Meet Center Team
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, BSN, RN
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.
Katherine Mueller MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Health Services Clinical Supervisor / Nurse Practitioner
Katherine earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loyola University Chicago. She is a Lewis alumna earning her M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner degree here and is pleased to be returning to care for the student community. Katherine has 9 years of hospital experience and has taken care of patients of all ages, from newborns to older adults. She is an Adjunct Professor here at Lewis, teaching in the College of Nursing. Katherine is passionate about serving the Lewis community and partnering with students to achieve their health and wellness goals. She is a patient advocate and believes it is her job to listen and provide the best care possible. Katherine is an ally of the LGBTQIAP+ community and social justice advocate. Katherine has a holistic approach to care with a special interest in health promotion and disease prevention. As such, she believes it is important for every student to have a primary healthcare provider and is pleased to support students find a local provider in the community. In her free time, Katherine enjoys exercise, music, and spending time with family and friends.
Franky Schulze, MA, NCC, LPC
Mental Health Counselor
Franky is a Mental Health Counselor at the Student Wellness Center. 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.
Gloria Sherrod, MA, LCPC
Mental Health Counselor
Gloria is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with several years of experience working with people of all ages. Gloria received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and completed her clinical internship in the Lewis University Student Wellness Center . She is pleased to return to serve the community now as a part-time Mental Health Counselor. Gloria has provided therapy in private practice and worked in elementary and middle school settings and not-for-profit community organizations. Gloria takes a person-centered approach and supports clients to prioritize their health and overall well-being. She sets goals collaboratively with clients, encouraging reflection on their values, life’s meaning and empowerment. Gloria is passionate about equity in education. Gloria appreciates working with persons who are neuroatypical learners or facing neurodevelopmental challenges such as ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder – and she enjoys helping clients to find balance in their lives.
Sandy Speva, MA
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.
Tracy Takeda MA, LCPC
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.
Jill Whitaker, MS, LCPC
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 holistic 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
Cy Austin, BA
Clinical Counseling Intern
Cy Austin is a Clinical Counseling Intern at the Student Wellness Center. He earned his B.A. from Chapman University in Southern California and is currently pursuing a dual Master's degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Sport and Human Performance at Adler University. Prior to joining Lewis, he interned as a mental skills coach for Benedictine University where he had the unique opportunity to work with athletes to improve their performance. Cy's trauma-informed approach heavily relies on Adlerian and positive psychology principles to address the various challenges that students may face. Beyond his work with students and athletes, he enjoys playing and watching sports, reading a good book by the lake, and connecting with family and friends. He is eager and honored to be working with the Flyers!
Yarely Reyes, BA
Clinical Counseling Intern
Yarely Reyes is a Clinical Counseling Intern at the Student Wellness Center. She is pursuing her M.A. in Counseling Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Behavioral Neuroscience from North Central College. Yarely is trilingual, speaking English, Spanish and French. She has a passion for working with Latinx individuals, and her goal is to destigmatize thoughts and feelings surrounding mental health within this community. As a first-generation college graduate, Yarely hopes to support first-gen students in the Lewis community. She joins the Center with experience in working with adolescents and adults in therapeutic group settings. Her goal is to create a space in which students can feel safe, understood and accepted for who they are. Yarely also enjoys going on runs and walks, traveling, and listening to music.
Autumn Harrison, BS
Autumn recently graduated with her B.S. in Aviation Administration from Lewis University and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Aviation and Transportation. She has earned her Private Pilot Certificate and is now working toward her Aircraft Dispatch Certificate. Autumn served as a Student Worker for two academic years in the Wellness Center and is excited to return as a Graduate Assistant. She believes that everyone should have easy access to supportive health and wellbeing services. Autumn is eager to connect students to care and resources and represent the Wellness Center in the university community. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games, dancing, reading, traveling, and flying.
Alex Kadolph, BA
Alex graduated with his B.A. Psychology from Lewis University this past semester and is now pursuing his M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Alex is excited to be returning as a graduate student and a Graduate Assistant for the Center and Lewis community. He is eager to promote wellness and self-care in the Lewis community and to connect students with supportive resources. Alex is a supporter of the LGBTQIAP+ community and is an advocate for social justice. His hobbies include boxing, exercising, reading, and traveling.