Our Staff

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...

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 Read full biography...

Chelsea Paad

Foster Care Case Manager

Alpena native, Chelsea is one of our Foster Care Case Managers. She attained her Associates Degree from ACC in 2015, and her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Madonna University in 2021. Chelsea has years of experience in the human service industry through prior work experience with ABA therapy and various roles through Community Mental Health, as well as several volunteer experiences within the community. She Read full biography...

    Marie Grochowski

    Foster Care Aid

    Marie was born and raised in Alpena and has resided in Alpena most of her life.  Marie brings over 30+ years of experience working with children of all ages.  She has worked with the public for years and owned and operated her own group daycare.  She has hands on experience working with children with special needs along with many classes working towards an associate degree in Child Development.  She is excited Read full biography...

      Kaitlyn Peltz

      Foster Care Case Manager

      Kaitlyn Peltz is one of our Foster Care Case Managers. She has lived in Northern Michigan all of her life. Katie enjoys spending time outside, playing with her dogs, playing video games, and spending time with friends and family. In 2019, Katie received an Associate’s degree from Alpena Community College. She then went on to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in social and criminal justice. Read full biography...

        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 Read full biography...

        Julie Quessenberry

        Adoption & Licensing Supervisor

        Julie was raised in Northern Michigan and moved to Alpena in 2015. She worked as a Nursing Assistant for several years while attending school and starting her family. In 2015, Julie graduated from Spring Arbor University with a Bachelor’s in Family Life Education. Family is very important to her and she values strong family relationships. Julie joined Child & Family Services NEMI in 2019 as a Case Aide, later Read full biography...

          Stephanie Taylor

          Adoption Specialist

          I was born and raised in Northeast Michigan. I graduated in 2020 from Walden University with my Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development. I am passionate about helping children, and their families live a happy and fulfilled life and overcome poverty, cultural influence and gender bias. I have worked in the Human Service and Medical field for the past ten years. 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 Read full biography...

          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...

            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 Read full biography...

            Stephanie Nehring

            Day One Family Support Specialist

            Stephanie is our Family Support Specialist for Alpena and Montmorency Counties. 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 Read full biography...

            Samantha Morrison

            BCC Caseworker and Outreach Coordinator

            Samantha Morrison is from Alpena but spent her early adulthood traveling throughout the U.S. with her husband. She graduated University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s in Human Service Management. She began her journey at CFS in 2019 as part of the child welfare team. She recently transitioned into her new position in Compass North as a case manager for BCC and outreach.  Her travels and raising a family Read full biography...

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