Our staff of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping children heal from abuse in the Grand Traverse region.
Sue is Executive Director of northern Michigan’s Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center. With a BA in psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and an MA in art therapy from the University of Illinois, Sue’s professional career includes clinical work with children and teens at the University of Chicago, graduate-level instruction with students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and certification as a Montessori teacher and yoga instructor. She is a Search Inside Yourself Certified Teacher as well as a Michigan ACE Initiative trainer. Under Sue’s leadership, the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center has expanded from serving children and families in one county to six in the Grand Traverse region, has earned accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance for standards consistent with best practices among child advocacy centers, and has expanded prevention programming with initiatives such as Team Zero and the Public Will Campaign to end child sexual abuse. Email Sue.
Caitlin Borchard, JD
CAC Program Director
Caitlin graduated from Alma College with her BA in Organizational Communication. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law. After graduation from MSU, she worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in her hometown of Saginaw, Michigan. In 2017, she moved to the Grand Traverse area and worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Charlevoix County. While working as an Assistant Prosecutor, Caitlin saw the life-long impact that sexual assault has on children. Due to this experience, she became passionate about doing all she can to advocate for and support victims of sexual assault. Outside of work, Caitlin enjoys visits from her family, as well as spending time outdoors with her fiancé, Charlie and rescue dog, Peanut. Email Caitlin.
Pam holds the first full-time position of its kind at the Center which was created to sustain vital community services in the Grand Traverse Region that prevent and respond to incidences of child sexual and physical abuse. A graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder, Pam grew-up in Grand Rapids and has resided in the Grand Traverse area since 1989. She holds a certificate in fundraising management from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and has been active in development efforts locally, previously serving as Development Director of TART Trails. Email Pam.
Teresa grew up in Cadillac, MI. She received a BA in family studies from Spring Arbor University as well as an Associate’s Degree in child development from Northwestern Michigan College. Teresa worked as a Head Start Lead Teacher for 12 years before joining DHHS as a child protection investigator, serving Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Wexford and Missaukee Counties for six years. During this time, Teresa was co-located at the TBCAC as a member of the multidisciplinary team. Teresa is also a certified facilitator of the Stewards of Children prevention program and teaches Talk-Protect-Report and SafeTeam. She is dedicated to bringing the rate of child sexual abuse in our region to zero! Teresa and her husband have hosted three National Youth Exchange students in their home while raising two children of their own. Email Teresa.
Audrey grew up in a family of seven on a farm in Mecosta, MI. She relocated to the Traverse City area after receiving a BA in Psychology from Lake Superior State University. Audrey is currently working on obtaining a Master of Social Work Degree from Ferris State University. Through her graduate program, she was able to serve as a TBCAC intern for 4 months in the summer of 2019. As an Intervention Specialist, Audrey will be able to contribute to the conversation about child physical and sexual abuse and work to cultivate a world where every child knows about body safety and can feel comfortable enough to talk about it. Outside of work, Audrey enjoys visiting her parents and siblings in St. Louis, Missouri and spending time with her friends and boyfriend. Email Audrey.
Deanna Couture, MA, LPC-S, NCC, RPT
Deanna graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Elementary Education. She pursued graduate work while raising her family, earning an MBA from Texas A & M at Corpus Christi, MA in School Administration from Central Michigan University, and MA in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. Deanna was an elementary teacher and principal for 24 years and worked in a college setting. She has counseled children and adolescents since 2009 in her private practice and in a school setting. She earned her Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential and uses Play Therapy to address cognitive, behavioral, and emotional challenges in her clients. Deanna enjoys life in Traverse City with her husband, Al. They have three adult sons who live in Michigan. Email Deanna.
Dwayne Bagwell, MA, LPC-S
Dwayne grew up in a tiny Tennessee town just north of Nashville, on the edge of his grandfather’s farm. He earned a BA in Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University in 1984. In 1998 he married Pam and moved to Chicago where they were blessed with the birth of their son, Shane. Dwayne earned his master’s degree at National Louis University before moving back to Tennessee and then to Michigan, where he has spent the past 14 years. Dwayne is a Licensed Professional Counselor and worked at Community Mental Health’s Vanderbilt University School-Based Program and maintained a private practice before joining our staff in July of 2019. Traverse City has been his family’s favorite place to live — ever! Dwayne is proud to be helping families at an organization committed to ending child sexual abuse. Email Dwayne.
As Prevention Coordinator, Jourdan assists in the program development and delivery of child abuse prevention initiatives, in addition to promoting child sexual and physical abuse prevention awareness. Jourdan served as a TBCAC intern for five months in 2018 and joined the TBCAC staff as a Ferris State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science and Social Work degree. A native of the Grand Rapids area, Jourdan, her husband Zach, and their dogs have been in Traverse City for about five years. Email Jourdan.
Lisa joined the TBCAC in February 2016. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University where she received a BA in psychology and communication disorders. Originally from the Bay City area, Lisa moved to Traverse City in 1997. She and her husband have two boys that keep them very busy with sports and extracurricular activities. Email Lisa.