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.
Mr. Tory Thrush, Board Chair
Mr. Jim Rummer, Vice Chair
Trooper Corey Hebner, Secretary
Michigan State Police
Ms. Lisa Spang, Treasurer
Charlevoix State Bank
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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