To Report Abuse or Neglect Call 855-444-3911

About Us

Our Mission

To educate and advocate for the prevention of child abuse and neglect; to prevent child abuse before it happens.

Our Vision

An involved and informed community where all children live free from abuse and neglect.

Our History

KCAN  started in March 1976 by volunteers from the Service Club (now Junior League of Kalamazoo) in response to the concern of many agencies within the county about the issues of child abuse and neglect. In June 1978, the council was incorporated as a non-profit corporation and received 501(c)(3) tax status. 

Board & Staff

Kate Rizor, President

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CRB Consulting Engineers

Jaynie Fawley, Vice President

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Michigan Nanny Authority

Kelly Kucinich, Secretary

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Court Appointed Special Advocates

Nick Schwerin, Treasurer

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Meritage Hospitality Group

Bobbi Casey

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Wraparound Services for Youth

Eric Cunningham

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Big Brothers/ Big Sisters

Tiffany Cunningham

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Department of Health & Human Services

Sara Helmer

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Western Michigan University

Chris Ann Johnson

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Office of the Prosecuting Attorney

Deb Lenz

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Maternal & Child Health

Ashlee Starke

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Michigan Youth Opportunity Initiative

Sarah O. Joshi, MPA

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Executive Director