Children’s Advocacy Center Announces Executive Director

Honorable Judge Michael J. Barrasse, President of the Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA Board of Directors has announced their selection of Meghan Lennox Gagorik as the Center’s new Executive Director.

Meghan Gagorik most recently served as the Division Director for the American Heart Association, overseeing Northeast and Central Pennsylvania and the Pocono Region. In her over 18 years of community service, Meghan served in numerous volunteer leadership and community-focused professional roles. She has overseen both non-profit and private-sector teams with a focus on addressing and overcoming health disparities and individuals’ inequities in the community. Meghan holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree from Lackawanna College and a Master of Business Administration in Organizational Management from Eastern University.

Judge Barrasse stated, “The Children’s Advocacy Center is delighted to welcome Meghan Gagorik as our new Executive Director. The Center’s Board completed an aggressive search and Meghan stood out, not only as an experienced candidate, but also as someone who is committed to protecting and nurturing children with compassion. Her dedication to advancing the mission of the CAC is truly impressive.”

“I am honored to lead the important work and dedicated staff of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania,” related, Ms. Gagorik. “The Center’s work of protecting and healing children who have been subjected to abuse and neglect is critical in our community. Working closely with area law enforcement, prosecutors, case workers and other community partners to provide supportive care for children and families is the highest mission. CAC of NEPA does it best.”

Among the various boards and committees, Meghan has served Coaches vs. Cancer, Geisinger Northeast Advisory Council, Geisinger Northeast Women’s Leadership Council, and the Spirit of Hope benefiting NRCI. She is a past chair of Relay for Life and the Coaches vs. Cancer Gala. Her board service includes The American Cancer Society, Leadership Lackawanna, and the Everhart Museum of Natural History. Meghan has received multiple awards for her work, including the Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA’s Child Advocate of the Year Award, the Outstanding and Dedicated Service Award, Distinctive Women of Northeast PA, the Saddle of Hope Award, Top 25 Women in Business, and the Sam & Jane Cali Star Award.