Erin Walters | Executive Director, SACIS and CAISA

(217) 348-5033 | executivedirector@sacis.org

Erin Walters, the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Counseling and Information Service (SACIS) and Counseling and Information for Sexual Assault/Abuse (CAISA), has been working with survivors of sexual violence since 2006. Since joining the staff at SACIS/CAISA, she has held several positions, including Administrative Assistant, Director of Education and Counselor, but ultimately accepted the position of Executive Director in January of 2012. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling, both of which were earned at Eastern Illinois University, and is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois. Erin has served and/or continues to serve on a number of statewide committees throughout her tenure at SACIS, including the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) Executive Committee, the ICASA Finance Committee and the ICASA Contracts Review Committee (serving as Chair for approximately 2 years) and the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals (ICDVP) Board of Directors. She is also working on several local/area Boards of Directors in an effort to advocate for victims of violence, inspire change within our society, and build bridges with other area professionals, including the Children’s Advocacy Center of East Central Illinois, and the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Sexual Assault Task Force committees on the campuses of Eastern Illinois University and Lake Land Community College and is an active ally and advocate for the GSD community both on and off campus. Erin is a passionate advocate who embraces opportunities to build networks of support for survivors of sexual violence.

SACIS Team – Coles, Cumberland and Southern Clark Counties

SACIS Main Office, 825 18th Street, Suite 409, Charleston, IL 61920
SACIS Counseling Suite, 1505 18th Street, Suite 2, Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: (217) 348-5033 | Fax: (217) 348-5051
E-mail: sacis@sacis.org

Stephanie Anderson | Volunteer Coordinator

(217) 348-5033 | volunteer@sacis.org

Stephanie has a full and diverse history here at SACIS. She served as an intern in 2013 before serving as a medical advocate, beginning in 2014. She joined SACIS team full time in 2018 as our Volunteer Coordinator. Within her position she supervises, recruits, and trains all of our direct service volunteers, non-direct service volunteers, and interns. She graduated from Lake Land College in 2015 and will obtain her Bachelors in Human Services and Community Leadership from Eastern Illinois University in the Fall of 2019.

Taylor Diskin | Social Justice Empowerment Services Coordinator

(217) 348-5033 | empowerment@sacis.org

Taylor is the Social Justice and Empowerment Services Coordinator at SACIS. She provides empowerment and group services as well as legal and medical advocacy to survivors of sexual violence. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a focus in Family Services from Eastern Illinois University. Taylor is committed to empowering survivors, promoting awareness, and removing the stigma behind sexual violence.

Amanda Feder | Director of Prevention Services

(217) 348-5033 | prevention@sacis.org

Amanda is the Director of Prevention Education. In 2012, she began volunteering with SACIS to assist her in writing curriculum on sex trafficking at a local level for her graduate thesis project at Eastern Illinois University. She provides education for school-aged students covering body safety and encouraging them to recognize and report abuse to trusted adults and/or professionals while also offering individual body safety programs for children. Amanda also provides free educational programs for local businesses, which range from single to multiple day training.

Ellie Haskett | Child and Adolescent Counselor

(217) 348-5033 | ellie.counselor@sacis.org

Counseling in-office and within the local schools, Ellie provides treatment to children, adolescents, and adult survivors of assault and abuse, as well as their significant others. She works to maintain a safe and nonjudgmental environment in which her clients feel supported, comfortable and heard during their time of healing and change. Ellie attended Eastern Illinois University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, as well as her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has been a part of the SACIS team since August of 2018.

Donna Hudson | Director of Counseling Services

(217) 348-5033 | donna.counselor@sacis.org

Donna has been a counselor at SACIS since 2012. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri and completed further graduate coursework in clinical counseling at Eastern Illinois University. In addition to providing counseling services for adult survivors and their significant others, Donna offers case coordination and clinical supervision for fellow counselors and interns who work with adult clients. Similarly, she enjoys facilitating groups and presenting workshops for volunteers, community members and fellow clinicians. Donna is committed to serving survivors from marginalized populations and feels grateful for all she has learned from her clients and colleagues here at SACIS.

Samantha McCullough | Office Manager

(217) 348-5033 | officemanager@sacis.org

Samantha, our Office Manager, maintains the organization of SACIS service and financial records, processes reimbursements and supply orders while helping coordinate office needs and flow. Samantha is a native to the area; returning from her studies at Millikin University in Decatur where she received two bachelor’s degrees.  In addition to her work at SACIS, Samantha is currently serving as the Secretary of PFLAG Charleston.

Lisa Saunders | Director of Children’s Services

(217) 348-5033 | lisa.counselor@sacis.org

Lisa is the Director of Children’s Services at SACIS. She attended Eastern Illinois University, where she received her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling. Lisa offers counseling to children, adolescents, and their significant others in addition to providing case coordination and supervision for other SACIS counselors and interns who work with children under 18. Not only is she devoted to encouraging survivors by providing client-centered services to all, she also feels very fortunate to be a part of this agency and to have had the opportunity to provide services to so many wonderful people in the last 25 years.

Ben Wilburn | Director of Advocacy Services

(217) 348-5033 | advocate@sacis.org

Ben is a Southern Illinois native, turned Central Illinois local who serves as the Director of Advocacy at SACIS. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2014 and his Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences in 2016, both at Eastern Illinois University. Within his position, Ben oversees all legal and medical advocacy, provides case management, and collaborates with community partners. He is passionate about advancing inclusivity within rape crisis centers and presents on topics involving historically underrepresented populations regularly. Ben believes that a survivor-centered approach is of the utmost importance and seeks to lift and empower the voices of survivors.

Alyssa Cravens, Abriana Vescante, Chloe St. Pierre | Office Assistants and Counseling Intern

CAISA Team – Crawford, Edwards, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash Counties

CAISA – Robinson, 10499 N. State Hwy 1, Suite 1, Robinson, IL 62454
Phone: (618) 544-9379 | Fax: (618) 544-8890

CAISA – Olney, 205 E. Main Street, Olney, IL 62450
Phone: (618) 879-2130 | Fax: (618) 879-2131

E-mail: caisa@sacis.org

Elizabeth Amerman | Counselor

Robinson (618) 544-9379 | Olney (618) 879-2130
elizabeth.caisa@sacis.org

Elizabeth Amerman has been a Counselor at CAISA since October 2017. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Family Consumer Science, Family Services from Eastern Illinois University and earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Elizabeth is a Licensed Social Worker. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Rachel Carter | Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Robinson (618) 544-9379 | rachel.caisa@sacis.org

Rachel Carter is the Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator for CAISA. She has been with the organization since January 2018. She attended Lincoln Trail College and obtained her Associate’s in General Studies. Rachel has an extensive background in support services and program planning, coming from the library field before joining CAISA. Outside of work, she is an active member of Community Theater, and enjoys crocheting, reading, Dungeons and Dragons, and the occasional Netflix binge.

Mickie Owens | Legal and Medical Advocate

Robinson (618) 544-9379 | mickie.caisa@sacis.org

Mickie Owens is the supervisor of Medical Advocacy and the Legal Advocate with CAISA.  Mickie started as a volunteer with CAISA in 1998 and then joined our staff April 1, 1999.  She has provided advocacy services to over 1,100 survivors and their friends and family during this time.  She takes pride in the work she has done advocating for clients.  Mickie Co-Chairs the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault Public Affairs Committee and is a member of the Illinois Sex Offender Management Board.  She has completed both the 40 hour Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner trainings for Adult/ Adolescents and Pediatrics.  She has received advance training on sexual assault, investigation, victim advocacy, stalking and domestic violence. Mickie went to college in her 30’s in the first wave of non-traditional students in the 1980’s.  She spoke to Indiana Higher Education Commission on the challenges faced by older students.  She went on to graduate from Vincennes University with an AS in Paralegal Studies.  She then attended Indiana State University and earned her BS in Criminology.  She additionally completed 2 years of graduate work.  Shortly after completing her degree Mickie was elected to the City Council in Vincennes, Indiana.  She is also a graduate of the Richard Lugar Excellence in Public Service for Women during the 1995-1996 year. Currently she is on the Board of Lawrence/Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens. Mickie loves being an advocate and feels it is her life’s calling and passion.

Olivia Pipher | Office Assistant

Olney (618) 879-2130 | olivia.caisa@sacis.org

Olivia Pipher attended Olney Central College and received and Associates in Applied Science and Art and a Certificate in Cosmetology. She started working for CAISA in November of 2018 as an Office Assistant at the Olney Office.

Barb Richards | Preventionist

Robinson (618) 544-9379 | prevention.caisa@sacis.org

Brenda Wampler | Counselor

Robinson (618) 544-9379 | brenda.caisa@sacis.org

Brenda Wampler has been a counselor for over 25 years, and has been with CAISA since August 2014. She has an Associate’s in Science from Lincoln Trail College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, and a Master’s in Counseling from Eastern Illinois University. She has extensive training and experience in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Sexual Abuse Counseling. Outside of work, she enjoys painting, crafts, flower gardening, being outdoors, reading, eating out, playing with her dogs, and spending time with her family.