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Peri Stone-Palmquist, LMSW, MPP
Executive Director                                                                                                      Peri Stone-Palmquist has been Executive Director since 2012 and been an advocate for children and youth since 2005. She has a master’s in social work and public policy, and received certification as a trauma specialist. Stone-Palmquist is a statewide expert in school discipline and the educational rights of homeless children and youth.  She has been trained in and implemented Check and Connect, an evidence-based education mentoring model. Previously, she led Washtenaw County’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Education project, served as the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at the Michigan Association for Children with Emotional Disorders and was a newspaper reporter at several papers.

Hakim Nathaniel Crampton
Adult Ally – Jackson
Hakim joined SAC in 2014 to start a Youth Voice Jackson chapter. He is the AMEN 4 Youth, LLC founder and director. He has engaged students throughout Jackson County through a unique English Language Arts literacy program that builds on students’ love of music using Spoken word. He created a three-part curriculum workbook series that fuses classroom coursework with the spoken word using lyrical composition in English Language Arts.  His presence is well known to students from elementary to high school, including at Jackson College.

Anell Eccleston, BSW
Check and Connect Advocate, Adult Ally – Ypsilanti, Federal Liaison
Anell is a social worker striving to improve the minds of our young students in today’s education system. He is a Eastern Michigan University graduate and has obtained his Bachelor of Science in Social Work. Anell has been a Check and Connect mentor since September of 2014.

Dee Blair
Education Advocate – Jackson
Dee joined SAC in 2016 as a part-time Education Advocate in Jackson. Dee is a veteran educator.

Danielle Flint, LMSW, SSW 
Wayne County Director and Advocate
Danielle is a former child welfare worker, who has experience in foster care, adoption, and Family Preservation. Danielle’s commitment to trauma focused, culturally responsive and youth driven social justice work brought her to SAC in February 2014. Danielle graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Master’s degree in Social Work, with a focus on Children and Families, and a School Social Work certification. Danielle has been a lifelong advocate for people living with disabilities and followed her passion to the field of social work nearly 10 years ago.

Kathleen Kosobud, MA, NBCT®
Education Advocate
Kathleen came to SAC in 2012 with a lengthy career as a teacher consultant in special education. Kathleen was one of the first 87 teachers in the nation to attain National Board Certification as an Early Adolescence/Generalist. The Lenawee ARC and the Washtenaw Association for Adult Education have both recognized her for her teaching.

Kelly Ottaway, Limited Licensed Professional Counselor
Family Advocate
Kelly serves as the Bridges to School Family Advocate in Jackson. Kelly’s primary experiences involve individual counseling with high school and college students, as well as working in family preservation. Kelly continues to provide professional counseling services in Jackson. Kelly’s additional interests include pursuing equine-assisted therapy, as well as marriage and family therapy.

Jill Perticone, LBSW
Family Advocate
Jill Perticone came to SAC in 2017. Jill attended Michigan State University where she received her Bachelors degree in Social Work. Jill is a dedicated Social Worker with a strong clinical background in the mental health field working with the severely and pervasively mentally ill, developmentally disabled and co-occurring substance use disorders population. She most recently was a coordinator for the MIHP (Maternal Infant Health Program) providing services to at risk women and children. While at MIHP Jill enjoyed presenting pregnant women with support and education that promotes the delivery of healthier babies and services to help babies grow into healthy children. Jill has a passionate commitment to delivering first-rate quality care to children and families.

Shakel Raiford, MaEd., Educational Psychology                                                              Education Advocate                                                                                                                
Shakel Raiford started at SAC in November 2017. Shakel is former child welfare worker who also has experience working in the mental health field and multiple education programs. Shakel has a passion for advocating for the educational and academic rights for at-risk youth. Shakel has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from The University of Florida and a Masters degree in Educational Psychology from Eastern Michigan University.            

Amy Wilhelm, BSW
Programs Coordinator
Amy Wilhelm, BSW, does so much for SAC, overseeing Bridges to School in Jackson, our statewide Students Rights Helpline and much more. She worked in Lincoln Consolidated Schools on and off between 2003 and 2015 in a variety of roles, including McKinney-Vento School Ally, behavior specialist, Title I Parent Coordinator, assistant secretary and substitute teacher. Amy is a current Washtenaw County Family Court Child Advocate (formerly CASA). She completed her BSW internship at Father Patrick Jackson House. She is a former school-based at-risk social worker, children’s ministry director, and in-home daycare owner.

Tina Woods, LLMSW
Education Advocate for Court-Involved Youth
Tina Woods started in November 2017 as our Education Advocate for Court-Involved Youth. She serves on the federal review team for JBS International and the Children’s Bureau for National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD). Tina served on the board of SAC’s Student Rights Project at University of Michigan, where she earned her MSW. Tina earned her BSW at University of Kansas, where she was a research assistant for the Kansas Serves Substance-Affected Families Project. Tina served on the Kansas Youth Advisory Council for six years, serving as president for two of those years. In that role, she helped to advocate for the rights of youth in care and supported work on Senate Bill 23, which established specific graduation requirements for youth in care. She helped to write a Bill of Rights for youth in care, presented to the Kansas Governor’s Conference and represented Kansas in Washington, D.C. several times.

Gordon Wykes
Check and Connect Advocate – Ypsilanti
Gordie began working as an advocate for our Check and Connect program in spring of 2014. Prior to coming to SAC, Gordie worked as a substitute teacher after completing a teaching assignment at Lincoln Middle School in 2007. Gordie graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Social Studies.


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