Our Team

Shelly Brantley, Executive Director

ShellyShelly Brantley is the Executive Director of the Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center. With over 20 years of experience in victim services, Shelly has developed solid skills in grant writing and program management as well as community outreach. Prior to joining the team at Shining Star, Shelly worked as the Director of Crisis Services for the YWCA of the Sauk Valley where she managed the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs. There she worked to develop strong community agency collaborations and increase awareness of the issues of violence against women and children. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Child & Family Studies from Northern Illinois University and is an Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional. A staunch advocate for women and children, Shelly has previously served on the Board of Directors for April House and Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Centers, as well as the Governing Body of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Additionally, she has served on statewide task forces to strengthen laws and improve services to victims of violence. Send Shelly a Message.




Jessica Cash, Family Advocate

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 Jessica Cash has been working with children and families for 14 years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in   Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Upper Iowa University.  Additionally, she has attended   numerous conferences and trainings on child abuse, youth mental health, domestic  violence, and crisis   management. Jessica previously worked as a Children’s Domestic Violence Advocate at HOPE of Ogle   County. There she provided individual services to children, facilitated children’s support groups, and worked with parents  providing crisis intervention and support. In June 2014, Jessica began working at Shining Star   Children’s Advocacy Center as  the Family Advocate. In this role, Jessica provides emotional support for   abused children and their families throughout the forensic interview process and beyond.  She links them with vital counseling services and assists them with accessing other important community resources. Jessica works with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the best possible outcome is reached for children disclosing abuse. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Traci Mueller, Forensic Interviewer

TraciTraci Mueller is the Forensic Interviewer at Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center. Traci has been conducting the Forensic Interviews at SSCAC for the last two years. Prior to her current position, Traci was the Director and Forensic Interviewer at DeKalb County Children’s Advocacy Center. Traci has been interviewing children involved in physical or sexual abuse investigations for the past 8 years and has interviewed over 700 children and teens. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University. Traci has also completed the Finding Words Illinois Forensic Interviewing course and Advanced Forensic Interviewing courses in both physical abuse and sexual abuse. Traci has been working with survivors of abuse for the last 14 years and over 11 of those years have been with Children’s Advocacy Centers. Traci began her work with Children’s Advocacy Centers as the Executive Director at Shining Star when it first opened in 2003 and is pleased to be back working at SSCAC as the Forensic Interviewer. Send Traci a Message.