Our Staff

Brenda Forsythe

Day One Family Support Specialist

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. Read full biography...

    Tiffany Eddinger

    Child Welfare Supervisor

    Tiffany Eddinger graduated in 2004 with her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Western Illinois University. Tiffany has worked within many different social work areas such as group homes, schools, foster care and adoption. She has also worked with the homeless population and most recently Head Start. Tiffany is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Social Work through Walden University. Read full biography...

      Stephanie Dettloff

      Executive Director

      Stephanie began her career with Child & Family Northeast many years ago, and returned first as a board member, and has now transitioned to the role of Executive Director. She brings with her a passion for kids, as well as extensive experience working with children in a variety of settings, Read full biography...

      Brandy Colleran

      Compass North Case Manager

      Brandy Colleran was born and raised in Alpena County. Brandy is currently enrolled at Madonna University pursuing a degree in social work and will earn her degree in December 2019. Brandy has always had a passion for helping people and enjoys working with youth. Brandy has been employed with Big Boy for the last 13 years and is looking forward to starting new adventures. Along with being our Compass North Case Manager, Brandy is also interning here at Child and Family Services and is excited to learn more and be part of our agency's mission. Read full biography...

      Julie Quessenberry

      Case Aide/Adoption Specialist

      Julie was raised in Northern Michigan and moved to Alpena in 2015. She worked as a Nursing Assistant for several years while she attended school and started her family. In 2015, Julie graduated from Spring Arbor University with a Bachelor's degree in Family Life Education. Julie enjoys spending time with her family and decided to stay at home with her children before starting her career. Read full biography...

        Samantha Morrison

        Licensing Specialist

        Samantha Morrison was born in Alpena and resided in Michigan until her husband joined the military. After serving thirteen years she has returned with her Bachelor's Degree in Human Service Management. Her travels and raising a family sparked an interest in social work and promoted her passion to make a difference for the lives of children. Read full biography...

          Stephanie Nehring

          Day One Family Support Specialist

          Stephanie is our Foster Care Case Manager. Stephanie is originally from Alpena. She joined the Navy in 2002 and was stationed in Gulfport, MS and Newport, RI. Stephanie did seven years active duty and one year reserve. She lived in Rhode Island from 2008 until 2018. Stephanie has been on three deployments and is proud to have served the military honorably. Stephanie pursued her education during her time in the Navy and after earning a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice and graduating with honors. Read full biography...

          Monica Troy

          Case Manager/Eviction Diversion Specialist

          Monica is a lifelong resident of the Alpena area.  Monica earned her Associates in Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting and has been certified since 2008. She worked in the clinical medical office setting for 5 years before taking on the administrative duties of the medical office setting. Monica brings a plethora of experience and skills to Child and Family Services but mostly, she brings her passion to help others and finds it very rewarding.  Monica enjoys spending time with family, cooking and loving the outdoors. When she is not working, you may find her hunting, fishing or in the woods foraging for wild mushrooms!

          Amber Hibbler

          Admin. Assistant/Fiscal Clerk

          Amber Hibbler was born in Alpena and has resided in Michigan most of her life. Amber did move out of state with her husband for about a year and a half while he finished serving in the Navy and then made their way back home to Michigan to be closer to family. While starting a family, Amber earned her Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration. Amber's interests include spending time with her husband and children, hunting and horse-back riding. Amber is looking forward to starting this new journey with Child and Family Services and helping the agency grow.

          Jennifer Maynard

          Day One Family Support Specialist

          Jennifer is our Day One Family Support Specialist in support of the Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA).  Jennifer grew up in Alcona County.  In 2005 she joined the United States Army and served 6 years active duty.  She spent her time in the Army mostly stationed throughout Germany and did a 15-month tour to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Jennifer is a proud Army veteran.  After the military she pursued her degree in Network Engineering.  Jennifer is a devoted mother to her son.  She has always wanted to work with families in her community and is excited to have started working as a Family Support Specialist in 2021.

          LeAnne Smith

          Licensing Specialist

          I was raised in the Detroit area of Michigan, but moved to Hillman in 2004, where I met my now husband and moved to Alpena in 2018. I have 2 teenage children; my daughter is 18 & my son is 15. Spending time with my family and close friends is very important to me! In my spare time I enjoy creating drink tumblers & other functional epoxy art, while running my very small business out of my home selling my pieces and doing commissions.  I received my Bachelors in Social Work in December of 2013, graduating with honors from Madonna University. However, I have worked in the Human Services field since 2008 in one capacity or another. I am passionate about working with our most vulnerable populations & advocating for them to live life to their fullest potential. I am very excited to be able to work with the team here at CFSNEMI, who are equally as passionate! I hope to make a positive difference in the lives of our children & families!