Amanda R. Didier, MS, CSW

Executive Director

Ms. Didier has dedicated her career to serving children and families affected by abuse and neglect. Her roles in the past twenty years have included group home worker, juvenile probation officer, social worker, Child Protective Services Initial Assessment worker, youth with sexual behaviors group facilitator, therapist, crisis counselor, and forensic interviewer. 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. 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 seventeenth CAC in Wisconsin. To date, LRCAC has reached over 1000 children.

 

Rebecca Hasbani

Office Manager

Information coming soon.

 

Heidi Kilbourn

Advocate

Information coming soon.

 

Samantha Vanderveren

Forensic Interviewer

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.”