Intake Coordinator/Forensic Interviewer
Mental Health Therapist
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.
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.
Lisa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and will be graduating with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice of Administration in the Spring of 2023. Lisa’s journey walking alongside survivors began right here in our community. She worked at Relief After Violent Encounter-Ionia/Montcalm, Inc. (RAVE I/M Inc.) for over 6 years! She began as their Shelter Supervisor/Crisis Response Advocate, and oversaw the Emergency Shelter programming, 24/7 crisis and support hotline, and supervised shelter advocates. Later, she transitioned to the Emergency Response Program Coordinator and led a group of specially trained volunteer advocates providing crisis intervention services at the scene of crimes. In this role, she also collaborated with the Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office offering services to survivors as a legal advocate. Lisa’s most recent role served as the Volunteer Services Coordinator/Crisis Intervention Advocate at the YWCA-Grand Rapids. She recruited, trained, and supervised volunteer advocates. She was also the frontline advocate within the Nurse Examiner Program. In addition to her job roles, she served as the Secretary for the Montcalm Prevention Collaborative Executive Board, Workgroup Chair for the Ionia County Substance Abuse Coalition, Human Trafficking Task Force, Kent County, SART-Sexual Assault Response Team, Kent County, and currently the President of Hope 2nd Chances Animal Sanctuary. She has a Doberman named Adonis and a cat named Breezy. She enjoys cooking, listening to music, and is a sports fanatic.
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.
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).
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.
Arden received her master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University and her bachelor’s degree in social work from Eastern Michigan University. Arden believes everyone has a right to dignity and respect without judgment. She has experience working with families experiencing homelessness, volunteering for Detroit Public School’s reading program, and volunteering for a shelter for victims of human trafficking in Baltimore, Maryland. Arden is currently enrolled in yoga teacher training and enjoys reading, eating, and looking up at the night sky.
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