Rebecca graduated from Central Michigan University with her Undergraduate Degree in Child Development and Psychology and earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling. After receiving her Master’s degree she moved to Grand Rapids and worked at the Kent County Children’s Assessment Center for 15 years.
In 2011, Rebecca and her family moved to Roscommon County and quickly learned of a need for a children’s assessment center. The lack of services to children in our community was unacceptable to Rebecca and she quickly started the process of opening the Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center (NMCAC). As the Executive Director, Rebecca is dedicated to the success of the Center and giving our most vulnerable a voice.
Amber MacKenzie serves as the program coordinator where she pulls together all members of the multi-disciplinary teams and community members, in an effort to support the children and families we serve.
Before Amber joined the team in 2017, she served children and families for seven years as an in-home parent educator and program supervisor, with a focus on trauma education and infant-family support.
Amber’s passion is to open the eyes of all people to the effects that trauma can have on children and their families. Her hope is to bring together all entities in the community to reduce the impact of trauma on the road to building resilient children.
Jennifer is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration/Management from Northwest Christian University. Prior to joining Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center (NMCAC) Jennifer worked at a nonprofit in Southern Oregon, engaging in therapy with children and their families and providing training and consultation to program staff. Jennifer joined the NMCAC staff in 2018. At NMCAC, Jennifer conducts forensic interviews with children, adolescents, and vulnerable adults regarding allegations of abuse or witnessing of violent crime.
Theressa graduated from Saginaw State Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Prior to earning her degree, Theressa was dedicated to supporting families and individuals in the community by organizing food drives, working with Family Connections, and volunteering in the classroom. Through the CAC, Theressa works to build trusting, respectful and supportive relationships with families, children and teens
Jessie graduated from Northern Michigan University with her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology, Behavior Analysis and then earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University.
In 2011, Jessie began working in the field of child welfare and investigated concerns of potential child abuse and neglect. Jessie has also worked in the Foster Care and Juvenile Justice programs giving her a well rounded perspective of how trauma can impact children, families, and the community. These experiences have led Jessie to the CAC to provide more hands on assistance to victims of abuse and trauma.