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

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


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


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


Patrice Nerone, M.Div, MAPC, RN, ACHT, obtained a master of divinity and master of pastoral counseling from Loyola University Chicago. She holds advanced certification in clinical hypnotherapy and received training in Ignatian spiritual direction & the enneagram of personality types. 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


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


Doreen Green, MBA, MA, LCPC obtained her master’s degree in counseling psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is also a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois. Doreen has interest in the treatment of a variety of disorders and symptoms. More about Doreen


Marlon Innis BA, BD MA., is a citizen of Guyana. Guyana, is the only English-speaking country in South America. He is pursuing a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Chicago. At the moment he is a Parish Counselor at Ascension Church in Oak Park. More about Marlon


Mike McCauley, MA, offers compassionate support to people who’ve experienced depression, anxiety, relationship challenges and significant life changes, and also enjoys the chance to work with spiritual and existential concerns. He celebrates the goodness and strength of his clients, and offers sessions that are nurturing, captivating and goal oriented. More about Mike


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.

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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


Damaris Colòn-Soto, a Puerto Rican member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), is pursuing her Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s degree at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She obtained her B.A in Psychology at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. More about Damaris


Lolan P. Adan is a psychotherapy-counseling resident, attending to clients at The Claret Center in Hyde Park and at St. Francis Xavier Parish in La Grange. Lolan earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MAPC) from Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies and completed his counseling internship at The Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being in downtown Chicago.