MEET OUR STAFF
Linda Porter-Bradford has served as Executive Director of the Children’s Alliance Center for Palo Pinto County since 2015 and strives to improve the lives of children who have been both physically and sexually abused. She is responsible for providing leadership to the CAC team, along with their partner agencies, in joint investigations, forensic interviews, family advocacy, mental health, medical evaluations and multidisciplinary team case review.
Prior to her role as Executive Director, Linda served as an educator from 1978 until her retirement in 2012. She fulfilled many roles, including teacher, counselor, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. Linda has spent the majority of her adult life serving on multiple non-profit and community boards as a volunteer.
Linda holds a Bachelor Degree in Biology and Master Degree in Educational Administration. In her spare time she loves to work in the yard, read and play golf.
Kaitlyn Cothrum has served as the Forensic Interviewer of the Children’s Alliance Center for Palo Pinto County since 2019. She is responsible for providing forensic interviews for children who have been both physically and sexually abused. Kaitlyn has attended multiple Forensic Interviewer trainings through CACTX and continues to work closely with her team to improve.
Prior to her role as Forensic Interviewer, Kaitlyn served as a Volunteer Coordinator for another non-profit organization for 5 years.
Kaitlyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Family and Consumer Science from Tarleton State University. In her spare time she enjoys being with her two beautiful children and her family.
MDT Coordinator and Community Outreach
Sheree Patterson has served as the MDT Coordinator and Outreach Specialist since 2018. After collaborating over several years to the formation of the Advocacy Center. She served as the President, Vice President and Secretary on the Board of Directors from inception in 2012 to 2018. Sheree has been committed to advocating for the children of this county for over 10 years. She is responsible for teaching the community the importance of the service a CAC provides to their partnering agencies as well as how it serves the counties families. Sheree also serves as the MDT Coordinator between Law Enforcement, Department of Child & Family Services, the District Attorney’s offices as well as the County Attorney’s office.
Prior to her role here at the center, Sheree and her husband J.R. owned and operated MW Fab Ltd., a natural gas pipeline fabrication shop for 20 years. She was a CASA Advocate for 9 years serving the children whose CPS cases went through the District Court of Palo Pinto County. They have fostered multiple children through their home over a 4 year period of being a Licensed Therapeutic Foster Home.
They raised 3 children, Ryder (Texas Highway Patrolman), Cutter (Rancher), and Lexey (Cook Children’s Surgical Tech) who have blessed them with multiple grandchildren they enjoy cooking out and spending their free time with.
Kelli Montelongo has served as the Family Advocate for the Children’s Alliance Center for Palo Pinto County since 2015 providing victims and their non-offending families with personal support and guidance through the criminal justice and healing process. Kelli also serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for the center.
Before coming to the Children’s Alliance Center for Palo Pinto County, Kelli began and developed the Crime Victim Liaison Program for the Hood County Sheriff’s Office and served as part of the Multi-disciplinary Team for Hood County/Paluxy River Children Advocacy Center.
Kelli graduated Tarleton State Police Academy in 1991 and also holds a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice. In her spare time she loves crafting, boating and spending time with family and friends.
MacKenzie Lowe, MA, LPC Associate
Mackenzie Lowe has served as a contract therapist for the Children’s Alliance Center for Palo Pinto County since 2020. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate supervised by Bryan Ray, MA, LPC-S. Mackenzie is passionate about supporting children and families. She utilizes a variety of techniques including Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Prior to her role as a counselor, Mackenzie served as a Family Life Educator and as a preschool teacher. She also serves as a contract therapist for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County.
Mackenzie holds a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies, and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her family.