Sexual Assault Services Annual Recognition Dinner

Sexual Assault Services Virtual Recognition Event

We are proud to be celebrating 24 years of service to individuals and families in Calhoun, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties. Please join us as we recognize our community members and volunteers for their commitment and service to sexual assault survivors.

Move to Virtual Event Notice:

The health and well-being of you, our staff, partners and community is our highest priority. To be consistent with recommendations to limit social gathering to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we have made the decision for the Sexual Assault Services Recognition Dinner to be a virtual event this year.

The annual Sexual Assault Services Recognition Dinner recognizes the important work of our volunteers and community support. We believe survivors of sexual assault, and those who care about them, deserve the best possible assistance for healing and empowerment. Together, we must work to achieve a community free of sexual assault. Please consider supporting this important work with a gift.

 

Sexual Assault Services Impact

 

2020 Sexual Assault Services Award Recipients

It is with great honor and privilege that Sexual Assault Services recognizes and awards the following individuals and groups. Click each award to learn more about the recipient and why they were selected.

Douglas Mehlhorn MD Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Volunteerism and Service

Edward Harris II

Edward has gone above and beyond as an advocate by taking countless on-call shifts every month. He is an inspiration to both staff, and volunteers with his effortless ability to empathize with those in crisis.  He is very thoughtful in his words and actions, and participates in trainings for new volunteers where he shares his wisdom and experience about how to support people coming in for services.  

Edward is a Battle Creek Public Schools special education paraprofessional in the Intensive Resource Room for the Cognitive Impaired with Behaviors. He is currently completing his last year of graduate school at Siena Heights University for Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He has been a survivor advocate since October 2017.

Lavern Brann Memorial Award for Outstanding Service in the Criminal Justice Field

Angelique Camfield-Kuiper
Calhoun County Assistant Prosecutor

Consistently, survivors have felt heard, believed, and supported by Angelique.  She takes time to meet with them before court hearings and encourages, empowers, and creates safety for survivors to use their voice.  She consistently demonstrates expertise and immense knowledge and uses a victim-centered approach.  She communicates empathy and kindness to survivors and their loved ones and demonstrates passion in her work. As a team member, Angelique responds quickly to emails and voicemails and communicates changes and addresses questions and concerns.  She works collaboratively with the entire MDT, criminal justice system, survivors and their families and SAS staff to ensure everyone is informed and works together to promote safety, healing and justice for survivors and our community. We appreciate Angelique’s outstanding  work as a committed, passionate and trauma informed prosecutor and team member.

Outstanding Professional Partner in Prevention

Casey Bess
Battle Creek Central Varsity Football Coach

This award is given each year to an individual or group who has gone above and beyond to create a community free of sexual violence. The work Coach Bess has done with young athletes is worthy of this recognition. We recognize and celebrate his commitment to having courageous conversations with young men and implementing the Coaching Boys Into Men program to teach healthy relationship skills and reduce interpersonal violence.  Thank you Coach Bess for partnering with Sexual Assault Services to pilot this program and for your willingness to support other coaches in doing so in the future.  You truly are an Outstanding Partner in Prevention.

10 Years - Volunteer Award

Pamela Klett

Pamela started volunteering with SAS in 2009, and 2014 she was honored with the Douglas Mehlhorn M. D. Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Volunteerism and Service. Pamela is a Reimbursement Specialist for Bronson Healthcare Group.  In her free time Pamela likes to play chess, and write poetry and fiction. 

Champion for Children Award

Karen Pawloski
Calhoun County Assistant Prosecutor

Karen demonstrates expertise, compassion, and outstanding service when prosecuting child sexual abuse crimes against our most vulnerable population. Karen, known to many as K.P., is this year’s Champion for Children.

Karen attends a majority of forensic interviews at the Child Advocacy Center. Multidisciplinary team members, which includes law enforcement, child protective services, and the Child Advocacy Center staff value her collaboration as a team member and rely on her expertise when making decisions in complex child sexual and physical abuse cases. Dedicated to prosecuting crimes against vulnerable populations, Karen brings in expert testimony to educate juries on dynamics of sexual abuse, brings in supports to minimize children’s anxiety when testifying in court, and brings in outstanding knowledge to support her team members.

Betty Christ Outstanding Community Advocate

Calhoun Area Career Center - Criminal Justice Program

The CACC Criminal Justice students demonstrated outstanding community advocacy in their service learning project to help support survivors of sexual violence and SAS. Students went above and beyond in their efforts to raise funds and awareness for SAS (including bilingual social media posts). They also used their creativity and time to create and collect comfort care items for survivors and needed supplies for the SAS team. Criminal Justice students collected personal care items, coloring books, colored pencils and other art supplies and snacks, and raised money to support victims of sexual assault and to help with Matty, SAS facility dog. The students also participated in making blankets and writing notes of support and encouragement that can be given to victims/survivors. We were amazed with their thoughtfulness, creativity and generosity.  You have truly made a difference in supporting survivors and your community!

Outstanding Regional Advocacy Award

Robin Young

As a sexual assault volunteer victim advocate, Robin jumped in with both feet and continues to do so.  She takes several shifts per month and  when something comes up and someone can’t go or we didn’t have coverage, almost always, Robin is the first to say, "I can go!" Victims feel validated, believed, and cared for by Robin. She is a gift to survivors and the SANE team.  Thank You Robin for your dedication and compassion.

2020 Sexual Assault Services Recognition of Thanks

Each year, Sexual Assault Services is joined by amazing individuals who help us make an impact in our communities. We list their names below to thank and recognize them for their selfless dedication.

SAS Community Advisory Board

  • Tomika Bell
  • Nikki Clemens
  • Michelle Datema
  • Pat Graw
  • Melanie Hooker
  • Larry Juday
  • Steve Lamb
  • Clare Loughrige
  • Bill McClure
  • Dr. Sheila Matthews
  • Nancy Mullett
  • Katy Reed
  • Megan Reynolds
  • Robin Rogers
  • Brad Wise
  • Chandra Youngblood

Volunteer Advocates

  • Allison Bartha
  • Sue Bidwell
  • Yolanda Brewer
  • Deb Brunner
  • Nicole Clemens
  • Karen Collins
  • Kim Crane
  • Brandy Currie
  • Kelly Dunmire
  • Marianne Gillum-Frantz
  • Edward Harris II
  • Stevi Hegner
  • Pamela Klett
  • Stacey Konkle
  • Colleen LaRose
  • Erin Lathrop
  • Mary Jo Matyasic
  • Cecilia McCaleb
  • Michelle Heffron
  • DeShawaun Mitchell
  • Katie Newburn
  • Beatrice Orns
  • Alexandra Ortiz
  • Melissa Pugh
  • Hilary Pummill
  • Carolyn Robinson
  • Telisa Stratton
  • Marybeth Wilson

SAS Staff

  • Heather Ballentine
  • Pam Buchko
  • Allison Carter
  • KrisAnne Cravens
  • Amber Depuydt - Goodlock
  • Krista Fletcher
  • Tami Gregg
  • Laurie Hartman
  • January Haulenbeek
  • Tamala Hill
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Sherri Khillah
  • Dannielle Kostrab
  • Stacy McDonald
  • Maureen McNamara
  • Karly Rakolvits
  • Diana Vescoso
  • Brenne Wade
  • Elizabeth Walters
  • Dr. Elishae Johnson, System Director
    Business Health Services

Van Buren County Volunteer Advocates

  • Becky Acar
  • Heather Barr
  • Sue Dudycha
  • Pam Ford
  • Danielle Griswold
  • Melanie Hooker
  • Abigail Maldonado
  • Alice Noskey
  • Citlali Salgado
  • Rebecca Tippman
  • Enriquetta Turanzaa
  • Robin Young 

SAS Interns

  • Mariah Adamy
  • Brandy Currie 

Thank you to our sponsors!

(Click their logo or name to learn more!)

Presenting Sponsors

Battle Creek Community Foundation

Feldpausch Foundation logo

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Joyce Siegel

Advocacy Sponsors

Battle Creek Police Department

Battle Creek Tile & Mosaic Co., Inc.

Judge Tracie Tomak

  

If you would still like to sponsor the event, we will be able to offer you the following benefits:

If you are so inclined to make a gift, you can make your gift online here, or mail a check (please note SAS in the memo line) to:

Bronson Health Foundation
301 John St, Box C
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

We appreciate your understanding. Thank you for all you do to support the work of our Sexual Assault Services team.

For more information, call the Bronson Health Foundation at (269) 341-6647.

All proceeds benefit Bronson Sexual Assault Services.

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