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.
Allyson Cordoni, RN, APRN, SANE-A, SANE-P
After graduation from High School in St. Louis, Missouri, Allyson attended Kansas University, graduating in 1987 with Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Special Education. She subsequently attended an accelerated Bachelors of Science in Nursing Program at St. Louis University, graduating with her BSN in 1988. After working on the pediatric wards at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois for several years, Allyson moved to Miami, Florida and entered the graduate nursing program at Barry University. While attending Barry, Allyson worked at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, as a pediatric surgical ICU nurse and on-call pediatric trauma nurse. She graduated with a Masters in Nursing as a Nurse Practitioner in 1993. Entering the field of Forensic nursing in 2001 at The Pediatric Resource Center in Peoria, she is a nationally certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for children, adolescents and adults. Allyson and her husband moved to Hawaii and worked as a nurse practitioner at Kapiolani’ CARE Program for 8 years, evaluating children for abuse and neglect, assisted in developing the medical home concept for foster children, developing Hawaii’s Shaken Baby bill and community education. While living in Hawaii, Allyson was hired by Tripler Army Medical Center to create a program to evaluate and treat pediatric victims of physical and sexual assault. While at Tripler, Allyson assisted the U.S. Army Medical Command in creating policies and regulations for the treatment of these victims. While in Hawaii she was an adjunct professor at Hawaii Pacific University and University of Hawaii in Forensics/Criminalistics/Child Abuse. In Wiesbaden, Germany, she assisted the Commanding General, U.S. Army-Europe, by serving as a volunteer subject matter expert on prevention and treatment of assault victims. While living in San Antonio, Texas, Allyson served as the Clinical Coordinator for the Sexual Assault Response Team for Comal County, and simultaneously performed clinical services to victims in the cities of Austin and San Marcos. She has personally evaluated thousands of victims of sexual and physical abuse and is a nationally recognized speaker and expert in strangulation injuries. She has authored several scientific articles and participated in multiple research projects. Allyson is married to Lance, her husband of over 20 years, who serves as a Medical Corps Officer in the U.S. Army. They have one 21 year old son, Tyler.
Kristin Lenover, LCSW, Case Coordinator
Kristin began working as a full-time Case Coordinator for the Pediatric Resource Center in March 2001 and continued in her position part-time starting in 2007. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois. Her clinical responsibilities are focused primarily on children who are referred for concerns of sexual 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.
Catherine Moore, Case Coordinator
Catherine joined the Pediatric Resource Center staff in September 2015. She had previously worked for FamilyCore and Illinois Mentor as a Child Welfare Specialist/Adoption Specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Services from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Her clinical responsibilities include medical case management in child physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect cases.
Kay L. Saving, MD, Staff Physician
Dr. Saving is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist who spent her undergraduate years at Vanderbilt University and the University of Kansas. She received her medical degree at the University of Kansas Medical School, Kansas City, Kansas. She has worked for UICOMP since 1986, and is currently a Professor of Pediatrics who also serves as the Vice Chair of the UICOMP Department of Pediatrics. Kay is also a staff physician at the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. In 2001, she was named Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. In 2010, Kay became board-certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics. Kay started the Children’s Hospital school program and is the founder of the Pediatric Resource Center, where she served as Medical Director from its inception through August 2011.
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, Office Manager
Amanda joined the Pediatric Resource Center in March 2007. Her responsibilities include 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.
Megan Hobson, Medical Office Specialist
Megan recently joined the Pediatric Resource Center staff in August. She had previously worked for Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association that provides services to individuals with disabilities and special needs. Megan has a Bachelor’s of Psychology in Science Degree from Western Illinois University. Her responsibilities are focused primarily working in the office with non-medical assistance providing support for the Pediatric Resource Center, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.