Executive Director & Child Forensic Interview Specialist
Jana serves as the Executive Director and Child Forensic Interview Specialist and is a graduate of Faulkner University where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences and from Auburn University Montgomery where she obtained a Master of Science degree in Psychology. She has worked in the victim services field since 2002 and was instrumental in establishing the child advocacy center (CAC) in Chilton County. Jana has served as the Executive Director of Butterfly Bridge CAC since its inception in 2012. In addition to her duties as the executive director, she also provides forensic interviews for children and adolescents in Chilton County in case of alleged abuse. Jana first began work in the child advocacy center field in Montgomery, Alabama in 2004. In her time working in the field, she has conducted thousands of forensic interviews, counseled hundreds of abused children, helped train hundreds of new forensic interviewers, and testified as an expert in criminal court over 50 times. Jana loves working with the local community and gaining support to sustain the services to the children and families in the service area. She and her husband Scott live in Clanton and enjoy boating, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Assistant Director & Child Forensic Interview Specialist
Emily has worked in the child advocacy center field since 2006 and brings tons of experience to Butterfly Bridge CAC from her many years working in victim services. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Auburn University and a Masters of Education in Counseling from Auburn University Montgomery. She began working as a Forensic Interviewer and Therapist at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Montgomery in 2006 and provided leadership in establishing the child advocacy center satellite offices in Elmore and Autauga counties in 2016. She joined the Butterfly Bridge CAC team in 2017 and serves as the Assistant Director and Child Forensic Interview Specialist. Emily primarily serves in our Autauga and Elmore county satellite offices where she conducts most of the forensic interviews in cases of alleged physical or sexual abuse. In her time working in the field, she has interviewed thousands of children in reported cases of abuse, counseled hundreds, and provided expert testimony in criminal court. She lives in Prattville and serves as an Ambassador with the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce and attends First Baptist Church in Prattville. She is married to Matt and they have two daughters. Emily is a huge Auburn fan, enjoys running, spending time with her family, and being involved in her community.
Events & Development Coordinator, Community Outreach Advocate
Brittani began working with Butterfly Bridge as volunteer in 2015 and quickly became very passionate about the mission of the center. She served as a board member for one year and is now enjoying her new role as the Events and Development Coordinator. She attended Troy and graduated from Huntingdon College with a Bachelors degree in Business Management. Brittani and her husband Ryan, a native of Chilton County, have two children. They enjoy spending time with family and staying active in the community.
Family Advocate & MDT Coordinator
Eva serves as the Family Advocate and MDT Coordinator at the Elmore County of Butterfly Bridge CAC. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Troy University in 2016 and began working for Houston County Department of Human Resources as an Investigation worker who investigated child abuse and neglect reports. As an Investigation worker at DHR, she learned of the Children’s Advocacy Centers. She then became fascinated with the collaboration between agencies and all that the Children’s Advocacy Centers do for the children within the state. In 2019 she earned her Master of Social Work degree at Troy University in Montgomery, AL and continued her career at Montgomery County DHR. In July of 2023, Eva had the opportunity to become a part of the Butterfly Bridge team/family after approximately 7 years with the Department of Human Resources. During her free time, she enjoys shopping with her daughter and most importantly spending time with family at the lake, which she considers her “happy place.”
Therapist & Forensic Interviewer
Katie serves as a therapist and forensic interviewer. Her heart for children who have experienced trauma began with her internships with Department of Human Resources and several foster care placement agencies. Her passion for childhood trauma only grew when she interned at Owens House, Shelby County’s Children’s Advocacy Center. It was through this internship where she realized that working in a CAC was where she was meant to be. She completed both her Bachelor of Human Development and Family Science and Master of Social Work from Samford University. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who is Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT) certified and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and hosting trivia.
Therapist & Forensic Interviewer
Ashley is an Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC) in our Chilton County office and holds a Master of Science in Counseling from Faulkner University. Ashley is TF-CBT Certified and has completed numerous hours of training in the areas of trauma, attachment, and play therapy. Ashley is a licensed foster parent and leads our Foster Parent Support Group in Clanton. Ashley has a heart for those impacted by trauma and finds joy in championing hope and bright futures for those young people who are victimized or impacted by difficult situations. She and her husband, Chris, live in Clanton and have five children.
Ashton Dutton Payne
Family Advocate & Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinator
Ashton serves as our Family Advocate and MDT Coordinator at our office in Chilton County. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Life Education from Samford University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Alabama. She is currently working to become a licensed master social worker. Ashton was first introduced to Butterfly Bridge during her time at Samford and returned as a graduate student to intern at the agency. She was thrilled to begin her work as part of the Butterfly Bridge staff in July 2021 as the Family Advocate. She is passionate about meeting victims and their families where they are and helping them navigate their experiences as they heal from trauma by being a constant source of support for them. Ashton enjoys spending time with her husband, her dogs, and engaging in creative endeavors.
Family Advocate & Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinator
Molly serves as the Family Advocate and MDT Coordinator at our satellite office in Autauga County. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of South Alabama in 2021 and intends to begin her Master of Social Work degree in January 2024. She was first introduced to a child advocacy center while working at the Russell County Department of Human Resources as a foster care social worker for approximately two years, where she gained invaluable experience working with children and families impacted by trauma. Through her experience, she found a passion for helping victims of abuse and neglect and giving the vulnerable a voice and a friend. She desires to help every victim and their family that is served by Butterfly Bridge feel understood, empowered, transformed, and healed. Molly enjoys spending time with her significant other, her two dogs, shopping, and traveling.
Kodi is a licensed master social worker in Alabama, Arkansas, and Kansas. Hailing from the MSW graduate program at University of Oklahoma, she brings her passion for providing mental health services to children and families. Before becoming a therapist and fierce advocate, she served in the child welfare sector for 7 years. This experience serves as the foundation of her individualized client-centered approach and commitment to providing a therapeutic environment where children and teens feel protected, nurtured, and validated. Kodi is a nationally certified therapist in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment, with a specialized focus on children and adolescents who have experienced physical and/or sexual trauma. Kodi has previous experience providing therapy services in a CAC setting and brings with her skills in expressive therapies such as art, and sand tray to her practice. Kodi is thrilled to be able to continue to work within community systems and supporting families through navigation of complex systems and processes. Kodi believes that Butterfly Bridge CAC aligns perfectly with her dedication to therapeutic services and child abuse response and prevention
Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinator & Office Manager
Anna graduated from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has worked with children and families in different capacities throughout her time in college and after graduating. She is excited to be a part of a team who is fighting for those who need an advocate. She has a heart for people and is passionate about seeing children and families heal, working past their traumas. Anna is married to her husband, Trea, and together they have two young children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, thrift shopping, and coffee.
Tonya & Fitz
Tonya and Fitz serve Butterfly Bridge through Office of Prosecution Service's HERO program, funded by a grant reward through ADECA. Fitz is a service trained facility dog, trained by Canine Companions and placed to work with Tonya in August of 2019. Fitz utilizes his commands to mitigate the stress and anxiety a child may experience as a result from their trauma. Fitz works with the children during Forensic Interviews and Therapy sessions at Butterfly Bridge. If criminal charges are filed, Fitz accompanies the child to any court proceeding the child is required to attend and he is able to sit at the child's feet if the child is required to testify during any court proceeding.
Tamara & Yahini
Tamara and Yahini serve Butterfly Bridge through the Office of Prosecution Service's HERO program. The HERO (Help, Empower, Restore, Overcome) program is funded through a federal grant awarded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). Yahini was expertly trained by Canine Companions and placed with Tamara in May 2021. Yahini can perform over 40 commands designed to motivate and inspire the clients she works with. If criminal charges are filed, Yahini can accompany the client to any court proceeding that is required and sit quietly at the child's feet. A well-mannered and highly trained facility dog encourages feelings of calm and security for clients.
Kathleen is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked at Wetumpka Pediatrics since 2019. She received her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of South Alabama with a primary focus in pediatrics and education. Kathleen also is the president and founder of Ivy’s Closet, a clothing/supply closet for children in foster care or DHR custody. She started with Butterfly Bridge on the Blue Ribbon Ambassador Group and is happy to move to the position of Medical Director. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Matthew, and they have 4 children. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, watching the kids at various sporting events and crafting.