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About

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.

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.

1990's

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

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.

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

2019

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

2022

In 2022, Lotus launched our Hope Heal Grow Mobile, the first mobile children’s advocacy center in Kentucky. This mobile unit, or “Winnie” as our team calls her, is innovating our outreach and expanding access to critical, life-saving services for children and families across the Purchase Area Region.

2023 - Present

Lotus established our Mayfield Office location, increasing accessibility to services throughout the region.

Meet Our Team

Lori Wells Brown, MS

Chief Executive Officer
270-534-4422 ext. 019

Karen Durbin, CPA

Chief Financial Officer
270-534-4422 ext. 012

Amberly Haverstock

Chief Program Officer
270-534-4422 ext. 032

CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER TEAM

Nichole Wadley, MS, LPA

Director of Children’s Advocacy Services 270-534-4422 ext. 015
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Amelia Flores, MSW

Forensic Interviewer
270-534-4422 ext 014

Sarah Grimsley

MDT Coordinator
270-534-4422 ext. 023

Megan Meade

Family Advocate
270-534-4422 ext. 018

ADVOCACY TEAM

Ivette Cope

Director of Advocacy
270-534-4422 ext. 039

Forrest Hamilton

Advocacy Support Specialist
270-534-4422 ext. 021

Bethany Vaughn

Survivor Advocate
270-534-4422 ext. 034

THERAPY TEAM

Emily McGee, M.Ed

Director of Therapeutic & Restorative Services

270-534-4422 ext. 026

Taylor Daugherty, CSW

Therapist
270-534-4422 ext. 024

Charis L. Gurrola, LPCC

Therapist
270-534-4422 ext. 016

Olivia Lanier, CSW

Therapist
270-534-4422 ext. 013

Rebecca Fountain

Therapist
270-534-4422 ext. 028

Shantaye Powell

Therapist
270-534-4422 ext. 033

SUPPORT STAFF

Kasey James

Service Coordinator
270-534-4422 ext. 010

COMMUNITY TEAM

Paris Jones

Outreach & Education Specialist
270-534-4422 ext. 037

Hadley Purcell

Community Impact Coordinator
270-534-4422 ext. 029

Join Our Team

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

  • Health, dental, and vision coverage
  • Generous paid time off 
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • 32-hour workweek
  • Health and wellbeing resources
“I love working for an organization whose values align with my own. Lotus cares about their staff and has provided me with the support and opportunities I need to grow personally and professionally.”
-Lotus Therapist

Position Purpose: Provides comprehensive, coordinated support and advocacy services to empower victims, families, and communities.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide effective advocacy services for victims and families to increase knowledge, make informed decisions, identify and address barriers, access services, and engage in treatment.  
  • Promote family resiliency for victims by promoting treatment and strengthening protective factors. 
  • Collaborate effectively with community partners to promote the safety and treatment of victims and their families in order to assist with the successful investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases, and healing of child abuse victims and families. 

 

Prior Education & Training Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Two years of experience in human services field or criminal justice field

 

Work Location: Works primarily from the Mayfield office location; works in the Paducah office location and regional community settings as needed; works remotely with supervisory approval.

Work Schedule: 32-hour work week. Monday-Thursday (8:30am-5:00pm)

Benefits:

  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

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?

Ashley Parrott

Chair
Baptist Health
Director of Operations

Jamie Walker

Chair-elect
Independence Bank
Trust Assistant

Shannon Pace

Treasurer
Paducah Bank 
Assistant Vice President/Associate Credit Analyst

Anna Turner-Abernathy

Secretary
Ballard County
Ambulance Service
Chief Administrative Officer

Misty Cates

Past Chair
Harrah’s Casino
Director of Finance

Tiffany Benberry

Self-Employed
Mental Health Counselor

Angela Copeland

Paducah Independent Schools
Director of Finance

Reis Driver

Baptist Health
Director, Business Development

Dr. Stephanie Ford

Murray State University
Assistant Professor,
Middle School Education

Rae Samford Hall

BFW Engineering
People Operations Adminsistrator

Steven Luther

Baptist Health
Associate Vice President, Operations

Tennille Rushing

Mercy Health
Vice President of Medical Group Operations

Dawn Mason

BFW
Accounting Manager

Tiffany Scott

Baptist Health
Director of Operations

Mark Thompson

BFW Engineering
Business Development

Danette Mahabeer-Turner

Business Executive, Entrepreneur
National Certified Life Coach, Mentor, Motivational Speaker