Gloria is the receptionist/Office Manager Assistant for HOPE. Her hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 - 7:00. Gloria attended Rock Valley College for Medical Coding  (I & II Certification)

Grace joined HOPE in September 2013. Grace holds a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine. She completed her graduate internship at Arden Shore Child and Family Counseling offering counseling services to all ages. Grace is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and National Certified Counselor. She also received her Professional Educator's Endorsement in School Counseling from Northern Illinois University. Grace specializes in working with the children and adolescents. She has furthered her training in Theraplay and a several play therapy modalities and is working towards her Registration in Play Therapy. Grace offers warmth, compassion and great insight in her work. Her gentle therapeutic approach is an asset to her work particularly when children and adolescents have fears and anxieties that are overwhelming for them. 

Diana Lilja, LPT

License Physical Therapist

Counseling and Social Work Interns

Stacy joined HOPE in September of 2016. Stacy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Wisconsin and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota and went on to earn her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a concentration on children and adolescents, at the University of Wisconsin- Stout. She also completed a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Stacy has extensive experience working with children, adults, families, and couples along with being well versed in a wide range of client concerns. She has been employed in a variety of settings, including: residential treatment centers, outpatient clinics, hospitals, and private practice. Stacy has been trained in various therapeutic techniques used to assist her clients in gaining the tools necessary for conquering life’s challenges. She is extremely compassionate, caring, and understanding. Her ability to connect with others helps create a safe environment conducive to enhancing personal growth, strengthening relationships, and meeting individual needs. She has experience working in several states, including: Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, and Connecticut. She is extremely excited to make her permanent home in Illinois! 

Stacy Schroepfer, MS, LPC, LCPC

Licensed Professional Counselor - Wisconsin

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - Illinois

James joined HOPE as an intern in August of 2015. James is a Licensed Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  He received his Masters Degree in Social Work from George Williams College of Aurora University  and his Bachelors Degree in Human Services from Judson University.  James enjoys working with individuals of all ages.  He uses his experience in play therapy, parental coaching, and other training to provide a deep counseling experience.  James likes to look at the whole picture when working with families, focusing on the family unit as well as the individual. James has an extensive background in working with families and the problems that arise within the family dynamic. 

Jamie Swenson, BA

Fall 2017
Master's Counseling Practicum and Internship - Social Work 

Brielle Powers, BA

Fall 2017
Master's Counseling Practicum and Internship - Social Work 


Sue received her Master in Social Work from George William college of Aurora University. She has training in Anger Management, Brainspotting, Crisis Intervention, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Gottman Method Therapy (couple’s therapy), Grief Recovery Method, Motivational Interviewing, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Play Therapy, Substance Abuse, Theraplay, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Self Injury and Suicidal Ideation. She has experience working with Children, adolescents, adults, couples and family systems. She has a deep passion for her clients, recognizing the multi-faceted challenges associated with mental health and substance abuse, as well as instilled hope that every individual has the ability to overcome these challenges, living a healthy lifestyle. Sue is a woman of faith, inviting spirituality through the growth process. 

Allison received both her Bachelors degree in Communicative Disorders and a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University in Communicative Disorders. She completed her Clinical Fellowship at Children's Development Center in Rockford, Illinois. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence through the national governing board -The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). She has continued expanding her knowledge base including additional coursework required for the Illinois State Board of Education's Type-73 certificate. She has worked in a variety of settings including a Pediatric Clinic, public preschool special education and private practice. Allison's greatest passion is helping families and their children communicate in real, and meaningful ways. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of speech, language and feeding disorders in the birth through seven population with a special interest in children that are medically and physically complex.

Diana is a licensed Physical Therapist with 28 years of well rounded experience. She received her  Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Northern IL University.  Diana has been driven to develop and expand her physical therapy skills, in order to provide the best care and obtain the best results for her patients.   She is a Core Specialist for The Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute (MNRI),  has extensive Neurodevelopmental Training (NDT), and has extensive training with the Neurovascular Institute (NVI) which has similar techniques to  Craniosacral Therapy.   Diana also devotes time to learning the work in her own neuro-muscular system and has taken Yoga Teacher Training (500 hours) along with self study and private lessons using the Anat Baniel Method (ABM).    Diana has a multitude of additional strategies and tools from other treatment modalities.  She specializes the strongest in pediatrics, but also has a working caseload of teenagers and adults.

James Garrison, SW, LSW, CADC 

Licensed Social Worker

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Marissa Ebert joined HOPE in September of 2014 as an intern. She has sense completed her Masters and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois and a National Certified Counselor. Marissa received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rockford University and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northern Illinois University. Marissa has completed a 40 hour certification program for treating clients who have been recipients of domestic violence.  Marissa is trained in crisis intervention, group work, substance abuse, non-violent crisis intervention, career counseling, multicultural counseling, Theraplay™ techniques, EMDR/trauma therapy trained and family therapy.  She is working towards her Registration in Play Therapy and has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Marissa understands that every client is unique and seeks counseling for a multitude of reasons. Marissa considers clients’ overall wellness during the counseling process and believes in the development of a balanced lifestyle. Marissa’s strengths are in connecting with her clients, identifying their emotional needs, and creating a strong therapeutic bond that promotes self-exploration and growth. 


​​​Marissa Ebert, MS, LPC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor/Child and Family Counselor

EMDR/Trauma Therapy

Early Intervention Specialist

Michelle Petty, MS, LCPC, NCC, RPT

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - Illinois

Licensed Professional Counselor - Wisconsin

Registered Play Therapist

Early Intervention Specialist and Evaluator

Brain Spotting

Interactive Metronome

Jean joined HOPE in June of 2013. Jean Weymer is a Licensed Professional Counselor  (LPC)  in the state of Illinois. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Industrial Relations at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, a Master's degree in Industrial/organizational Psychology at the University of New Haven, and a Master's degree in Counseling at National Louis University. Jean has completed trainings pertaining to Theraplay™, play therapy, anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and suicide prevention. Jean was a foster parent for years, and understands the trials and tribulations of working with the system. She enjoys working with people of all ages, and has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has been described as genuine, empathetic, caring, and very easy to talk to. Jean provides a level of comfort as she creates a calm and trusting environment through her ability to connect well with her clients. Jean possesses an amazing sense of humor that is contagious and often lightens a heavy heart. 

Jean Weymer, MS, LPC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Brain Spotting

Meet the Staff at HOPE

Jamie is the owner and Program Director of HOPE - Child and Family Counseling, Inc.  Jamie holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapy, her license in Clinical Professional Counseling from Illinois, her license in Professional Counseling from Wisconsin, a Registration in Play Therapy and Supervision through the National Association of Play Therapy, her endorsement in School Counseling/Type 73 from the state of Illinois and her Early Intervention Credential in Counseling and Assessment. Her post maters professional experiences have included services/employment at various agencies as a Child and Family Counselor. She also has an extensive work history in early education, early intervention, research and assessment, therapeutic interventions and practices in psychotherapy and in program development.  Her career history prior to becoming a psychotherapist included: early education, direct services for an elementary educational system for children with physical and emotional disabilities, developing and directing an early educational center and as family service coordinator/researcher for the Transition and Head Start National Study. Her involvement with the Transition study included developing, implementing and evaluating Head Start like services in grades K - 3 in Central Wisconsin.  Prior to starting her own practice, Jamie served as a Mental Health Therapist and Program Director for the counseling program at Easter Seals Children's Development Center in Rockford, IL.  Jamie has been zealous about providing therapeutic services that are developmentally appropriate for all ages.  Jamie also provides clinical supervision to graduate level interns and post graduate interns for licensure and registration in play therapy.

Hanah Matz, SW, LCSW, CADC

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Suzanne (Sue) L Bates MSW, LCSW, CADC, CAMS II
Master in Social Work
License Clinical Social Work, IL
Advanced Social Work, WI
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, IL
Certified Anger Management Specialist II

Jamie Wagner, MA, LPC, LCPC, RPT-S

Clinical Administrator

Co-Owner of HOPE - Child and Family Counseling

Masters of Art in Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapy

Licensed Professional Counselor - Wisconsin

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - Illinois

Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor​

Early Intervention Provider and Evaluator

Illinois Educator's Endorsement in School Counseling

Gary is the Business Administrator and Co-Owner for HOPE - Child and Family Counseling. His support and passion for the agency have been vital to the success of the business. Gary has a bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy and has worked with children, families, and young adults in a variety of social service settings throughout his career.  Gary has managed federal and state funded programs to include the Evan Start Literacy Program for children and families and the Fresh Start in which young adults work towards their High School Diploma and career development. He was also employed by a Cooperative Education Service Agency (CESA 5) as a Service Coordinator for Portage Project/Transition Head Start Study. He has an extensive work history serving youth, young adults, and families to include a position as a Youth Care supervisor at a Residential Treatment Center in La Crosse, a Program Manager for a group home, and Online coach for the Boys and Girls Club.

Gary Wagner, BS

Business Administrator

Co-Owner of HOPE - Child and Family Counseling

Bachelor of Science - Recreational Therapy

Vanessa is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in training (LPC-IT) in the state of Wisconsin. She completed her Masters' of Science in Counseling from Concordia University Wisconsin, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Judson University. She has over 7 years of experience working with families in the state of Illinois’ Early Intervention Program, and understands the importance the family system plays in the overall social/emotional health of an individual. Vanessa works clinically from a holistic point of view, and incorporates mindfulness techniques promoting mind-body integration. She has an understanding of brain development, sensory processing, how trauma impacts somatic and emotionally-based symptoms/conditions, and the body’s ability to heal itself from past trauma. Vanessa is a Brainspotting practitioner, trained in Phase 1, 2 and 3 working towards her Brainspotting Certification. She is also working towards her Registration in Play Therapy Credential and has counseling experience working with children, adolescents, families, and adults. Vanessa has a calming presence and a passion for helping others heal.

Krystal Conkle, MSW, LSW 

Licensed Social Worker (WI and IL)

Hanah is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with nearly 6 years in the addiction and mental health field, in the residential treatment setting working primarily adolescents and families, and with a specialty focus in trauma. Hanah received her Masters in Social Work from George Williams College, Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Hanah completed her internship at Rosecrance Addiction Treatment Center on various units including women, men, and co-occuring residential, veteran’s population, as well as assisting in other departments including detox, assessments, and managed care. Hanah currently counsels clients and patients, individually and in group sessions to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjust to life, and make changes. 

Allison Cummings MA, CCC, SLP-L

Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist 

Jamey Floren, BA

Fall 2017

Master's Counseling Practicum and Internship - Social Work 

Vanessa Kerno, MS, LPC, LPC-IT, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor - IL

Licensed Professional Counselor In Training - WI 

Michelle joined HOPE in July of 2011. Michelle completed her Master’s of Science in Human Services/Counseling from National-Louis University.  She has worked with children, families and adults in a variety of community settings including child protection and early intervention since 2005. Michelle has experience counseling children, adolescents, adults, and families with a broad range of developmental, mental health, and adjustment issues. Michelle is a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) through the Association of Play Therapy. She has also been trained in Theraplay™ techniques. Michelle is highly sought after for her work with parents and children. She is skilled in therapeutic interventions that promote healthy interactions between family members. Michelle also incorporates her experiences and knowledge from her work as a Family Service Coordinator for the Early Intervention Program. She has a strong understanding of development and is cognizant of the importance in integrating individual developmental needs. She has a keen understanding of how the sensory processing as well as brain development plays into social and emotional health. Michelle also connects well with adolescent and adult clients while guiding them towards healthier perspectives and emotional well being.


Gloria Sigala

Receptionist / Office Manager 



Grace Varghese, MS, LCPC, NCC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Illinois Type 73 - School Counselor Endorsement

Brain Spotting