NEW PHILADELPHIA -- The Tuscarawas County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) has announced that its director, Sandy Wood, will be retiring on Sept. 10.

"Sandy has been instrumental in the success of the CAC, and has served with distinction during perhaps its two most formative years," said Sheriff Walt Wilson, who is a member of the CAC board.

The CAC was founded in April 2010 by an agreement between Wilson, Juvenile Judge Linda Kate, then-Director of Job and Family Services, Lynn Angelozzi, and Prosecutor Ryan Styer. The CAC organized as a non-profit with 501(c)(3) status, sought grants for equipment and remodeling, and opened its doors in June 2011. The CAC is a safe, child-friendly place where a team of experts collaborate to interview victims of alleged sexual or physical abuse.

Wood said, "When I took the position, I said I would do what I could to help get the CAC up and running. Although there are still lots of things to do, I also believe that this is a good place for me to re-retire and for the board to find someone else to take it on the next step of the journey."

Wood retired in 2010 as a case manager at Job and Family Services before taking the director's position with the non-profit. She now looks forward to delivering on her promise to her husband that they would spend more time traveling together.

Current Director of Job and Family Services Michelle Tope, who is also a board member, said, "Sandy has selflessly invested full-time hours in what is a part-time position for a non-profit that operates on a shoestring budget. She even volunteered to serve the first several months without pay, and that speaks volumes to how she has poured her heart into such a great cause."

The CAC is making an impact, and the need continues to grow.

"We have served 90 children in our first 14 months of operation," Wood said.

Styer, the board president, said, "Another key component is that a team of multiple professionals meet bi-weekly at the CAC to collaborate on cases. Our role is to support the family and make sure a child does not fall through the cracks. Sandy has done a great job of keeping those meetings organized and on task.

The CAC is accepting rsums for a new director through Aug. 31, 2012. It is a challenging opportunity and a part-time position with flexible hours and some on-call duties. A bachelor's degree in human services or related field is required. Rsums may be submitted to Tuscarawas Co. CAC at P.O. Box 982, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.