Executive Director/Crisis Counselor
Alex Brace has been with Small Talk Children's Advocacy Center since November 2011. Working with children has been his passion for many years. He is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy and specializes in working with children and adolescents who have been impacted by abuse and trauma. He is passionate about helping children heal and become empowered despite the traumatic experiences they have endured. He was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. He completed his Bachelor's in Psychology in 2008 and a Master's in Counseling in 2010, both from Michigan State University. He was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to serve on the Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. Starting his appointment in January 2020, Alex will join with other professionals around the state to combat child abuse. He serves on the board for the Children's Advocacy Centers of Michigan as a representative of Small Talk. Alex is a licensed counselor in the State of Michigan.
Forensic Interviewer/Prevention Specialist
Aubree graduated in 2010 from Trine University with her Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and Psychology. While completing her undergrad, Aubree pursued her passion for making a difference by volunteering for Brooklawn Child & Family Services where she mentored troubled youth. Aubree later joined the Steuben County Literacy Coalition and collaborated with local schools to provide enrichment opportunities such as art, music, theater, science and math. After graduation, Aubree continued working with youth, as well as adults, by providing assistance with developing successful life skills. Aubree moved from Indiana to Michigan in 2014, and joined Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center as their Intake Coordinator. Collectively, she has over five years of experience working and collaborating with children and young adults. Aubree’s passion is to help youth to excel in all aspects of their lives.
Forensic Interviewer/Intake Coordinator
Thomas Grieb joined Smalltalk in October 2017. Thomas graduated in 2015 from Ferris State University with his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. While completing his undergrad, Thomas was a police explorer for the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office pursuing his passion of helping the people of Ingham county. Thomas later completed an internship at the Ingham County Sheriff's Office, and became familiar with the mission of Smalltalk to help children heal. Thomas is excited to join our team as our Intake Coordinator/Forensic Interviewer.
Sara graduated in 2015 from the University of Michigan with her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, and she went on to receive her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 2017. She joined the Small Talk team in December 2017 as a Limited License Master Social Worker. Prior to Small Talk, Sara served as a crisis line counselor for an Ann Arbor homeless and runaway youth shelter and completed a graduate internship at The Children's Center of Wayne County, providing therapeutic services to youth and families. Sara has a passion for social justice and empowering youth on their healing journeys.
Clinical Supervisor/Crisis Counselor
Lindsey Leech joined Small Talk in December 2017. Lindsey has provided service for children and families in advocacy, therapist, and education roles for many years. Prior to joining Small Talk, she provided therapeutic/mental health services for children and families who had experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, substance abuse, physical abuse, and/or neglect. She has specialized training and experience working with both victims and offenders of sexual abuse and trauma. Lindsey completed a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work from Michigan State University. She has taught courses on youth advocacy in the juvenile justice/child welfare system at MSU, and has developed a mentorship/aftercare program for adjudicated youth in Ingham County. Lindsey is passionate about providing support and empowerment for children and adolescents to help them heal from past trauma, realize personal strengths, and reach their goals.
Danielle joined Small Talk in June 2018. She earned her bachelor degree from Saginaw Valley State University in 2015 in Sociology. Danielle has always had a passion for advocating for and empowering youth. This passion grew stronger when she served as an Americorps VISTA where she worked with youth who had entered the foster care system aged 10-21. She empowered them to take control over their life path through developing educational, emotional, and life skills through mentorship. Danielle is very excited to join Small Talk to provide administrative support and fund management.
Mollie joined Small Talk in June of 2019. She graduated from Siena Heights University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an Associate of Arts in Child Development. She went on to graduate from The University of Toledo with a Master of Arts in Counselor Education. Mollie is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan and has worked in the mental health field since 2010. Her primary focus has been providing therapy to children, and their families, who have experienced trauma. Mollie is trained in TF-CBT and various other evidence-based practices for children and adolescents who are survivors of abuse. Mollie is passionate about empowering her clients throughout their healing journey and believes that family involvement is integral to the therapeutic process.
Megan joined Small Talk in August of 2019. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Family Studies. While completing her undergrad, Megan discovered her passion for supporting and empowering children and families throughout the community. She is also passionate about working with the Deaf community and hopes to be able to use her skills to support deaf families within the area. Prior to this position, Megan worked with children of all ages in a variety of capacities, including working as a mentor for children in a variety of childcare settings. At Small Talk, Megan hopes to create a comfortable atmosphere for children, teens, and families throughout their healing journey.
Tess joined Small Talk in April 2020. She graduated in 2016 with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saginaw Valley State University. During her time at SVSU, Tess did volunteer work for CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, which sparked her passion for working with traumatized youth and their families. Tess went on to complete her Master of Social Work degree at Michigan State University, and graduated in 2018. Tess completed an internship at Small Talk during the 2017-2018 academic year, which further fueled her desire to work with children. Prior to joining Small Talk as a full-time employee, Tess provided substance use counseling to adults and adolescents in Ionia County. Tess is thrilled to return to Small Talk and provide children and their families with the tools to heal and achieve their goals.
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.