Executive Director/Crisis Counselor
Alex Brace has been with Small Talk Children's Assessment 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. A lifelong Spartan fan, he became an alumni in 2010 after completing his Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's in Counseling from Michigan State University. Additionally, he has volunteer, work, and internship experience with different populations in the mental health field in Michigan and Wisconsin over the last 10+ years. 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, theatre, 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.
Ashley graduated from Central Michigan University in 2012 with a Bachelors of Social Work. She continued her education at Grand Valley State University, where she graduated with a Masters of Social Work in 2014. While in college, Ashley developed a passion for working with children through a study abroad experience in Mexico and then followed that passion to a graduate internship at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Ottawa County. Ashley has a background in providing advocacy and support to young adult survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, in a university setting. She has additional experience in the mental health field, providing crisis intervention to adults. She is a master’s level limited license social worker in the State of Michigan. Ashley grew up on the west side of Michigan and joined Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center as a Crisis Counselor in October 2015.
Annie graduated from Hillsdale College in 2012 with a Bachelor's in Psychology and continued her education at University of South Carolina, completing her Master's of Social Work in 2014. She is a Licensed Master's Social Worker in the state of Michigan and joined Small Talk in October 2016. Her graduate and clinical career has focused on working with children, young adults and families struggling with issues related to trauma, anxiety/depression, and eating disorders. She has extensive experience providing individual, family, and group therapy in a number of different settings. Annie is passionate about empowering young survivors as they learn to draw on their own strength and resiliency during the healing process.
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.
Preston was raised at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility in Iowa by the Prison Puppies program. Through a partnership with Leader Dogs for the Blind and the Canine Advocacy Program, Preston joined Small Talk Children's Assessment Center as a canine advocate in September 2016. His job includes meeting with the children that walk through the doors of Small Talk and providing comfort to kids during the court process. When he is not at Small Talk helping kids, he loves meeting new people, chewing on his bone, and going for walks.
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.