ABOUT US

We Are Lotus

“Just like the lotus, we too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness, and radiate into the world.”

– Unknown

Our Strategic Framework

VISION

FREEDOM FROM OPPRESSION & VIOLENCE FOR ALL

VALUES

RESILIENCE, EMPOWERMENT, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION

MISSION

SUPPORT SURVIVORS. STRENGTHEN FAMILIES. EMPOWER COMMUNITIES.

IMPROVE SAFETY, HEALING & JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS

Facilitate an effective community response through multidisciplinary collaboration

Provide specialized CAC & SVRC intervention, therapeutic & restorative services

Expand meaningful access through an accessible, culturally relevant & trauma-informed approach

Empower survivors as engaged participants & leaders

FOSTER FAMILY & YOUTH RESILIENCE

Cultivate a collaborative network of strength based support

Promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships & environments for children & families

Increase protective factors & reduce risk factors

Reduce likelihood of child abuse & neglect

Enhance child development

CULTIVATE JUST, EQUITABLE COMMUNITIES WHERE ALL PERSONS THRIVE

Build a visible network of support for survivors, families & allies especially for those underserved and exploited in our society

Inform, educate & engage people to take action

Recognize, reveal & address inequity & disparity

Celebrate the resilience of people surviving & thriving creatively in spite of oppression

Invoke shared values, deepen understanding, & amplify our collective impact

END CHILD ABUSE & SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Lotus is Kentucky’s designated Children’s Advocacy and Sexual Violence Resource Center for the Purchase Area Region. Our mission is to support survivors, strengthen families, and empower communities. At Lotus, we see the goal of recovery as not only surviving trauma but also opening up to the possibilities of hope, healing, and growth.

Lotus is committed to ending child abuse and sexual violence. We are working to cultivate a collective, unified community that meets survivors with compassion and a culture that simply does not tolerate interpersonal violence.

Our History

1984

Our efforts began in 1984 when Western Baptist emergency room nurses recognized a need. Western Baptist then installed a 24-hour helpline and volunteers were trained to assist and support victims. This was just the beginning. Educational programs began throughout the community and survivors of sexual offenses were offered counseling, medical assistance and legal guidance.

1987

The Western Baptist Hospital and the Paducah Cooperative Ministry Rape Victim Service, Inc. was established.

1990s

During the 90’s we expanded our services and established our Paducah campus sexual abuse center on a beautiful new campus and offered more services in the Murray-Calloway County area.L

2007

We assumed the designation from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services as the regional children’s advocacy program and established Kentucky’s first Expressive Arts Therapies Center dedicated to working with victims of violence.

2018

We changed our name to Lotus, reflecting the exceptional courage, strength, and resilience of survivors and symbolizing enlightenment and reawakening to embody our community initiatives.L

We also established our Holistic Healing Center which provides a safe, nurturing environment and supports a holistic approach to healing and wellness.L

2019 - Present

We underwent our GROW Lotus renovation and addition of our main campus in Paducah, KY. The purposeful design of the structures and grounds of our Paducah campus supports highly specialized intervention and restorative services as well as our community outreach and education initiatives. We are currently working to complete our Sanctuary Project that will promote health outcomes by fostering enhanced tranquility and therapeutic experience through the development of green spaces specifically designed throughout our Paducah campus to meet the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of survivors and families.

Meet Our Team

Lori Wells Brown, MS

Executive Director

270-534-4422 ext. 19

Karen Durbin, CPA

Accounting Specialist

270-534-4422 ext. 12

Caroline Glynn Neal

Communications & Development Director

270-534-4422 ext. 20

CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER PROGRAM TEAM MEMBERS

Grace Stewart, JD

Program Director/Legal Advocate

270-534-4422 ext. 11

Sarah Grimsley

Program Service Coordinator

270-534-4422 ext. 23

Nichole Wadley, MS, LPA

Forensic Lead/Interviewer

270-534-4422 ext. 15

Lauren Barks, LCSW

Therapy Lead/Therapist

270-534-4422 ext. 16

Jamie Fisher

Receptionist

270-534-4422 ext. 10

Megan Meade

Family Advocate

270-534-4422 ext. 18

Kayla Powell

Therapist

270-534-4422 ext. 26

Sharon Stalions

Therapist/Forensic Interviewer

270-534-4422 ext. 13

Bethany Vaughn

Family Advocate

270-534-4422 ext. 34

Paris Jones

Outreach & Prevention Education Specialist

270-534-4422 ext. 37

SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESOURCE CENTER PROGRAM TEAM MEMBERS

Amberly Haverstock

Program Director

270-534-4422 ext. 32

Jamie Zaim

Program Coordinator/
Advocate

270-534-4422 ext. 27

Amanda Harris, LCSW

Therapy Lead/Therapist

270-534-4422 ext. 33

Megan Bell

Legal Advocate

270-534-4422 ext. 22

 

Taylor Daugherty, CSW

Access Healing Advocate

270-534-4422 ext. 24

 

Beth Jordan, LPCC

Therapist

270-534-4422 ext. 25

 

Oneisha Newell

Outreach & Prevention Education Specialist

270-534-4422 ext. 29

 

Ashley Wilson, MA, LPA

Therapist

270-534-4422 ext. 28

 

JOIN OUR TEAM

Grow your career at Lotus! We offer competitive benefits including:

  • Health, dental, and vision coverage
  • Generous paid time off and 11 paid holidays
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Retirement benefits
  • Abundant training opportunities
  • Wellbeing resources, including access to Expressive Arts and Therapies Center, Holistic Healing Center, and a tranquil outdoor sanctuary

We have no open positions at this time. Check this page for updates!

We’re Hiring!

“I love working for an organization that values opportunities for growth not only as an individual, but as a full team. Lotus provides accessible self-care tools and workshops to ensure the health and well-being of all staff.”

Lauren Barks,

Children’s Advocacy Center Therapy Lead/Therapist

LOTUS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lotus is currently seeking dynamic and diverse leaders to serve on our Board of Directors. Do you share our collective values? Do you have skill sets and perspectives that align with our strategies, goals, and needs necessary to successfully advance our Lotus mission?

Misty Cates

Chair

Harrah’s Casino
Financial Controller

Ashley Parrott

Chair-elect

Baptist Health
Director of Operations

Jamie Walker

Secretary

Independence Bank
Trust Assistant

Dawn Mason

Treasurer

BFW
Accounting Manager

Tiffany Benberry

Self-Employed
Mental Health Counselor

Angela Copeland

Paducah Independent Schools
Director of Finance

Brittney Gates

Practice Manager
Baptist Health

Rae Hall

Paducah Bank & Trust Co.
Teammate Experience Manager/HR Generalist
 

Steven Luther

Baptist Health
Associate Vice President, Operations

Shannon Pace

Paducah Bank & Trust Co.
Small Business Relationship Manager
 

Tennille Rushing

Mercy Health
Vice President of Medical Group Operations

Mark Thompson

BFW Engineering
Business Development

Anna Turner-Abernathy

Ballard County Ambulance Service
Assistant Director

Lori Wells Brown

Ex-Officio Member

Lotus
Executive Director

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