Meet Our Experts
Paula Condol has been the Executive Director of the Dakota Children's Advocacy Center since 2000. She has a master's degree in Community Counseling from St. Cloud State University and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of ND and a Certified Supervisor. Paula provides several evidence based treatment to kids and their families affected by trauma including Trauma Focused -Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Alternatives for Families-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) and Problematic Sexual Behavior-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT). She has also been trained in many adaptations of evidenced based practices including Honoring Children, Mending the Circle (Native American cultural adaption of TF-CBT), TF-CBT using Telehealth, and TF-CBT for Trafficked Youth. Paula is a certified TF-CBT supervisor and is trained in providing TF-CBT consultation calls. She is also an in-house train the trainer in PSB-CBT - school age. In 2020 Paula also became a national trainer in providing TF-CBT via telehealth and has assisted in training over a 1000 people in providing telehealth during the COVID Pandemic. In 2004 Paula help start the state chapter of CAC's in ND (CACND) and served as their Executive Director for 11 years. In addition to her work with CAC's she worked as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Mary Masters of Counseling program for 9 years teaching counseling to new providers. She is a member of many local, state and national task forces.
Kori Small, MS, LPCC
Kori is the Forensic Interview Program Coordinator. Kori oversees the investigative team at the DCAC. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Mary in 2017. In her career, Kori has down over 750 interviews with children alleged to have been abused or a witness to violence. She received her training from the National Children’s Advocacy Center in 2017. She also sees clients for counseling and is formally trained in Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Problematic Sexual Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT). Kori has experience in outpatient therapy, therapeutic interventions for sexual abusers, and management of aggressive behavior in a hospital setting. Kori has experience giving testimony in court and publicly speaking on reporting abuse and neglect. Kori loves working at the DCAC because it gives children a safe and supportive place for children to share their experiences.
Holly Hammarsten, LBSW
Holly has been with the DCAC since 2019 as a Forensic Interviewer and a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 2014. Holly has an extensive background in child welfare and received her child welfare certificate from the University of North Dakota Children and Family Service Training Center in 2015. She has been training new foster parents as a certified Pride Trainer since 2015. Holly has received training from the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Forensic Interviewing of Children. She is also an appointed board member on the North Dakota Board of Social Workers Examiners by Governor Burgum. Holly enjoys her work at the CAC and loves to see kids grow from the traumatic experiences they have had.
Zach Geraets, LBSW
Zach is a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker and family advocate at the DCAC since 2019. Zach is a 2019 graduate of the University of Mary and loves working with families at the DCAC. He has formal training in First Witness Training for Advocates Working with a Child Advocacy Center. Zach got his experience in social work at a hospital and in a foster care setting. Zach has a passion for giving back to the community. He has special interest in making policy changes and moving the community in a more individualized approach.
Mental Health Team
Abbigail Stroh, LPCC
Abbi is the Clinical Coordinator at the DCAC. She oversees therapy providers at the center. Abbi is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She earned her Master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in 2014. She is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Sex Offenders (CBISO) and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBISA). Abbi has been formally trained in Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Problematic Sexual Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT), Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools. Abbi likes working with kids who come in having experienced trauma, who are worried they are not ever going to be able to move past it, and helping them learn skills and work through the trauma to leave the DCAC feeling more confident in themselves.
Eneida Vilella, MA, LAPC
Eneida is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor. She has been with the DCAC since graduating from the University of North Dakota with her Master’s degree in 2019. Eneida has formal trainings in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), Problematic Sexual Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). She is also specially trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) via Telehealth. Eneida loves working at the DCAC because with my help children and their families receive support while working through their thoughts and feelings of what has happened through the process of therapy.
Taryn Schlosser, MS, LAPC
Taryn is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor and has been with the DCAC since 2020. She graduated from the University of Mary in 2020 with a Master’s of Science in Counseling. Taryn has formal training in Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is continuing training in Problematic Sexual Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT). She has experience in therapy working with residential youth and children with trauma. Taryn enjoys working with youth who have experienced trauma because she wants to be a safe person and provide a safe place for every child to talk about scary things.
Serena has been a mental health family advocate with the DCAC since 2020. She has worked extensively as a family advocate with child welfare for four years. She has her Bachelors of Science in Education Major in Social Sciences from Dickinson State University. Serena holds a North Dakota State Educator's License. She is a current member of the North Dakota Education Association. Serena has been formally trained in First Witness Training for Advocates Working with a Child Advocacy Center. Serena enjoys working to get to know families and being a support for them throughout their time in services at the DCAC.
Heather Solberg, MBA
Director of Engagement and Development
Heather joined the DCAC Sept of 2019 as the Director of Development and Engagement. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 2006 at University of Mary. Heather is responsible for fundraising and community involvement. She is a member of the AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals). Her background in retail banking and management provide the perfect foundation for fundraising and community involvement. Heather is passionate about children, and making sure they grow up in safe, healthy environments. She loves working at the DCAC because I know that what we do directly makes a difference in the lives of kids and families. When not at work, she spends time with her husband and three kids.
Cindy Kottsick started at the DCAC in November of 2019 as our Office Manager. Cindy comes to us from Fargo, ND where she has lived the last 26 years. She is a proud Mom of a son and a daughter, a daughter-in law, two step-children, her cat Piper and is a newlywed of 9 months. Cindy lives in Mandan and is proud to be a part of the DCAC and all that they stand for. She enjoys kayaking, camping, crafting, gardening and canning in her free time.