our mission

Survivor Strong provides educational opportunities for the community + access to holistic healing + support for survivors of gender-based violence.

It is our mission to meet survivors where they are at emotionally in their journey, educate institutions + individuals on how to create a culture that supports survivors + prevents gender-based violence, + advocate for change to ensure equitable access to holistic healing and justice for all community members impacted by gender-based violence.

about us

Survivor Strong provides educational + healing opportunities for survivors of gender-based violence, their allies + the surrounding community.We work with law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, + other community members that receive disclosures or respond to gender-based violence on supporting someone through the aftermath of their abuse with a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach. 

It is our firm belief that support + community can be a catalyst for healing. In addition to trainings, we educate students, parents + community members on body safety, healthy relationships, options for survivors + ally-ship.  

Survivor Strong also provides resources + services for survivors of gender-based violence, because we know the importance of community + support in the healing journey.

about us

Survivor Strong provides educational + healing opportunities for survivors of gender-based violence, their allies + the surrounding community. We work with law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, + other community members that receive disclosures or respond to gender-based violence on supporting someone through the aftermath of their abuse with a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach. 

It is our firm belief that support + community can be a catalyst for healing. In addition to facilitating trainings, we educate students, parents + community members on body safety, healthy relationships, options for survivors + ally-ship.  

Survivor Strong also provides resources + services for survivors of gender-based violence, because we know the importance of community + support in the healing journey.

Our organization centers the needs of Ingham/Eaton Counties specifically, and with the growth of our virtual community, we are able to help survivors all across Michigan. We are currently serving folks in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Howell, Lansing, Okemos, Oak Park, St. Clair Shores, and Traverse City, MI, as well as across the country. This includes providing virtual support to survivors in California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.

Our Staff

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Amanda Thomashow

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.

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Morgan McCaul
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 Athletic Trainers.

Our Board

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Kelly McClintock
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 trainings 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.
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Tashmica's Torok

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 advocay– 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.

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Mick Grewal

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.

He began his career in 1993 and focused his practice on criminal and family law, civil litigation as well as estate work. In the last decade, he has immersed himself into 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

It is our mission to meet survivors where they are at emotionally in their journey, educate institutions + individuals on how to create a culture that supports survivors and prevents gender-based violence + advocate for change to ensure equitable access to holistic healing and justice for all community members impacted by gender-based violence. 

At Survivor Strong, we strive to honor survivors + build community.  It is hard, meaningful work + as an organization we recognize and compensate our employees with ethical pay + benefits that encourage self care and vicarious resilience.

Applicants may submit their resume + cover letters to info@survivor-strong.org.

Resource Development Coordinator

The Resource Development Coordinator will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow Survivor Strong’s budget through the solicitation of major gifts, federal and state grants, special events, and corporate and foundation support.

 

Workshop Facilitator(s)

Workshop & Training Facilitators will have the primary responsibility of facilitating workshops and training sessions in a variety of environments, from high schools to legal conferences.

 

Support Circle Keeper(s)

Our Support Circle Keepers are an integral part of Survivor Strong’s tertiary response team. Support Circle Keepers will have the opportunity to work as a direct-service volunteer to facilitate weekly support circles, as well as develop and implement workshops on self-care & healing.

 

Wellness Instructor(s)

The Health & Wellness Instructor will have primary responsibility for developing wellness resource for Survivor Strong’s service participants, as well as facilitating and directing our Body/Mind/Soul Bootcamp Series and nutritional wellness programs.

 

Creative Expression Instructor(s)

The Creative Expression Instructor will develop lesson plans for and lead monthly creative expression workshops, including but not limited to crafts, fine art, and art therapy, for survivors of gender-based violence.

 

Internship(s)

Events & Outreach, Public Relations, Communications Intern, Research & Data, and Social Work internships are offered at Survivor Strong. Please send a resume + cover letter to info@survivor-strong.org if you are interested in applying. Limited positions.

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