Executive Director ♥ Sue Bolde is the executive director of the northern Michigan Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center. With a BA in psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and an MA in art therapy from the University of Illinois, Sue’s professional career includes clinical work with children and teens at the University of Chicago, graduate-level instruction with students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and certification as a Montessori teacher and yoga instructor. She is currently a teacher in training with Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute as well as a Michigan ACE Initiative trainer.
Under Sue’s leadership, the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center has expanded from serving children and families in one (1) county to six (6) in the Grand Traverse region, has earned national accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance for standards consistent with best practices among child advocacy centers, and has expanding prevention programming with initiatives such as “Team Zero”.
Clinical Director ♥ Amelia Siders Ph.D., LP has been working in the mental health field since 1994. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, California. She is a licensed psychologist. Dr. Siders specializes in assessment, treatment, and advocacy for children, adolescents, and adults with emotional, behavioral, trauma, and substance use disorders. She has been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Incident Reduction, as well as several other trauma-informed interventions. Being part of the multidisciplinary team at the CAC means collaborating with legal, medical, juvenile justice professionals, educators, and social/human services agencies. The better communication people have who are involved with a client, the more effective and efficient services can be. Dr.Siders became passionate about working with children and families who have been affected by abuse when completing her internship at the Center for Child Protection in San Diego, California. She moved to Traverse City in 2004.
Family Advocate ♥ Gwen Taylor joined the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center in February 2011. Gwen is a graduate of Michigan State University where she earned her Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice. She is also a graduate of Grand Valley State University where she earned her Master’s Degree in Non Profit Administration. Gwen is from the Grand Rapids area. She and her husband have lived in Traverse City since 2009. Gwen enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, biking, walking, traveling and stopping along the way for ice cream! She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Forensic Interviewer ♥ Carly Bentley grew up in the Traverse City area and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Psychology from Central Michigan University. Her social work career has taken her from Traverse City to Fort Myers, Florida and back to Traverse City again. Carly has been affiliated with Children’s Advocacy Centers since August 2012 and became a part of the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center in December 2014. Working with children is something Carly has always been passionate about. She is excited to continue her career in the mitten state, alongside her husband and many family members.
Intake Coordinator ♥ Lisa Witham joined the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center in February 2016. Lisa is a graduate of Central Michigan University where she received her Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Communication Disorders. Lisa, originally from the Bay City area, moved to Traverse City in 1997. She and her husband have two boys that keep them very busy with sports and extracurricular activities.
Prevention Coordinator ♥ Hannah Rodriguez, MSW was born and raised in Beulah, Michigan. Hannah attended the University of Michigan where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Theory and Practice with a BA Minor in Community Action Social Change. She completed her Master’s in Social Work through Michigan State University in 2015 with a concentration in Organizational and Community Leadership. Hannah got her start in social work as an intern at TBCAC in 2011 and quickly found that she wished to pursue it professionally. She has since worked in the areas of advocacy for early childhood education, homelessness prevention, community organizing, and rural community and economic development. She has served as Prevention Coordinator with the TBCAC since May of 2014.
Therapist/MDT ♥ Jennifer Symons, LLMSW received her BS in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. Jennifer has been working in the social work field since 2011. Jennifer worked in the substance abuse field for four years and earned a graduate certificate from Western Michigan University in alcohol and drug addiction. Jennifer started at the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center in September 2015 as an MSW clinical intern, then was hired as a Therapist and MDT member in September 2016. Jennifer is from the Traverse City area and enjoys year-round outdoor activities in this region.
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