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Alumna Christa Neal admits that talking about child abuse and maltreatment isn’t fun or joyful, but there is joy in helping children who are victims of abuse find hope and healing.

Seven years ago, Neal was named executive director of the newly established Percy and Donna Malone Child Safety Center in Arkadelphia. There wasn’t a “center” to speak of at the time, just a vision of helping children who were victims of abuse or maltreatment in the area. Soon, a location would be found, Neal would grow funding and support and families would gain much needed services.

Neal entered Ouachita without a clear career path, but a general psychology class her freshman year piqued her interest and led her to work in counseling and now non-profit management.



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