By Pam Holt
Children’s Alliance Center for Palo Pinto County board member
Everybody seems to know Libby Cluett.
She was usually seen with a camera around her neck and a pen in one hand and a pad in the other as she gathered stories about the county and area people, places and events to reveal to the public.
On Nov. 13, Libby ended her almost seven-year career of editing, writing, reporting and photographing for the Mineral Wells Index to accept the call to serve as the executive director for the Children’s Alliance Center for Palo Pinto County, (CACPPC), a new non-profit organization serving Palo Pinto County.
In the days and weeks ahead, she will be working with the CACPPC’s board and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas Inc. to create a child-friendly center for Palo Pinto County’s victims of child abuse.
In one safe place, Libby will coordinate the work of prosecutors, police, child protective service workers, medical personnel and mental-health counselors as they secure necessary information from and for abused children, and hopefully help children and families move toward a place of healing and wholeness.
Libby Cluett comes to this position with excitement and experience.
The first gift she brings to the center is – she knows everyone. Among the many, she has interviewed attorneys, police officers, medical personnel, child protective workers and mental-health counselors.
The second gift she brings is – she is an excellent listener. A third – she is a superb writer. She also brings gifts of coordinating many volunteers and writing a number of grants, many of which she developed when she worked for the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
She also brings the gift of teaching, especially in early-childhood education, high school language arts and with museum audiences of all ages.