Christina Arango, B.S.W. - Christina joined Loyola Community & Family Services in the Fall of 2020 as a Clinician Trainee. Christina received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Northeastern Illinois University in 2019. She also received an Associate's in Applied Science in Culinary Arts from The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. Christina is pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work program with a children and family specialization. In her first level placement internship she was at Orchard Village providing individual therapy and job coaching for adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to promote employment opportunities through a community-integrated approach. As a Latina, Christina has a passion of providing social work services in underserved communities, she recently started an initiative of collaborating with Brighton Park Neighborhood Council collecting 70 school supply kits to the children and adolescents of the community. In her free time, she likes to cook, read, and spend time with her family and friends.
Ja’Quez Busby, B.A. - Ja’Quez is a second level Master of Social Work student at Loyola University Chicago specializing in Mental Health. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from Webster University in St. Louis. Ja’Quez interned at Heartland Alliance for her first level internship where she worked in Refugee and immigrant Community Services working with newcomers. Her professional interest includes working to support underserved and underprivilege families in getting access to the services that they need, as well as, bringing mental health services closer to the communities that need them the most. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and exploring the city with friends.
Chelsey Daval, B.S. - Chelsey joined Loyola Community and Family Services in the Fall of 2020 as a trainee intern. Chelsey is pursuing her Master’s degree in the Social Work program at Loyola University with a specialization in Children and Families. She is also involved in the Opioid Workforce Expansion Training Program at Loyola University which works towards enhancing prevention, education, treatment, and recovery of adolescents at high risk for substance use disorder and opioid use disorder. Chelsey received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Multicultural Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is also working towards her Family Life Educator Certification. Chelsey has clinical interests in advocating for children and adolescent rights, supporting families and children healing from traumas, and supporting individuals with identity insecurities. In her free time, Chelsey enjoys spending time with her dog and cat, painting, reading, and enjoying life with her family.
Huaying Li, M.Ed. - Huaying is a third-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology Program at Loyola University. She graduated with a master’s degree in education in School Counseling from Purdue University. Huaying practices from multicultural and positive psychological lenses. Her clinical interests include gender inequity, family and peer relationships, micro-aggression, emotion regulation, academic stress, depression, anxiety, and vocational development. She primarily utilizes CBT and ACT to help students focus on the interaction among their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and be aware of the present and how their values guide their life directions. In her free time, Huaying enjoys cooking, hiking, and practicing yoga.
Prabha Kaundinya, M.Ed. - Prabha joined Loyola Community & Family Services in the summer of 2020 as a trainee practicum student. She is in her fourth year of her doctoral degree in the School psychology program at Loyola University. Prabha received her Bachelors and Master of Science in Applied Psychology at University of Madras, India. Before graduate school, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Juvenile Research at University of Illinois at Chicago and was part of a community-based research project implementing a mindfulness intervention to paraprofessional educators. During her school-based training, she has provided educational evaluations to elementary and secondary school students and provided individual and group therapy to children and adolescents in school settings. She has been involved with facilitating parent education groups to support social-emotional development in young children. Currently, she is assisting her team in translating their service delivery to parents and community members through online modes. Her areas of interest include cultural sensitivity, working with school systems to support social emotional and mental health needs of youth, and empowering youth of color. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with and going on walks with her children, watching movies, spending time with friends, and reading.
Kierra I. Richardson-Whittley, M.A. - I am a wife, a mother, an educator, and a very proud African American WOMAN. I come from a family that is deeply rooted in the value of education and of being proud of the steps that you take in your life. I have learned to never stop, to not settle for what I am able to do and what is easy but shoot for the stars. And that is what I am doing. I earned my undergraduate degree in English (as well as my teaching certificate) and my Master’s degree in Multi-categorical Special Education from Governors State University. With a passion for psychology that I could not deny and my love for education, I decided it was time to combine them and enter the world of School Psychology. In 2016, I started my doctoral degree at Capella University. I am currently a PsyD (Doctorate in School Psychology) student at Capella University. I am here at Loyola to do my internship, as I am approaching the end of my studies in March of 2021. She said, “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” And I know that I will be AMAZING!!!
Darris Whitehead, B.S. - Darris joined Loyola Community and Family Services in the Fall of 2020 as an intern. He is a second-year graduate student attending the Social Work program at Loyola University Chicago, specializing in Mental Health. Darris has experience working with various populations, primarily with children and adolescence managing behavioral issues. Darris received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Southeast Missouri State University in the Spring of 2018. In his free time, Darris enjoys fitness and wellness activities, hiking, and spending time with friends.
Finlay Williams, B.A. - Finlay (also known as Finn) graduated with their BA in World Literature and Creative Writing with a minor in Spanish from Pitzer College. They are currently a second year MSW student at Loyola University Chicago specializing in Mental Health and subspecializing in Groups. Finn is currently obtaining training in and certification for the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, which approaches childhood trauma by examining its impact on neurodevelopment. Finn’s first level field placement in the MSW program was at Heartland Alliance’s Refugee and Immigrant Community Services (RICS), where Finn was a member of the Preferred Communities team within the Case Management department. There, Finn worked with new arrivals and refugees, immigrants, and asylees who had arrived within the past 5 years and required intensive case management. In that role, Finn facilitated and cofacilitated 4 therapeutic groups, both in person and over Zoom. Their professional interests include working with adolescents and young adults and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. In their free time, Finn enjoys reading, playing guitar, and cooking family recipes from Iraq.
Sahar Al-Najjar- Sahar joined Loyola Community & Family Services Clinic in the Spring of 2021 as a graduate intern. Sahar received an associate degree in 2016 from Moraine Valley Community College and completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Governors State University in 2018. Sahar is a second-year graduate student in counseling psychology at Loyola University Chicago and will be graduating this Spring. Additionally, Sahar will be continuing her graduate education as a Psy.D. student in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on trauma specialization at APA-Accredited Adler University in the Fall of 2021. As an ethnic minority, Sahar has a passion for liberation psychology and social justice approaches within underserved communities. Sahar’s research interests include cultural competence, counseling considerations within immigrant and refugee populations, minority wellness, health disparities within diverse populations, and integrative holistic healing of complex trauma. Sahar has experience working with domestic violence, sexual assault, and DCFS clients in community-based counseling. Aside from her current roles as a graduate student at Loyola and a graduate intern at LCFS, Sahar is also an inpatient mental health counselor at MacNeal Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services.
Rachel Lindy- Rachel Lindy joins Loyola Community and Family Services as a second level Social Work Intern. Rachel is currently working toward her Master’s in Social Work at Loyola University of Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History from Oberliln College in Ohio. Prior to returning to graduate school, Rachel spent nine years as a special education teacher and educator trainer in Washington DC and Chicago. Rachel returned to Social Work school to work more closely with families and children outside of the educational setting. Outside of school Rachel enjoys playing bocce, hiking, and spending time with her dogs.