Jessica Friday, Executive Director of the Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center, passionately promotes advocacy, awareness, justice, and healing for victims. In addition, Jessica firmly maintains that efficient and effective victim services and community outreach efforts are of the utmost importance to the continued growth of the organization and safety of our communities. Prior to joining the team at Shining Star, Jessica reverently investigated crimes against children for nearly twelve years as a detective with the Dixon Police Department. Jessica has a Bachelor’s of Science in General Studies from Northern Illinois University, and is currently completing her Master’s of Public Administration through Capella University. Jessica currently serves on the Lee County Board of Health, on the Lee County initiative combating domestic violence and violence against women, and volunteers as a mentor in the Dixon Public Schools. In addition, Jessica has been trained in Finding Words Illinois Forensic Interviewing, and has conducted numerous forensic interviews for Shining Star over the past 8 years.
Traci Mueller is the Forensic Interviewer at Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center. Traci has been conducting the Forensic Interviews at SSCAC for the last two years. Prior to her current position, Traci was the Director and Forensic Interviewer at DeKalb County Children’s Advocacy Center. Traci has been interviewing children involved in physical or sexual abuse investigations for the past 8 years and has interviewed over 700 children and teens. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University. Traci has also completed the Finding Words Illinois Forensic Interviewing course and Advanced Forensic Interviewing courses in both physical abuse and sexual abuse. Traci has been working with survivors of abuse for the last 14 years and over 11 of those years have been with Children’s Advocacy Centers. Traci began her work with Children’s Advocacy Centers as the Executive Director at Shining Star when it first opened in 2003 and is pleased to be back working at SSCAC as the Forensic Interviewer.
Jessica Cash has been working with children and families for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Upper Iowa University. She is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Judson University. Additionally, she has attended numerous conferences and trainings on child abuse, youth mental health, domestic violence, and crisis management. Jessica previously worked as a Children’s Domestic Violence Advocate at HOPE of Ogle County. There she provided individual services to children, facilitated children’s support groups, and worked with parents providing crisis intervention and support. In June 2014, Jessica began working at Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center as the Family Advocate. In this role, Jessica provides emotional support for abused children and their families throughout the forensic interview process and beyond. She links them with vital counseling services and assists them with accessing other important community resources. Jessica works with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the best possible outcome is reached for children disclosing abuse.
Marissa Krager is the Counselor at Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center. Marissa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Services from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Aurora University. Prior to her current position, Marissa did crisis therapy with foster care children to stabilize their current home placement. Marissa’s role at Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center will be to provide therapy and group services to abused children and help them go from being a victim to a survivor. Marissa works with the multi-disciplinary team to conclude the best therapy approach for each individual client.
Lee County Sheriff's Department
Chief Deputy David Glessner
Rochelle Police Department
Chief Eric Higby
Lee County State’s Attorney
Ogle County Sheriff's Department
Lt. Michael Schabacker
Ogle County State’s Attorney
R. J. Gabaldon
Department of Children and Family Services
Dixon Police Department
Lt. Brad Sibley
Department of Children and Family Services
United Way of Lee and Ogle County
YWCA of the Sauk Valley
HOPE of Ogle County
Children's Advocacy Centers of Illinois
National Children's Alliance
National Children's Advocacy Centers
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