" Each one of us can make a difference, together we can make a change."

Barbera Mikulski

OUR PEOPLE

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BRIANA RICHARDSON

Executive Director

Briana graduated from Ferris State University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, and a Minor in Women Studies. She has been working with children and youth for over 18 years. Including working for the Children of Cobb County in Georgia, and hosting many Fundraising events. Briana was born and raised in Isabella County and is ready to use her skills and passion to be the voice for the children of Isabella County. During her spare time she enjoys hunting, fishing, running, biking, baking, and cooking.

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BRAD VAVZINCAK

Prevention Educator

Brad attended Bowling Green State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Brad has over 25 years experience working with children and families in the community. He specializes in connecting with kids of all ages within any educational setting. Brad is married,  has 2 children, as well as his "grumble" of 3 Pugs.  He is passionate about the safety of children. Brad is excited to implement Protect Yourself in the hopes of promoting healthy connections and conversations within families.

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JOHN LAMBRIGHT

Forensic Interviewer

John Lambright graduated from CMU in 2016 with a B.S. in Community Services, with a lot of background in child development and education. He has been involved with CACs since May of 2015 first with the Court Appointed Special Advocates program in Clinton County as a Volunteer and continued on to supervise the program. In 2017, John became a Forensic Interviewer for Ionia and Montcalm Counties. He has also been training Forensic Interviewing for PAAM (Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan), since 2019.

HANNAH FIEGEL 

Intern

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NICOLE MADLEM

Family Advocate

Nicole received her Bachelors Of Arts degree in Psychology from Albion College. She went on to obtain a Masters Of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She brings years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping children and families with compassion and empathy. Prior to working with the ICCAC Nicole worked for over ten years in various positions with the Department of Public Social Services in Riverside County California.  She returned to her hometown of Michigan in 2017. Nicole is married with two children and two dogs.

Hannah is a senior at Central Michigan University and will be graduating in May 2022.  She is majoring in Social Work with a minor in Psychology. After graduation, Hannah plans to pursue her Masters of Social Work. She has always had a passion for working with children and advocating for their health and safety. Hannah grew up nearby in Mecosta, MI and now resides in the Mount Pleasant area with her boyfriend and two cats. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and horses.  

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KELSEY SHIMMONS

Intern

Kelsey is a senior at Central Michigan University and will be graduating in May 2022 with her bachelor in Social Work. Kelsey grew up in an area where there was a lot of need for child advocacy, but there wasn’t a lot to fill that hole. This quickly became something Kelsey wanted to contribute to her community, and is excited to begin to be able to do that through interning at Isabella County Child Advocacy Center. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys taking care of her plants, playing video games and spending time with her family. 

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CLAIRE WINSLOW

Intern

Claire is a senior at Central Michigan University and will be graduating in May 2022. She is double majoring in Psychology and Family Studies with a minor in American Sign Language. After graduation, Claire plans to attend law school in Michigan to focus on family law, specializing in custody, divorce, and adoption.  Being at the Child Advocacy Center is what Claire feels is “the beginning of a career dedicated to making other people feel safe and welcome, regardless of their background.” In her free time, Claire loves coaching her Varsity Pompon team, spending time with her friends, and enjoying the zoomies that her dog, Lucky gets outside.

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