Who We Are

Board of Directors

Cathi Kelley, Co-Chair
Private Practice, John Hand, Ph.D. & Associates

Samantha Davis, Co-Chair
Executive Administrative Assistant, Community Action Agency

Sam graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies. She has worked in the Child Welfare field for 5 years as a foster care worker, then an adoption worker, and finally a foster home licensing worker. Helping others, especially children is her true passion.  When the opportunity arose for Sam to join the CPCAN Board, she jumped at the chance to make a difference to one of the most vulnerable populations.  Sam currently works at Community Action Agency, starting out as a Support Services Specialist for the Early Head Start program.  She recently was promoted to the position of Executive Administrative Assistant for the Children’s Program Director. Sam is a member of the Jackson Young Professionals. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and being outdoors. 

Nicholas ButterfieldTreasurer 
Financial Advisor, JVB Investment Co

Nick is a Registered Investment Advisor for Jack V. Butterfield Investment Company. Nick graduated with a degree in Finance from Western Michigan University. He currently serves as the Treasurer on the Counsel for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Nick was born and raised in Jackson and attended JPS schools throughout his childhood. He currently lives in the city of Jackson with his Wife (Chelsey) and son (Owen). “I joined this board as a way to give back to the community. I realize kids are so important for the future and Jackson has a big problem with substance abuse which in turn ends up resulting in child abuse and neglect”. Outside of work and serving on the board Nick enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing in Golf, Softball and Hockey leagues in Jackson.


Marina Martinez-Kratz, Secretary
Professor of Nursing, Jackson College

Marina is a professor of nursing at Jackson College with teaching responsibilities and expertise in the areas of behavioral health, nutrition, and leadership. She is a Certified Nurse Educator through the National League for Nursing (NLN) and serves as the NLN Ambassador for Jackson College. Marina has been a longtime advocate for mental health promotion and mental illness prevention. She believes that preventing child abuse and neglect is integral to reducing mental illness. Marina is an associate editor and author for the Ackley Ladwig Evidence-Based Nursing Diagnosis Handbook and contributes to several other nursing publications as a reviewer and author. Marina holds an Associate in Applied Science-Nursing degree from Jackson College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing degree from the University of Michigan. She serves as the board secretary and has been a board member since 2014.

Stephen Conley, Honorary Member 

Deanna Leicht 
Life Specialist & Insurance Professional

Maribeth Leonard
CEO, LifeWays Community Mental Health

Maribeth has served in various positions at LifeWays for over 25 years – as a Case Management Specialist, Director of Quality Management, Executive Director of Network Performance, and the CEO since January 2012. Maribeth holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work from Kansas State University and an MBA from Spring Arbor University. Maribeth represents LifeWays with service on several regional and state-level committees. She is a graduate of Leadership Jackson, a Jackson Health Improvement Organization Board member, former Jackson Nonprofit Network Board member, and Michigan Association of Mental Health Board Executive Board member. Maribeth is passionate about recognizing signs of abuse, supporting individuals in crisis, and raising awareness of how childhood trauma impacts students in the classroom and its connection to mental health and suicide. She frequently speaks to audiences about understanding that recovery is not a one-size plan, but rather a process very unique to each individual. The mother of two in college and five step-sons and daughters, Maribeth lives in Jerome, MI.


Jennifer Guinn White
Health Liasion Officer, DHHS

Jennifer joined the board in 2018. She was born and raised in Jackson. She has a Bachelor degree and a Masters of Social Work both from the The University of Michigan. Her professional experience includes work in community mental health, child foster care, and a nonprofit health agency. Currently, Jennifer works as a Health Liaison Officer with the Department of Health and Human Services. Jennifer has a passion for helping others grow to be their best self. This is especially true of her work with children and families facing diversity.



Aaron M. Vorce
Vice President for Michigan, Keystone Insurers Group, Inc.

Caitlin Williams
Attendance Officer and Homeless Programs Coordinator, JCISD
Caitlin has worked in education and children's services for seven years. After completing her Bachelors in Psychology at Michigan State University she joined Teach for America and taught middle school math in Indianapolis. Currently, she works as the Attendance Officer and coordinates services for homeless students through the Jackson County Intermediate School District. Caitlin is passionate about positive youth development and volunteers with Energizing Education as a literacy mentor. 

Barb Smith
Retired Business Owner, Printer Source Plus

Barbara enjoys retirement after 13 years as owner of Printer Source Plus. Prior to starting the business then known as Rapid Refill Ink, she was gratefully employed by Spring Arbor University in several capacities in marketing and enrollment. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Spring Arbor University and a Master's degree from Central Michigan University.  Barbara's parents moved to Jackson in 1957, where they opened a small business. She has actively been involved in the community with the Exchange Club of Jackson, Jackson School of the Arts, Baker College board member, Jackson Area Chamber committees and Business and Professional Women. She enjoys reading, cardio drumming and walking. Especially enjoys time with her family, friends, and Buddy, their dog.


Travis J. Barnett
Executive Director, and Parent Educator

Travis has been working in the field of education for 20 years. He graduated from Spring Arbor University with a BA in Liberal Arts, Music Education K-12. He started out teaching music K-12 and finished his last 5 years teaching in an alternative high school.  He began as a Parent Educator for CPCAN in 2005, teaching Parenting Counts as well as Nurturing Parenting to parents of teens found truant in school. In addition to being a Parent Educator, he is also a Certified and Authorized Trainer for the Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children program.  He is also a Certified Instructor for the Nurturing Father’s Program, a program designed to teach parenting and nurturing skills to men. As a lifelong resident of Jackson County, he is very dedicated to his community and has the unique ability to interact and work with individuals of various backgrounds.

Patrick S. Grubba
Development Director

Patrick retired from the Jackson County Family Court as the Director of the Jackson County Youth Center with over 28 years of service. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University. Patrick was born in Jackson and spent most of his life in the area. He has spent most of his career dedicated to working with children to try and improve their situation and give them an opportunity to excel. Outside of work Patrick enjoys spending time with family and friends, going up north to the Lake House and photography.


David Cavender
Book Keeper

Theresa Windham
Educational Neglect Assessor
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