David Chayer | Executive Director, SACIS and CAISA

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

David 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.

SACIS Team – Coles, Cumberland and Southern Clark Counties

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

Maria Amill | Medical Advocate

(217) 348-5033 | maria.medadv@sacis.org

Maria has served as the Medical Advocate at SACIS since February of 2020. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Eastern Illinois University with a minor in Spanish. Maria loves working at SACIS because she believes in the mission of ending sexual violence and enjoys serving her community through advocacy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking, and watching suspensful movies.

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 from Eastern Illinois University in the Fall of 2019 with her Bachelors in Human Services and Community Leadership.

Ashlee Bell | Administrative Assistant

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

Ashlee 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.

Alyssa Cravens- Victim Awareness Campaign Specialist 

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

Alyssa 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!

Corey Cunningham | Counselor

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

Corey Cunningham is a Counselor at SACIS. Corey provides services to children, adolescents, and adults. She has served as a 40 hour trained volunteer with SACIS since 2018 and was an office intern prior to beginning her graduate studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Eastern Illinois University. She recently transitioned from her role as a Graduate Counseling Intern to a full-time Counselor at SACIS. Corey received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from EIU in 2010 and her Masters of Science in May 2021. Corey is dedicated to providing support, empathy, and empowerment to those who have been affected by sexual assault and abuse.

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.

Brandee Hahn | Counselor

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

Ellie Haskett | Director of Counseling Services

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

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 and transitioned into her new role as Director of Counseling Services at the beginning of 2021.

Samantha McCullough | Program Director

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

Samantha, our Program 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.

Ky Newsome | Director of Advocacy Services

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

Marie Torchia- Counselor

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

Kim White | Medical Advocate & Case Manager

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

Kim White serves as a Medical Advocate and Case Manager at SACIS. She began her career with SACIS by serving as a volunteer on Team SACIS for a year before transitioning into her current positions. Kim is also a Licensed Practical Nurse and works to empower survivors to heal and overcome any obstacles they may encounter.

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 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.

Sean Harris | Administrative Assistant/Case Manager

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

Sean Harris 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.

Darien Lee | Community Prevention Educator

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

Darien 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.

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.

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.