Annie Harrison is a Detective at the Ingham County Sheriff's Office specializing in Child Abuse and Sexual Assault. She is dedicated to holding offenders accountable, bringing justice to victims and offering practical training to other professionals on the local, state and national level. Annie has interviewed over 400 children and investigated hundreds of crimes of sexual violence. Annie is Board President for Small Talk Children's Assessment Center. She was Chair of Ingham County Child Death review from 2012-2016. In 2014-2015 she was a member of the Michigan Sexual Assault Model Policy Project. In 2016 Annie was appointed by the Governor to serve a 3 year term on the Crime Victim Services Commission where she assists in the oversight of the Crime Victim Compensation Program. In 2017, Annie was recognized at the State Capitol with the award titled “Beyond the Call of Duty” by The Michigan Crime Victim Foundation. Annie has served as the Ingham County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post Advisor for over 15 years, where she is committed to shaping the next generation of Law Enforcement. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University in Social Relations, Criminal Justice and Jewish Studies. She graduated from the Mid-Michigan Police Academy, where she now instructs. Annie resides with her husband and daughters in Dewitt.
Patricia Scott is an attorney with Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, PC. Patricia focuses her practice in the areas of Bankruptcy, Banking and Finance, Collections, Real Estate, and Commercial Litigation. She represents creditors in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases and Chapter 7 Trustees in all aspects of the bankruptcy estate. Patricia also represents small and mid-sized businesses to large corporations in multi-faceted litigation matters in state and federal court. Her work with financial institutions includes, loan workouts, foreclosures, collections, receiverships and various complex banking and finance issues. Patricia received her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and graduated second in her class with magna cum laude honors. She resides in DeWitt, Michigan with her husband Michael. Patricia and Michael have one daughter, Megan, who attends Grand Valley State University.
Amanda Garcia-Williams is currently an Employment Attorney at Jackson National Life. She provides representation and counseling to the Company on matters including discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, disability, leaves of absence, policies, hiring, discipline, and termination. Formerly, Ms. Garcia-Williams was Michigan State University’s Institutional Equity Coordinator, where she conducted investigations in accordance with the University’s Anti-Discrimination Policy and Sexual Harassment Policy. Before joining MSU, Amanda was a labor and employment attorney at Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith. Ms. Garcia-Williams earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo College. She resides in Dewitt MI with her husband and two boys.
In April of 1997 Lisa McCormick was hired at the Ingham County Prosecutor’s office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, where she was assigned to the Criminal Division prosecuting cases in district and circuit court. During her tenure in the Criminal Division she was assigned to the Drug and Forfeiture Unit prosecuting serious drug trafficking offenses. She was promoted to Unit Chief of the Child Sexual Assault Unit in July of 2005; promoted to Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor in October of 2007; and finally Chief Assistant Prosecutor in December of 2008. Lisa is responsible, as Chief Assistant Prosecutor, for managing thirty (30) attorneys and numerous support staff, administering grants, and overseeing a (approximately) 6 million dollar budget. Lisa is the Founding Member and Board Member of Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center, the President of the Pointe West Home Owners Association Board, and she also sits on the Tax Board of Review for Delta Township.In 1990 Lisa graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and in May of 1995 received a Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Steere Class).Lisa and her husband, Joe, live in Grand Ledge and have two (2) children; a daughter who graduated from Central Michigan University in 2014 and a son who attends Grand Ledge High School.
Scott T. Ellis is the Executive Director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA). Ellis is a nationally-known speaker on highway safety, alcohol laws and the hospitality industry. He has worked tirelessly with government leaders at the federal, state and local levels to promote positive change and a fair attitude toward the licensed beverage industry since becoming MLBA Executive Director in December 2011. Ellis is a former Lansing Police Department detective and also serves as Executive Vice President of the National Hospitality Institute (NHI), a nonprofit educational foundation associated with the MLBA. As a 17-year veteran of law enforcment, Ellis brought with him considerable knowledge and experience to NHI and the Techniques of Alcohol Management (TAM)® server training program; this includes the creation and development of the Liquor Law Enforcement Training Seminar, a continuing education course for police and municipal officers aimed at extending knowledge and best practices with regard to Michigan’s liquor code and alcohol enforcement. Ellis is a graduate of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. and is a resident of Mason, Mich.
Anthony Flores is a tenured professor of law at Western Michigan University – Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. Flores is also a criminal defense trial consultant. Professor Flores has been a part of the Ingham County legal community since January 1994, when he joined the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office. During his tenure there, he first served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the district and circuit courts, and with Tri-County Metro. Since then, he served as a Unit Chief for Child Sexual and Physical Abuse, and District Court sections of the Prosecutor’s Office. Previously, he served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in district, circuit and family courts for the Mecosta County Prosecutor’s Office. At Cooley, he teaches Evidence and has previously taught Trial Skills and coached National Mock Trial Teams. Flores is a published legal author in prosecutorial ethics. He currently also teaches at the Mid-Michigan Police Academy and for the Governor’s Task Force for Neglect and Abuse Training. Flores is a proud graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School and the University of Colorado (School of Journalism). He resides with his wife Karen and his identical twin daughters Hope Ann and Mary Beth who are students at Lansing Catholic High School in Lansing.
Becky Peña is a Senior Account Executive at WILX Media. During her career at WILX she has developed a commitment to cause related marketing by specializing in building creative partnerships and branding non-traditional advertisers. She works with Small Talk Children's Assessment Center, Ingham County Sheriff's Office, The Lansing Promise, The Mason-Capital Area Prescription Drug Task Force and Families Against Narcotics, helping these organizations achieve goals by bringing their stories to broadcast. Becky is honored to work the dedicated professionals that are committed to Small Talk. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Telecommunication. She has two grown sons Joey, who works in Operations at Shinola Detroit and Jayme who is a producer in Creative Services at WILX. She resides in Stockbridge.
As a Chief Human Resources Officer at MSU Federal Credit Union, Silvia Dimma oversees leadership and development, talent acquisition, performance management, total rewards, employee onboarding and exit strategy. With more than 15 years in human resources management, Dimma leads a team of human resource professionals focused on delivering a world-class employee experience that includes recruiting, learning and talent development, compensation, engagement and retention, succession planning, inclusion and diversity, and employee relations. Prior to assuming her current role in 2007, Dimma served as director of human resources for Albion College where she led HR strategy and operations and served as the HR lead for compliance and employee relations matters. Dimma is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Education, Post Diploma in Human Resources and a Master of Business Administration. Dimma is active both in the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Human Resource Council and Society of Human Resources Management. Dimma serves on the CUNA Education Committee, and is an active community member, volunteering her time for many local groups and organizations.
Lisa Ermak is the Media and Public Relations Specialist at Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. She works with community groups and the news media to promote the importance of good oral health and wellness. She is an active member of the community and loves calling Lansing home. Her passions benefit the Impression 5 Science Center, Woldumar Nature Center and the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, where she serves in leadership capacities. Further, she has been a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters for more than 10 years. Lisa is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism and is an avid Spartan fan.
Dr. Christopher Gray
Chris graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Cambridge in 1992. Following 6 years in mixed practice in The Lake District he moved to the North East of England to work in small animal practice, joining a national corporate (Vets Now) as an Emergency Physician in 2004. He moved to a regional training and coaching role in 2008, before becoming national Head of Clinical Operations in 2010, and then General Manager for New Business in December 2011. Chris completed a part time executive MBA programme at Durham University between January 2010 and January 2012. In January 2014 Chris joined Michigan State University as Director of the Veterinary Medical Center. Chris is Treasurer of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, running and swimming, and this year he completed his first Olympic distance triathlon. He is also a NETA certified spin instructor.
Manvir “Mick” Grewal, Sr. is the founding and managing partner of Grewal Law PLLC. Mick has a proven track record of successfully defending his clients against the simplest traffic or criminal offense to very serious and complex criminal charges such as drunk driving, felony drug charges or anything in between. He is fierce when it comes to protecting the rights of his client in a complicated divorce or custody case. Mick is not only knowledgeable in criminal and family law matters; he has his Masters of Law in Taxation, has handled multiple estates and difficult probate court matters, he oversees a team of attorneys well versed in medical marijuana law. Recently, Grewal Law acquired Church Wyble PC, a predominately personal injury and medical malpractice firm, which has served the area since 1951. When Grewal Law and Church Wyble joined forces, it made his office one of a kind; a well-rounded, full service, family law firm for life. The Grewal family has served the Mid-Michigan area for decades and Mick carries on that tradition of family service and personal attention. In his spare time, Mick enjoys spending time with his family, watching his children play lacrosse and volleyball, and traveling. He is an avid Michigan Wolverine fan having completed his undergrad from the University of Michigan. He is a volunteer member of the Ingham County/City of Lansing Community Corrections Advisory Board and 54-A District Court Sobriety Court program. Mick also participates in in many fundraising, non-profit and charitable events. A majority of his activity is with New World Flood, which hosts a plethora of events for different charitable causes such as the Back2School Expo, High Five Turkey Drive, and Battlefield Brawl. He also supports the Capital Area Humane Society and Ele’s Place. In 2015, he founded and funds the “Heart of a Mom” and “Never Back Down” Honorarium scholarships for Okemos High School seniors. Mick has three children, his oldest son is a Junior at MSU, his daughter is a sophomore at OHS and his youngest son is in 8th grade.
Alexandra Ilitch is a reporter and weekend anchor at WLNS. With a niche for investigative journalism, she enjoys incorporating investigative pieces into the daily newscasts. Alexandra is an active member in the community and volunteers her time to a number of groups including Habitat for Humanity Capitol Region. She has participated in Habitat’s Women Build week and its neighborhood revitalization initiative, known as Rock the Block. With a passion for helping children and young adults who have suffered from abuse and neglect, Alexandra is excited about the opportunity to serve as a board member of Small Talk. She truly believes in its vision, which is to lead the community in addressing child abuse and empowering children to have the courage to heal. Alexandra frequently speaks to local students, from middle school to college age, about career building and what it takes to achieve their goals. Alexandra is a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences, where she co-authored the book “100 Questions and Answers about Hispanics and Latinos.” Before she began her career at WLNS, she interned at HOMTV in Meridian Township where she hosted and co-hosted a number of TV shows. HOMTV is the township’s award-winning government channel. She currently lives in Lansing with her husband, Nickolas and their dog Lily.
To provide a comfortable, child-friendly atmosphere where children receive coordinated services during the child abuse investigative process.
A state of the art center leading the community in addressing child abuse and empowering children to have the courage to heal.