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 and Associate Directors who have been in their positions for one to two years.

LEC 13 Recruitment is now closed. If you are interested in applying for LEC 14, please email admin@nrcac.org with your contact information.


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
  • Provides professional individual coaching tailored to each participant


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

LEC Suggested Articles


Martha Lask
Martha Lask co-developed and facilitates NRCAC’s Leadership Exchange and Coaching Project, (LEC), now in its 13th cohort. 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. She has served over 30 years in the field of family violence as a direct service provider to victims of child abuse and domestic violence, and in leadership positions at child-serving nonprofit organizations in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Sue served 16 years as the Executive Director of the Children's Advocacy Center in Lawrence County, PA. She has been a mentor, trainer, and consultant to many emerging and developing child advocacy centers and multidisciplinary teams to identify challenges, barriers, and organizational development needs to plan the changes necessary for quality improvement. Sue provides training on many topics, including Vicarious Trauma, Victim Advocacy, Team Development, and Minimal Facts.


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