About Us

Our mission is to facilitate healing and justice for victims of sexual and physical abuse, neglect, and exploitation and to engage the community to protect and support children.

What We Do

We provide a compassionate and effective way to bring services to children victimized by abuse. Our public-private collaboration significantly reduces the trauma associated with reporting child abuse. We help coordinate care and investigation from first report to conviction and beyond, while keeping the child at the center of everything the team does.

Who We Serve

Child Abuse has no boundaries. It spans across all social and economic levels, races, religions, and cultures. The Red River Children’s Advocacy Center serves victims of child abuse from Eastern North Dakota, Western Minnesota, Northeastern South Dakota, and four Native American Reservations.

Meet Our Team

Administrative Team

Sarah Matthews

Executive Director

Raelyn Soltis, LBSW

Director of Operations

Anna Schimmelpfennig, PhD, LP

Director of Mental Health Services, Licensed Psychologist

Heidi Schultz

Development Director

Alyssa Nelson

Program Manager, Forensic Interviewer & Family Advocate

Linda Strahm

Office Administrator

Skyler Siegel

Communication and Events Coordinator

Forensic Interviewers

Alexis Heckert

Forensic Interviewer & Family Advocate

Jessica Marynik

Forensic Interviewer


Kim Thompson

Family Advocate

Lindsay Schneider, LBSW

Mental Health Advocate

Julie Stene

Family Advocate, Prevention Coordinator

Chislaine Weisz

Family Advocate

Mental Health

Abby Tang, M.S., LPCC, NCC

Mental Health Clinician

Naomi Marks, LMSW, LGSW

Mental Health Clinician

McKinley Solberg

Mental Health Program Assistant

Board of Directors

Rachel Egstad

Board Chair
Assistant Grand Forks County Attorney

Jessie Andren

The Forum

Pam Foss

Assistant Clay County Attorney

Ruth Hetland

Product and Project Management Expert, MBA, PMP, ACPMPO

Dr. Michelle Jorgensen

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Sanford Health System

Dr. Kurt Kooyer

Physician, Urgent Med

Eric Malchodi

Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, Gate City Bank

Rhonda Porter

Director, Clay County Social Services

Jennifer Thompson

Managing Partner HA Thompson and Sons

Tayler Draeger


Whitney Wright


Ryan Younggren

Assistant Cass County State’s Attorney