David Chayer | Executive Director, SACIS and CAISA

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

David Chayer (he/him/his) has over 22 years of nonprofit leadership and management experience. Before joining the SACIS and CAISA team, he served the American Red Cross for over 14 years in multiple senior leadership positions across the country, including El Paso, Texas, Dallas, Texas, Tallahassee, FL, Washington, D.C, and Corpus Christi, TX.  David began his Red Cross career as the State Director of Government and External Relations in Illinois, representing the Red Cross to state and federal government leaders and coordinating statewide disaster response and planning with emergency management.
In addition to his experience with the Red Cross, he also served as the Executive Director for The ALS Association Texas Chapter, a senior level position with the Council for a Strong America in Washington, D.C. and has more recently served as the Executive Director for the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence in El Paso, Texas and for Missouri KidsFirst in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Before joining the nonprofit world, David worked for six years in state and local government in Illinois, including positions with the City of Carbondale, Office of the Lt. Governor, and the Illinois General Assembly. In 2000, David was elected to the Divernon Village Board in his first-ever campaign for public office. He has also served as an Adjunct Instructor at Blackburn College where he taught State and Local Government. Chayer also served as a volunteer firefighter, and, for five years, served as the Head Cross Country Coach at Auburn Junior and Senior High School in Illinois.
Originally from St. Anne, Illinois, David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois and a Master’s of Public Administration degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Samantha McCullough | Senior Director of Operations

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

Samantha McCullough (they/them), our Senior Director of Operations, 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 their studies at Millikin University in Decatur where they received two bachelor’s degrees.  In addition to their work at SACIS, Samantha is currently serving as the Secretary of PFLAG Charleston.

Administrative Team

Ashlee Bell | Administrative Assistant

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

Ashlee Bell (she/her/hers) is the Administrative Assistant for SACIS. Ashlee greets clients as they come for counseling, offering a smile as they enter and leave the office. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University with her BA, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Anthropology. She joined SACIS in 2019 after working at the local record store where she gained confidence and a love for talking with customers and learning about them, their life experiences or the conversations that ensued. In her free time, she loves hanging in her hammock, listening to true crime podcasts and practicing tarot for self-care.

Rachel Carter | Administrative Specialist & Volunteer Coordinator

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

Rachel Carter (she/her/hers) is the Administrative Specialist 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.

Sean Harris | Administrative Assistant/Case Manager

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

Sean Harris (he/him/his) is the Administrative Assistant and Case Manager for CAISA and has been with the organization since April 2020. He attended Olney Central College and Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee. Sean obtained an extensive background in Law Enforcement, Crisis Intervention, and Higher Education Policy while living in Nashville.

Advocacy Team

Ky Newsome | Director of Advocacy Services

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

Mickie Owens | Legal and Medical Advocate

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

Mickie Owens (she/her/hers) 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.

Kim White | Advocate & Case Manager

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

Kim White (she/her/hers) began her career with SACIS in 2019 as a volunteer on Team SACIS, moved forward a year later to become a part time medical advocate, and transitioned further to a full time Advocate/Case Manager/Legal Advocate position.  You will find Kim advocating throughout our community from the legal system, hospitals, and correctional system, to supporting our clients through community resources.

Before joining SACIS, she was a decorated Correctional LPN for many county jails in Indianapolis and surrounding counties as well as Plainfield Correctional Facility.  Kim is also a Veteran of the US Army where she served as a Combat Medic.

Kim is passionate about the work she does with SACIS and works daily to support survivors and show they can stand in their own power.  Providing unconditional support to help ensure no one feels alone along this journey.

Keyla Baird | Medical Advocate

Robinson (618) 544-9379 | Olney (618) 879-2130

Regina Lennox | Medical Advocate

Charleston- (217) 348-5033 |

Patti Oatman | Medical Advocate

Charleston- (217) 348-5033 |

Kenzi Wisdom | Medical Advocate

Robinson (618) 544-9379 | Olney (618) 879-2130

Counseling Team

Elizabeth Amerman | Senior Director of Counseling Services

Robinson (618) 544-9379 | Olney (618) 879-2130

Elizabeth Amerman (she/her/hers) 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).

Brenda Wampler | Associate Director of Counseling

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

Brenda Wampler (she/her/hers) 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.

Brandee Hahn | Counselor

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

Brandee Hahn (she/her/hers) has been a Counselor at SACIS since 2019 and provides services to children, adolescents, adults and couples.  Brandee received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Illinois University and is an Illinois Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  Brandee uses a variety of therapy approaches and techniques based on the client’s needs and what works best for them.  Brandee is dedicated to providing a safe, supportive, empathetic and empowering environment to survivors and their loved ones.

Jon Coit | Counselor

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

Jon (he/they) started at SACIS right after earning his Master of Science in School Counseling from Eastern Illinois University in May 2022. He works with child, adolescent, and adult clients to place their safety, comfort, and vision for their future at the center of each session. His journey to the counseling profession started with the life changes he was able to make as a result of his own work in therapy. He believes that anyone can make change in their lives and become a better version of themselves. He received training and practical experience in the treatment of trauma, and the use of play therapy and expressive techniques, during his master's program. He is an Illinois Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Prevention & Volunteer Team

Stephanie Anderson | Senior Director of Prevention and Volunteer Services

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

Stephanie Anderson (she/her/hers) 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 the SACIS team full time in 2018 as our Volunteer Coordinator and recently took on her new role as Senior Director of Volunteer and Prevention Services. She graduated from Lake Land College in 2015 and from Eastern Illinois University in the Fall of 2019 with her Bachelors in Human Services and Community Leadership.

Darien Lee | Associate Director of Prevention

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

Darien Lee (she/her/hers) is a student at Southern Illinois University and is currently finishing her bachelor's degree. She began working at CAISA as the Community Prevention Educator in Spring of 2021. In her free time, she enjoys listening to NPR podcasts, reading, and exploring creativity through interior design.

Tina Johnson | Community Prevention Educator

Charleston- (217) 348-5033 | tina@sacis.org

Tina Johnson (she/her/hers) graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts. After attending a crisis intervention training with SACIS in the spring of 2022, she became passionate about our work and knew she wanted to be a part of the movement to educate our community on the issues and effects of sexual violence and support survivors. In her free time, Tina loves to travel, kayak, and attend concerts with her family.

Alyssa Cravens- Victim Awareness Campaign Specialist 

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

Alyssa Cravens (she/her/hers) is the Victim Awareness Campaign Specialist at SACIS. Within her position, she works to update training and prevention curriculum, create visual branding materials, produce educational resources, generate community awareness and promote the issues and effects of sexual violence through social media and our monthly newsletter, The SACIS Signal. Alyssa began working at SACIS in August of 2018 as an Office Assistant at our counseling office and transitioned into her current position at our main office in the Fall of 2019. She graduated in Spring of 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Eastern Illinois University and now works at SACIS full-time!