Child Advocacy Center welcomes new board members

Karrie Damm, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Oswego County (seated center), welcomed new members Jeremy Fadden of Pathfinder Bank (seated left) and Dena Martin of SUNY Upstate Medical University (seated right) to the CAC’s Board of Directors at the agency’s annual meeting. Standing from left are CAC board members Betty Fadden, president; John Zanewych of Big John Sales; and community members, Frances Lanigan and Mary Helen Park. Absent from the photo is incoming CAC Board of Directors member Suzanne Hoefer, senior caseworker with the Oswego County Department of Social Services.
Karrie Damm, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Oswego County (seated center), welcomed new members Jeremy Fadden of Pathfinder Bank (seated left) and Dena Martin of SUNY Upstate Medical University (seated right) to the CAC’s Board of Directors at the agency’s annual meeting. Standing from left are CAC board members Betty Fadden, president; John Zanewych of Big John Sales; and community members, Frances Lanigan and Mary Helen Park. Absent from the photo is incoming CAC Board of Directors member Suzanne Hoefer, senior caseworker with the Oswego County Department of Social Services.

Karrie Damm, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County (CAC), recently welcomed Jeremy Fadden, Dena Martin and Suzanne Hoefer as new members to the agency’s board of directors.

Fadden, assistant vice president and business relationship manager with Pathfinder Bank, is a long time volunteer for both the Oswego and Fulton YMCAs.  

Having attended many CAC events, and with his mother Betty also serving as CAC board president, Fadden is familiar with the work the CAC does and the services it offers to children and their families that have suffered physical or sexual abuse.

“It’s nice to see an organization such as the CAC that is helping the most vulnerable people in our community,” he said.  “While the work of the CAC is a great benefit to our community, I find it troubling that there is so much need in Oswego County for the services that it provides.  

“As a board member I would like to see organizations, businesses and individuals throughout Oswego County work with the CAC and support its efforts to prevent the terrible situations that these children and their families find themselves in,” said Fadden.

Martin, lead clinical research coordinator for radiation oncology at SUNY Upstate Medical University and co-facilitator for the Head and Neck Cancer Support Group of CNY, became aware of the CAC in a very personal way, as the parent of an abused child.  

“I had no idea where to turn for help, so I called our school guidance counselor. I was directed to the CAC and I have been grateful every day since,” Martin said. 

Having witnessed first hand the work the CAC does, Martin is happy to have the opportunity to serve as a board member.  

“The work that the CAC does is necessary and extremely important. Sadly, children are abused and taken advantage of; sometimes by the people they trust and love the most. The majority of these children never come forward to receive help because they are afraid or ashamed or unsure of where to turn,” she said.  

“The CAC offers an environment that allows these children to feel safe and talk about the abuse that they have endured. Each child that the CAC helps is a positive impact on our community, because they learn to live beyond their abuse,” said Martin.

Suzanne Hoefer, a senior caseworker with the Oswego County Department of Social Services and former child protective investigator on the CAC multi-disciplinary team, has worked with the CAC in a professional capacity for a number of years.  

Following her association with the multi-disciplinary team, Hoefer sought to continue her support of the CAC and is pleased to be able to do so as a member of the agency’s board of directors. 

“As a member of the board, I hope to be part of ensuring that every child who walks through the door of the CAC receives the needed services to assist them during this difficult time in their lives,” Hoefer said. “It’s an honor to continue my involvement with the CAC as a member of the board.” 

Damm praised the trio for their enthusiasm and commitment to the CAC.  

“We are fortunate to add these talented individuals to our board of directors.  They bring with them a wide range of skill sets and experiences that will undoubtedly prove beneficial to the CAC and keep us focused on our goal of eliminating child abuse in Oswego County,” she said.

Located at 301 Beech St. in Fulton, the CAC of Oswego County is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides a safe, child-friendly site for the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse.  

The CAC also has a satellite office located at 4822 Salina St., Pulaski.  

For more information on the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, call  592-4453. 

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