Thompson is executive director of Children’s Advocacy Center
STATE COLLEGE — Meredith Thompson, MS, has been named as the new executive director of Mt. Nittany’s Children’s Advocacy Center of Centre County.
“At its core, the Children’s Advocacy Center works to provide help and healing for children and families in our region,” says Kathleen Rhine, president and CEO, Mount Nittany Health. “Meredith brings with her a strong background and prior experience that will serve to fulfill the Center’s mission of providing a community-based, child-focused center that facilitates a compassionate, multi-disciplinary approach to prevention, identification, intervention and treatment of child abuse.”
Thompson earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in counselor education, both from McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.
She has served as Mount Nittany Health’s director of volunteer services since 2015, providing leadership to the health system’s ever-growing team of active volunteers.
“I feel incredibly honored for the opportunity to use my education and experience to serve children and families in Centre County,” says Thompson. “Our children are an incredibly vulnerable but important population. To be part of an organization that works to provide services and protection for them is deeply fulfilling.”
Since, 2014, the Children’s Advocacy Center has provided a safe and comfortable place where children come to talk with a specially trained interviewer about possible abuse or crimes they may have witnessed. The Center receives referrals from child protective services or law enforcement if there is concern that a child is an alleged victim or witness of a crime. A visit to the Center gives the child an opportunity to talk about his or her experience in a child-friendly, safe and comfortable setting.
The health system recently announced that the Center earned reaccreditation by National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process.
“I look forward to continuing efforts to bolster community engagement and education on the services provided by the Children’s Advocacy Center, as well as, further strengthen relationships with our community partners, including local law enforcement and child service agencies,” shares Thompson.
Outside of the office, Thompson and her husband, Scott, an alumnus of The Pennsylvania State University, enjoy traveling, hiking, and going to Penn State sporting events. They are expecting their first child this spring.
To learn more about the Children’s Advocacy Center of Centre County, visit mountnittany.org/childadvocacycenter.