Pediatric Resource Center Staff
Channing Smith Petrak, MD, Medical Director
Dr. Petrak received her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at UICOM-P in May 2003 and began working for the Pediatric Resource Center. In 2011, Dr. Petrak became Medical Director of the Pediatric Resource Center. Dr. Petrak holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration. Dr. Petrak is board certified in General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics. Dr. Petrak serves on the Peoria Illinois Child Death Review Team Peoria Region and Children’s Justice Task Force Illinois. Dr. Petrak is a member of the Ray E. Helfer Society, an honorary society of physicians seeking to provide leadership to enhance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
Stephanie Johnson, Executive Director
Stephanie became the Executive Director in November 2013. She has worked for the Pediatric Resource Center as a Case Coordinator since 1994. Currently, Stephanie provides medical case management in child physical abuses and neglect cases. Stephanie enjoys program building and has assisted child abuse medical evaluation sites around Illinois with logistics and program development. She also works closely with the Children’s Hospital of Illinois in order to assist with quality assurance and resident education relating to child abuse and neglect. Prior to coming to the Pediatric Resource Center, she worked for the Department of Children and Family Services in Galesburg, working with parents of abused and neglected children as a Family Educator and as a Foster Parent Support Specialist. Stephanie has a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Eastern Illinois University.
Claudia Plumer MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC
Claudia joined the team at the Pediatric Resource Center in spring 2020. Her experience includes over 10 years in pediatric nursing, including teaching pediatrics in an undergraduate nursing program. Claudia earned an MSN in nursing education from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing, and then went on to complete a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at Saint Louis University. She was qualified by the Office of the Illinois Attorney General as a pediatric/adolescent sexual assault nurse examiner. She is passionate about caring for children and their families.
Carrie Watt, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC
Carrie joined the Pediatric Resource Center staff in late December 2019. She worked at OSF in 2005 as a unit clerk in general pediatrics and became a nurse in 2011 and stayed with Gen peds until 2013 when she accepted a position in the Pediatric ICU. In 2013 she went back to school and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from OSF St Francis College of Nursing. She recently graduated from UIC with her DNP and is now a certified and licensed Nurse Practitioner. She has always been very passionate about pediatric child abuse.
Amanda Thomison, Case Coordinator
Amanda joined the Pediatric Resource Center staff in January 2007. She had previously worked for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois as a Child Welfare Specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Her clinical responsibilities include medical case management in child physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect cases.
Jessica Spelman, Case Coordinator
Jessica joined the Pediatric Resource Center staff in January 2020. She previously worked for The Center for Youth and Family Solutions as a Child Welfare Specialist and Child Welfare Supervisor. She holds a Master of Sustainable Development Practice Degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Her clinical responsibilities include medical case management in child physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect cases.
Carole Siefken, Office Administrator
Carole joined the Pediatric Resource Center in April 2009. Her responsibilities include establishing/maintaining grant and contract accounts, developing and tracking budgets, designating expenditure of funds within guidelines set forth by granting source and University guidelines, serving as liaison for the Community Advisory Board and supervising/coordinating clerical needs of the Pediatric Resource Center. She also assists with the annual fundraiser and the April Blue Ribbon Campaign. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology from Eastern Illinois University.
Amanda Franklin, Outreach and Events Coordinator
Amanda joined the Pediatric Resource Center in March 2007. Her responsibilities include coordinating and managing trainings and fundraising efforts, processing incoming subpoenas and court scheduling; tracking and compiling program statistics, transcribing physician reports, completing all office purchasing, completing billing reports and telephone responsibilities. Amanda graduated from Knox College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Anthropology and a minor in Community Service.
Tori Odhiambo, Research Associate I
Tori onboarded the PRC team in May 2020 as a Research Associate. In this role, she engages in various research and statistical tasks for the department. Previously, she completed her Bachelors of Sciences in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. Tori has a rich experience working in medical, non-profit, and government organizations addressing health disparities, human trafficking, pediatric, and maternal health.