An Edmond business leader will now help Oklahoma County’s only child advocacy center continue its mission to end child abuse. Trey Wells, owner of a State Farm insurance agency on East Second St., joined the board of directors for The CARE Center in Oklahoma City in August. CARE stands for Child Abuse Response and Evaluation.
According to The CARE Center’s CEO Stacy McNeiland, volunteers like Wells are how the organization continues to help children in need.
“Advocates like Trey further our mission to end child abuse in Oklahoma County,” McNeiland said. “Our work would not be possible without the support of community leaders who step up to address this epidemic and prevent abuse.”
Wells, an Oklahoma State University alumnus, has owned his agency in Edmond since 1997. Supporting The CARE Center is one way he gives back to the community he serves at State Farm.
“I hope to help give local children a voice through the vital work that takes place each day at The CARE Center,” Wells said.
Wells is a native Oklahoman who studied finance, accounting and economics at OSU. He began his career at State Farm as a life and health underwriter in 1991 and has more than two decades of experience as an agent. Wells and his wife, Holly, are enthusiastic members of the Edmond community. When not spending time with their four children and two grandchildren, they enjoy hunting, antiquing and photography.
About The CARE Center
The CARE Center is committed to preventing child abuse through education as well as helping children find their voices and begin to heal after abuse. Organized in 1991, The CARE Center is a nationally accredited child advocacy center and the only child advocacy center in Oklahoma County. Child advocacy centers (CACs) offer community-based, child-friendly, multidisciplinary services for children and families affected by sexual abuse or severe physical abuse. Child abuse is an epidemic in the community: one in three girls and one in five boys will be abused before their 18th birthday. It is The CARE Center’s daily mission to fight abuse and change the statistics. Services are offered in a large historic home at 1403 Ashton Place in Oklahoma City.
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About Josh Watson
Josh Watson is a freelance writer, public relations consultant, and tenured associate professor of communication at Oklahoma Christian University. He advises OC’s student-run PR firm, Eagle PR, and the university’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter. Previously, he worked on award-winning state and national campaigns at McNeely Pigott & Fox in Nashville, one of the nation's top independent PR firms. Dr. Watson has helped his students earn numerous awards and recognitions, especially in national campaign competitions. His wife, Chara, teaches speech and theater at Oklahoma Christian Academy, where their four children attend.