Board of Directors

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Mary McLoughlin
Public Relations Consultant

Mary McLoughlin is the owner/principal of McLoughlin Communications & Public Relations, a consulting agency that provides strategic communication, public relations, and fund development counsel to a variety of clients. She started her company over 20 years ago after working for five years in two advertising agencies in Grand Rapids and the Corporate Director of Marketing and Public Relations for a multi-hospital corporation in Detroit. She joined the board of the Children’s Assessment Center in 2005 and has served as president, vice president, and chair of the development committee. She has also served on various boards in the area, including the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore, Michigan Women’s Foundation, the YWCA of Western & Central Michigan, and the Grand Rapids Art Museum.


Ron Miller

Ron Miller

Vice President

Founder & Senior Managing Director, BlueWater Partners

Ron Miller is the founder and managing partner at BlueWater Partners, LLC, an investment banking firm. He has over 45 years of experience as an advisor, senior manager, and shareholder of middle market companies in a variety of industries. He has participated in more than 75 corporate transactions as an advisor, senior manager, or shareholder. He joined the Children’s Assessment Center board in 2012, where he has served as vice president, as well as on the executive committee, development committee, facilities committee, and strategic planning committee.



Kyle Irwin
Community Volunteer

Kyle Irwin has been a community volunteer for as many years as she can count. Her main focus areas are children, housing, women’s issues, the arts, and education. She previously worked as a bookstore manager and a librarian, both of which fueled her curiosity about the world. She joined the board of the Children’s Assessment Center over 20 years ago, shortly after the Center’s inception and has served as board secretary and a member of the development committee. She has also served in leadership roles for the John Ball Zoo, Dwelling Place Inc., Bishop Whittemore Foundation, the YWCA, Planned Parenthood, Opera Grand Rapids, Women’s History Council, and Grand Valley State University Foundation Board.


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Lawrence Duthler
Executive Committee Member At Large
Owner & President, Sun Title Agency

Lawrence Duthler co-owns Sun Title Agency in Grand Rapids, which provides title, closing, and settlement services to individuals and companies buying and selling properties. Before Sun Title, he was a Certified Public Accountant with BDO Seidman and then an attorney with Warner Norcross & Judd. He became a board member at the Children’s Assessment Center in 2012. He has also served as a board member and past president of the Turnaround Management Association, an instructor for Junior Achievement, and the chair of the education committee with the West Michigan Alliance of Realtors.



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Chris Becker
Chief Prosecutor, Kent County Prosecutor’s Office

Chris Becker is the Chief Prosecuting Attorney at the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office, where he has worked for over 20 years. He joined the board of the Children’s Assessment Center in 2015 and has served on the executive committee, and he has been connected to the Center since 1995 when he started working child sexual abuse cases at the Prosecutor’s Office.




Chief James Carmody

James Carmody
Chief, Wyoming Police Department

Chief Carmody is the Director of Police and Fire Services for the City of Wyoming’s Department of Public Safety. Before being appointed Chief of Police, he served the Port Huron, Michigan, Police Department for 31 years, retiring as Deputy Chief. He joined the board of the Children’s Assessment Center in 2006 and has also served on various other committees and boards related to law enforcement and leadership training.




Darlene Cress

Darlene Cress
2060 East Paris Ave. Ste 250
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Direct 616.974.3346 Toll Free 800.451.0479
Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC

Darlene Cress is a financial advisor, wealth management specialist, and certified estate planner with RL Consulting Group of Raymond James. She holds a Series 7, 66, life, health, and annuity license. She provides investment advice and financial planning to assist individuals reach their short and long term financial goals, including helping them with life, long term care insurance, and annuity review. Previously, she spent over 20 years in corporate management, working with Regent Broadcasting as Non Traditional Manager; National Heritage Academies as Director of Board Relations; and Amway Corporation as Manager, Office of the President, and Senior Advisor of International Public Relations and Government Affairs. She joined the board of the Children’s Assessment Center in 2014 and has served on the facilities and nominating committees. She has also held leadership roles at the West Michigan Women’s Foundation (Power of 100 and Statewide Initiative Committee); Inforum; GROW; Wine, Women and Chocolate Event for Women’s Resource Center; Lowell Youth Foundation; Greater Grand Rapids American Business Women’s Association; Grand Rapids Chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association; and the Pink Ball Charity Classic benefiting Rally for the Cure.


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Tessa Hessmiller
Assistant US Attorney, West District of MI

Tessa Hessmiller is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, where she investigates and prosecutes violent crime throughout the western half of Michigan and heads the child exploitation section. She prosecuted the first federal child sex trafficking cases in West Michigan and has presented numerous trainings statewide on human trafficking and child exploitation. She was previously a Captain in the US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. She joined the board of the Children’s Assessment Center in 2014 and has served on the governance and nominating committees. She has also held leadership roles with the Kent County Human Trafficking Task Force, West Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and the Junior League of Grand Rapids.


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Rand Putterman
V.P. Investments, Comerica Securities

Rand Putterman is a financial consultant with Comerica Securities, where he helps clients with their investment, insurance, and wealth planning needs. He is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner, and is Series 7, 66, insurance, and variable contracts licensed. He has his B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University, and an M.B.A. from Marshall University. He is an Adjunct Professor at Davenport University, where he teaches a financial planning and insurance course. He served on the Children’s Assessment Center’s development committee starting in 2013 and joined the board in 2016. He is a past board member for Congregation Ahavas Israel.



David Rahinsky
Chief, Grand Rapids Police Department

Chief Rahinsky is the Police Chief for the Grand Rapids Police Department. He has been a Police Chief since 2001 and joined the board of the Children’s Assessment Center in 2014. He has also held leadership roles with the Boys and Girls Club.






Savator Selden-Johnson

Savator Selden-Johnson
Director, Kent County Department of Human Services

Savator Selden-Johnson is the Kent County Department of Health and Human Services Child Welfare Director, where she is responsible for the public child welfare programs in Kent County, as well as Children’s Protective Services, foster care, and related programs. Before being appointed as the Child Welfare Director, she worked as Kent County’s Child Welfare District Manager and worked in the area of child welfare for over 30 years. She joined the board of the Children’s Assessment Center in 2007 and works as a collaborative partner agency member, linking the Department of Health and Human Services to the Center. She has also served as a Western Michigan University Adjunct Professor in Social Work Practice, a member of the Kent County Family and Children’s Coordinating Council, and a Community Family Partnership sustainability team member.


Sheriff Larry Stelma

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Sheriff, Kent County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Stelma is the Kent County Sheriff, where he is responsible for all law enforcement activities in the unincorporated area of Kent County, the operation of the Kent County Correctional Facility, security of the court houses and judges, and prisoner transportation.  His responsibilities include investigating crimes against children, as well as securing suspects in jail and through the judicial process. He has served within the Kent County Sheriff’s Office for over 44 years, starting as a deputy and working through the ranks to Sheriff in 2000. He became a board member at the Children’s Assessment Center in 1999, where he has served on the board at large and the finance committee and also provides on-site investigators at the Center. He has also served on multiple local, state, and national boards for various law enforcement initiatives, the community, and school and faith based organizations.


Mercedes Toohey

Mercedes Toohey
Consultant and Community Volunteer

Mercedes Toohey serves as President of the Languages and Culture Institute, teaches Spanish, and is a motivational speaker focused on Hispanic issues. She was previously a counselor at Grand Valley State University. She joined the board of the Children’s Assessment Center in 2009 and has worked with the facilities planning committee. She has also held leadership roles at the San Juan Diego Academy, Cherry Health, Migrant Legal Aid, Cesar Chavez Scholarship Committee, and Saint Mary’s Catholic Church Festival.