Staff

 
 

Honorable Judge Jerry Barr

Founding Member, Cherish Co-Founder

Cherish was founded in 2009 with the vision to stop the cycle of child abuse in our communities. Co-founder, and Hamilton County Judge, the Honorable Jerry Barr personally witnessed the pattern of abuse in families entering the courts system time and time again. He, along with Sheriff Doug Carter, and Wendy Gamble, founded Cherish as a not-for-profit organization to serve children and families impacted by child abuse. Six years later, Cherish conducts more than 400 forensic interviews each year and manages prevention programs to educate and increase reports of child abuse. Cherish also ensures that child victims receive immediate trauma care and therapy services needed to heal physical and emotional impact of abuse.

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Wendy Gamble, B.S., MSM, CDDP, CPP

Executive Director/Child Forensic Interviewer

Wendy is a founding member of CHERISH serving as Executive Director since 2009. Previously a nonprofit / corporate consultant for stabilizing business practices and development of new business. Wendy’s nonprofit business focus evolved after a corporate career in the emerging technology industry became less fulfilling than her work volunteering in community development endeavors. Wendy feels Cherish and the organizations role in protecting children has been one of the most challenging and important callings of her career life. Wendy graduated with a Bachelor’s from Purdue University with concentration in Clinical Psychology and Business, and a Master’s in Business Management. Wendy is QMRP/CDDP certified, and has worked as an advocate for mentally and developmentally diverse children for over twenty- five years. Wendy’s nonprofit business credentials and experience combined with over 10 years of specialized training in Child Forensic Interviewing, abuse prevention, and intervention are key competencies as the Director of a Nationally Accredited Child Advocacy Center.

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Courtney Bachus, BSW

Child Forensic Interviewer/Case Manager

Courtney Bachus is a professionally trained child forensic interviewer who has served CHERISH as a Forensic Interview Program Coordinator/Case Manager since fall 2015. Prior to coming on board at CHERISH, Courtney worked as a case manager for an aging and in-home solutions organization. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 2012 with her Bachelor’s of Social Work and attended ChildFirst Forensic Interview Training in Springfield Illinois. She has several years experience working as a child and family advocate with the management of their care.

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Kelly Reiff, MSW, LCSW

Kelly Reiff, MSW, LCSW

Kelly Reiff has served as Victim/Trauma Care Coordinator at CHERISH since April 2016, continuing her social work career, ranging from hospice care to substance abuse counseling to mental health support. Best known for her skill in crisis intervention, Kelly offers a diverse perspective from her wide breadth of experience in both clinical and managerial social work roles. She graduated from Anderson University with her Bachelor’s in Social Work and Criminal Justice and from the University of South Carolina with her Master’s of Social Work.

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Shalissa Kutzleb, BA

Child Advocate Specialist, MDT Coordinator

Shalissa Kutzleb started working with Cherish in May 2017. She graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Ball State University. Prior to working at Cherish, Shalissa worked in Johnson and Hamilton County for Indiana Department of Child Services for several years as a Family Case Manager, Quality Service Review Board member and field mentor. Shalissa also previously worked as a licensed private investigator covering Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and southern California as well as completed an internship with Marion County Probation Department.