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Peri Stone-Palmquist, LMSW, MPP
Executive Director

Peri Stone-Palmquist, who has been Executive Director since 2012, has a master’s in social work and public policy. She received certification as a trauma specialist, been trained in and implemented an evidence-based education mentoring model shown to decrease truancy, and implemented a home-based intervention program that is used to address absenteeism. Stone-Palmquist is considered a statewide expert in school discipline and the educational rights of homeless children and youth, after leading Washtenaw County’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Education project from 2006-2012. Previously, she 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.

Elizabeth Bowker, J.D., LLM
Education Advocate and Legal Supervisor
Elizabeth began working at SAC as a full-time advocate in the summer of 2010. Elizabeth earned her juris doctorate from Michigan State University and her LLM in Policy from American University in Washington DC in 2010. Elizabeth is currently a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan. Before joining the SAC staff, Elizabeth completed an internship at the University of Michigan Pediatric Advocacy Initiative, served as a policy intern for Congressman Gary Peters in DC and worked for Bloomberg in Manhattan. Elizabeth has also completed internships at the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office and previously clerked for Judge Thomas L. Brown, 30th Circuit Court. Elizabeth has a strong passion for securing successful education outcomes for  at-risk teens and foster youth in Michigan.

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 – Ypsilanti
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 
Education Advocate – Wayne County
Danielle is a former child welfare worker, who has experience in foster care, adoption, and Family Preservation. With an interest in foster care advocacy and education, Danielle began working with SAC in February 2014.  Danielle graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Master’s degree in Social Work and a School Social Work certification. Danielle interned at EMU’s MAGIC program, a mentorship and access program for young adults transitioning out of the foster care system into college at EMU.


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.

Annissa J. Lewis, MA, LPC, NCC, LBSW, CCSOTS
Bridges to School Program Director                                                                                     Annissa is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor and Licensed Bachelor Social Worker. In 2005, she founded the organization Serving Hope & Integrity, Inc., for the purpose of providing specialty mental health services for Medicaid beneficiaries in Jackson County. From 2008 ­ 2014, Annissa implemented and administered Jackson County’s Early Truancy Intervention program, now called Bridges to School (B2S). In 2015, B2S came under the auspices of SAC, and Annissa currently serves as program director. In addition to her work at SAC, Annissa provides professional counseling and clinical supervision in private practice. She is passionate about mental wellness and improving the lives of children, adolescents, adults and families.

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.

Amy Wilhelm, BSW
Outreach & Administrative Associate
Amy Wilhelm, BSW, serves as SAC’s Outreach and Administrative Associate. She staffs our Students Rights Hotline M-F. 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.

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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