Loyola University Chicago

Loyola Community and Family Services

TRAINEES

Rhealee Fernandez (she/her/hers) began her work with LCFS in the fall of 2022 as a trainee. She received her Bachelors of Social Work and Theatre at Aurora University and will graduate with a Masters in Social Work at Loyola University in the spring of 2023. She is currently taking the Advanced Clinical Practice route with a specialization in Migration Studies. Rhealee previously interned at Outreach Community Services working with the at-risk youth population of the DuPage County area. At the site, she served as a case manager and job coach where she trained in Motivational Interviewing as well as trauma-informed care. While pursuing her masters, she will receive training towards a certification for the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), which focuses on the neurobiology and brain development of children who have experienced trauma. After graduation, Rhealee hopes to continue her work with diverse populations and to serve as an advocate for underrepresented communities. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, singing, lifting, and cuddling with her cat daughter, Veruca.

 

 

Ariel Fleenary is currently enrolled in Loyola’s dual degree program for Women’s, Gender Studies, and Social Work specializing in Clinical Counselling. She earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in Psychology and one in filmmaking from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She took three years between undergrad and the start of her graduate program to work with foster care youth in a residential setting and spent two years at the Ruth Ellis Center where she worked exclusively with Trans and gender-nonconforming youth in the foster care system. Her passions include community development work, dancing to pop songs with her partner, and chasing her cat around her apartment." 

 

 

Ashley Garcia joined LCFS in the fall of 2021 as a counseling trainee. She is also a second year Community Counseling student. Ashley received her Bachelor of Science degree with minors in Spanish and Latino/and Latin American studies from Wayne State University. Ashley has clinical and research interests that include applying culturally informed interventions in counseling adolescents in marginalized communities. In her free time, Ashley enjoys trying out new restaurants, hanging out with her cat, Raúl, and exploring different neighborhoods in Chicago.

 

 

Kaelyn Green-Robinson is a fourth year PhD student in the School Psychology program at Loyola. Kaelyn is a Chicago native and obtained her B.S. in Rehabilitation Sciences with minors in disability and human development, and psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago.  In her past placements, she focused on diagnostic assessments, equity initiatives, solution-based therapy, and social thinking groups. Some of Kaelyn’s interest is race-based stress, implementation of cognitive behavioral therapies, equity, school discipline reform, and assessment! In her free time, Kaelyn enjoys traveling and trying new things around the city.

 

 

Angel Kellark joined Loyola Community and Family services in the fall of 2022 as a master of Social Work Clinical Intern. She is pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work on the Advanced Clinical Practice route. Angel received her Bachelor’s in Social Work and her minor in Sociology at Loyola University Chicago in May 2022 where she interned at a therapeutic pre-school. Where she learned about the impact that social-emotional learning and self-regulation skills can have on young children in schools. Her clinical interests are in CBT, social-emotional learning, and child welfare. Angel enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her loved ones.

 

 

Kurtis Klein joined Loyola Community and Family Services in the fall of 2022 as a counseling intern. He is currently in his second year in Loyola’s community counseling M.A. program. Kurtis earned his B.S. in secondary education from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL. Kurtis wants to learn more about working with adolescents with concerns of depression and anxiety. Some of Kurtis’ interests include fantasy fiction, powerlifting and finding new tea blends whenever he can.

 

 

Sonibeth López del Valle joined Loyola Community and Family Services in the Fall of 2022 as a Bilingual-Spanish Clinical Social Work Intern. She received her Bachelor of Social Science with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Puerto Rico – Carolina in 2015. She is currently a second-year Master student of Bilingual-Spanish Social Work majoring in Mental Health with a sub-specialization in Migration studies at Loyola University Chicago. Sonibeth is involved in the federally funded Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program (B-WEP) at Loyola, which focuses on the screening, assessment, and treatment of individuals at risk for behavioral health issues with a focus on marginalized and medically underserved communities. In her first-level internship she was at Houston Angel’s, a non-profit organization that walk alongside children, youth, and families in the foster care community there she was providing wrap-around support to families and youth in foster care across Greater Houston, interviewing potential references for the volunteers and contacting local organizations to find support and help for foster families. Sonibeth’s professional interests include working with Hispanic/ Latino populations of children, adolescents, and families as she a Latino woman from Puerto Rico. In her free time, she enjoys trying out new restaurants, road trips, fashion design and spending time with her family, friends and her dog, Stefano.

 

 

Eva Soto (she/her) is a student at the Loyola University Chicago, currently pursuing a Bi-lingual master’s degree in social work majoring in Mental Health with a sub-specialization in Migration studies. Eva received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Eva has a clinical interest in mental health and the lives and culture of immigrants. Eva had the opportunity to complete her first internship at Las Americas Advocacy Center where she had the opportunity to help and develop safety plans for women who experienced domestic violence. Eva is passionate about helping other women and raising awareness about domestic violence. Eva enjoys spending her free time with her grandkids, family, and friends, and she enjoys the beach when she has a chance to visit.

 

  

Chelsea Yanuaria, M.A. Chelsea is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Counseling Psychology. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Gonzaga University and her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Her clinical, research, and advocacy efforts center on the promotion of child, adolescent, couple, and family well-being with an eye for the systemic issues that impact their healthy development and mental health. She is specifically interested in familial socialization processes (i.e., emotion socialization and ethnic-racial socialization), and how family and other significant relationships contribute to well-being and resilience in the face of trauma and adversity. Chelsea is additionally invested in counseling psychology education and enjoys teaching courses and providing clinical supervision to new therapists. Outside of her studies, Chelsea enjoys interior design, practicing yoga, and spending time with her partner and family.

 

Payton Lao (she/her/hers) joined Loyola Community and Family Services as a Social Work intern, in January 2023. She is completing her Master's in Social Work at Loyola University of Chicago, and specializing in Advanced Clinical Practice. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work in 2019 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has since, worked in various roles centered on eliminating barriers to education, health, and safety for underserved populations. Her passions include promoting health equity, singing and playing her guitar, and exercising by the lakefront.

 

Rita Pillai is a Social Work Clinical Intern for the spring/summer of 2023. She is a graduate student in the Masters of Social Work Advanced Standing Program. She received her Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in Psychology at Saint Mary’s College in 2021. During her year off before starting graduate school, she was a part of AmeriCorps for a short time, there she lived and worked with homeless pregnant women. She also completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification. Her goal when getting her certification was to not only teach typical yoga classes but also to teach children and adults with disabilities. Her dream is to be part of private practice and cater to families with children and adults with disabilities. In this role, she wants to assist families through the challenges they face together when supporting a child or adult with disabilities. When she is not in a yoga class, she is training for a half or full marathon, or taking pictures of beautiful people, places, and pets! She also enjoys baking treats and sharing them with friends and family.