Our Staff


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 Operations 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

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

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


Jonathan Foiles, M.Div, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and a staff psychotherapist at Claret Center. Prior to receiving his training in social work he completed a master’s of divinity degree. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration and has also completed a fellowship at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. More about Jonathan

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, LCPC, MACFT, is a clinical supervisor, therapist, and group facilitator. She obtained her master’s degree in Couples and Family Therapy from Adler University. Olga works with adult and children populations in various settings. More about Olga

Allan Schnarr, MDiv, PhD, is a practicing psychotherapist and retreat facilitator and was the director of Claret Center’s psychotherapy practicum from 1985 – 2019. More about Allan

Mary Worden, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and became the new Director for the Psychotherapy Training Program at 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

Lolan P. Adan, MAPC, serves clients at Claret Center and at St. Francis Xavier Parish in La Grange. Lolan earned an MA in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and completed his counseling internship at The Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being.
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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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Michael P. McCauley, MA, provides therapy for members of Holy Child Jesus Parish in West Ridge and also sees clients in Evanston, Rogers Park and Hyde Park. Mike comes to the field of psychotherapy after a lengthy career as a journalist and communication educator. Along the way, he discovered that his first love was working one-on-one with people regarding the career, family and relationship concerns they brought to his office. More about Michael

Patrice Nerone, MDiv, MAPC, RN, ACHT, sees clients at Claret Center and at St. Clement Parish in Lincoln Park. Patrice has earned Master’s Degrees in Divinity and Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. Formerly a nurse at Cleveland Clinic, she holds an advanced certification in clinical hypnotherapy, and has also received training in Ignatian spiritual direction, the enneagram of personality types and grief counseling. More about Patrice

Rachel Schripsema, MAPC, is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies, where she earned her Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling. She sees clients at Claret Center as a counseling resident and serves as parish counselor at Old St. Mary’s Parish in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. More about Rachel

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

Damaris Colon-Soto, BA, a native of Puerto Rico, provides counseling services at Claret Center and at St. Mary’s Church in Riverside. She holds a BA in Psychology from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. More about Damaris

Marlon Innis, BA, BD, MA, a citizen of Guyana, has earned an MA in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. He is also Parish Counselor at Ascension Church in Oak Park. With 25 years of experience in religious life, ten of them as a Catholic Priest, Marlon brings a unique skill set to this position. He’s journeyed with people from various religious backgrounds, and has also worked as a hospital and prison chaplain. More about Marlon

Alejandra Sastoque, BS, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in her native Colombia, and is now pursuing Master’s degrees in Divinity and Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Chicago. She serves as Parish Counselor at St. Jerome Church in Rogers Park. Aleja also helps to run youth and young adult groups at St. Mark’s Parish in Kenosha, WI, and volunteers at a shelter for women who’ve experienced domestic violence. More about Alejandra

Christopher Smith, MA, is Parish Counselor at Old St. Mary’s Church near the South Loop, and is now pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Adler University. He has extensive experience in diagnostic assessment and clinical work, and serves individual clients and families from a variety of backgrounds. More about Chris

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.

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.

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

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, 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