Our Staff

Administration

Irma G. Cruz, MBA, is Executive Director at the Claret Center. Irma holds a BA from Northeastern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As the Chief Executive Officer, Irma reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for Claret Center’s consistent achievement of its mission. More about Irma

Katelyn Baker-Smith is the Operation Administrative Assistant at Claret Center. She is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, where she majored in Spanish and Political Science and minored in Arabic. More about Katey

 

Body-Centered Therapists

Kenji Aoki, L.Ac, Dipl ChH, DiplAcupuncture (NCCAOM), is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbologist. He studied at the University of Chicago and has been trained in the New Meridian Therapy technique developed by Tetsuji Kondo. He studied Zen teachings under the late Professor Masao Abe. More about Kenji
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Mary Holmquist, CST, is a graduate of the New School for Massage, Bodywork, and Healing and is a certified presenter of Centering Prayer. She is a skilled practitioner of craniosacral therapy. More about Mary
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Patricia A. Walton, LMT, CMI, CVST, is a nationally certified and licensed Massage Therapist and an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has a B.A. from Columbia College, Chicago, IL. She studied at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. More about Patricia

Psychotherapists

Bill Harrison MA, LCPC, received his graduate training at Northeastern Illinois University and began working with Claret’s Parish Counseling Program in 2014. Bill’s work as a psychotherapist is grounded in his 40 years of experience as a performing artist and teacher. More about Bill
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Olga Kilstein, AMFT, LCPC, is a Marriage and Family therapist and a Positive Discipline workshop facilitator. She is a graduate of the Adler School of Professional Psychology. More about Olga

Allan Schnarr, MDiv, PhD, is a practicing psychotherapist and retreat facilitator and has been the director of Claret Center’s psychotherapy practicum since 1985. More about Allan
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Mary Worden, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and the co-supervisor for the psychotherapy training program at the Claret Center. Mary earned her Doctorate of Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work from Ball State University in Indiana. More about Mary…

Psychotherapy Residents

*graduate work completed; supervised hours for licensing

Nancy Kennedy, RN, BSN, MAPC, LPC, is a graduate of the Master of Arts Pastoral Counseling program at Loyola University Chicago, Institute of Pastoral Studies. She is continuing on at Claret Center as a counseling resident and serves as parish counselor at St. Francis Xavier Parish in LaGrange, Illinois. More about Nancy

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Sarah Thompson, M.B.A., M.A., LPC. Sarah is a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she obtained her Masters in Counseling Psychology. She enjoys working with individuals as well as counseling couples. More about Sarah
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Shane L. Tytenicz, MAPC, is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling program at Loyola University Chicago, Institute of Pastoral Studies. He works at Claret Center as a Counseling Resident and serves as Parish Counselor at Assumption Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois. More about Shane

Psychotherapy Interns

*completing graduate work toward psychotherapy degree

Conrad P. Burbank, M.S., is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a doctoral candidate at Adler University in Chicago, IL. He received his M.S. from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, Arlington, VA, and he received training in integrating Catholic theology and anthropology with clinical psychology. More about Conrad

Desiree Misanko, MA. When we experience life stressors, emotional upheaval, discontent in their life path, or trauma, it is normal for us to feel confused, distressed or that our lives are unraveling. My passion as a counselor is in helping with healing through a collaborative working alliance. A process that offers support towards finding, and strengthening a healthy perception of self, and increasing feelings of peacefulness, wholeness, and safety in one’s life, while accomplishing the therapeutic goals. More about Desiree

Rachel Schripsema. Rachel is in her final year at Loyola University’s Institute of Pastoral Studies, working towards her MA in Pastoral Counseling. More about Rachel

Certified Spiritual Directors

Helen Cahill, OP, MA, DMin, earned both her MTS and DMin from Catholic Theological Union. Helen’s ministry includes workshop and retreat facilitation as well as group supervision for religious community formators.
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Carol Dwyer, SSND MA, CADC,is a member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and is a certified Addictions Counselor for the state of Illinois. She earned her MA in Pastoral Ministry from Fairfield University in Connecticut. Carol is fluent in Spanish and looks forward to the possibility of being able to use it in her ministry of Spiritual Direction here at Claret. More about Carol.

Pauline La Mothe, OP, MEd, DMin, received her MEd and her CAGS in Psychology from Boston College and her DMin in Pastoral Counseling from Louisville Seminary. She does Spiritual Direction and facilitates formation communities and other groups. She has worked extensively with homeless populations and with congregational leadership.
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Susan Pannier-Cass, BSW, is a Spiritual Director, certified Yoga and Meditation teacher, and Interfaith Minister, She holds a BSW from Loyola University. She works with individuals and small groups, and offers workshops to help foster greater awareness, growth and fulfillment in life. More about Susan.

Beth Saner, FSPA, earned her MA in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union. She is a Spiritual Director and co-facilitator of the Claret Center Spiritual Direction Internship. More about Beth
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Harlan “Frank” Showers, M. Div, is a retired Lutheran Pastor (ELCA). He has been certified in the work of Spiritual Direction by the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation (Bethesda Md.) specializing in group spiritual direction and contemplative group leadership. More about Frank

Ron Stua, CMF, MDiv, is a graduate of Catholic Theological Union. He received his Bachelor’s degree with a major in Spirituality from St. Louis University. Ron also completed the Spiritual Direction Internship at Claret Center. More about Ron
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