Over the last three years, Karen Asprilla has dedicated her career to the children of Huntsville, Madison, and Madison County. Karen has always felt deeply passionate about making a difference in the lives of children. Though it took time for her to figure out exactly how she wanted to make a difference, her drive to do so has never wavered. She started her college education as a pre-med major with aspirations of becoming a pediatrician. It wasn’t until she took her first college level psychology course that she became fascinated with her current field.
Karen began her journey with the National Children’s Advocacy Center as a volunteer while finishing her graduate courses at Alabama A&M University. Staff members quickly noticed Karen’s passion, dedication to the mission, and strong work ethic. It was hard not to take notice- her impact seemed effortless. Soon thereafter, she was offered a part-time position as a Family Advocate, as she finished her degree. This, however, was only the beginning of the contribution she would make during her time at NCAC.
In June 2023, Karen was promoted to the role of Bilingual Therapist and Hispanic Outreach Coordinator. She hopes to connect with members of the Hispanic community here in Huntsville-offering hope, healing, and justice to those that have been impacted by sexual or physical abuse. In fact, in just two short months, Karen has already made plans to offer parenting classes taught exclusively in Spanish, along with plans of coordinating monthly meetings with the multi-disciplinary team to gain an understanding of how NCAC can best support the Hispanic Community.
“I am inspired every day by the children I see in therapy and their ability to persevere and overcome such trauma at young ages. They are the real superheroes,” said Karen. With so many children and families’ lives changed in such little time, calling Karen a superhero feels like an understatement. One thing is certain- The National Children’s Advocacy Center is incredibly proud to call Karen one of our own and we are honored to share her story.
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