Meet Our Team

Michael Christy
Executive Director

Michael Christy serves as the Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Michigan (CACMI), a statewide network Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) that serves more than 10,000 children and families every year. He began working with CACMI August 2017. His mission is to help ensure that every child in the  state has access if needed to an integrated response to child abuse allegations and ongoing trauma-informed services. Michael is actively involved in working with local, statewide, and national partners to promote and support the CAC/MDT model. Michael has more than a decade of non-profit leadership experience. In previous roles with a statewide behavioral health provider, he led a number of initiatives with multidisciplinary teams to improve patient care, including efforts to introduce trauma-sensitive care environments. Michael earned his MBA from the DeVos Graduate School at Northwood University. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife and their 3 children, 2 dogs, and a cat.


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 staff across the state. In addition to preparation for (re)accreditation, this support will range from on-site training to phone consultations, active troubleshooting of difficult dilemmas and real-time discussions to help meet the needs of all CAC staff. His personal mission is one of accessibility and accountability and to ensure that every CAC staff person has an opportunity for professional development and growth as experts in their field. 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 also 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.


Amelia Siders, Ph.D. LP
Director of Clinical Practice Development and Education

As the Director of Clinical Practice Development and Education for CAC-MI, Amelia helps to support the clinical and victim advocacy operations of Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) in Michigan.  Amelia’s duties include: providing clinical consultation, giving onboarding support for new victim advocates and clinicians at CACs, operational support for established CACs and internship programs, development of training curriculum and materials based on the needs of and for use at CACs, and development and facilitation of peer review/support programs for advocates and clinicians. Amelia’s goal is to make training, practice, and support easily accessible so that CAC staff can focus on providing current state of the art, evidenced -based services to victims and families. Prior to working with CAC-MI,  Amelia was the Program Director for the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center.  She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. In her free time, Amelia enjoys being the “best” Auntie to her two nieces, cooking for friends and family, and spending time with her dog Jeeves and two cats.


Aricka Gannon is the administrative and project coordinator for the Children's Advocacy Centers of Michigan

Aricka Gannon
Administrative Project Coordinator

Aricka Gannon is the Administrative Project Coordinator for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Michigan. Her previous experience includes social media marketing and communications, copy-writing, and event planning. Aricka earned a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from Grand Valley State University and most recently served on the board for the Heartside Business Association. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing, traveling, and visiting restaurants around Grand Rapids.



Our Board of Directors

Nyse Holloman, Chair

Melissa Werkman, Vice Chair

Scott Dzurka, Treasurer

Allison Benczkowski, Secretary

Alex Brace

Amber Depuydt-Goodlock

Cynthia Morley

Darcy Fluharty

Dr. Dena Nazer

Jamie Rossow

Kathleen Sweeney

Kimberly Ruppel

Lori Antkoviak

Melanie Richards

Michelle Waskevich

Rebecca Yuncker

Tricia Schuster

Our CAC Members

Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center, Allegan County

CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, Arenac & Bay County

Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center, Barry County

Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Michigan, Berrien County

Children’s Advocacy Center, Calhoun County

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

The Voices for Children Advocacy Center, Genesee County

Child Advocacy Center, Gratiot County

Small Talk Children’s Advocacy Center, Ingham County

Isabella County Child Advocacy Center, Isabella County

Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County, Jackson County

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 County

Care House of Macomb County, Macomb County

Manistee County Child Advocacy Center, Manistee County

Safe & Sound Child Protection and Advocacy Center, Midland County

Northern Michigan Mobile Child Advocacy Center, Alger, Claire, Delta, Gladwin, Missaukee, Menominee, & Schoolcraft County

IM Safe Child Advocacy Center, Ionia and Montcalm

Child Abuse Council of Muskegon County, Muskegon County

Care House of Oakland County, Oakland County

Children’s Advocacy Center of Ottawa County, Ottawa County

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

CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, Saginaw County

Sanilac County Child Advocacy Center, Sanilac County

The Voices for Children Advocacy Center, Shiawassee County

Blue Water Area Child Advocacy Center, 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)

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…