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.
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 Supervisor
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.
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.
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, including Great Start to Quality Northeast Resource Center, Early Childhood Investment Corporation, Families Together Building Solutions supervisor and Wraparound Coordinator with Catholic Human Services and 4C Director with Child and Family Services 4C. She received a B.S. degree in Health Services Management, and earned an M.A. in Organizational Management and Development from Spring Arbor University.
Compass North Case Manager
Rhianna Compton was born and raised in Alpena. She moved away to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Grand Valley State University. In 2014, she decided to move back and began working for the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena. Because she enjoyed working with children, Rhianna felt inspired to further her education. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at Michigan State University. Rhianna started at Child and Family Services in February 2017 as a Case Manager for Compass North. She is excited about helping local youth that are at risk for runaway and homelessness. Rhianna loves summer because she can enjoy the warm weather and her favorite activities like camping, going to the beach, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends.