Our Staff

Rebecca Simmons, MSW

Rebecca Simmons, MSW

Executive Director

Rebecca graduated from James Madison University with her undergraduate degree in Sociology and a Masters 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

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

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.

Kim Myers, M.Ed.

Family Advocacy Coordinator

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 16 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 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, MA, Resident in Counseling

Jodi Myers, MA, Resident in Counseling

Counselor

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 teenagers, a daughter studying at George Mason University, and a son at Fort Defiance High School. She enjoys gardening, her cats, reading, and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Hannah Legarsky, BS

Hannah Legarsky, BS

Forensic Interviewer

Hannah received her Associate’s Degree in Crime Scene Technology & Latent Evidence from Wake Technical Community College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from William Peace University. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Crime Scene Investigation from Stevenson University. She is a North Carolina native and grew up in the Raleigh area. Prior to coming to Valley CAC, she worked for the Virginia State Police and the Fayetteville, NC police department. She has a special interest in forensics and enjoys attending training and conferences to further her skills. She lives in Fishersville with her husband and two dogs, Rosie and Mattie, and enjoys hiking, traveling, video games, and spending time with her family.

VALLEY CAC

1105 Greenville Avenue
Staunton, VA 24401

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