Let us surprise you with our level of care, compassion, and services,” declares Steve.

 

H.O.M.E Staff

   Clinical Staff

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Healthy Families Staff