Meet Center Team

Health & Counseling Servicfes

The staff is a multi-disciplinary treatment team of health and mental health professionals dedicated to serving our campus community. Counseling interns from collaborating universities are also key members of the clinical team. The Center also employs student workers to assist with clerical duties. Student workers have limited access to patient information. All team members sign a confidentiality agreement for their roles in serving students.


Marian Dinny
Marian Dinny, BSN, RN
(she/her/hers)
Campus Nurse

Marian earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Manipal College of Nursing in Karnataka, India. She is a patient advocate and educator specializing in Neuroscience Nursing and Pain Management. Having served in various clinical roles, Marian is excited to embark on a new journey in college health to serve the diverse student population of Lewis University. She is passionate about helping students navigate the intricate health system as they explore their independence in a supportive environment. She believes prevention is the best medicine and that by listening and sharing experiences we can together strive to meet the needs of our distinct student population to promote their overall health and wellness. Marian’s volunteer work includes serving underprivileged children in the foster care system. She relishes nature, is an avid organic gardener, delights in growing her own food in her backyard, and greatly enjoys spending time with her family.


Catherine Hopp
Cathy Hopp, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
(she/her/hers)
Nurse Practitioner

Cathy is a Nurse Practitioner, who is excited to return to the Lewis University community. She is an Alumna and former Lewis University Campus Nurse, who served the student population from 2012 – 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of St. Francis and her Master of Science in Nursing Degree from Lewis University. Cathy is currently board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Throughout her nursing career, she has had the opportunity to serve diverse patient populations, and she has worked as a Nurse Practitioner at an Immediate Care Clinic in a rural community over the last four years. Cathy returns to Lewis University with enthusiasm, as she really enjoys working with young adults, who are often accessing healthcare on their own for the first time.  She also enjoys educating her patients on healthy lifestyle choices, which she feels is especially important among the college student population. Cathy’s hobbies include gardening, fitness, cooking, traveling and she loves nature and the great outdoors.


Health & Counseling Services

Franky Rodriguez, MA, NCC, LPC
(she/her/hers)
Mental Health Counselor

Franky is a Mental Health Counselor at the Center for Health and Counseling. She received her B.A in Psychology from Lewis University and a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University and this alumna is pleased to serve the Lewis community. Franky focuses on challenges students are currently facing and views past events as opportunity for insight and positive growth and change. She works collaboratively with students to explore how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors influence themselves and those around them; in addition to creating strategies to help students reach their goals. Franky demonstrates unconditional positive regard, support and compassion for all students. She believes each student has the potential to find meaning and purpose in all areas of their lives. Franky has completed a comprehensive training in complex trauma and is a certified trauma professional. She works with students to help navigate and alleviate adverse psychological, emotional and physical effects of trauma. Franky is an ally of the LGBTQIAP+ community as well as an advocate for social justice in her work with individuals and within systems.


Health & Counseling Services
Enrique Silva, MA, LCPC
(he/him/his)
Mental Health Counselor

College is an exciting time where you work to build a brighter future, welcome new people and experiences, and explore the person you are creating. Enrique has been providing counseling to students since 2015 and has experiences working with students individually and in groups as they navigate through this important period of their lives. His experiences include crisis intervention, as well as supporting students around substance use, periods of adjustment, and performance. He does this by combining a number of theoretical perspectives and a laid-back approach to encourage the strengths of students in an accepting environment. He also has a passion for working with first-generation students, and student athletes. Enrique is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in addition to being a first-generation college graduate. He shares a love for sports, movies, and science fiction.


Health & Counseling Services
Sandy Speva, MA
(she/her/hers)
Office Coordinator

As the Office Coordinator for the Center, Sandy works to make operations run as smoothly as possible so students can access care with ease. She is a Lewis Alumna, having received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration in May 2008 and a M.S. in Organizational Leadership in May 2016. Sandy has enjoyed linking students with needed health and counseling services and other resources in the community for more than two decades. She appreciates how important these services are to students at this pivotal time of their lives. An animal lover, Sandy has been a long-time trainer for show dogs. She also volunteers in the community, and loves nature and being outdoors.


Health & Counseling Services
Tracy Takeda MA, LCPC
(she/her/hers)
Mental Health Counselor/Clinical Supervisor

Tracy is excited to be a part of the Lewis University community. A counselor for over 20 years, Tracy has served in community mental health settings as she values supporting the needs of a diverse community. She is honored to be working with Lewis students to provide support regarding concerns related to feelings, stress, relationships, and day-to-day functioning and decision making. Tracy partners with students in addressing areas such as depression or anxiety symptoms, grief/loss, and relational, cultural and spiritual concerns. Her approach to counseling integrates strengths focus and skill building with methods that are insight-oriented and meaning-based. She desires to help students understand the underlying meaning and reasons for feelings and behaviors. An advocate for networking and community, Tracy also values personal connection, support and resources for each student. Tracy earned her MA in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College and received her undergrad degree at University of Oklahoma. Tracy enjoys photography with favorites being nature and candid shots. She also enjoys volleyball, OU football (most of the time), and volunteering in the community.


Health & Counseling Services
Jill Whitaker, MS, LCPC
(she/her/hers)
Director

Jill is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has been working in the human service field since 1998. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English Literature at Marquette University in 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 counseling services and in leadership, supervision, and program management roles. To promote student wellbeing, Jill encourages wholistic care, the integration of mind/body, and effective best practices and collaboration among the Center team and within the Lewis community. With significant experience in offering crisis intervention and supporting survivors of trauma and loss, Jill affirms the uniqueness of each individual student and is dedicated to fostering their self-compassion, resilience, and potential. She applies motivational and interpersonal strategies with students to encourage positive development of self-awareness and esteem, strengths and support systems. Jill enjoys music and the arts, gardening, staying active and new cultural experiences.


CLINICAL COUNSELING INTERNS, ACADEMIC YEAR 2021-2022

Alice Amell

Alice Amell, B.S.
(she/her/hers)
Clinical Counseling Intern

Alice Amell is a Clinical Counseling Intern at Lewis University who looks forward to working with students towards improving wellness. Alice earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Illinois Tech and is pursuing her dual Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Sports and Human Performance at Adler University. She is grounded by the values of cultural humility, social justice, and holism. Her clinical perspective is informed by feminist, cognitive-behavioral, existential, and person-centered theories. She works with students to identify their strengths and find strategies for boosting wellness. Alice is a member and supporter of the Gender and Sexual Minority (GSM) community. Outside of counseling, she enjoys philosophy, (e)sports, and podcasts.


Jada Williams

Jada Williams, B.S.
(she/her/hers)
Clinical Counseling Intern

Jada Williams is a Clinical Counseling Intern in the Lewis University Counseling Center. She earned her B.S. in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology from Illinois State University.  Jada is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University. She has experience working with college students as a Student Success Coach at a technical university.  Jada values giving individual support to each student, especially for non-traditional students.  She recognizes that college students face unique and valuable challenges. Her goal is to help students navigate their way through their experiences, discover their strengths, and develop understanding and meaning.  Jada also has a passion for social justice work, recently helping implement plans for a STEAM school for girls in underfunded Chicago neighborhoods.