The staff is a multi-disciplinary treatment team of health and mental health professionals. Physicians, nurses, counselors and administrators are dedicated to sef;ewfwjffjwfijfefjrving our campus community. The Center also employs student workers to assist with clerical duties. Student workers have limited access to patient information. All staff members sign a confidentiality agreement upon employment.
Michele Manassah, M.A., L.C.P.C.
Director, Counseling Services
Michele is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and has been working in the mental health field since 1991. She completed her bachelor degree in Community Services at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio and earned her M.A. in Guidance and Counseling at Bowling Green State University, as well. Prior to coming to Lewis University, Michele provided clinical care and supervisory oversight in several community mental health settings. Her experience includes working with trauma, depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship problems, substance abuse, grief, and psychotic disorders. Especially interested in crisis intervention, trauma and brief therapies, Michele has extensive experience in suicide assessment and intervention. She is a member of the Illinois Counseling Association, the American College Counseling Association and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
She resides in Plainfield with her husband and their three children.
Michelle Ronchetti, RN, BSN
Director, Health Services
Michelle is an RN who started working at Lewis University in March 2008. She serves as the Director of Health Services at the Center. She earned her BSN here at Lewis, graduating in 1989. Michelle has worked in a variety of roles during her career as an Registered Nurse. Her experience as an RN includes working as a labor and delivery nurse for over 12 years; thereafter, she has spent part of her career working in an industrial health setting and then worked at a large federally funded community health center, here in Will County, serving as their Quality/Risk manager.
Michelle is very excited to be involved in the college setting. She loves being a nurse and working with people. Michelle has been married to her high school sweetheart, Mark, since 1989 and they are blessed with two wonderful sons.
Gary A. DeLeonardis, MA
Mental Health Counselor
Gary earned his M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He also received his bachelor’s degree in Communication with minors in Applied Psychology and Community Services Studies from DePaul University. Prior to working at Lewis, Gary provided individual counseling to the diverse non-traditional student body at Governors State University. He is interested and has experience working with trauma, life transitions, identity, relationships, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, developmental disorders, and substance abuse. Gary values diversity and working collaboratively with students to create a therapeutic relationship that encourages self-awareness, exploration, healing, and supports personal strengths through interpersonal and relational approaches.
Cathy Hopp, RN, BSN
Cathy is a licensed Registered Nurse and current member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of St. Frances in Joliet. Prior to joining the staff at Lewis University, she worked on the Surgical Services unit at Loyola University Medical Center. While there, she gained valuable experience providing care to a diverse patient population. Cathy strongly values higher education and is excited to work in a college environment where she is able to assist the student population in maintaining optimum health and wellness. She plans on beginning her pursuit to obtain her Master of Science in Nursing Degree in the near future. Cathy resides in Plainfield with her family.
Sabrina Lynch, MA
Mental Health Counselor
Sabrina has been passionate about mental health for most of her life, having a strong interest in understanding the human experience. She earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with a concentration in Latino Mental Health. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC, where she also minored in Spanish. Sabrina has had the opportunity to work with many different populations in various settings. Her experience includes working in community mental health, social services, and college counseling with clients of varying ages and ethnicities. Sabrina finds her work with trauma and grief to be particularly rewarding. She works with students collaboratively, meeting them where they are, in an effort to evoke positive change. She advocates for and educates on holistic wellness, promoting the care and maintenance of one’s mind, body, and spirit.
Sandy has been the secretary at The Center for Health & Counseling Services since 1998. She is a Lewis Alumna receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration in May 2008. In the future, she hopes to continue her education and complete her master’s degree. She has lived in the Plainfield area most of her life with her husband, Jayme, and their two children.
Jill Whitaker, M.S., L.C.P.C
Jill is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and current member of the Illinois Counseling Association. She has has been working in the human service field since 1998. She completed her bachelor degree in Psychology and English Literature at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and earned her M.S. in Counseling at National Louis University in Chicago. Jill has worked in a variety of community based agency and school settings providing individual and family development counseling, psycho-educational groups and prevention services. She has experience providing crisis intervention counseling, and supporting those who have experienced significant trauma and loss. Using motivational and interpersonal strategies, Jill partners with students to encourage positive development of their self-awareness and esteem, strengths, and support systems.