Who We Are

Board of Directors

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


Samantha Firestone, 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 Council 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 
Attorney
One of the founding members of CPCAN


Deanna Leicht - Board Member
Life Specialist & Insurance Professional
Securian Financial Advisors of the Great Lakes

Deanna Leicht joined the financial services industry over 20 years ago.  Her passion is to help others succeed. Deanna lives with her husband John in Pleasant Lake, Michigan. They have two grown daughters, Courtney and Steffanie, 4 granddaughters and 3 grandsons. Deanna is involved in the Jackson, MI community where she has an office in the historic district, is an Ambassador in the Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Exchange Club of Jackson, a volunteer for Junior Achievement, and a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters by mentoring young women in the Jackson School District.  

 

Jennifer Guinn White - Board Member
Health Liasion Officer, DHHS

Jennifer joined the board in 2018. She was born and raised in Jackson. She has a Bachelor's degree and a Masters's of Social Work both from 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 selves. This is especially true of her work with children and families facing diversity.

 

 

Caitlin Williams - Board Member
Attendance Officer and Homeless Programs Coordinator, JCISD
 
Caitlin has worked in education and children's services for seven years. After completing her Bachelors's 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. 




Phil Sczykutowicz  - Board Member
Assistant Principal, Northwest High School

Bio to follow...



Staff

Kim Conant
Executive Director

Kim has been working in the not for profit sector for over 20 years. She graduated from Spring Arbor University with a BA in Communications and a minor in Business Administration. She has held administrative positions at The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross, coordinated the Family Night Shows and the Rotary Community Bandshell concerts for 15 years at the Cascade Falls, and served as Executive Director of the Jackson Civil War Society, the organization responsible for the Jackson Civil War Muster. Kim’s non-profit management, grant writing, event planning, and fundraising skills are respected throughout the Jackson Community. A lifelong resident of Jackson County, Kim has dedicated her career and volunteer time to help make Jackson County a better place to live, work, and raise a family.


Patrick S. Grubba
Interim Executive 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




Travis J. Barnett
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.
 
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