About Us

Our Story

an independent 501(c)3

The story of The Children’s Center of Medina County began in 2005 when Mead Wilkens (former Director of Medina County Job and Family Services) and Dr. Daryl Steiner (former Medical Director Akron Children’s Hospital) came together to bring the national Child Advocacy Center (CAC) model to Medina County. First established as a Child Advocacy Center Program under Medina County Job and Family Services, the program quickly became its own 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2008 and at that time was named The Children’s Center of Medina County.

The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) model was started in 1985 by Former Congressman Robert E. “Bud” Cramer (AL), who was then a District Attorney in Madison County, Alabama, who saw the need to create a better system to help abused children. The social service and the criminal justice systems, at the time, were not working together in an effective manner that children could trust, adding to the children’s emotional distress, and creating a segmented, repetitious, and often frightening experience for the child victims.

The CAC model of a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) approach, developed through the vision of Former Congressman Cramer and a group of key individuals, pulled together law enforcement, criminal justice, child protective services, and medical and mental health workers onto one coordinated team.

Today, The Children’s Center of Medina County houses not only Child Advocacy Center services but also Family Visitation Center services, and Anti-Human Trafficking Services. 

Staff

ASHLEY KRAUSE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Phone: 330.591.2690 Email: Akrause@medinacountychildrenscenter.org

AMY KERR, LSW, FORENSIC INTERVIEWER

Phone: 330.591.2681 Email: Akerr@medinacountychildrenscenter.org

ELLYSA PARAS, FAMILY ADVOCATE

Phone: 330.591.2687 Email: eparas@medinacountychildrenscenter.org

ANNA GUY-LEACH, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Phone: 330.591.2682 Email: Aguyleach@medinacountychildrenscenter.org

KRISTEN MINICHELLO, OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Phone: 330.591.2686 Email: Kminichello@medinacountychildrenscenter.org

BRANDI PROVOZNIK-REES, VISITATION AND FAMILY COORDINATOR

Phone: 330.764.8891 Email: bprovoznikrees@medinacountychildrenscenter.org

Board of Directors

  • Allison Allen, Manager of Marketing Services, Company 119
  • Joseph Chubb, President, Comtech Information Systems
  • Elena Ghent, Merging Streams Logistics
  • Amanda Hansen, Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Cleveland Clinic
  • Renee Hawke, CPA, FBA, Director, Corrigan Krause
  • Lisa Keltz, Commercial Portfolio Manager, Westfield Bank
  • Ed Kinney, Chief of Police, City of Medina
  • Kimberly Marshall, Economic Development Director, City of Medina
  • Diane Meckes, Branch Office Administrator, Edward Jones
  • Joan Pritchett, Human Resources Manager
  • Kristine Quallich, Assistant Superintendent, Medina City Schools
  • Michelle Reese, Commercial Real Estate Attorney, BakerHostetler
  • Matthew D. Simpson, Attorney, Palecek, McIlvaine, Hoffman, & Morse Co., LPA
  • Ronald Stollar, Superintendent, Medina County Juvenile Detention Center
  • Julia N. Zettl, Association Manager/Chapter Executive, MJM Service, LLC