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...
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...
Day One Family Support Specialist
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. Read full biography...
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...
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...
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 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...
Foster Care Case Manager
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...
Welcome Lauren Smith! Lauren was born and raised in Alpena, MI. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and being outside in the sunshine. Lauren has always had a passion for helping others and is excited to make a career of it through Social Work. Lauren is currently studying for her Bachelor's of Social Work through Ferris State University. She will be starting the Master's of Social Work program in the fall of 2020.
Housing Resource Specialist
Monica is a life long resident of the Alpena area. She was a stay at home mom until her youngest of three started school full time. Monica earned her Associates in Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting and became certified in 2008. She worked in the clinical setting for five years before entering the administrative setting. Monica brings with her 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 her family, cooking and loving the outdoors. You may find her hunting, fishing or in the woods foraging for wild mushrooms.
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.