Our staff of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping children heal from abuse in the Grand Traverse region.
Sue has a BA in psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and an MA in art therapy from the University of Illinois. Her professional career includes clinical work with children and teens at the University of Chicago, teaching graduate students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and certification as a Montessori teacher and yoga instructor. After moving to northern Michigan in 2000, Sue served as executive director of Leelanau Township Community Foundation before joining the TBCAC staff. Sue enjoys living up north with her husband, John, and their children, Zak, Zoe and Zeke. Email Sue.
Amelia Siders, Ph.D., LP
Amelia has been working in the mental health field since 1994. She received a BA in psychology from the University of Michigan and completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego. 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. 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. Amelia lives in Traverse City with her canine companion and beloved TBCAC volunteer, Jeeves. Email Amelia.
Carly grew up in the Traverse City area and received a BA in sociology/psychology from Central Michigan University. Her professional career has taken her from Traverse City to Fort Myers, Florida and back to Traverse City again. She is trained in three different forensic interview protocols endorsed by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA), the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM). Carly has conducted over 1,000 forensic interviews throughout her career. Working with children has always been Carly’s passion. Carly joined the TBCAC staff in December 2014 and is excited to continue her career in the mitten state, alongside her husband and many family members. Email Carly.
Lisa joined the TBCAC in February 2016. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University where she received a BA in psychology and communication disorders. Originally from the Bay City area, Lisa moved to Traverse City in 1997. She and her husband have two boys that keep them very busy with sports and extracurricular activities. Email Lisa.
Teresa grew up in Cadillac, MI. She received a BA in family studies from Spring Arbor University as well as an Associate’s Degree in child development from Northwestern Michigan College. Teresa worked as a Head Start Lead Teacher for 12 years before joining DHHS as a child protection investigator, serving Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Wexford and Missaukee Counties for six years. During this time, Teresa was co-located at the TBCAC as a member of the multidisciplinary team. Teresa is also a certified facilitator of the Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children prevention curriculum offered through Team Zero. She is dedicated to bringing the rate of child sexual abuse in our region to zero! Teresa and her husband have hosted three National Youth Exchange students in their home while raising two children of their own. Email Teresa.
Peg brings a background in both the business and nonprofit sectors to her work at TBCAC. She has a BA in Business Management/Finance from the University of Northern Iowa and an MBA from the University of Toledo. Her career began in banking and financial analysis and included owning and operating a specialized pharmacy in Lansing, MI. After selling the business, Peg followed her heart to nonprofit work, joining the development staff at Ele’s Place, a center for grieving children. She later served as Program Officer and Interim Manager at the Dart Foundation, a private foundation based in the Lansing area. After years of dreaming about living in the Traverse Bay region, Peg and her husband recently moved to Antrim County and are enjoying getting to know this very special place. Email Peg.
Deanna Couture, MA, LPC-S, NCC, RPT
Deanna graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Elementary Education. She pursued graduate work while raising her family, earning an MBA from Texas A & M at Corpus Christi, MA in School Administration from Central Michigan University, and MA in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. Deanna was an elementary teacher and principal for 24 years and worked in a college setting. She has counseled children and adolescents since 2009 in her private practice and in a school setting. She earned her Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential and uses Play Therapy to address cognitive, behavioral, and emotional challenges in her clients. Deanna enjoys life in Traverse City with her husband, Al. They have three adult sons who live in Michigan. Email Deanna.