Jyoti Gupta, Executive Director

Jyoti Gupta has been the Executive Director of Washtenaw Area Council for Children since 2008. Jyoti started her career as a Patent Attorney in India. However, she soon moved to the non profit arena and worked on a literacy project for social workers to train them on personal laws relating to women.

After moving to the US, she worked in Chicago for Amnesty International USA, a human rights organization. Following her passion to work on women’s and children’s issues, she started working for SafeHouse Center in Ann Arbor, a non profit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in Washtenaw County.

Jyoti has been actively involved in this community and has volunteered for a number of causes. She has been on the board of Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation and Sparsh and currently a Board Member of Cancer Support Community.

Marcia Dykstra, Program Director

Marcia Dykstra joined Washtenaw Area Council for Children in 1995 and currently serves as the agency’s Program Director. She has a BFA from the University of Michigan and was an interior designer. Prior to her tenure at WACC, she served as a volunteer with various child advocacy groups, including with WACC as a board member. She is currently serves on the board for Perry Nursery School.

As Program Director, she is responsible for the design, development, direction and implementation of education materials and programs including our yearly luncheon lecture series and annual conference; Body Safety Training; Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness trainings; Safe Sleep for Infants and Safe Baby; and Internet Safety Programs. She is currently the coordinator for the Washtenaw County Coalition for Infant Morality Reduction.

Robin Batten, Cyber Safety and Cyberbullying Prevention Program Coordinator

Robin Batten joined Washtenaw Area Council for Children in November 2008 and is currently the Cyber Safety Program Coordinator. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State University. Her professional work history includes working for Wayne State University Libraries, Vista Maria Residential Treatment, Methodist Children Home Society’s Foster Care Department, Washtenaw Child Advocacy Center and ITT Technical Institute. In addition to her position with WACC, Robin facilitates workshops for TETO (Talk Early Talk Often), educating parents on adolescence sexual health and volunteers with Prison Fellowship Ministry.


Julia Gilbert, Accountant

Julia is a former Auditor for Deloitte & Touche, llc. She has her B.A. in Accounting from Michigan State University. For the past eleven years, Julia has volunteered for several non-profit organizations as a Treasurer and Fundraiser. Julie Gilbert has been with Washtenaw Area Council for Children since 2008.


Susan Usher, Office Manager

Dylan Kite, Cyber Safety Facilitator and Digital Media Specialist

Alexia Burton, Cyber Safety Facilitator