Executive Director of Exchange Center for Child Abuse and Prevention named finalist in remarkable women contest

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — For as long as Pam Miles can remember, she has worked to take care of people.

“When I was a teenager I was one of those types of people that everybody comes to and talks about their problems with,” Pam Miles said.

As a young woman, Pam witnessed injustices done to abuse victims seemingly caused by the system.

“Seems like they would be the ones that would get in trouble,” Miles explained. “They would end up with a juvenile probation officer or they would end up kind of getting almost railroaded into saying that wasn’t happening in their home or what they were saying wasn’t true.”

With those experiences in mind, Pam set out on a journey to become an advocate for abuse victims.

“I went into being a juvenile probation officer and I did that job and loved it,” Miles said. “I have a gift for being able to build repertoire with really angry teens.”

Pam now works as the Executive Director for the Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention. It’s a job her coworkers say is not easy.

“We hear everything. I’m talking sexual abuse, to emotional abuse, neglect that you wouldn’t believe,” said Pam’s coworker Brenda Smith. “She’s here. Everyday. Anytime you need her, doesn’t matter what’s going on she will answer, she will respond.”

“It’s amazing to see someone who really doesn’t know if they even want to be here anymore to a functioning member of society and building a future for their kids because of the skills that she’s taught them here,” said another coworker Carolyn Money.

Helping people isn’t just Pam’s job; it’s her life’s mission. Unsurprisingly, Pam’s love doesn’t stop with her clients. It also spreads to her coworkers and everyone she meets.

“Her kindness to even total strangers, her compassion for people is amazing,” said Pam’s coworker Lisa Smith.

“I love to learn,” explained Shannon Welch. “The fact that she pushes that, the learning, and being on top of what you do and studying and always making sure that you’re becoming better, for me, that’s a huge motivation.”

“I could see her passion and that was something I wanted to be a part of,” said Robin McDaniels.

And while Pam might not feel that she’s remarkable…

“I think the work that I do is pretty simple, I think it’s profound in terms of impact, but so is the work that a million other people in this community do everyday,” Miles explained. “So no I don’t feel real remarkable, but I’ll take it!”

Her coworkers, family members, random strangers, and her countless clients know she’s a remarkable woman.

One woman will be named the Wiregrass area’s woman of the year and win a trip to New York City to attend the Mel Robbins show. From the more than 100 local winners, one woman will be selected and named Nexstar Media Group’s Woman of the Year.

On Tuesday, February 18, we will introduce you to our second remarkable women contest finalist.

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