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The Child Abuse Prevention & Education Council of Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties was founded in 1982 with the original name the Northwest Michigan Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect or NWMCPCAN. The name officially changed in 2001 to the Child Abuse Council of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties and again in 2016 to include Prevention and Education.  In 2023 we updated our name to include Antrim County. What has remained consistent through our existence is the Council’s commitment and dedication to our mission of prevention of child abuse and neglect through increased public awareness and education.

The CAPE Council is a Children’s Trust Michigan Designated Council. The Children’s Michigan (CTM) is a statewide, non-profit organization also dedicated to the prevention of abuse and neglect. The CTM works in partnership with the local councils that serve Michigan’s 83 counties.

Local councils are independent, community-based organizations that identify needs and facilitate collaborative prevention programs for children and families in their communities. 

In addition to CTM, funding from our donors, businesses, community foundations, churches, and service organizations help the Child Abuse Council to provide thousands of pieces of parenting, prevention, reporting, and child development materials for distribution throughout our two-county area.

Executive Committee

Mr. Tory Thrush, Board Chair

CharEm ISD

Mr. Jim Rummer, Vice Chair

CharEm ISD

Trooper Corey Hebner, Secretary

Michigan State Police

Ms. Lisa Spang, Treasurer

Charlevoix State Bank


Ms. Christine Carpenter, Health Dept. NW Michigan

Ms. Jen Duch, MDHHS

Ms. Katelyn Nellis, Health Dept. NW Michigan

Ms. Elise Holland, North Country CMH

Mr. Jim Linderman, Emmet County Prosecutor

Ms. Emily Grindle Emmet County Probate Court

Ms. Jane Poquette, McLaren Northern Michigan

Ms. Savanah Cool, Great Start Collaborative  

Ms. Jen Rashleigh-Houser, Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney's Office

Mr. Tim Smith, Charlevoix County Probate Court

Mr. Brandon Chojnacki, LTTB of Odawa Indians

Ms. Sarah Holzschu, Women's Resource Center 

Kate Essenberg, CLEO Partnership of Central Lake

Child Abuse Prevention And Education Council Of Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties is a 501c3 non-profit organization.  

P.O. Box 414, Petoskey, MI 49770   

Phone: 231-675-5047

Copyright 2022 by Child Abuse Prevention and Education Council. 231-753-8510

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