Nathalie Macias, B.A.: Is a second level Master of Social Work student at Loyola University Chicago. Her specialization in the program is Mental Health. Nathalie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Illinois Wesleyan University. She is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) with three years of experience. For her first level field placement in the MSW program, Nathalie was an intern for the Empowering Counseling Program with an After School Matters program as well as with the Building Resilience Against Violence Engagement (BRAVE) project with Centro Romero, where she worked with adolescents and their families in after school programming and school based counseling. Her professional interests include providing trauma-informed bilingual social work services in underserved communities, especially in Latinx, Spanish-speaking, and immigrant populations. In her free time, she enjoys time with her two dogs, family, and friends and listening to true crime podcasts.
Suzanne Cuellar, B.A.: Is a third-year graduate student in the dual degree program at Loyola’s School of Social Work and Women’s Studies & Gender Studies Program. They received their undergraduate degree in English from the University of Houston-Downtown. Suzanne is the co-chair of Loyola’s graduate student led organization EDGE (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) and helps to run programs for students, faculty and staff to promote an inclusive campus environment that supports students around issues of race, gender, sexuality, size, ability and class. Before coming to LCFS, Suzanne’s first level placement was at the Elam Davies Social Service Center through Chicago Lights where they worked as a case manager helping people experiencing homelessness in downtown Chicago. Suzanne’s current research is about social justice as it is related to body autonomy for all people, specifically as it relates to inclusive use of language in communication on micro, mezzo, and macro levels. In their free time, Suzanne likes to craft, play board games, and read anything non-academic.
Zoe Leshner, B.S.: Is a second year Master’s student in the School and Community Counseling program at Loyola University Chicago. She received her Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University. Zoe currently works for Tutoring Chicago as the data entry clerk, which is an organization that provides free tutoring services for elementary students. She is also an advocate for Loyola Sexual Assault Advocacy, which provides services for Loyola students. Zoe’s research interests are focused on children, as she helped evaluate SitStayRead, which aims to advance student’s literacy skills through tutoring and reading with therapy dogs in Chicago Public Schools. Zoe is excited to be working with the Rogers Park and Edgewater community at Loyola Community and Family Services.
Avi D. Levin, B.S.: Avi D. Levin is a second level Master of Social Work student at Loyola University Chicago specializing in Mental Health with a focus on Gero-Ed. Avi received his Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a minor in Psychology from Loyola University. He then took a gap year before returning to Loyola to work in a skilled nursing facility, working with the elderly. From there he went into Loyola's MSW program and had his first internship at Warren Barr North Shore where he worked with elderly on assessment and discharge planning. He now is a social work trainee at Loyola Community and Family Services where he provides individual and group therapy along with school based services. In his free time, Avi enjoys running along the lake, trying his hand at cooking/baking new recipes, and spending time with his adorable nieces and nephews.
Gloria Feliciano, B.A.: Gloria Feliciano is a second level Master of Social Work student at Loyola University Chicago specializing in Children and Families and completing a Master of Divinity at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Gloria earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Theatre from Knox College in 2010. Over the summer of 2017, Gloria interned at Chicago Lights in the Elam Davies Social Service Center. There she provided case management and ran a support group for women in addition to the regular drop in services. Gloria previously worked at North Shore Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) over the summers of 2015 and 2016, where she worked as a Program Assistant with children and youth with varying different abilities. Gloria is excited to be working at Loyola Community and Family Services.