Cochise Family Advocacy Center, Inc.
214 East Tacoma Street (PO Box 3413 Zip/85636)
Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635
Office (520) 515-4444 Fax (520) 458-1443
Cochise Family Advocacy Center, Inc. was the vision of Lori and Mike Rutherford, who recognized and responded to the need to help victims of sexual abuse, assault and neglect in Cochise County. Lori and Mike brought together representatives from child protection, law enforcement, prosecution, family violence prevention, school administrators, medical personnel, and Cochise County, and shared their vision of a safe place where victims could receive the services and support they need without the exhaustion and trauma associated with traveling to other areas of the state.
Services will include a coordinated interview of child abuse victims in a safe, child-friendly surrounding. This process will avoid the need for multiple interviews, will reduce the trauma of disclosure, and will preserve evidence and statements to enhance offender prosecution and conviction. Medical-Forensic examinations will be performed in a non-threatening environment by professionally trained examiners.
Cochise Family Advocacy Center, Inc. will provide crisis intervention and support for victims and non-offending family members, information regarding next steps, referrals to and information about different agencies involved and how they may affect the family, access to higher levels of care, and regular multidisciplinary review of cases to assure that services provided align with best practices.
This beginning will achieve our mission to compassionately support and promote the well-being of children and adults through comprehensive services in a neutral, friendly environment.
Introducing our Governing Board
Loraine (aka Lori) Rutherford, RN, SANE, CFN, CRNA, CRNC
Mrs. Rutherford is a Registered Nurse, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Certified Forensic Nurse and Certified RN Auditor/Coder, with 35 years of service at Sierra Vista Regional Health Center. She has had experience in teaching, management and supervisory positions as well as hands on nursing in many specialties. Lori has experience in Medical/Forensic exams both with adults and children and is qualified as an expert witness in Superior and Federal Court as well as having extensive experience in fact witness testimony.
It is notable Lori has been married for 50 years, has lived in Sierra Vista, Arizona for 38 years, has two grown children, has traveled extensively, and loves God and Country.
Commander Chris Hiser
Chris Hiser is the Patrol Bureau Commander for the Sierra Vista Police Department. He has served in a variety of assignments, including Field Training Officer, Special Response Team (SWAT), and Detective Sergeant. Chris is a nationally certified domestic violence instructor for law enforcement and he is the co-founder and co-chair of the Cochise County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. He is a recent graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Master's Degree in Administration and Leadership.
Ms. Ferrell, a life-long resident of Cochise County, graduated from Bisbee High School in 1988 and attended Cochise College. She worked as the Collections Coordinator at Cochise County Juvenile Probation for 10 years. Later she worked as the Victim Compensation Coordinator and managed the Children's Justice Project while working for the Cochise County Attorney's office. Kari was a Victim/Witness volunteer during several of those years. Kari found her passion working at Wellness Connections, a peer-run organization whose goal is to assist members of the community who have mental health diagnosis and substance use issues. Kari has been with Wellness Connections for nearly eight years. She is currently the Program Manager of Wellness Connection's Mobile Team.
Kari is the proud mother of three, Zachariah (25) married to Alicia, Elijah (20) and Abigail (16). She has three beautiful grandchildren, Lyla, age 4 and Efrem, age 2 (Zachariah) and Brennan, age 1 week (Elijah). Kari regularly attends First Baptist Church of Sierra Vista. She loves spending time with her family and is an avid reader. Kari is very excited and honored to be part of Cochise County's first advocacy center for victims of crime.
Lieutenant Ken Foster
Lieutenant Ken Foster is the Special Operations Commander for the Cochise County Sheriff's Office. He has served in a variety of assignments in his 21 year career to include Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Operator and Team Leader, Patrol Sergeant, Field Training Officer and General Crimes Detective. Currently he oversees the Investigations units for the agency, manages the Field Training Officers programs, and authors/manages several grants for the agency.
Ken came to the community by way of the United States Army and he served for our country before joining the Sheriff's Office. Ken is happily married and blessed with two beautiful children.
Chief Albert Echave