News | Published September 16, 2013

Mount Nittany Health names Kristina Taylor-Porter, MA, executive director of Children’s Advocacy Center

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Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Kristina Taylor-Porter, MA, to executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center. In her role as executive director, she will oversee and direct the management of the Children’s Advocacy Center to ensure that children are the first and main priority of the facility every single day. In addition, Taylor-Porter will serve as the Children’s Advocacy Center representative in building relationships with agencies and organizations that are essential to the well-being of children who have been abused, witnessed abuse or are at risk of abuse or neglect.

“I am very pleased with the hire of Kristina as executive director for the Children’s Advocacy Center,” said Steve Brown, FACHE, president and CEO, Mount Nittany Health. “As the region’s health leader, it is Mount Nittany Health’s responsibility to protect the most vulnerable, and I am confident that she will do a tremendous job to help the children in our community.”

Taylor-Porter has most recently served as executive director and forensic interviewer for The CARE Center of Indiana County. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in sociology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and serves on multiple committees, both locally and statewide, including chair to the development committee for the PA Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams.

“With the addition of Kristina to the Children’s Advocacy Center, our vision continues to become a reality,” said Judge Bradley P. Lunsford. “We are fully committed to the well-being of every single child, offering the support and care that children of our community deserve.”

The Children’s Advocacy Center, in partnership with Mount Nittany Health, will provide a centralized location for all necessary services, including medical services for children who have suffered neglect, abuse or witnessed abuse. Taylor-Porter will begin her new role in mid-October.

“It is through a combination of experience and education, in the field of human services, that I understand the need of services for victimized children,” said Taylor-Porter. “My personal goal is to advocate for children and to serve as their voice when they have none.”

Opening this fall on Mount Nittany Health’s Bellefonte campus at 141 Medical Park Lane, this safe, child and family-friendly space will promote the healing process for victims of child abuse. For more information, visit