The Child Abuse Prevention & Education Council of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties was founded in 1982 with the original name the Northwest Michigan Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect or NWMCPCAN. The name officially changed in 2001 to the Child Abuse Council of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties and again in 2016 to include Prevention and Education. What has remained consistent through our existence is the Council’s commitment and dedication to our mission of prevention of child abuse and neglect through increased public awareness and education.
The CAPE Council is a Children’s Trust Fund Designated Council. The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is a statewide, non-profit organization also dedicated to the prevention of abuse and neglect. The CTF works in partnership with the local councils that serve Michigan’s 83 counties.
Local councils are independent, community-based organizations that identify needs and facilitate collaborative prevention programs for children and families in their communities. 
In addition to CTF, funding from our donors, businesses, community foundations, churches, and service organizations help the Child Abuse Council to provide thousands of pieces of parenting, prevention, reporting, and child development materials for distribution throughout our two-county area.


Board Members


Ms. Kathleen Reed, Co-chair

Community Member

Ms. Heather Boening, Co-chair

LTBB of Odawa Indians

Ms. Christine Carpenter, Secretary

Petoskey Wellness Program

Mr. William Kanine, Treasurer

William Kanine, PC

Ms. Karen Starkey

Homeless Grant Coordinator

Ms. Libby Mikulski

Charlevoix County Victim Advocate

Mr. Jim Linderman

Emmet County Prosecutor

Mr. Jim Rummer

Char-Em ISD


Trooper Corey Hebner

Michigan State Police

Ms. Deb Smith

Women’s Resource Center

Ms. Jen Duch


Ms. Maureen Hollocker

Great Start Collaborative

Ms. Natalie Weber

North Country CMH

Ms. Haley Rummer

Emmet County Family Court

Ms. Carol Francis

Health Department of Northwest MI

Ms. Sarah Shepherd

McLaren Northern Michigan


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