Melissa Brunner

Regional Training Specialist

Melissa Brunner is a Regional Training Specialist at SRCAC where she utilizes her over 20 years of experience as a former CAC Executive Director, trainer, speaker, and provider of direct services to deliver training and technical assistance to CACs, MDTs, and state chapters within the 16-state Southeast region. Prior to joining SRCAC, Melissa spent 7 years collectively as an Executive Director of the state chapter and a CAC in Arkansas. At the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas, Melissa oversaw all aspects of children’s advocacy programming at the local and state levels as the CAC’s first state chapter director; increased service offerings throughout the state, growing the number of CACs in Arkansas from 7 to 13 centers. During this time, she led the successful effort to attain NCA Chapter Accreditation. While as the Executive Director at Children’s Safety Center in Springdale, Arkansas, Melissa also served as the Chapter Board President before accepting the state chapter executive director position. Prior to joining the CAC movement, she provided direct services to clients with CPS in Colorado and was the Investigations Supervisor with CPS in Arkansas where she oversaw the Child Maltreatment Investigations Unit, which involved reviewing case work, providing referrals, and collaborating with other child welfare professionals to improve outcomes for victims. Melissa spent over four years as a Treatment Coordinator for a county mental health center and a Sexual Assault Program Coordinator for a rape and domestic violence agency in Washington State. Melissa has a BA degree in Psychology from Chapman University of Orange California. Melissa is certified in Cognitive Dynamics of Personality, Interaction Styles, and Essential Motivators through InterStrength. Melissa is also a MBTI Certified Practitioner through the Myers & Briggs Foundation, is Dare to Lead-trained, based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown and is trained as a Compassion Fatigue Educator through the Tend Academy.