Meet Our Experts

Executive Director

Paula Condol, MS LPCC

Executive Director

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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.

Investigative Team

Kori Weigel, MS, LPCC

Program Coordinator

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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.

Kristina Dirk

Forensic Interviewer

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Mackenzie Tilley, LBSW

Forensic Interviewer - Dickinson

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Mackenzie joined us December, 2020 as a Forensic Interviewer. She graduated from Minot State University in 2016 with her Bachelors in Social work. She then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work through Walden University, and graduated in February of 2020. She is trained in Motivational Interviewing and Psycho social Rehabilitation. Mackenzie enjoys working with youth and their families and describes her experiences to be challenging, stimulating and rewarding. “I have always known that I wanted to be in a position to help people one day and work with one of the most vulnerable populations to provide education, support, and a safe place to come together. My past experiences in working in mental health and foster care has launched my passion to empower youth and their families to become advocates of their own.

Serena Nichols

Advocate

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Serena has been an 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.

Mental Health Team

Abbigail Stroh, LPCC

Clinical Coordinator

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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

Counselor

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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

Counselor

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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.

OPEN POSITION

Therapist

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Office Team

Jane Link

Director of Engagement and Development

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Jane Link has been the Director of Engagement and Development for the Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center since April 2021. She was born and raised in Bismarck and graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2000 with a B.A. in Communications, specializing in Public Relations. Jane has over 15 years of experience in fundraising, advertising and business management. She looks forward to helping the DCAC grow by increasing community awareness and support. If you’re an individual, or business, that would like to sponsor the DCAC or volunteer services, please contact Jane.

Cindy Kottsick

Office Manager

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Cindy Kottsick started at the DCAC in November of 2019 as our Office Manager. Cindy was born and raised in western North Dakota but comes to us from Fargo, ND where she spent 26 years. She is the proud Mom of a son and daughter-in-law, a daughter, two step-children and her cat Piper. Cindy and her husband Bud reside in Mandan and are happy to finally live closer to their extended family. In her free time Cindy enjoys kayaking, camping, crafting, gardening, canning and time spent with her loved ones. Cindy is proud to be a part of the DCAC and the support, safety and comfort given to the families we see.

Ronda Ripplinger

Accountant

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Ronda Ripplinger joined our Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center team September of 2021. She was born in Rapid City SD but calls Bismarck home. She graduated in 1992 from Interstate Business College with her associates as a Medical Administrative Assistant with a minor in Word Processing. She went back to College in 2013 for her Bachelors in Accounting while being a Mom to three children and graduated in January of 2018. Ronda is proud to be a part of the DCAC family supporting our staff and the children and families that we serve through our support.