Meet the Staff

Health & Counseling Services

The staff is a multi-disciplinary treatment team of health and mental health professionals. Physicians, nurses, counselors and administrators are dedicated to serving 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.

Health & Counseling Services
Jill Whitaker, MS, LCPC
Director of Counseling Services

Jill is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and 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. Jill believes in the uniqueness of each individual student and is dedicated to supporting their self-compassion, resilience and potential. Using motivational and interpersonal strategies, Jill partners with students to encourage positive development of their self-awareness and esteem, strengths, and support systems. Jill is an Approved Clinical Supervisor through 2021 and is a current member of the American College Counseling Association.


Lori Forbear BSN, RN
Director of Health Services

Lori is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience in the medical field. Her clinical background includes providing direct patient care in urgent care, medical-surgical inpatient, operating room and ambulatory surgery settings. Lori joined the Health Services team in August 2017 as the campus nurse, and enjoys caring for and supporting Lewis University students by providing education about illness and promoting wellness.


Health & Counseling Services
Enrique Silva, MA, LCPC
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 includes 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
Office Coordinator

Sandy is the Office Coordinator for the Center for Health & Counseling Services. She is a Lewis Alumna receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration in May 2008 and a M.S. in Organizational Leadership in May 2016.  She has lived in the Plainfield area most of her life and enjoys working with the college age population.


Kelly Smuskiewicz, RN
Nurse

Kelly is a Registered Nurse with over 9 years of experience in the medical field. Her clinical background includes school nursing, medical-surgical inpatient, critical care, and level 1 trauma experience. Kelly joined the Health Services team in February 2020 as the campus nurse and is dedicated to promoting health and wellness to the students of Lewis University.


Health & Counseling Services
Tracy Takeda MA, LCPC
Mental Health Counselor

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
Franky Rodriguez
Graduate Counseling Intern

Franky is a graduate intern at the Center for Health and Counseling. She received her B.A in Psychology from Lewis University and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University. Franky demonstrates unconditional positive regard, support and compassion for all students. 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 believes each student has the potential to find meaning and purpose in all areas of their lives. She is an ally of the LGBTQIAP+ community as well as a social justice advocate.


Health & Counseling Services
Christie Sanchez
Graduate Counseling Intern

Christie is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology. While at TWU her professional areas of research included sexual trauma & rape culture, violence against women, and disordered eating. She spent her undergraduate internship partnered with The Chrysalis Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program and has spent extensive time working as a Crisis Intervention Leader in Hyde Park, Chicago. Christie is currently pursuing a Masters in counseling psychology with a focus in trauma and crisis intervention at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, as well as a certificate program in theological studies at Chicago Theological Seminary. While in pursuit of her professional counseling license Christie takes a holistic therapeutic approach with an emphasis on healing, inclusion, and community. She is excited to belong to the Lewis family where she hopes to work alongside students with an appreciation for diversity and vulnerability.