Meet Our Team

Melissa Werkman


Melissa comes to CACMI from her role as the President and CEO of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County. She led a team of 24 staff and 12 on-site multi-disciplinary team members serving more than 1000 survivors of child sexual abuse a year. In her past leadership roles, she worked to advocate for individuals with Down syndrome, create more access to healthcare, and helped develop mentorship programs for women and girls. Her experience has provided her with a keen awareness of the challenges and isolation that faces leaders today and she is eager to bring that empathy and insight to support others. By cultivating deeply meaningful corporate and community partnerships, she has come to understand the exponential effect of creating mutually beneficial relationships that honor mission and impact organizational goals which in turns impacts the broader community.  

Melissa is honored to assume the role supporting the critical work that CACs perform across Michigan every day by increasing access, growing capacity, cultivating sustainable funding and influencing policy that will best benefit all of Michigan’s children.


Joshua Bissell
Program Director


As the Program Director for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Michigan (CACMI) team, Joshua is committed to providing support to CAC leaders and their staffs across the state. In addition to helping members prepare for accreditation and re-accreditation, his support ranges from on-site training to phone consultations, active troubleshooting of difficult dilemmas and planned delivery of content expertise and practical advice. His personal mission is to ensure that every CAC staff person has an opportunity for professional development and growth as experts in their field and to foster a collaborative network where even the smallest programs feel supported.

In a previous life, Joshua worked as a licensed social worker in the state of Louisiana developing a social services program embedded within the New Orleans Police Department Special Victims Section. He spent years working with the Child Abuse, Adult Sex Crimes, and Domestic Violence units and served as a forensic interviewer and case manager at the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center. He received undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology and his master’s degree in social work at Tulane University. In his free time, he enjoys disc golfing and board games and likes to write short stories in the genre of science fiction and fantasy.


Amanda Davis Scott, MS, MA, LPC-S, CAADC
Clinical Director


As the Director of Clinical Practice, Development, and Education for CACMI, Amanda helps to support the clinical and victim advocacy operations of the Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) in Michigan. Amanda’s duties include but are not limited to providing clinical consultation, giving onboarding support for new victim advocates and clinicians at the CACs, operational support for established CACs and internship programs, development of training curriculum and materials based on the needs of and for the use at CACs, and development and facilitation of peer review/support programs for advocates and clinicians. Prior to working at CACMI Amanda was the Program Director at the Lenawee Child Advocacy Center and the Program Director at the Lenawee Child Trauma Assessment Center. Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in family life education from Spring Arbor University, a Master’s degree in counseling also from Spring Arbor University, and a Master’s degree in criminal justice with a specialization in forensic psychology from Tiffin University. In her free time Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband James, and three children.

Steven King, MSW, LMSW, LLMFT
Operations Manager


As the Operations Manager for CACMI, Steven helps to support the operations of the Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) in Michigan. Steven’s duties include but are not limited Association Membership Services and Initiatives, Member Relations, Communications, Organizational Development, Financial Operations, and HR support. Prior to working at CACMI Steven was the Intake Coordinator and an Advocate at the Jackson County Child Advocacy Center. Steven holds a bachelor’s degree Psychology from Michigan State University, a Master’s degree in Social Work also from Michigan State University, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. In his free time Steven enjoys spending time with his family, reading a good book, running, and playing disc golf.


Our Board of Directors

Nyse Holloman, Chair

Scott Dzurka, Treasurer

Allison Benczkowski, Secretary

Alex Brace

Amber Depuydt-Goodlock

Bethany Law

Cynthia Morley

Darcy Fluharty

Dr. Dena Nazer

Jamie Rossow

Jamie Lee

Kathleen Sweeney

Kimberly Ruppel

Lori Antkoviak

Melanie Richards

Savator Seldon-Johnson

Tricia Schuster

Our CAC Members

Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center, Allegan, Barry, VanBuren Counties

CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, Arenac, Bay, Saginaw, & Huron Counties

Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Michigan, Berrien County

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Sexual Assault Services, Calhoun County

Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center, Crawford, Iosco, Oscoda, Ogemaw, & Roscommon County

Voices for Children Advocacy Center, Genesee & Shiawassee Counties

Gratiot County Child Advocacy Association, Gratiot County

Small Talk Children’s Advocacy Center, Ingham & Eaton Counties

Isabella County Child Advocacy Center, Isabella County

Children’s Advocacy Center of South Central Michigan, Jackson, Hillsdale, & Lenawee Counties

Children’s Advocacy Center of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County

Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County, Kent County

Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County, Lapeer County

Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center, Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, & Wexford Counties

Care House of Macomb County, Macomb County

Lakeshore Children’s Advocacy Center, Manistee County and Mason County

Safe & Sound Child Protection and Advocacy Center, Midland County

Northern Michigan Alliance for Children & Mobile Child Advocacy Center,  Claire, Gladwin, & Missaukee Counties

IM Safe Child Advocacy Center, Ionia and Montcalm

Child Abuse Council of Muskegon County, Muskegon County

Care House of Oakland County, Oakland County

Ed and Nancy Hanenburg Children’s Advocacy Center (aka: CAC of Ottawa County), Ottawa County

Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeast Michigan, Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency & Presque Isle County

Sanilac County Child Advocacy Center, Sanilac County

St. Clair County Child Abuse/Neglect Council, Inc., St. Clair County

Child Advocacy Center of Tuscola, Tuscola County

Washtenaw Child Advocacy Center, Washtenaw County

Kids-Talk Children’s Advocacy Center, Wayne County (Detroit)

Kids-Talk Children’s Advocacy Center, Wayne County (Southgate)

The Voice for Clinton County’s Children, Clinton County 

Open Arms Child Advocacy Center, Mecosta, Osceola, Lake, & Newaygo Counties

Livingston Area Council Against Spouse Abuse, Inc. (LACASA), Livingston County

Dial Help, Inc. aka Houghton Keweenaw Child Advocacy Center, Baraga, Keweenaw, & Houghton Counties

Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeast Michigan, Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, & Presque Isle Counties

Bay Mills Social Services, Bay Mills Indian Community 

Caring House Child Advocacy Center, Dickinson & Iron Counties

Child Advocacy Center of Branch County, Branch County

Delta Regional Child Advocacy Center, Alger, Delta, Menominee, & Schoolcraft Counties

Eastern Upper Peninsula Child Advocacy Center, Chippewa, Luce, & Mackinac Counties

Hannahville Social Services, Hannahville Indian Community

Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan, Emmitt, Cheyboygan, Otsego, & Charlevoix Counties

Network of Hope

Zoe’s Story.

Zoe first heard about the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) when someone from there came to her classroom. She was in 3rd grade at the time. The person from the CAC talked to the class about “body safety.” Zoe knew about keeping herself… Read more…