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Family Support Worker
Brenda Forsythe has 15 years of experience working with children ranging from infant to pre-school children. She has worked for Child and Family Services since January of 2013 as a Family Support Worker in the Day One Program in Alcona County. In 2000, Brenda went to Alpena Community college and received her Child Development Accreditation Certificate to work with infants through age five. Brenda loves to walk with her 3 black labs, garden, and relax and cool off in her pool. When Brenda isn’t working in her house or doing something that is needed, she will be sitting outside with a book in her hands.
Meg Nisbet joined CFS in December of 2013 and provides both licensing and development for the agency. As Development Director, she focuses on recruitment and retention, training, event planning, grant writing and media relations. She also provides Trauma Informed Caregiving training for both foster families, as well as community professionals. Meg has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling, a Master’s Degree in Military Resilience (Crisis and Trauma Care) and holds a LLPC license in Professional Counseling. She brings with her a background in counseling, management, training and promotion. Her free time is filled with her Cocker Spaniel, Weldan, and raising chickens, turkeys and gardening.
Cindy was born in Rogers City, and raised in Alpena. She came to Child and Family Services of NEMI, Inc., March 2014 with thirteen years of experience working for a non-profit organization. This experience includes 6 years as a bookkeeper, as well as experience in payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, paying and reporting federal taxes, state taxes and unemployment taxes. She enjoys walking, fishing and enjoying the summers that we have here in Michigan.
Annette retired from Alpena County DHS with 20+ years of experience in Child Welfare. She has a bachelor’s degree in Community Service and a Master’s degree and LLPC in Counseling. We are glad that she decided to come out of retirement and bring her experience to us.
Angela Waite has a background in child development, and also dementia care training. She has taught small groups, and was a busy small office supervisor. She has worked in the fields of childcare, eldercare, and small business. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children, and being involved in their many activities. When she has any spare time Angi enjoys spending time with her Grandchildren, and by helping others.
Foster Care Specialist
Shelley Hance is married with four children and one grandchild. Her family is very involved with sports, especially softball in the summertime. She herself has been a coach for over 25 years. She is currently the Assistant Basketball Coach and the Head Softball Coach at Alpena Community College.
Shelley is the oldest of ten children, with many of her siblings in the military. She is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She recently moved to Northern Michigan and is very excited to be here.
Laurel Moors comes to us from a background as a service provider in children and adult domestic violence, and sexual assault, children’s services, substance abuse and family therapy. Laurel has a past in Administration. Her undergraduate in Criminal Justice and Psychology is from Northern Michigan University she has received her Master’s degree in Counseling and also School Counseling from Central Michigan University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC). She enjoys performing group work and volunteering in the community. She loves the outdoors, time with family and friends, music and painting.
Foster Care Specialist
Ned Heath, Foster Care Supervisor, comes to Child and Family Services with 5 years of experience in the Child Welfare System in the Tri-Cities area. He is originally from the Alpena area and graduated from Alpena Community College and then continued his education at Lake Superior State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and a Master of Science degree from Michigan State University. In his free time, he enjoys supporting his children at athletic events and running with his entire family in 5K/Fun Run events.
Tricia Frost is in her final year at Indiana University in the Masters of Social Work program. She is a native of Rogers City. She did her under graduate work at Central Michigan University graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology. She has worked in Saginaw at a residential treatment center for individuals with substance abuse disorders; where she gained a passion for working with at-risk youth. She has completed eleven weeks of internship and is now employed with Child & Family Services of Northeast Michigan.
Foster Care Specialist
Crystal Staffne attended the Minnesota School of business, where she studied business administration and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
Crystal is also the mother of two daughters and a certified dog obedience trainer. Crystal obtained a certification in dog obedience and rehabilitation of shelter dogs from the Animal Behavioral College. Crystal is currently attending college for her Master’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Forensics. She recently moved to Michigan in May of 2016 and is excited to be living where her family resides.
Amy Cramer has been with Child and Family Services since December, 2015. She comes to us with 15 years of Secretarial experience. Amy was a former Foster Parent with Child & Family Services for about 5 years. She adopted a special needs daughter, Sarah, in 1998. Then in 2000 she adopted a set of twins, Cathleen & Anthony, that had originally been placed in her home as foster children. Amy enjoys spending time with her family, going for walks, fishing, camping, cooking, and playing Cornhole.
Day One Nurse
Sue Lovelace has been a nurse for almost 30 years, with hospital, clinic, hospice and public health nursing/managerial experience. Sue’s interests include art, music, reading and gardening. Sue is certified in Reiki, Reflexology, Healing Touch, Crystal Reiki and Reconnective Healing. Spending time with children and grandchildren is a great source of joy for Sue.
Elise joins us from Central Michigan University where she earned a Bachelors degree in Family Studies in 2016. She is a Foster Care Case Manager for us. In her spare time, Elise enjoys being outside, winter ice fishing, and in the summer boating, fishing, archery, bike riding, and in the fall she is an avid hunter. She loves spending time with her family, niece and nephew and her boyfriend.
Nicole Daugherty was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. Five years ago, she relocated to Roscommon, Michigan and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in April of 2016. Before Nicole came to Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan, she worked as a Youth Specialist Supervisor at the Roscommon County Juvenile Detention Center. She comes to us in a Foster Care Case Manager position. During her free time, she likes to spend time with her two children, husband, and three dogs.