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Brenda Crellen

We are pleased to announce that Brenda Crellen, M.A., LMHC, has been appointed Executive Director of the Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center. 

Brenda joined the CAC team in November of 2014 as the Clinical Supervisor and became Assistant Director in 2017. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 25 years of experience in the field of child maltreatment. She has previous experience working with children through the Department of Children and Families, Children's Home Society and Lifestream Behavioral Center. Brenda is a graduate of Webster University with an M.A. in Counseling. 

Brenda has been acting as Interim Director since the passing of our former Director, Diane Pisczek. Please be assured that our Center has remained and will remain open throughout this transition period. We continue to offer all of our services to the Lake and Sumter communities.

The Savannah Center

Last year's annual fundraiser at the Savannah Center was a great success and we were blessed by increased guests and sponsor participation at this event. 

We look forward to seeing you there on March 9, 2019 at the Savannah Center in The Villages. Please visit our Bids 4 Kids page for more information.

Diane Pisczek

It is with a deep sense of loss and profound regret that we at Lake Sumter Children’s Advocacy Center announce the recent passing of Executive Director, Diane Pisczek. 

Diane was variously a friend, colleague, leader, mentor and family member whose presence enriched the lives of all she touched.  Moreover, she was the heart, soul and lifeblood of our organization, instilling us with her infectious passion and unwavering commitment to the children we serve. Diane’s life-long devotion in preserving the health, safety and well-being of children at risk serves as her enduring legacy and provides a beacon of light for all who follow in the service of children.

We will miss Diane so very much, but we find solace and comfort in the realization that her good work lives on at our Center.

Victim Advocate Program

In response to community need, our CAC is formed a Victim Advocate Program which began in 2014. We are always seeking volunteers who wish to serve as Victim Advocates. Volunteers who wish to be Victim Advocates will be asked to participate in extensive training in order to prepare them for this task.

If you are interested in becoming a Victim Advocate or would like more information about our Victim Advocate Program, please contact Steve Dolliver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..