Mission & Goals:

The Orleans County Child Advocacy Center and The Orleans County Special Investigations Unit
(OCCAC/SIU) is a multidisciplinary team that ensures children and families involved in sexual
abuse or egregious physical abuse cases receive constant child friendly services from law
enforcement, prosecution, protective services, including timely and effective education
counseling. These cases require special expertise in the area of investigation and services to
victims to enhance protection and to facilitate court proceedings. The OCCAC/SIU proactively
investigates these cases and emphasizes prevention through education and training. The
operations of the OCCAC/SIU promote cooperative efforts between municipalities, police,
prosecutor’s office, medical community, child protective services, schools, and other advocacy


Our Goals:

· Investigate reports of child and adult sexual assault and severe child physical abuse using specially trained investigators.

· Minimize further trauma to victims by providing a safe place to talk with investigators.

· Refer children and adult victims and non-offending family members to services designed to help them heal.

· Create public awareness of the challenges of child abuse through outreach and education.


Our Team:

Dawn Kelly - Executive Director

Trisha Lantagne  - Victim Advocate/Case Coordinator 

Detective Nicholas Rivers - Newport Police Department

Detective Trooper Marie Beland - Vermont State Police


Board of Directors:

Jennifer Barrett - President - Orleans County State's Attorney

Roxie Rivard - Umbrella Advocacy Program Manager-North

Joe Malgieri - Former OCCAC ED, Retired Attorney

Abby Provost - SANE nurse, North County Hospital 

Lieutenant Kirk Cooper Lt., Vermont State Police - BCI

Patrick Ryan Vice President - DCF Director of Newport District Office

Steve Marsh Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Community Bancorp. And Community National Bank, Retired

Stephanie Bowen NEKCA Director Community Justice programs

Lisa Daigle-Farney - Secretary/Treasurer - Director Tutorial Program, NEKLS

Sergeant Travis Bingham Newport Police Department