about WACC

Our mission is to promote child safety and well-being, and to prevent child maltreatment, abuse, and neglect through educational service and programs to children, parents, community members and youth-serving professionals throughout Washtenaw County.

 

our history

1975

WACC is formed as the Washtenaw County Coordination Council for Children to address inter-disciplinary challenges regarding children and youth

1983

The Michigan Children’s Trust Fund designated WACC as the authority on establishing program development for the prevention of child abuse and neglect

1999

In partnership with University of Michigan athletes, the Shaken Baby Syndrome project began to address the prominence of abusive head trauma

2017

Across Washtenaw County over 11,000 lives are changed annually as a result of Washtenaw Area Council for Children’s five core education programs

 

1975

WACC is formed as the Washtenaw County Coordination Council for Children to address inter-disciplinary challenges regarding children and youth

1983

The Michigan Children’s Trust Fund designated WACC as the authority on establishing program development for the prevention of child abuse and neglect

1999

In partnership with University of Michigan athletes, the Shaken Baby Syndrome project began to address the prominence of abusive head trauma

2017

Across Washtenaw County over 11,000 lives are changed annually as a result of Washtenaw Area Council for Children’s five core education programs

 

1975

WACC is formed as the Washtenaw County Coordination Council for Children to address inter-disciplinary challenges regarding children and youth

1983

The Michigan Children’s Trust Fund designated WACC as the authority on establishing program development for the prevention of child abuse and neglect

1999

In partnership with University of Michigan athletes, the Shaken Baby Syndrome project began to address the prominence of abusive head trauma

2017

Across Washtenaw County over 11,000 lives are changed annually as a result of Washtenaw Area Council for Children’s five core education programs

Washtenaw Area Council for Children is integrated deeply in our community, and we've been that way for a while. A modest start has evolved into a far-reaching, impactful presence. Throughout our 5 programs, we proudly serve every stage of the life spectrum.

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our team

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Michelle Walters
executive director

Starting in April 2019, Michelle moved from Iowa to become the new Executive Director for WACC. Michelle has a deep-rooted foundation of non-profit management and has diverse experiences in early childhood development, child abuse prevention, adolescent sexual health, gerontology, as well as substance abuse prevention.

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Marcia Dykstra
program director

An integral part of WACC since 1995, Marcia is responsible for the design, direction, and development of our preventative programs - including our Luncheon Lecture Series and Annual Conferences.

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Althea Wilson
safe sleep coordinator

Head of the Safe Sleep program since 2013, Althea has extensive knowledge of child development. A natural listener and communicator, Althea is indomitably linked to local families and children.

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Robin Batten
cyber safety manager

Having been an advocate for incarcerated women and an educator for children’s church groups, Robin is meticulously interlaced in our community - a trait essential for her role.

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Susan Usher
office manager

Accomplished in charitable works, Susan partners closely with youth as a mentor and coach. Her zest for positive youth development lends itself well to orchestrating our inner workings.

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Kourtnee Swafford
we care elementary coordinator

A proactive advocate for the youth in her community, Kourtnee is driven to successfully equip children and their families with the knowledge and skills that will add value to their health, wellness and everyday lives.

 

join our team

WACC has an opening for a Cyber Safety Facilitator. This is a part time position, 20-25 hours/week. All applications must be received by July 15th. Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter to the agency. Please contact Robin Batten at robin@washtenawchildren.org with questions or to submit an application. Job Description and information on how to apply.

our board

Chad Allee

Chad Allee | Board Chair

Transformational Choices
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Kriste Goers

Kriste Goers | Vice Chair

Google Account Executive
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Sharon Stemple

Sharon Stemple | Treasurer

Controller, Translume, Inc.
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Nancy Krzesicki

Nancy Krzesicki | Secretary

Interior Designer, By Design Interiors
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Suzi Coghlan

Suzi Coghlan

Parent & Co-Founder of SRSLY
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April Scanlon

April Scanlon

CPS Prevention Specialist
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Alan Oman

Alan Oman

WISD
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Robert O'Reilly

Robert O'Reilly

Conlin, McKenney & Philbrick
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Sara Hoffman

Sara Hoffman

Bank of Ann Arbor
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Martha Kerr

Martha Kerr

Abuse Prevention & Child Protection
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Kristen McCurry

Kristen McCurry

Transformational Choices
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Jane Nickert

Jane Nickert

Director of Nursing, WCPH
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Pai Meng

Pai Meng, M.D.

Physician
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Sherri Goff

Sherri Goff

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
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Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson

Michigan Medicine
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Mara Goodman

Mara Goodman

Social Worker, Chelsea Schools
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Judith Thurman

Judith Thurman

Washtenaw County Community Mental Health
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Todd Herrenkohl

Todd Herrenkohl

University of Michigan School of Social Work
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Chad Allee

Chad is the Executive Director of Transformational Choices Holistic Therapy & Counseling, with offices in Ann Arbor, Plymouth, and Monroe. He has been an adjunct professor at Wayne State University, and has been involved in non-profit organizations at local, state, national and international levels focused on children and families for more than 15 years. Chad and his wife, Denise have 4 children and enjoy traveling together as a family.

Kriste Goers

Kriste Goers is an Account Executive at Google based in Ann Arbor. Kriste has been with Google for nearly 4 years and has spent the last decade working in digital media/advertising for various media agencies and clients in metro Detroit. She graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan and also received her Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from EMU. Recently, she went back to school to obtain a Master Certificate in Business Leadership and Management from Michigan State University. Kriste lives in Van Buren Charter Township with her husband Joe, infant son Hudson, and their two dogs.

Sharon Stemple

Sharon is a Financial Controller at Translume, Inc. She brings with her more than 25 years of experience in the Financial arena with large Corporations, such as ADP and Thomson Reuters. Among her many talents, Sharon also brings with her several years of experience with start-up ventures within the Ann Arbor community, where she has gained extensive knowledge in HR, Technology, and Implementation. Sharon has served on the Board of Directors of WACC for 4 years, more recently as Treasurer, and is active on several other non-profit organizations, such as The Margetts Foundation and the Ann Arbor Hockettes Intermediate Ice-Skating Team. Sharon lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and daughter.

Nancy Krzesicki

Nancy is an Interior Designer, and owner of By Design Interiors for 20 years. Married with two grown girls, I was invited to the spring breakfast event and after hearing the wonderful programs that WACC has to offer our communities, I knew I wanted to get involved. I enjoy traveling, reading and spending time with Family. Looking forward becoming a more active member of WACC.

Suzi Coghlan

Suzi Coghlan is the Director of the Coghlan Family Foundation. The Foundation has helped to create and financially support a number of programs including: SRSLY- A Community Coalition established in 2008 to prevent destructive behavior in youth, Special Days Camps- A camp for children with cancer and their siblings and The Coghlan Family Craniofacial Fellowship- A fellowship providing an additional year of education specializing in craniofacial patients within the University of Michigan’s Orthodontics program. Suzi has been on the Board of Directors of WACC for 9 years. As a mother of 3 daughters, she is an advocate for children and families. Suzi lives in Saline with her husband Michael.

April Scanlon

April is the Prevention Specialist for Washtenaw County Department of Health and Human Services providing resources, support/advocacy, and referrals for in-home services to at-risk families. She has worked in Children’s Services since 2008 as an investigator and ongoing CPS specialist. She partners with many community organizations and ensures that Services Specialists are informed of community resources. April resides in Canton with her husband and two children.

Alan Oman

Alan is the Executive Director of Early Childhood Programs for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. WISD’s Early Childhood Department is responsible for the administration of Head Start, Early Head Start, and the state GSRP prekindergarten programs in Washtenaw County. In addition, the ISD provides home visiting and special education services for children ages birth to three. Prior to joining Washtenaw ISD, Alan was the Director of Early Childhood and Family Programs for the ISD in Midland County and worked for more than twenty years managing non-profit organizations that support children and families. Alan currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Head Start Association, as well as committees and boards for several other state and local organizations. Alan previously served as the Board President of the Child Abuse and Neglect Council in Midland County.

Robert O'Reilly

Robert is an attorney with Conlin, McKenney & Philbrick in Ann Arbor. His practice focuses primarily on estate planning, estate and trust administration, business law, and real estate. Robert earned his Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School and he lives in Ann Arbor with his wife, Alyssa, and daughter, Fiona.

Sara Hoffman

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Martha Kerr

Martha Kerr is the Abuse Prevention Initiative and Child Protection Team Coordinator at the University of Michigan Health System. She has been a social worker for over 30 years and received her Master in Social Work degree from Wayne State University. Martha considers herself a strong advocate for children having worked and volunteered in programs of this nature. She resides in Detroit with her family and two cats.

Kristen McCurry

Kristen McCurry has been a proud supporter of WACC for years, and joined the board in 2016. She is the Director of Clinical Outreach at Transformational Choices counseling and Therapy, and has worked in the nonprofit community since 2009. She earned her Master of Social Work (LMSW) degree from the University of Michigan with a focus on management of human services and evaluation. Kristen has a passion for promoting growth and efficiency in the nonprofit sector, while strategically placing organizations in a position to thrive within ever-changing political and social environments. She has a deep appreciation for the work of WACC and the organization’s impacts on children, families, and our local community.

Jane Nickert

Jane Nickert is the Director of Nursing for Washtenaw County Public Health. She has been a public health nurse for over 20 years and for many years worked specifically with pregnant women and children. She received her BSN as well as her MSN and MSBA from Madonna University. Jane has worked in public health at both the state and local level. Jane has a passion for assuring the health and safety of children. She worked as the Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program which afforded her the opportunity to help develop policy around protecting Michigan’s children from lead poisoning. In her current role Jane will continue to improve services dedicated to protecting Washtenaw County children. Jane is married and is the grandmother to five, Skylar, Aiden, Cash, Madison and Sophia.

Pai Meng

Pai Meng is an Internist & Pediatrician who lives in Scio and works in Saline. As both a pediatrician and a mom, she believes in the importance of primary prevention efforts to keep kids safe.

Sherri Goff

Sherri Goff has worked as a Respiratory Therapist for nearly thirty years including St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. She is a wife and mother of three children and is dedicated to helping all children stay safe and healthy.

Angela Johnson

Angela M. Johnson is Senior Outreach Specialist for the Program for Multicultural Health at Michigan Medicine, Community Health Services where she develops health education, health outreach, and training for community, students, staff, and faculty. Angela has served as a healthcare professional for more than 15 years with research specialties and published work in maternal health and breastfeeding disparities.

Angela earned a bachelors in psychology from Amherst College, both a masters in sociology & urban affairs, and a doctorate in medical sociology from Michigan State University, and a postdoctoral research training certificate from the Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research (at Michigan Medicine).

Prior to joining Michigan Medicine, Angela served the State of Michigan, Child and Family Services in the areas of Juvenile Justice, Children’s Protective Services, and Welfare Reform for a combined eight years. She and her husband have 3 children and enjoy spending time together as a family.

Mara Goodman

Mara is a clinical social worker who has worked in the schools for seven years. Prior to working as a school social worker Mara worked in the child welfare system specializing with older youth who had been in foster care for significant periods of time. Mara received her Bachelor and Master of Social Work from Wayne State University. She is passionate about children's rights and enjoys working alongside families to support their growth. Mara works as a school social worker at Beach Middle School in Chelsea. She lives in Superior Township with her husband and child.

Judy Thurman

Information to come.

Todd Herrenkohl

Information to come.

 
 

our advisory council

Renee Adorjan

Sheriff Jerry Clayton

Howard Holmes II

Cynthia Koch

Brian Mackie

Melissa Oca

 

our partners

We are proud to partner with some of Washtenaw County's most innovative, civic-minded organizations. You can check out more information on our partners and what we're up to on this page.

Interested in joining the cause? Three out of four businesses help their community by making donations. And the best part? As a qualified charitable organization, most of your donation is tax deductible. Click here to learn more.