CAA believes that by providing the right services at the right time, vulnerable families can be supported, child abuse and neglect can be prevented, and the effects of trauma and harm can be reduced.
CAA advocates for a paradigm shift in public perception: from “save the child” to “save the family.” This approach emphasizes the critical need to provide help and services at the beginning of the cycle through preventive steps and measures, rather than at the end of the cycle, most often associated with children entering the foster care system.
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The Children’s Advocacy Alliance is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion within the organization and in the work that we do in order to serve all residents in the State. Nevada is fundamentally diverse in its people, its workforce, its cultures, and its regions, and we are committed to ensuring that we support this diversity in all forms, including but not limited to economic circumstance, education, geographic location, ability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and gender identification, race, religion, and age.
Meet the Team
Dr.Tyler-Garner's personal and professional achievements reveal a visionary champion for children and families in the State. Since moving to Las Vegas in 2005, Dr. Tyler-Garner has committed to improving the education system for all children in Nevada. Through the Alliance Program, Dr. Tyler-Garner worked extensively to identify children in jeopardy of dropping out of school and provided support to ensure they graduated. She has served as a McNair Scholars Program mentor to underrepresented, low-income, and/or first-generation college undergraduates. During her time as COO of Nevada Partners, The White House recognized it as a model workforce development program, an award given to only thirty distinguished organizations. Tyler-Garner also served as CEO of Communities in Schools of Nevada where she oversaw the administration of CIS programs and services to 68,000 Nevadan students and more than 63 schools statewide. In 2019, Dr. Tyler-Garner was appointed as director of the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation by Governor Steve Sisolak and was also honored by UNLV's College of Education as Alumna of the Year that same year. Dr. Tyler-Garner has a Doctorate in Educational Psychology from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a Master of Science in Counseling from California State University, Northridge, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Southern California.
Jared is passionate about combating systemic poverty throughout Nevada. Before working at the Children's Advocacy Alliance, he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA where he developed his passion for combating poverty. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his Master's in Urban Leadership at the same institution. Jared has served as the Treasurer of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Southern Nevada and as a Board Director for the Nevada Council on Economic Education. In his free time, Jared enjoys hiking and camping with his dog.
As a foster care alumnus, DaShun has a true passion for changing the foster care system. DaShun started a club called Kids In Need, which focused on giving back to local community shelters and empowering youth who faced challenges and has also worked with FAAYT (Foster And Adopted Youth Together) and Nevada Life’s Youth Advisory Council where he served in many capacities all focused on changing the foster care system and empowering and encouraging youth and young adults to stand up and use their voice. He, alongside two other foster care alumni, helped develop and create Nevada’s Foster Care Bill of Rights which passed in 2011. DaShun has participated in internships at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), where he worked in Washington, D.C and was able to develop policy recommendations and work in former Senator Harry Reid’s Senate Diversity Initiative Office. DaShun also interned in Seaside O.R. with FosterClub Inc. where DaShun was able to travel and work with policy and community leaders and young people in the foster care system. He has sat on and, currently sits on, several boards locally and nationally. DaShun is currently finishing up his degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Dr. Kelly Bumgarner has a background in Public Health and strongly believes accessible, high-quality healthcare is a critical children's issue. Before joining the Children's Advocacy Alliance, she served as the Wellness Coordinator for a Las Vegas nonprofit focused on sustainability and fair housing. Dr. Bumgarner holds a PhD and Master's of Public Health and a Master's of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. Her publications focus on health, wellness, and safety in underserved communities and populations. In addition to her nonprofit work, Dr. Bumgarner served as a college professor for over a decade.
Anna Villatoro joins us at the Children's Advocacy Alliance (CAA) as our new Communications Coordinator. As our Communications Coordinator, she will be focusing on developing and managing digital and multimedia content to advance the stories of the communities across the State of Nevada. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Digital Technology and Culture from Washington State University (WSU). During her college years, she was a participant of the TRIO program, a program that provides support services to low-income students and first-generation college students. It has led her to have an interest in advocating for the lives of those who have similar stories.
Aaliyah is passionate about decreasing and working to eliminate disparities among youth and low-income populations. Her passion generated from growing up in underprivileged communities and developed during her time researching as an undergraduate student. She has done research in the area of children’s and women’s health, policy, and is currently researching disparities in administrative pediatric asthma prevalence in Clark County School District. Aaliyah graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from San Diego State University and earned her MPH with concentration in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Annette Dawson Owens is a lifelong education advocate who believes in equity and access to an excellent education for all students. She has worked in both district and charter schools and has studied high performing schools and leaders across the country. She has seen first hand, quality outcomes that are possible with effective school design. Annette serves on many community and education advisory boards. Annette attended K-12 in the Clark County School District and went on to earn an undergraduate degree in Zoology, a Masters in Education from UNLV, and a Masters in Administration from Sierra Nevada College. She completed Georgetown's Executive Leadership through the Public Education Foundation and is grateful to be a current Jameson Fellow. In her free time she enjoys exploring the great outdoors. Annette looks forward to working together with the community and improving outcomes for all students and families in the great state of Nevada.
Priscilla Acosta joins the CAA team with a passion for early childhood equity in underserved communities. She has worked determinedly to become a leader in the early care and development field. She thrives on being a vocal advocate for children and families not only in Nevada, but and on a national and global level as well. Priscilla knows the significant impact high-quality early childhood education plays in life and works to eliminate the lack of access and utilization of services in Nevada, with extensive professional experience in Native American Communities. In addition to her work with the tribal CCDBG programs, Priscilla has expertise with family and community engagement. Priscilla received a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Digital Marketing. In 2019, she completed the Nevada Leadership for Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Fellowship and was selected as a Global Leader for Young Children, to represent the United States at the World Forum in Macau, China. Prior to joining CAA, Priscilla served as the Chair of the National Indian Child Care Association, the Vice-Chair of Nevada’s Indian Education Advisory Committee, a member of the Indigenous People’s Action Group, T.E.A.C.H Advisory Council, a Tribal Representative for Nevada’s Quality Rating Improvement System, Nevada’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and was most recently awarded the Young Alumni of the Year Award from the University of Nevada, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of degree in Community Health Science.