ABOUT US

Board of Directors

We are incredibly grateful for our volunteer Board of Directors who spend countless hours providing guidance and support of our mission. 

 

Abbey Furlong

President

 

Linda Wastyn

First Vice President

Kasey Kelly

Second Vice President

Jerry Drucker

Secretary

 

Tom Thoms

Treasurer

Jeff Waller

Past President

 

Jane Bahls

Tilford Flowers

Sachin Nunnewar, M.D.

Jon Sexton

Monica Smith
Aaron Tennant 

 

Advisory Committee

Our advisory committee provides support and guidance for our mission and to our board of directors. We appreciate their knowledge and expertise. 

Rakesh Alla

Gene Blanc

Richard McClean

Matt McCombs

Joe O'Rourke Sr.

Mike Thoms

 

Staff

We are fortunate to have a dedicated and committed staff! Learn more about members of our team here

 

Mark Mathews, M.A. Ed

Executive Director

Jeni McGuire

Fiscal Director

Michael Terry, LCSW, LISW

Director of Programs

Jessica Gordon

Director of Development and Communications

Cat Roth

Administrative Coordinator 

Community Education and Prevention

24/7 Dads

Boot Camp for New Dads

Community Education

Families First

Talking About Touching

Children Exposed to Violence Conference

Brooke Hendrickx

Program Manager

Community Education

 Heather Lamb 

Prevention Education Specialist

CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate Program

 

Amanda Winckler 

CASA Program Coordinator

All Our Kids (AOK) Early Childhood Network

 

Trauma Informed Care Consortium

 

Paula Vandervelde

Trauma Informed Care Coordinator

Safe and Healthy Kids

Healthy Families and Doula

Safe From the Start

 

Sam Mathew

Healthy Families Program Manager

 

Emily Cummings

Safe From the Start Program Manager

Debra Bozik, LMT, CBE, CD (DONA)

Doula Program Coordinator 

 

Charlene Brants

Program Assistant

Rebecca Collis

Family Support Worker

 

Hannah Ellis Ackerman, CD (DONA), CLC, SBD

Family Support Worker

Tina Greer, CD (DONA)

Doula 

 

Paula Jaeger, M.S.Ed, NCC

Child Therapist

Samantha Palmer

Family Support Worker

Natividad Keim

Family Support Worker

Whitney Linnberg

Doula

Antoinette Dillon 

Doula

Lakyn Wayland

Doula 

 

 

Mississippi Valley Child Protection Center

 

Kadie McCory, MPH

Program Manager

Stacy Swon, BSN, RNC-OB, SANE

Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

Jenna Wagner

Family Advocate and Medical Coordinator

Rebecca Valladares, MA, LPC 
Forensic Interviewer and Community Educator

Mikayla Cardenas

Family Navigator

 

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION 

 Since 1977 Child Abuse Council has been a community leader in PREVENTION programs. We focus on the earliest years in a child's life to ensure a strong start for a healthy future.
 

The Child Abuse Council does not investigate child abuse cases, although we do partner with DCFS and DHS in both Iowa and Illinois. We work instead to eliminate child abuse and neglect. The Child Abuse Council was organized in 1977 through the efforts of citizens and professionals concerned about child abuse and neglect in the Quad Cities. Our philosophy has always been one of community effort and cooperation. We have a local commitment to Prevent Child Abuse Illinois and Prevent Child Abuse Iowa and have many programs and services that help children and their families.

 

The Child Abuse Council is a bi-state, regional, non-profit agency with more than 40 years' experience providing child abuse prevention, education and treatment programs for children and families in the bi-state metropolitan area and surrounding communities. Our goals for every child served are (1) a safe and nurturing home; (2) a secure parent-child relationship; and (3) an environment supporting successful growth and development.

 

The Child Abuse Council is the Quad Cities’ only child abuse prevention agency dedicated to  keeping children safe and building strong families with an emphasis on children aged zero to five years. We provide effective, holistic services by approaching child abuse prevention utilizing a public health model through three distinct paradigms:

 

  • Universal Prevention, through which the entire community is provided with education and support necessary for building nurturing families

  • Secondary Prevention, through which families are engaged with targeted, specialized support to keep children safe

  • Tertiary Prevention, through which children and families are provided with resources essential to healing from trauma, while teaming with skilled professionals to prevent recurrent abuse and neglect. 

 

 

Mission

The Child Abuse Council leads community efforts to eliminate child abuse and neglect by strengthening children and families through treatment, education and prevention. 

 

Vision

All children in our community will be raised in a safe, nurturing family environment.

 

Beliefs
  • Children and families have the right to live without violence or neglect

  • Child abuse affects everyone

  • All children and families deserve to be valued and treated with dignity, respect and love

  • All members of the community share responsibility for our children

  • Parenting skills are learned

  • All families can benefit from assistance and support

  • All families have strengths and abilities

 

Goals
  • We will increase unrestricted funding to ensure stability, support essential administrative costs and invest in new ventures

  • We will make wise decisions about how and when to initiate, maintain, collaborate or discontinue programs

  • We will effectively communicate and promote the organization's mission and programs to the community

  • We will not waiver from our mission to prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening children and families through treatment, education and prevention

 

Values
  • We value each person and treat everyone with dignity and respect.

  • We value professionalism-we conduct business as a team.

  • We value encouragement and affirmation of each other's strengths and abilities. 

  • We value the fact that we, as individuals and members of the organization, conduct ourselves with the highest ethical standards. 

 
 
Contact Us

Moline Office

524 15th Street

Moline, IL 61265

Phone: 309.736.7170

Fax: 309.736.7150

info@childabuseqc.org 

 

Mississippi Valley Child Protection Center

1600 Mulberry Avenue
Muscatine IA 52761
Phone: 563.264.0580
Fax: 563.263.2117

 

Media Inquiries

info@childabuseqc.org 

 

Fidelity, Reporting and Transparency

Child Abuse Council has received Platinum status on GuideStar, the premier nonprofit ranking website. The organization is now part of an elite tier of nonprofit organizations recognized for leading the way in social change by demonstrating a commitment to measuring progress and sharing results.  GuideStar Platinum is the highest ranking available, and it has only been achieved by a very select set of organizations. Achieving a Platinum Level Profile demonstrates Child Abuse Council’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

Learn more about our outcomes on our Impact page. 

524 15th St.

Moline, IL 61265

We all have something we can give. Sometimes it's our financial resources. 

We are committed to quality programs, good stewardship and measurable results.

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