Survivor Strong provides educational and healing opportunities for survivors of gender-based violence, their allies, and the surrounding community. We work with law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and other community members that receive disclosures. We respond to gender-based violence by supporting survivors through the aftermath of their abuse with a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach.
It is Survivor Strong’s firm belief that support and community can be a catalyst for healing. In addition to trainings, we educate students, parents, and community members on body safety, healthy relationships, options for survivors, and allyship.
Survivor Strong also provides resources and services for survivors of gender-based violence, because we know the importance of community and support in the healing journey.
Amanda Thomashow is a survivor + advocate who works to create systems that prevent gender-based violence + support survivors. Before founding Survivor Strong, Amanda served as the Campus Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Coordinator for the Michigan Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. Amanda is on Michigan State University’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Advisory Board, the Wayne County Safe Healing Center Advisory Board + served as a co-curator for the Finding Our Voice exhibit at the Michigan State University Museum.
In 2018, she received ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award, the Paul H. Chapman Award from the Foundation for the Improvement of Justice + the Humanitarian Award from the Foundation for Global Sports Development. Amanda got her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, her strength from her mother, her independence from her father + her courage from learning to love herself. She prefers mountains, fresh air, black coffee + pup snuggles from her sidekick, Ollivander
Alecxis Scherer was one of the first official Survivor Strong team members and coordinated all internal operations as the organization grew roots and settled in.
Now, with many more hands on deck, Alecxis will be delving into the world of advocacy, as she is an advocate at heart, and further developing the services we offer for the survivors we help.
Zack Whaley is a passionate, committed social justice activist, lifelong Lansing-area resident, and former MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences student. When he’s not working as Survivor Strong’s Administrative Coordinator, he is an active volunteer at The Firecracker Foundation, participating in their Title IX Advocacy team as well as the Communications and Volunteer Committees. He and Firecracker Foundation Executive Director Tashmica Torok have delivered their presentation on non-litigation strategies for K-12 Title IX advocacy across the state, including at the 2019 Legislation Education & Advocacy Day hosted by the National Association of Social Workers. He was awarded their Volunteer of the Year Award for 2020.
Zack is a member of several social reform organizations including Metro Detroit Restorative Justice Network, Black Lives Matter Michigan Allyship, Metro Detroit Political Action Network, National Lawyers Guild, and National Women’s Law Center. The relationships he’s built through these communities have allowed him the opportunity to lead several successful campaigns demanding justice for survivors of sexual violence. Trained by MacArthur Foundation Fellow Sujatha Baliga as a restorative justice circle keeper, Zack’s trauma-informed approach to communicating with survivors creates space for trust and validation. As his career progresses, Zack continues to seek ways to leverage his own experiences as a survivor as well as his privilege to uplift the voices of the marginalized.
Morgan McCaul is a senior at the University of Michigan + advocate for twenty-first century sexual violence prevention, with a focus in technology as the catalyst for cultural change. She is the founder + director of The #YouArePower Project, has experience in nonprofit administration + serves as a collegiate consultant for MySideKick powered by EveryTwoMinutes. She has a penchant for strong coffee, modern art + archeological field work.
Morgan has contributed to the MSU International Law Review, the Detroit Free Press, the Huffington Post and the New York Times + she was a 2018 recipient of ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award. In 2019, Morgan was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to serve on the Michigan Board of AthleticTrainers.
Lauren Randazzo is a writer, organizer, and resource development extraordinaire. She is passionate and dedicated to creating a safer, softer world; as made evident by her history of dedicating time and energy
to causes like reproductive health (via Planned Parenthood) and environmental protection (via Clean Water Action).
Patti Scherer joined the Survivor Strong team as a volunteer and quickly became an integral part of our team. She is our Survivor Closet curator and coordinator, and we are so excited to have her joining us to serve survivors and create culture change.
Thomas Peloquin is a book lover, customer service professional, and community builder. Once a volunteer for Survivor Strong (as well as many other local organizations), Thomas has turned their passion for advocacy into their occupation and joined the Survivor Strong team full time. We are so
excited to have them help us coordinate our violence response team.
Jordan is our healing consultant who began her passion for advocacy in high school at the Juvenile Assessment Center. She went on to earn a bachelor’s of science in neuroscience with a concentration in behavioral systems and has dreams of healing people in the future through holistic psychiatry. She is currently a part of our developing violence response team, and we look forward to her serving the community alongside us.
Maddy is a Lansing-based Social Media Specialist. They graduated from Michigan State University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Advertising. They are passionate about mental health advocacy and building stronger communities. Maddy is extremely excited to put their expertise to good use in an organization as meaningful as Survivor Strong. They love cooking, traveling, and movies and are SO excited to contribute to our Feel-Good Meals blogs.
Kelly R. McClintock is a Lansing-based attorney who is using her position to empower people and communities to achieve independence and freedom. Kelly graduated from Michigan State University of Law Cum Laude in 2018, then worked for Ingham County Probate. In her role, Kelly worked closely with the Personal Protection Order office to keep victims of domestic violence and their families safe.
Since 2015, Kelly has been an active member of the anti-trafficking movement in Michigan and beyond. In 2016, Kelly worked with the internationally recognized Advocates for Human Rights, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to help launch anti-trafficking training for lawyers and prosecutors. She is also a member and certified trainer from the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.
Prior to attending law school, Kelly worked in the non-profit community development finance industry for 5 years. Rising from intern to Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations with Cinnaire Corporation. Kelly also spent time interning directing for the Michigan Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Tashmica Torok is a nationally recognized survivor activist working to end child sexual abuse. She is a powerhouse fundraiser and movement maker who has raised thousands of dollars and countless volunteer hours in support of her work.
Tashmica is the co-chair of the Capital Area Sexual Assault Response Team. Through her leadership, the foundation is spearheading trauma-sensitive yoga in the Lansing area and is providing services to the Lansing School District, Child & Family Service’s Angel House, Community Mental Health, and to youth and families in the community. The growth of this innovative organization has inspired a move into a larger space where all programs – mental health therapy, trauma-sensitive yoga, and pediatric medical advocacy– will be hosted under the same roof.
Tashmica has been awarded the Michigan Jaycees Foundation’s Outstanding Young Michigander Award in 2014, USA Network’s 2015 Characters Unite Award, the 2016 Emerging Leader Award from Sistrum: the Lansing Women’s Chorus, and Child Advocate of the Year 2017 by the Lansing Exchange Club.
Her biggest thrill continues to be accomplishing her heart work at The Firecracker Foundation with healing children, teens, and families. As the executive director of The Firecracker Foundation, she incites riots of generosity and advocates for the healing of children and families every day. Tashmica is the kind of friend who always encourages you to do more. She’s a published storyteller and a nearly retired roller derby skater. She’s also the mother of three boys, wife to a talented tile installer, and a behind-the-scenes volunteer.
Manvir “Mick” Grewal, Sr. is the founding and managing partner of Grewal Law PLLC. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He also holds a Master of Laws in Taxation from John Marshall Law School. Mick is licensed to practice in Michigan (1993), Illinois (1994), Washington, D.C. (1994), United States Tax Court (1994), United State Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2003), Federal District Court of Colorado (2018), United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (2019) and Eastern and Western District of Michigan Federal Court.
Mick began his career in 1993 focusing his practice on criminal and family law, civil litigation, and estate work. In the last decade, he has immersed himself in learning new areas of the law, including sexual assault, medical malpractice, personal injury, and medical marijuana.
He is passionate about helping people, giving a voice to those who feel like they don’t or can’t have one. Through his work in the legal field and in his community, he is paving the path for a brighter, safer tomorrow. As a volunteer, Mick is involved with the Ingham County/City of Lansing Community Corrections Advisory Board, Small Talk (Board Member), LEAP (Board Member), Survivor Strong LLC (Board Member), Wayne County SAFE (Advisory Board), Global Sports Development (Advisory Board) and the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force
Join Our Team
At Survivor Strong, we strive to honor survivors and build community. It is hard, meaningful work that takes an amazing team to accomplish. We recognize and compensate our employees with ethical pay and benefits that encourage self-care. If you feel like you would be a great fit for our organization, we’d love to hear from you!
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