Rich Zirkelbach, Gallatin Co - President                    Debbie Hoskins, White Co- Treasurer                  Pamela Haywood. White Co                  

Amy McCarty, Edwards Co                                          Keagan Bogard, Wabash Co                                  Jessica Stevens, Saline Co
Carrie Hammell, White Co                                           Gwen Basinger, MDT                                                

Ashleigh Turner, Forensic Interviewer 

Brandi Hankins, Forensic Interviewer

Kim Russell, Forensic Interviewer

Sydney Slaughter, Advocate

Mikaila Reed, Advocate Case Worker

Main Office

1124 Oak St

Carmi, IL 62821

(618) 382-8247

Healing Harbor Satellite

1108 N. Allen St 

Robinson, IL 62454
(618) 546-2414

Saline County Satellite 

2 Locust St., Suite B

Harrisburg, IL 62946

Wabash County Satellite

909 W 3rd St

Mt. Carmel, IL 62821


Our History

Sheryl Woodham, Executive Director 

Carmeta Bingman, Office Manager 

Nicole Bradfield, Program Assistant/Advocate Caseworker 

Savannah McCall, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

Board of Directors

Meet Our Staff

In 1996, volunteers realized the need for a child advocacy center for abused children and their families for southeastern Illinois.  In 1997, a group attended the Illinois Attorney General’s 1997 Capitol Conference to obtain information about establishing a center and a start-up grant from Illinois DCFS was received.  Advisory boards were formed in 1998 to develop protocols for agency responses to abuse cases a Program Development Grant through the National Network of Child Advocacy Centers enabled space to be leased near the courthouse.  The Guardian Center received its 501c3 incorporation on 7-30-98, and became registered as a Charitable Organization. 

In 1999, The Guardian Center, Inc. began interviewing children and providing advocacy services for families experiencing sexual abuse.  Services expanded in 2000 to include Edwards and Wabash Counties and again in 2003 to serve families experiencing physical abuse.  

In September of 2014, the main office of The Guardian Center moved to a new permanent home at 1124 Oak Street, Carmi, IL.