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Staff Members

Scott Ridgway m.s., Executive director


Scott has been working in the field of suicide prevention, Child Advocacy, and Children’s Mental Health for over 30 years.  


He accepted the position of Executive Director after working with the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as Executive Director, Director of Field Operations, and Admission Director, respectively.


As Executive Director, Scott is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the CAC, supervises the Forensic Interviewer and Family Advocate, as well as over-seeing interns and volunteers.


He is a trained facilitator for Darkness to Light Stewards of Children, which is offered to adults in the 15th Judicial District at no cost. He is active in the community, raising awareness of child abuse, partnering with stakeholders to increase funding for the CAC, and producing fundraisers.

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Cece Ralston, Forensic interviewer

Cece Ralston is a Nashville native who graduated from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and certification to teach in grades K-9.  

Cece worked for the State of Tennessee in the Department of Mental Health for 40 years, working with children from age 18 months to 18 years old with behavioral, developmental, and mental health issues. 

Cece has two foster daughters and six grandchildren. In her spare time Cece enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and reading. On working at the Child Advocacy Center Cece says, “I am proud to be a part of this group that is doing so much to keep children safe.”


Jackie Ramsey, volunteer Fundraising coordinator

Jackie Ramsey joined The 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center in October of 2016.  Ms. Ramsey joined as a volunteer with her focus being fundraising for their Annual Chocolate Affair. She also assists with administration duties when needed. 


Prior to joining the CAC, she worked for Intel Corporation in Folsom, California for 12 years specializing in Administration/Project Management.  She retired in 2013 and moved to Lebanon, Tennessee in January 2014.

Ms. Ramsey was a native of California for 36 years, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Management from Pacific Christian College.  She enjoys her retirement by volunteering for the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center.  Ms. Ramsey actively participates in various organizations within her community and is also very passionate about her photography hobby.  She has been married to her husband for about 40 years, and has five children, fifteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Ms. Ramsey hopes she will be able to share her vision and passion for helping others with her family and friends.  Working with the CAC team has been and will continue to be a rewarding experience for her.

Ashton Matlock, Family advocate

Ashton Matlock recently relocated from Springfield, MO where she graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology. Previously she worked in a Mental Health Institute, working with children and adolescents with behavioral and mental health issues.

Her passion for working in non-profit, especially with children, came from her intern work at her local child advocacy center. Ashton enjoys the close-knit community you get to have when working in a non-profit and is excited to be in a new community to create that bond. In her spare time Ashton enjoys going to local establishments, going on walks with her dog, and listening to her favorite podcasts.

When asked what she is most excited about working at the Child Advocacy Center, Ashton says, “I am excited to be able to be a part of this community and to be able to advocate for children.”


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