Amanda R. Didier, MS, CSW
Ms. Didier has dedicated her career to serving children and families affected by abuse and neglect. Her roles in the past twenty years include a multitude of child welfare subspecialties, including child protective services, juvenile probation, group homes, individual and group mental health, and child advocacy. In her previous position as forensic interviewer at the Children’s Hospital of WI – Child Protection Center, she completed interviews for local, state, and federal investigators; facilitated peer reviews; mentored new interviewers; provided both expert and fact testimony; offered guest lectures and trainings at universities and for professional groups and agencies; and provided advocacy to children and families. In her current role, Ms. Didier continues all duties related to her role as an interviewer and child abuse expert, while adding to her repertoire administration and fundraising duties for a stand-alone nonprofit. Ms. Didier has completed over 3000 interviews and continues her commitment to advocating for the disenfranchised, the marginalized, and the unheard.
In 2015, Ms. Didier was recruited to assist Ozaukee, Sheboygan, and Washington counties in the development of a new child advocacy center. As of September 2017, the Lakeshore Regional Child Advocacy Center opened its doors as the fifteenth CAC in Wisconsin. With a primary focus on ensuring access to child advocacy centers for all children in need, Ms. Didier has continued to push the reach of Lakeshore, and, new in 2020, adding Manitowoc County as a partner and opening a satellite location in Sheboygan.
Heidi Kilbourn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Minnesota. Heidi began her career in a residential youth treatment facility in Southeastern Wisconsin as a youth counselor. From 2013 through 2019, Heidi provided direct care as an advocate for those affected by sexual violence and domestic violence in Washington County as the Sexual Violence Program Coordinator. Currently, Heidi is the full-time advocate at Lakeshore Regional Child Advocacy Center, located in Saukville, Wisconsin serving families in Washington, Ozaukee, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan Counties. Heidi sits on the Board of Directors for WCASA (Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault), and continues her involvement in community education, as well as education and collaboration with partner agencies to provide meaningful support services to those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and systemic violence and oppression.
Suzy double majored in Psychology and Human Development at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay for her undergraduate degree. Following that, she obtained her Master of Science in Forensic Psychology from the University of North Dakota. During her summer semester of graduate school, Suzy was an intern here at the LRCAC. This internship helped her to realize that working with children and families in a child advocacy setting was what she would like to do after finishing school. After graduating in May 2021, Suzy began her position as the full-time advocate here at LRCAC. Outside of work, Suzy enjoys spending time with her dog and her friends and she likes to do lots of baking. She also enjoys traveling abroad. Her favorite places to visit so far have been France and South Africa.
For Ms. Vanderveren, child welfare always has been and always will be at the very heart of what drives her passion for social work. She obtained her Bachelors in Social Work and Sociology from UW-Stevens Point followed by her Masters in Social Work with an emphasis in Children, Youth and Families from UW-Madison. After graduate school, Ms. Vanderveren received her Advanced Practice Social Work (APSW) license. She worked in Child Protective Services for three years as an Ongoing and Initial Assessment Social Worker. Outside of work, Ms. Vanderveren enjoys traveling and volunteering abroad. She been to eleven countries and volunteered at four different orphanages and homeless shelters internationally…so far! Ms. Vanderveren continues to share her passion for this profound work at Lakeshore Regional Child Advocacy Center.
“When you create a difference in someone’s life, you not only impact their life, you impact everyone influenced by them throughout their entire lifetime. No act is ever too small. One by one, this is how to make an ocean rise.”
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