About Us

Open Arms Child Advocacy Center is a community based and child friendly facility designated to coordinate child forensic interviews and services to victims of child sexual abuse in Mecosta, Osceola, Newaygo and Lake Counties.

The OACAC current Board of Directors includes:

  • Board Chair – Wendy Samuels, Social Work Emeritus (retired)
  • Treasurer – Aaron Kuhn, Treasurer City of Big Rapids
  • Secretary – Jennifer Schmidt, Director Mecosta/Osceola Department of Health and Human Services
  • Catherine Beagle, Program Director Community Mental Health for Central Michigan
  • Danielle Martin, MDHHS Business Service Center 3 Regional director
  • Nicole Quinn, Children’s Services Supervisor DHHS
  • Kimberly Tufnell, Circles Coach for Circles Newaygo County at True North Community Services
  • Azlan Ibrahim, Communications Manager Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial
  • Tara Nelson, Executive Director Newaygo County Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Shannon Behling, Clinical Nurse Specialist SANE Program Coordinator Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals