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.
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.