Leadership, Exchange, & Coaching Project (LEC)

LEC builds the capacity of leaders in the CAC movement to provide dynamic, purposeful leadership to their organizations. The LEC vision is to create strong, healthy, effective organizations and partnerships. By taking the time for professional growth and development, CAC executives can advance the ultimate success of their organization’s mission.

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The main Leadership Exchange and Coaching project is for CAC Directors who have been in their positions for two to three years. (The Mentorship Program is not a prerequisite for participation in the main LEC project.)

The LEC Mentorship Program is for new directors just starting out. This program offers new directors an opportunity to be mentored by an experienced CAC Director who has participated in the main LEC Program. Graduates of the Mentorship program can later take part in the other component.


CAC directors can be extremely isolated in their roles. LEC creates a unique support network of colleagues and offers an exceptional growth opportunity.

  • Inspires CAC leaders to lead from a compassionate, strengths-based perspective
  • Creates peer networks in order to strengthen the collective CAC leadership and encourage continuous improvement in the CAC model
  • Teaches the best of organization theory to the benefit of their organizations
  • Equips participants to provide professionally supported mentoring to new CAC leaders


Developing Yourself as a CAC Leader: Lessons and Insights from the Leadership Exchange and Coaching Project (view PDF file)


Martha Lask
Martha Lask co-developed and facilitates NRCAC’s Leadership Exchange and Coaching Project, (LEC), now in its 12th year. LEC builds leadership capacity, supports mentoring of new directors and  provides structured peer support and individual coaching for leaders of Child Advocacy Centers across the country. A former nonprofit executive director, Martha also consults to large pharmaceuticals as well as small nonprofits, bringing special expertise in leadership coaching, team coaching and in facilitating dialogue across organizations, departments and supervisory levels. Other projects: leadership development for a regional child care organization; coaching of clinical development teams for a large pharmaceutical. Martha is adjunct faculty at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) where she co-teaches “Coaching for Leaders, I and II”, integrating coaching theory and practice with body and movement based practices.  Martha was trained in the LeaderCOACH model by Perrone-Ambrose Associates, Inc. She has an MS in Organization Development from American University, a certificate in Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement and is completing a certification with the International Coach Federation.

Sue Ascione
Sue Ascione, MS, is a Training Specialist with the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. Sue provides training and technical assistance to developing and established CACs and MDTs in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Vermont. Prior to her joining NRCAC, she was the Executive Director of the CAC in Lawrence County, PA for 15 years and served in several capacities (child/adult therapist, supervisor and assistant director) at the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County for 13 years. As a member of the PA Chapter of CACs and MDTs, Sue helped develop and implement the Continuous Practice Improvement Program (CPIP) in Pennsylvania and mentored several CPIP teams. She also helped develop and implement the TECH Smart program designed to help parents keep their children safe in the digital world. Sue has trained on many topics, including the Role of MDT coordinator, Steps to Building a CAC, minimal facts interviewing and the effects of domestic violence and sexual abuse on children.


For more information, please contact admin@nrcac.org.






“A leader must always set the standard of what they want to see in others.”

-Lolly Daskal