MacKenzie Willeke, LLMSW 

Mental Health Therapist 

Amanda Lange 

Family Advocate

Julie is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College where she obtained her Associate's degree in Business Accounting. She enjoys spending time outdoors and gardening. Julie lives in Ionia with her husband and four children.

Lori Kirkhoff

Executive Director/Intake Coordinator

Christy is a graduate of Oakland University with a Bachelor’s degree in Wellness and Health Promotion & Injury Prevention. She has a passion for people to help make their voices heard and help achieve individual and community wellness in all aspects of life. Christy has devoted numerous years as a volunteer teacher to young children. Christy is married to her husband, Dylan, and has three cats, Chocolate Chip, S’mores and Peanut.

Katie is a graduate of Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!) with a Bachelors Degree in Family Studies. Katie developed a passion for working with children when she interned with Midland County’s Safe and Sound Child Advocacy Center. She saw the important work that was done by Child Advocacy Centers and knew this is where she needed to be. In her free time, Katie likes to read and disc golf. She lives in Kent County with her boyfriend, three cats, Frankie, Olive and Hyzer, and pug, Pancake. 

Alfred is a member of the Canine Advocacy Program (CAP) and was trained by Leader Dogs for the Blind. What makes this dog different from other therapy or facility canines is the plan for this canine advocate to follow children and their families through the various processes involved in child abuse cases such as investigation, prosecution, and trauma treatment. Alfred welcomes all families that come to the CAC and comforts them before and after interviews. Alfred also helps families by providing support when they are attending court. When Alfred isn't working at the CAC he enjoys eating socks and learning new tricks at home. 

MacKenzie is a graduate of Western Michigan University from the Master of Social Work program, with a specialization in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).  She has previous internship experience offering restorative practices within schools, inpatient substance abuse treatment, and therapy for survivors at the Ottawa County Children's Advocacy Center. She has completed volunteer work with community organizations helping survivors in many different ways and continues her passionate work with the IM SAFE CAC. MacKenzie enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, and with her cat, Sadie.


Canine Victim Advocate

Amanda is a graduate of Ashford University with a Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Health.  She has a passion to assist families in overcoming barriers and obstacles due to trauma. Her passion was first inspired as a teen when she heard a speaker speak on abolishing human trafficking. She has spent her career working and volunteering with families and individuals that have experienced multiple levels of traumas, to identify their strengths and ability to overcome. In her freetime she enjoys being with her family and doing anything outdoors; especially mountain biking and riding her Harley. Amanda lives in Kent County and has 4 children, one grandson, 2 dogs (Oakley and Max), and one cat (Jynx). 

Katie Krueger

Lead Forensic Interviewer

Kaitlyn is a graduate of Ohio University and has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She developed a passion for working with children when she worked for the Head Start program in Ohio. She recently moved up to Greenville, Michigan, where she lives with her boyfriend and two cats, Audrey and Luca. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking and baking.

Julie Peterson 

Part-Time Bookkeeper


Kyle Butler, President - Ionia County Prosecutor

Esther Combs, Vice President - Montcalm County ISD, Homeless Grant Coordinator, Spec Ed

Jim Loser, Secretary - Ionia County ISD Assistant Superintendent Special Education

Jenny Dinehart, Co-Treasurer - Vice President, Independent Bank


Andrea Krause - Montcalm County Prosecutor

Charlie Noll - Ionia County Sheriff

Tammy Warner - Montcalm Care Network Executive Director

Shannon Lake - Lake Funeral Homes Owner

Michelle Seigo - Ionia/Montcalm Department of Health and Human Services Director

Jacquelyn Stasiak -  Michigan State Police Detective and Community Member

Ryan Maki - Michigan State Police Lieutenant

Mike Williams - Montcalm County Sheriff

​Kerry Possehn, The Right Door to Recovery, Health, and Wellness CEO

Kaitlyn Max 

Intake Coordinator/Forensic Interviewer

Christy Harter 

Lead Prevention Educator/Forensic Interviewer

The founding director of the IM SAFE CAC, as well as the former Chief Assistant Prosecutor of the Ionia County Prosecutor's Office.  Lori took the position of Director/Intake Coordinator in October of 2017 as a way to meet her passion to help improve the lives of children.  She enjoys working with a multi-disciplinary team committed to this task.  Lori holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University and Juris Doctor Degree from Michigan State University College of Law.  She is the proud mother of three children.

Meet Our Staff