Meet the Staff
The Wellness Centers on all three of our campuses are staffed by a team of medical, mental health, and health promotion professionals who are committed to improving the health and wellness of Loyola students. Our staff members regularly engage in professional development opportunities individually or as a group in order to provide students with high quality care. The Wellness Center has a diversity and inclusion committee and a quality committee that meet regularly and hosts speakers in order to make sure our services align with the social justice mission of the university and are culturally competent. Please see below to learn more about the backgrounds and interests of the Wellness Center staff.
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We are happy to introduce the Loyola community to Ashlar, Loyola’s therapy dog! He is 6 years old and was adopted from the Orphans of the Storm shelter in Grayslake. He was originally being trained to be a service dog at TOPS kennel, but he is very social and was a better fit for a therapy dog role. He is a trained, certified therapy dog. Ashlar lives with the family of the Wellness Center’s Director of Counseling, but spends his days at the Wellness Center and on campus with students! He loves: belly rubs, playing fetch, and going on walks! Come visit him at his “Ask Ashlar” sessions (schedule here) if you miss your dog at home, need to destress, or just like dogs!
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Alexis Barkin in a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined the Wellness Center in June of 2021. Alexis received both her undergraduate degree in International Studies and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to joining the Wellness Center, Alexis provided services at Indiana University, Bloomington as a mental health clinician specializing in power-based violence. Alexis utilizes an empowerment based practice to support students in: identifying their personal strengths, challenging unhealthy patterns, and cultivating ongoing resilience. She often incorporates mindfulness and ACT into her line of work. When Alexis is not at work she enjoys escaping in to nature, journaling, or trying out a new recipe.
Andrea Boyd is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who joined the Wellness Center in spring of 2014. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Duke University and her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. After completing her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Illinois Chicago, Andrea worked in a variety of settings (university medical center, community mental health agency, nonprofit agency and private practice) with clients of all ages. Andrea’s clinical interests include the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, family and relationship difficulties, life transitions and grief/loss concerns. She prefers to use a range of change oriented strategies including cognitive behavior, communication effectiveness and problem-solving.
Guy Caprio is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined the Wellness Center in March of 2015. He made the transition to social work after 17 years trading financial markets in New York City and Chicago. Prior to Loyola, he spent three years at Lawrence Hall where he provided individual and group therapy to adolescent young men in the DCFS system with significant trauma histories who lived in the residential program. He ended his time there as Director of Residential Services and continues to provide clinical supervision toward licensure to their social workers on a contractual basis. Guy is a Loyola University Chicago alumnus earning his Master of Social Work in 2011. He completed a clinical internship at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital where he provided individual and group therapy to both combat and non-combat military veterans. These clinical experiences, both at a VA Hospital and a Residential Treatment Center, provided insight into how short and long term trauma exposure impacts our bodies and brains across our life span. Guy uses a strengths based approach to assist clients in recognizing their value and potential as human beings. His clinical experience and some interests include attachment, family of origin/relationship issues, trauma (processing and recovery) and crisis intervention. Recent research/presentation topics in his current role include the impact of internet/social media use on college student mental health and improving access and care at college wellness centers to traditionally underserved and underrepresented students. Outside of work Guy enjoys outdoor activities, exploring Chicago, traveling and spending time with his family.
Teresa Carey joined the Wellness Center in 1989. Teresa graduated from Elmhurst College in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Teresa started her nursing career at Loyola University Medical Center on a Medical Surgical Unit and then moved to Inpatient Pediatrics before settling in at the Wellness Center. Teresa earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Loyola University Chicago in 1994 with an emphasis in printmaking. As a lifelong Chicagoan, she has a special interest in Chicago architecture and architectural ornamentation. In her spare time, Teresa enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Ian Carniello is the Immunization Specialist who joined the Wellness Center in February 2022. Ian graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2021, with a Bachelor's Degrees in Communication Studies.
Hongying Chen is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined the Wellness Center in December 2012. She was born and raised in China. She earned a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology, a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a master’s degree in Psychoanalytic Studies. Respect and understanding for individual differences are core values for her, whether she is working with individuals, or in a group therapy setting. She recognizes the influence of early experiences on later development and the interconnectedness of the individual’s actions with the environment including family, social and cultural contexts. Her approach is also influenced by Eastern philosophies which emphasize self awareness and the mind-body connection. Her clinical interests include family of origin, relationship issues, trauma, grief, anger management, eating disorder, diversity, racial and cultural identity, LGBTQ, international student well-being, cross-cultural psychology, and training and supervision. In her free time, she enjoys performing arts, films, music, reading, good foods, travel, nature, and time spent with friends and family.
Nancy Cherven has been the laboratory technician at the Wellness Center since 1999. Nancy has an Associate in Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology degree and has over 20 years of laboratory experience.
Dr. David deBoer is a licensed clinical psychologist and Director of Counseling for the Wellness Center. Dr. deBoer earned his doctorate in Psychology and Human Development at the University of Chicago. Dr. deBoer has worked with youth in a variety of contexts. A former high school teacher, Dr. deBoer has also worked as a clinical psychologist with young people dealing with chronic medical illness. What Dr. deBoer enjoys most about his work at the Wellness Center is the opportunity to help individuals overcoming obstacles to realizing their fullest potential in their studies and in all aspects of their lives. Areas of interest include interpersonal/psychodynamic psychotherapy, LGBT student concerns, graduate and professional student concerns, crisis assessment and intervention.
Outside of work, Dr. deBoer enjoys spending time outdoors, exercising, and exploring the city with his family.
Mary Duckett joined the Wellness Center in August 2015 as a Health Educator. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and her Masters in Health Communication from Emerson College/Tufts University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the Wellness Center, Mary completed a two year substance abuse prevention fellowship through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). The fellowship focused on the prevention of underage drinking in high risk communities in Illinois. Mary became a Certified Health Educator (CHES) in 2016, and has a special interest in college alcohol and cannabis use and trends. Mary is also the staff advisor for the Wellness Advocates, a group of peer health educators at Loyola who present to other students on important health topics. Outside of work, Mary enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, and traveling.
Taylor Eippert is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined the Wellness Center in 2022. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Miami University, Ohio, and went on to complete her Master’s in Social Work at Loyola University, Chicago. Taylor has worked with acute psychiatric illness in the emergency room and inpatient psychiatric setting and has experience providing counseling to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Taylor believes that healthy change and healing happen when people are given the support they need to maximize their own internal strengths and capacities. Taylor’s specialties include mood and anxiety disorders; emotional regulation; trauma recovery; stress and burnout; crisis intervention; and life transitions. Outside of work, Taylor enjoys frequenting shows with friends and family, yoga, and spending time outside with her dog.
Gloria Feliciano Feltman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined the Wellness Center in November 2022. She received her undergraduate degree in Theatre and History from Knox College. Gloria received her Master of Social Work from Loyola University and her Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Her background includes a variety of settings including special needs recreation, brief assessment and referral, community mental health, and private therapy practice with individuals of all ages and varied backgrounds. Gloria takes a humanistic, person-centered approach to therapy and aims to create a space of warmth, compassion, and realness for collaboration towards reaching therapeutic goals. As a trauma-informed and culturally humble clinician, her aim for a session is to meet clients where they are to ensure that they feel comfortable and supported while doing the work of therapy. Gloria is body positive/HAES aligned, passionate about supporting the LGBTQIA+ community, and recognizes that everyone as the expert of their own experience.
Ernest Fernandez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined Arrupe College in the fall of 2016. He was born in Chicago and, from age 8 to 19, he lived in the Philippines where he studied under and worked with the De La Salle Christian Brothers. After a brief stay in Hawaii, he returned to Chicago where he earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. After graduation Ernest became a Lasallian Volunteer and served his first year as a tutor and ESL teacher in Oakland, California. He served his second year as a recreational therapist and assistant to the chaplain at a residential school for court adjudicated boys in Albany, NY. He was then invited to work at a startup charter school in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago where he became the behavior intervention specialist. Through those experiences Ernest worked with students to develop internal and external resiliencies to overcome barriers to their education. He went on to earn his master’s degree and Type 73 Certificate at The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and was a Community Schools Fellow. Since then Ernest worked as a residential therapist for abused and neglected children and also school as social worker. Until recently he managed a Supported Apartment Program where he supervised case managers for adults with various mental health disorders. Outside of work Ernest enjoys comedy, food, music, martial arts, and outdoor activities.
Beatriz Gonzalez, MSW, LCSW, joined the Wellness Center in November of 2021. Beatriz received both her undergraduate degree and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the Wellness Center, Beatriz provided therapeutic services at Catholic Charities- Youth and Family Therapeutic Services department as a mental health clinician. Beatriz has used short and long-term case management/counseling services as well as stabilization and support services to individuals and families needing specialized intensive case management and behavioral health services. Beatriz is bilingual in Spanish/English and enjoys working with a diverse population, especially underrepresented individuals. Beatriz aims to continue providing resources needed to individuals in need of additional support. When Beatriz is not at work, she enjoys long-nature walks, trying out new coffee spots, or catching up on the newest binge-worthy TV show.
Meagan is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who joined the Wellness Center in Fall 2019. She has an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Marquette University. After earning her Masters in Public Health from Tulane University, she worked in health promotion research before returning to school to earn her bachelors and masters in nursing from Rush University. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including hospital-based, primary care, school-based and urgent care.
Outside of work Meagan enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.
I am a Registered Nurse who joined the wellness center in October of 2020. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southern New Hampshire University. I have been a nurse for 20 years and worked in a hospital setting in both labor & delivery and postpartum. I love spending time with my husband of 30 years and my 3 adult children. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, camping, hiking, and traveling.
Jesse Herron, DNP, FPA-APRN, PMHNP-BC, PMH-BC , is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who started at the LSC Wellness Center in Fall 2022.
Dr. Raynelda Hidalgo is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and has been a physician at the Loyola Wellness Center since 1996. Her responsibilities include assessing, diagnosing, and treating women's health problems and teaching them about a variety of women's health topics. Dr. Hidalgo received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago and her medical degree from Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine. Subsequently she completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Hidalgo has also had a private practice in Chicago for over 7 years and teaches medical students and residents at Lutheran General Hospital, Illinois Masonic Hospital, and Saint Joseph's Hospital. Dr. Hidalgo likes to golf and is an avid runner.
Joan Holden is the Director of the Wellness Center and an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Joan has been with Loyola’s Wellness Center since 2000. She received her baccalaureate in nursing from Mount Saint Joseph University, a masters in oncology nursing from Rush University School of Nursing and completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola. She has received Board Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Joan enjoys working with and managing the talented Wellness Center staff. She also cares for students in the clinic and has a special interest in preventative health care and infectious disease.
Kathleen Janosky is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined the Wellness Center in 2022. Kathleen graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in English and later obtained a Master's degree in Social Work from Loyola University. For the past sixteen years, she has worked as a clinical therapist in a variety of settings including in colleges, a community mental health setting and in private practice. Drawing from relational and feminist perspectives, Kathleen values voice and autonomy within treatment and honors each person’s unique intersecting identities. Kathleen has specialized training in EMDR and DBT. She also has specialized training to address power based violence. Areas of particular interest include working with individuals with complex trauma, anxiety, depression, and identity development. Outside of work, Kathleen loves long conversations with friends, big cups of coffee, reading novels and discovering new podcasts.
Dr. Daniel Keller is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined the Wellness Center in the spring of 2005. Dr. Keller was born and raised in Switzerland and first came to the United States as an exchange student in high school. He received his doctorate from Kent State University in 1995 where he trained and worked at the university student counseling center for several years. After completing his clinical internship at Northwestern University Medical School, Dr. Keller began working with neglected/abused children and adolescents at Maryville Academy. He greatly enjoys his career as a psychologist and especially likes the individual differences of people he comes to meet and work with on a daily basis. While Dr. Keller has been trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches, his special interest lies in helping clients explore and work through the role the unconscious might play in the development and maintenance of emotional and behavioral difficulties. In addition to his work at Loyola, Dr. Keller maintains a private practice in Chicago. In his free time, Dr. Keller enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring the many cultural opportunities of Chicago. He is also an avid traveler who thrives on the personal and cultural challenges one faces in the course of travel at home and abroad.
Naeemah Kenyatta joined the Wellness Center in July 2021. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Masters in Public Health from Benedictine University. In previous years, Naeemah has served on Health Advisory Committees focused on helping underserved families within the Chicagoland area. Outside of work, she enjoys swimming, traveling, and exploring new restaurants.
Dr. Alam Khan is board certified in internal medicine and has been a physician at the Loyola Wellness Center since 1996. Dr. Khan received his medical degree at Dow Medical University in Pakistan. Subsequently, he completed his residency in internal medicine at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago with a special interest in hypertension and diabetes. His responsibilities include assessing, diagnosing, and treating students for a variety of acute illnesses. Dr. Khan is also the collaborating physician for the Wellness Center's nurse practitioner. He has had a private practice the north side of Chicago for the past 10 years. Currently he is a faculty member for medical students and residents at Saint Joseph's Hospital. Dr. Khan likes to travel and to rollerblade.
Paula King joined the Loyola community in October of 1998 and the Wellness Center in March of 2000. She received her bachelor’s degree from Loyola with concentrations in Information Systems, Black World Studies and Marketing. Prior to coming to the Wellness Center Paula worked in Loyola’s Niehoff School of Nursing. Paula enjoys exploring new skills, singing, sewing and gardening.
Deborah Knight is a Licensed Clinical Counselor who joined the Wellness Center in August 2021. Deborah received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Roosevelt University and is also a proud alum of Florida A&M University where she obtained her bachelor’s of science degree. Since graduating Deborah has worked across the entire Chicagoland area in numerous settings including acute residential, Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization, and sober living homes collaborating with DCFS, Probation, and Drug Court. She practices from an integrative therapeutic approach focusing on the individual’s needs, and in the past has utilized CBT, Motivational Interviewing, ACT, and is trained in C-DBT and EMDR. Deborah enjoys working with all individuals and has experience with trauma (complex, developmental, and racial), suicidality and self-harm, disordered eating, substance use, identity and self-image, depression, anxiety, grief, and relationship dysfunction. Deborah is passionate about healing the whole person and cultivating healthy decision-making skills and strives to develop emotionally safe spaces of non-judgement for individuals to be heard and seen in. Deborah’s authentic self is rooted in values of honesty, integrity, and faith and supports increasing mental health services and awareness in underserved populations. When not working, you can find Deborah soaking up sun, eating, planning a road trip to her favorite spa, eating while getting lost in a book, and obsessing about her favorite (movie/book) characters.
Mira Krivoshey joined the Wellness Center in July 2016 and is a certified sexual assault advocate and certified health education specialist (CHES). She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Barnard College and her Masters of Public Health with a specialization in Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University. Mira has worked around the country, providing direct service to survivors of gender-based violence and promoting violence prevention in schools and community agencies. When not working, Mira enjoys theater, reading, and planning her next travel experience.
Dr. Nisha Kumar, PsyD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who joined the Wellness Center in January 2022. She received her doctorate from Pacific University Oregon in 2019. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Kansas State University Counseling Services. Prior to joining the Wellness Center mental health team, Nisha worked at a private practice in Chicago providing individual counseling services to adults in the community.
Nisha has extensive experience providing individual and group therapy to adolescents and adults with a wide range of presenting concerns. Nisha’s clinical interests include the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, family of origin and relationship concerns, and life transitions. Nisha enjoys facilitating interpersonal process groups, as well. Nisha’s approach to therapy is integrative and culturally informed, drawing from person-centered, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness approaches in her work. Her therapeutic style is warm, gentle, and collaborative. She has a strong interest and commitment to supporting students in their academic and personal endeavors. In her free time, you would likely find Nisha curled up with a good book, at a coffee shop enjoying the atmosphere and hot chocolate or singing along to her favorite Disney songs.
Anne B. Luckose has been with the Wellness Center since 2012. She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who is certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. She earned her BSN and subsequently MSN from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bangalore, India. She then completed her Post-Masters Adult Nurse Practitioner program at North Park University. Her nursing experience comes from both teaching/staff positions in India and critical care nursing at Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago. As a Nurse Practitioner, she has worked in diagnostic radiology, wound care, women’s health, Fall prevention clinics of America, adult primary care and in hematology/oncology. Anne loves to be with people who are humorous and enjoys music, dance, arts & crafts and fashion.
Eva Martin has been an office assistant with the Wellness Center since 2001. Eva is pleased to answer students' questions regarding the Wellness Center and Loyola University Chicago.
Maureen McFadden is a registered nurse and joined the Wellness Center in March of 2015. Maureen graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society. She later received a second degree, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from Resurrection University. Prior to working at the Wellness Center Maureen worked as a home healthcare nurse. She enjoys working with diverse populations and loves being a nurse. Outside of work, Maureen enjoys drinking coffee and traveling.
Sue McNamee is a registered nurse who received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois as well as a board certification in College Health Nursing. Sue graduated from Loyola University Marcella Niehoff College of Nursing with a master's degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She first started at Loyola's Student Health Center in 1986 and worked there 16 years until her return to Loyola's Wellness Center. Prior to her return, Sue worked supervising the health care of special needs students at Northern Suburban Special Education District. Sue has a nursing interest in student health and wellness education and fostering student independence in the health care process. Sue's outside hobbies include cooking, gardening and golf, as well as spending time at the beach with her family.
Sonia has 30+ years of dedicated customer service experience in an office environment. Sonia is a native of Mexico and her family migrated to Chicago when she was a young girl. She is a mother of 3. Sonia enjoys walking, running and spending time with family and friends.
Sofia Newaz, MA, LCPC, joined the Wellness Center in January of 2023. Sofia received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University in Chicago. Prior to joining the Wellness Center, Sofia provided services as a Clinical Psychotherapist in a private practice setting. Sofia’s goal is to create an environment where clients feel supported facing whatever is bringing them in to therapy. Sofia is dedicated to creating an open-minded and non-judgmental space where laughing, crying, and venting are all things perfectly welcome during sessions. Sofia’s theoretical orientations include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Person-Centered Therapy. Sofia believes that you have the power and strength to grow and change from within, and the goal during sessions would be to provide the client with the tools they need to get them there. When she is not at work, Sofia enjoys going to her dance studio, hanging out with friends, and enjoying outdoor activities.
Megan is a Postdoctoral Fellow and started at LUC in August 2022. She earned her Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University and attended the University of Dayton for her undergraduate and master’s degrees. Prior to LUC, Megan completed her Doctoral Internship at the APA-Accredited Suffolk University’s Center for Counseling Health and Wellness. Megan also has experience working in community mental health and has primarily worked with trauma survivors. Megan believes that mental health challenges occur when the strategies we use to cope no longer help us. She practices using a multiculturally oriented, trauma-informed perspective, placing much of the growth in therapy on the rapport she is able to build with her clients. Outside of counseling, Megan is a big fan of awards seasons and tries to watch all Oscar-nominated films each year.
McKenna Rogan joined the Wellness Center staff in March 2021. She received a B.A. in Drama and Psychology-Neuroscience-Philosophy (PNP) from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016 and an M.Ed. in Higher Education from Penn State in 2019. McKenna has worked with both prospective and current college students in a variety of roles and they currently serve as a Medical Advocate with Resilience - a Chicago-based non-profit that supports survivors of sexual violence. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, theater, and yoga.
Danny Rone is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined the Wellness Center in May 2022. Danny endeavors to be a person for others and believes in standing alongside clients in solidarity, a personal mission that has deep roots in Jesuit values and the Narrative Worldview. By working with Danny, he hopes that students will feel that they have a companion on their journey to explore their relationship with problems and move away from believing that they themselves are a problem. Danny has experience supporting people with concerns related to academic difficulties, grief and loss, identity formation, life transitions, relationship challenges, self-harm and suicidal ideation, and trauma. As a gay man, Danny has a passion for serving members of the LGBTQIA+ community in particular. Danny has worked in a variety of contexts, including acute inpatient, community mental health, emergency rooms, group private practice, and higher education. Danny holds his B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Spanish from Loyola University Chicago, his MSW and Latinx Leadership Certificate from Boston College, and his Narrative Therapy Certificate from the Narrative Therapy Initiative.
Alexa Ross is a licensed and registered dietitian nutritionist who joined the Wellness Center in September of 2021. Alexa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Kinesiology at Miami University, and earned her Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University. She has a wide range of nutrition experience in community and clinical settings. Her passion for higher education, academia, and life-long learning brought her to specialize in working with college students. Alexa strives to work with students to enhance lives using evidence-based research and empowerment to live a better, healthier, more balanced life through improved relationships with food and exercise. She aims to inspire others to make positive changes by using wellness knowledge and skillsets to educate and motivate. Outside of the Wellness Center, Alexa enjoys cooking, baking, running, reading, and spending quality time with friends, and family.
Lanay joined the Wellness Center in August 2015. She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Lanay has an undergraduate degree in Nursing from The College of St. Scholastica and she received her master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago. Lanay is from Minnesota and prior to arriving at the Wellness Center; she worked as a nurse on heart and lung transplants and cardiac intensive care, and taught at the nursing lab here at Loyola. Outside of work Lanay enjoys running, traveling, gardening, scrapbooking, and spending time with her family and pets.
Fenna Semken (she/her/hers) holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She is currently completing her Master’s in Social Work at Loyola and began her clinical-level internship with the Wellness Center in August of 2022. Fenna has previous experience in various clinical settings, such as hospice care, recreational therapy, and crisis intervention. She completed her first-level internship at Aging Care Connections through Rush University Medical Center and worked as a crisis intern at Crisis Text Line. Fenna holds a human research certification from the Collaborative Institutional Training Institute, is certified as an Illinois Department of Aging Care Coordinator and mandated reporter, and has previous training in nursing assistance. Fenna provides a holistic approach to care, incorporating the physiological aspects of human anatomy into treatment for mental health disorders and concerns. She focuses on the intersection between chronic illness and eating disorders, as well as other crosses between physical and psychological health. By utilizing a strengths-based approach in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy, Fenna provides a full-spectrum level of care that focuses on healing from the inside out. In her free time, Fenna enjoys spending time with her two cats, eating pho, finding new books to read, and going thrift shopping.
Emmanuel “Manny” Serna is a registered nurse who joined the Wellness Center in March 2021. He holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Purdue University Northwest and an associate degree in applied sciences from Wilbur Wright College. Prior to joining the team at Loyola University, Manny served as a clinician and manager at psychiatric-focused residential care facilities. He loves being a nurse because it gives him the opportunity to interact with diverse populations and challenges him to be a lifelong learner. In his free time, Manny enjoys playing video games, snacking and exercising. He especially loves jogging along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. He’s also a proud dad to two high-maintenance cats, Nebula and Super Nova.
Dermott Smith (they/them) is a Masters of Social Work student at Loyola and a Clinical Social Work Trainee at the Wellness Center. They grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated from Saint Louis University in 2019, where they studied Sociology and Economics. After graduating, they worked at a day shelter for people experiencing homelessness in Portland, Oregon. Dermott’s interests in their social work program include the impacts of trauma, drug use harm reduction, art and experiential based interventions such as yoga and dance, and social work in groups. They are a member of the trans community and love working with others in the LGBTQ umbrella. After work, they love biking, reading, dancing, and visiting Chicago’s urban parks (which they will be quick to argue cannot compare to Forest Park in St. Louis).
Paris is a COVID Care Coordinator that came onboard in April 2021. She is thrilled to join the Wellness Center Team. She received her Bachelor’s in Community Health and Master’s in Public Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With her background in Health Education and Residence Life, she is excited to encourage and support student health and wellness at Loyola. Paris loves cooking and spending time with friends. She can be seen trying new foods at local restaurants around the city.
Dianna Stencel is a licensed clinical social worker, yoga teacher and mindfulness-based instructor at the Wellness Center. Dianna joined the team in 2002 and is passionate about helping individuals discover that their minds and bodies are a resource for healing, insight and resiliency. An alumnus of Loyola University Chicago, she received her undergraduate degree in psychology and a minor in philosophy. Dianna obtained her Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago's Jane Addams College of Social Work. Dianna provides the following services at the Wellness Center; individual therapy, facilitation of mindfulness based groups, out-reach and workshops for Loyola students.
Dianna's clinical interests include trauma, anxiety, mind/body connection, identity/culture, and mindfulness. Dianna is a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher and trained at the renowned Center for Mindfulness in Massachusetts. She has completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification and has a certificate in Yoga Informed Psychotherapy from Live Oak in Chicago.
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Kenneth Stratton serves as a Mental Health Counselor for Athletics with a focus on supporting BIPOC student athletes. He began his work with Loyola University Chicago in March of 2022. He earned his M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling and B.S. in Psychology and Family/Child Studies from Northern Illinois University. Kenneth experience in the field of Mental Health and Internal Healing spans across multiple populations including but not limited to: Incarcerated youth and/or adults, At-risk and impoverished youth, LGBTQ community, moderate to significant mental or physical impairment, transitioning adults, and individuals experiencing high stress or unresolved trauma. He is highly passionate about providing effective person-centered methods to all people in need no matter age, class, race, or circumstance.
Kenneth prides himself as being a Cognitive-Behavioral therapist with emphasizes on person centered practices. He considers himself to be a helper to all people, no matter the variables. Kenneth is a Therapist whose main mission is to empower people with the internal and external tools needed to help face and conquer every situation. He sees himself as a valuable guide, assisting individuals or groups on their journey to reach their highest quality of life possible - however that may look in therapy or direct-service. His therapeutic encounters will facilitate opportunities for you to offer yourself self-compassion, empathy, and grow your self-awareness en-route to accomplishing your goals.
Nicole Sumida is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined Arrupe College in August 2018. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her Master’s degree in Social Work degree at Loyola University Chicago in 2002. Nicole has worked in a variety of settings including a hospital-based mental health center, an inpatient psychiatric facility and a nonprofit agency with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Her clinical interests include the treatment of anxiety and depression from a cross-cultural perspective, family and relationship difficulties and the effects of intergenerational trauma on development. In her spare time, Nicole publishes a web magazine that promotes artistic/literary work by Asian Americans. She is an equity activist in her community and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and walking in the woods.
Dr. Tiffany Tiberi is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who came to the Wellness Center in the Fall of 2011. She received her doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2008. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Iowa's Student Counseling Services and postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University's Counseling and Psychological Services. Prior to joining the Wellness Center mental health team, she worked as a staff psychologist providing individual and group therapy to college students at Illinois State University.
Tiffany's clinical interests include the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, student-athlete mental health, LGBTQ identity development, eating and body image concerns, family of origin and relationship issues, and trauma recovery. Tiffany enjoys facilitating interpersonal process groups at the Wellness Center as well. Tiffany’s approach to therapy is integrative but she primarily draws on interpersonal psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral, and multicultural counseling approaches in her work with students. Tiffany is also the Clinical Coordinator of the mental health team and is interested in finding new and innovative ways to provide clinical services to students. She is an active member of ACCCCS (Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services). In her free time, Tiffany enjoys being physically active, hiking, cooking good vegetarian food, spending time with family and friends and traveling to new places.
Lisa Verdon is a Registered Nurse who joined the Wellness Center in December 2019. Lisa has been a Nurse since 2003 and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Western Governors University. Prior to coming to the Wellness Center, she worked in the hospital setting in labor and delivery and then transitioned to a private pediatric office where she enjoyed working with children of all ages, especially teens and young adults.
She is very much looking forward to being able to continue to work with young adults at the Wellness Center. Lisa grew up in Edgewater and currently resides there with her husband, 4 children and their rescue dog, Hank. She enjoys volunteering with the Chicago Area Runners Association as a group leader for running programs and coaching cross country and basketball at the school her children attend. When not working, Lisa can be found at hockey games, enjoying a run in the neighborhood, spending time with her family and friends and trying to finish a book she started months ago.