Board of Directors

 

Lisa McCormick

Founder

Past Board Member (2011-2018)

Lisa McCormick founded Small Talk Children’s Advocacy Center with the belief that every child deserves a safe place for healing. Since the founding, thousands of children and families have walked through the doors and received services. It was during her 21 year tenure at Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office that she founded Small Talk, among her greatest achievements as Chief Assistant Prosecutor.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annie Harrison

President

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Annie Harrison is a Detective at the Ingham County Sheriff's Office specializing in Child Abuse and Sexual Assault. She is currently serving as investigator for Ingham County’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Project. 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 is Board President for Small Talk Children's Advocacy 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

Vice-President

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

Secretary

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.

 

Silvia Dimma

Board Member

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

Board Member

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

Treasurer

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.

 

 

Mick Grewal

Board Member

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.

 

Jessica Smith
Board Member​

Jessica Smith is a professional dancer originally from Laingsburg, Michigan. She currently works for the Michigan Department of Education for the Child Development and Care Program. She attends Ferris State University and is working towards a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with emphasis on Early Childhood Development, Integrated Science, and Mathematics. Jessica is a sexual abuse survivor involved in the well-known Larry Nassar scandal. In light of her experiences, Jessica strives to find a future in advocating for protecting children and educating the public on how to protect our community. Along with her Sister Survivors, she was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2018 ESPYS. She is the founder and administrator for Me Too MSU, a Facebook page created to serve as a source of inspiration and information around abuse and healing. Jessica has worked with and volunteered for many organizations such as Kids' Food Basket, Make a Wish Foundation, and the Foundation for Global Sports Development. She is a firm believer that change starts with education and is looking forward to collaborating with Small Talk.
 

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Our Mission

To provide a comfortable, child-friendly atmosphere where children receive coordinated services during the child abuse investigative process.

our vision

A state of the art center leading the community in addressing child abuse and empowering children to have the courage to heal.