McLean County offers limited mental health options. INtegRIty Counseling Inc. is bringing new care options to the community.
INtegRIty was launched in 2014 by Twin Cities resident and licensed professional counselor Luella Mahannah, and her husband, Don. It is a privately run, nonprofit counseling service on Bloomington’s west side. We do not take insurance and we seek to serve the un-insured and under-insured. We operate as a "pay-as-you-can" agency and depend on client contributions to help cover the cost of our services.
INtegRIty enables a growing team of concerned professionals to partner in providing counseling, outreach, and community education on topics such as grief and loss, addiction, parenting, and coping skills for those with mental or emotional disorders.
We serve all members of the community, regardless of race, gender, belief, orientation, or economic status.
Do. In order to make changes in behavior, thinking, and coping skills, a person must act. Improvement can’t take place without doing something. We believe the first step in doing is to decide to seek support - a team of people ready to walk beside him or her.
Be. In order to feel content in life, a person needs to see that he or she was created to be exactly who he or she is. Often, people waste time trying to be someone they aren't and fuel frustration by comparing themselves to others or not living up to their own expectations. Through counseling and mentoring, a person learns to recognize his or her unique strengths and traits and strives to improve relationships and behaviors.
Heal. We believe every human being has scars that have affected his or her life. They can be emotional, spiritual, physical, and/or behavioral scars. By doing and working through what it means to be, a person can begin to recover from abuse, abandonment, or neglect. We see healing as a holistic effort incorporating spiritual, cognitive, nutritional, and physical strategies.
Luella Mahannah, MS, LCPC, serves as the Counseling Director of INtegRIty Counseling. She earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University and has worked professionally at the McLean County Center for Human Services and Catholic Charities. While her children were young, Luella was a "stay-at-home" mom while keeping busy in active leadership roles at First Christian Church. Luella became a volunteer counselor at Home Sweet Home Ministries in 2010. While there, she took additional graduate classes and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2013. In March of 2014, Luella, with her husband Don, founded INtegRIty Counseling in response to a growing need for mental health services for people who were falling through the cracks. Luella maintains a small counseling caseload while focusing her attention on directing the team of volunteers who are working together to meet the needs of the vulnerable and under served population in McLean County.
Margaret Anne Weatherly MA, LCPC has been associated with INtegRIty Counseling for 4 years and has her own private practice in Bloomington. Margaret graduated with a Masters in Psychology from Illinois State University in 1985 and settled down in Bloomington in 1987. She worked with Chestnut Health Systems for 20 years before her private practice. Finally, Margaret is a follower of Christ and attends Efree Church. Her other interests include running, cats, gardening, and politics.
Deb Cochran, MS Ed, has her Masters Degree in school counseling from Illinois State University. She started her career as a special education teacher and seventeen years as a counselor at Normal West High School and retired from Unit 5 Schools in 2012. Her experience includes personal and group counseling, working with families, and leadership training for adults and adolescents. Her therapy includes solution focused counseling. Deb and her husband have lived in the Bloomington area for over 30 years. She loves to spend time with her husband and friends, play golf, travel and create.
Don Taylor, LCPC comes to Integrity with 23 years of clinical experience at the Center for Human Services and in private practice at Professional Associates of Illinois. Prior to that he was in banking for 20 years. He has an MS in Counseling Psychology and an MS in Business Administration, both from Illinois State University. Don has worked extensively with adults with: mood and anxiety disorders, problems with intense and emotional reactivity, trauma reactions, personality disorders, childhood and adult abuse issues, as well as chronic pain and stress. Don’s approach to therapy tends to be holistic and integrative, with an emphasis on several mindfulness-based cognitive and behavioral therapies (including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.) He is committed to working with each client in a very open, non-judgmental, and respectful manner. Don is a past Board President at PATH and a Vietnam veteran. He has been happily married to the best Italian cook he’s ever met. Besides eating home-made pasta dishes, Don enjoys staying up-to-date on research related to newer approaches to therapy, running, and rock stacking.
Kimberly Klepec, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social worker who has been with INtegRIty since May of 2016. Prior to joining our team, Kimberly expanded the services available at a large psychology private practice office, by providing individual and group services for patients of all ages who did not have private insurance. Previously, she worked at a community mental health agency, where she specialized in providing counseling and community support services to youth with a variety of emotional and psychological concerns, including ADHD; anxiety; bipolar disorder; depression, grief, and loss issues; juvenile justice issues; and others. She also provided community support services for their families. She has previous experience working with children and families as a disability services coordinator for a headstart program. Additionally, she worked at the Center for Independent Living, as their vision services coordinator, where she specialized in providing counseling and support services to individuals of all ages who experienced blindness or low vision. Kimberly believes in treatment that is client-centered and evidence-based.
Kathleen (Kathy) Case, LCSW is a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has spent 37+ years working with children and adults with mental health and behavioral challenges. Much of the time was in direct work with children who struggled in school because of behaviors that were the result of mental health or chronic behavioral issues. Clinical time was divided among children and caregivers, working in schools and in the homes. Also spent time supervising clinical staff. In addition to her mental health work, she spends much of her “spare” time in prison ministry and provides parent training classes for incarcerated parents. Annually she leads a team of volunteers who facilitate a “Mom and Me” Summer Camp, a program that allows children participating for two days of summer camp with their moms in prison.
Jenna Mangold, LCSW graduated from the University of Illinois and has experience working with youth on probation, as well as in crisis intervention, residential treatment, community mental health, and providing in home counseling for children and families involved in the child welfare system. Jenna enjoys working with a wide age range of clients including children, adolescents, and adults. She sees clients with issues ranging from PTSD/trauma, depression, anxiety, AD/HD, grief/loss, relationship issues, adjustment issues. She uses techniques including cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy, and solution focused techniques. In her free time, Jenna enjoys spending time with her family, watching baseball, and jogging.
Christie Vellella has a Master’s Degree in Education and is an Early Childhood Special Education teacher at Sarah Raymond School in Bloomington. She has taught public school for over 20 years and has previously worked for Hammitt School at The Baby Fold, SPICE Early Intervention and Kaleidoscope. She has training in STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) and Love and Logic. She has worked as a Casa. Christie will be retiring from full-time teaching at the end of the year, and will have more time for her husband, her four adult children and four grandchildren. In her free time, she is involved in plays at Communty Players and participates in Holiday Spectacular in December.
Jaylene Taubert MSW, LSW has worked in social services for fifteen years working in social work management, coordinating community anti-drug programs, and family advocacy. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Illinois State University and has her social work license. Her therapy focuses utilizing client strengths, cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focus therapy approaches. Her primary focus is working with women and individuals experiencing life transition challenges, depression and anxiety; she has experience working with couples on communication skills and managing stress in their relationship. Jaylene is married with two adult daughters and has resided in Bloomington, IL for twenty years.
Becky Heerdt, MSW received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Illinois State University and specializes in grief and loss. Becky co-facilitates grief recovery support groups offered through Integrity. In addition to counseling, Becky is also the Recruitment Coordinator and a Quality Specialist for the Child Care Resource and Referral Network, located here in Bloomington, IL. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and walking with her 3 dogs and enjoys spending time with her friends and family and traveling to new places.
Celeste Bradley, MA has her Masters Degree from ISU and a wealth of experience from Heartland Community College, McLean County Center for Human Services, and the Lighthouse Institute, now known as Chestnut Health Systems. Celeste is a trained Myers-Briggs facilitator especially qualified in helping others with career and life choices. She has been with INtegRIty since January 2015. We are grateful for her service and her deep compassion towards her clients.
Samantha Case, MSW has been a lifelong resident of McLean County and is dedicated to helping the community as a whole, especially its residents in need. She graduated from ISU with a masters in social work, with a child and family concentration. She has worked with children on the Autism spectrum her whole life, whether through volunteering, her internship at Marcfirst, speaking/educating on autism awareness, or her previous work with children on the spectrum with behavioral challenges. She was an ICASA (Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault) trained volunteer crisis advocate/counselor throughout her bachelors and master programs, and is a full-time Client Care Counselor at a worldwide Employee Assistance Program where she puts those crisis management skills to work for employees in need across the US over the phone. She is dedicated to the empowerment of children and families through strengths perspective and client-centered practice.
Edye Stolz, MA, NCC joined our team in August of 2018. Edye has her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University. She has a vast amount of experience as a Human Resources and Organization Development Leader and is currently employed at Country Financial. Previously she worked in Human Resources at Caterpillar, Inc and OSF St. Francis Medical Center. She has also served as a Career Advisor at Bradley University. Edye works one-on-one with clients and enjoys working with groups; including starting a therapy group on mindfulness. She and her husband live in Washington IL with their three dogs; and they have two adult sons who live in Nashville, TN.
Stacy Parton, MA LCPC has over 25 years of experience working in community mental health and child welfare. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from ISU and currently works as a staff counselor at ISU’s Student Counseling Services. Stacy enjoys helping people heal from trauma and abuse and works with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, and a variety of other concerns. Her approach to counseling is client-centered and incorporates CBT, Mindfulness, EMDR, and Feminist theories. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her wife and fur babies (2 dogs, 2 cats) and knitting & crochet.
Elizabeth Johnston, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from the Louisiana State University with her Master's in Social Work. She has experience working in Community Mental Health (long term) and Integrated Behavioral Health (short term). She works with clients experiencing a range of issues from depression, anxiety, grief/loss, relationship issues, personality disorders, and adjustment issues. She utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Solution Focused approaches. She is dedicated to making Bloomington-Normal a stronger and healthier community, one person at a time.
Karen Meany is an LPC intern and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and was a teacher in Peoria for 5 years. After teaching for 4 years she decided to also pursue a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Capella University. Karen has worked full time as the Campus Minister at the Catholic Newman Center at Illinois State University since 2017 and is interested in pursuing Pastoral Counseling after she is licensed as an LPC.
Jennifer Moore,MFA MA LPC worked for over 25 years as an Accountant. In 2000 Jennifer received an MFA With Honors (Master of Fine Arts Degree) from Roosevelt University. In 2015 Jennifer Received her MA With Honors in Clinical Psychology also from Roosevelt University. Jennifer has worked with both children and adults in all spheres. She believes in teaching Life Skills and Coping Skills. Jennifer considers herself an Analytical Counselor because she likes to know why. Her approach is when you understand why it is easier to change.
Verneice Prince MSW, grew up in Chicago in the foster care system. While this brought on challenges to her life, she focused on her education and raising her children. Verneice now wants to use the experience and education she has gained to help people overcome obstacles so that they can live the best quality of life possible. Her belief in God has helped her succeed, and because of her faith, she is willing to add a religious aspect to counseling sessions if desired.
Misty Parker (she/her) is a Licensed Social Worker, who received both her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Social Work from Illinois State University. Misty has been involved in social services for more than five years working in child welfare, gerontology, healthcare and with justice impacted individuals. Misty is a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ community, medically compromised community and other unique societies. Misty is passionate about serving underrepresented communities by providing mental health services. She desires to continue her education to ensure her growth as a therapist so that she can remain knowledgeable on the evolution of mental health. She specializes in several different aspects of life mental health needs and any other complexities someone may need to unpack. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, traveling and being with family.
Rebecca Lynn has lived and worked in the community of Bloomington – Normal for over 20 years. She earned her associate’s from Heartland Community College and my Bachelors of Science from Illinois State University. Her first job after college was at Home Sweet Home Ministries, which stirred her curiosity about Mental Health and Addiction. She returned to school to earn a Certificate as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor from Illinois Central College in Peoria, IL, and then received extensive training from Chestnut Health Systems to sharpen her counseling skills and techniques. Her pursuit for knowledge is never-ending. She has witnessed personally and professionally the power of healing through counseling, which led her to return to school at Capella University, where she earned my Masters in Mental Health Counseling. More recently, she has received her clinical professional licensure through the State of Illinois and begin to narrow her expertise to focus on trauma and addiction. She has earned her Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through PESI training and the International Association of Trauma Professionals. In 2018, she established Blue Skies Counseling, LLC to provide a more intimate space and time to connect with others in order to walk beside them on their journey of healing. She looks forward to encouraging and supporting you on your personal journeys
Donnelle Pressburger is a lifelong Illinoisan, born in Peoria. She moved around the state and settled in Normal, where she has lived for the last 30 years. She has deep roots in service from her teacher mother and minister father. Her father’s helping the poor nourished a passion for social work in her young heart. She believes her true calling is to be of service to improve the lives of others. Donnelle is a board member with Dreams Are Possible, volunteers at Wesley United Methodist Church and is a participant of the Multi-Cultural Leadership Program Class of 2021. In these roles and as a mother, she exemplifies the values of integrity, vision and perseverance. She is a role model to youth, passing these values on to her two daughters. Donnelle completed her Bachelors of Social Work at Illinois State University and worked in child welfare for over 15 years. In 2016, she pursued her dream and returned to Illinois State University to earn her Masters in Social Work. Currently, she works for The Center for Youth and Family Solutions as a Wrap-Around Coordinator. Donnelle recharges by reflecting while gardening, traveling, being near water and bicycling. Her other pursuits include cooking, reading, decorating her 1925 Craftsman’s style home and tackling world problems during exchanges with loved ones on her front porch.
Youth and Family Counselor
Tashana Turner, MA, LPC (she/her) is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Bachelors in Psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and her Masters Degree in Professional Counseling at Lindenwood University-Belleville. Tashana has previous experience working as a Substance Abuse Counselor with adolescents and adults who’ve needed help (dual diagnosis) with addiction, alcoholism, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, and PTSD. She has also had the privilege of working with students (ages 6-18) for 3 years at High Road School of Bloomington, specifically aiding them with their emotional/behavior goals. She prides herself on active listening while also having an integrative therapy approach (Person-Centered, CBT, Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness). Tashana is a proud LGBTQ Ally and believes that diversity and inclusion are important, as she has worked with people of many different backgrounds and ages. She plans to continue working on gaining more knowledge in the mental health field with continued education and is always willing to learn a new expertise/topic to become an even better counselor. In her free time, she loves traveling and spending time with her family and friends, and also giving her undivided attention to her demanding kitten, Titan.
Front Desk Coordinator
Sophia Magruder is a communication major at Illinois State University. She started at INtegRity as a volunteer, progressed into a School of Communication intern, and then applied for the Front Desk Coordinator position when we started hiring! Sophia has a love for nonprofits and is excited to start seeking and training new volunteers as well as work on messaging for referral sources, donors, and clients.
In her free time, Sophia loves hanging out with friends and her kitten, Mouse.
Karyn Robinson, BS is a board member. Outside of INtegRity, she is a licensed stylist and works in the hospitality field. Her passion is serving others. Busy as she loves to be, she manages to be a wife, step mom, and leader at her church. Karyn believes in the mission and goals of INtegRIty Counseling and enjoys being a part of something bigger than herself.
Nelicia Butler, MA, LPC is an INtegRIty Counseling board member. She earned her Master's degree in Counseling from Lincoln Christian University. She has worked for The Baby Fold, YWCA, and currently at the McLean County Center for Human Services. Nelicia was also an intern with Integrity Counseling while completing her graduate degree and had a desire to continue to promote the mission and purpose of the organization. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family/friends, dance fitness, and taking on new arts/crafts projects.
Don Mahannah is a board member and jack-of-all-trades volunteer for INtegRIty Counseling. Don manages all of the financial records and regulatory aspects for us and works to turn our operating data into information to help us tell our story and learn how to be a more effective counseling agency and non-profit. He develops and produces marketing and business materials for presentations, events, and to share with current and potential donors, clients, other groups, and agencies. He does office maintenance, cleaning, and odd jobs whenever necessary. Don is retired from Caterpillar where he enjoyed nearly 30 years of using his talents as an electrical engineer and manager to help develop, build, renovate, and maintain office and factory space around the world while being based in Peoria, Illinois.
Kristin Manzi, MSW has been a longtime community partner of INtegRIty, started formally volunteering in January 2018, and joined the board that summer. She brings experience from years of professional and volunteer work with trauma survivors, nonprofit management and development, and positions such as committee chair as an alumni with Multicultural Leadership Program. Kristin loves talking to the community about Integrity's work, strategic planing as a member of the Visioning Team, and welcoming people to the office when she volunteers at the front desk!
Front Desk Volunteers
Morgan Stong serves as intern/front desk volunteer. She has her Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Sociology and is working towards her Masters Degree in School Social Work. In her undergraduate degree she spent her time doing Child Development Research and worked as a Preschool Teacher. Currently Morgan works at YouthBuild McLean County as the PSE/Alumni Coordinator, working closely with high school aged students. Morgan has a passion for serving youth and helping them be successful and strong individuals. In her free time she is probably going for a run!
Lauren Black is a front desk volunteer working towards her bachelor's degree in psychology and minor in sociology. She hopes to attend graduate school studying clinical/counseling psychology and eventually become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Lauren is a teaching assistant for several classes at Illinois State University and is also a research assistant. Lauren wants to serve youth and young adults in her future career as a counselor. In her free time, you can find Lauren fishing, going on walks, and spending time with her friends and family.
Beth Underhill started volunteering at INtegRIty in 2020 and has been a huge help for filling in extra shifts and thinking of new ways to fundraise and get the work out about who we are. Beth is retired and loves to volunteer and spend time with her family.
Cristina Deutsch has been volunteering at the front desk for about a year now and is also one of our Spanish- Speaking translators! Cristina immigrated from Bolivia in 1964 and has worked in all types of facilities in Bloomington as a translator for those unable to advocate for themselves due to a language barrier.
Joy is happy to be a desk volunteer at Integrity. She is an advocate of looking for ways to help people with solutions and finds the counseling experience an important part of the process for many. Joy loves flowers, books, her family, outdoor photography & the Lord.
Christopher Golwitzer is an active member of this community. He is a business owner & musician, and he’s happy to be able to give time to an important local resource like INtegRIty Counseling. A foodie, cycling enthusiast, and very proud father, he could also use 24 hours of uninterrupted sleep. He loves his pets, and he doesn’t understand why he can’t get Baja Blast somewhere other than Taco Bell year-round (he DOES understand, but he doesn’t agree with the answer.)
Carly Bickett is a T.V. Production major at Illinois State University and serves as a front desk volunteer with us! Carly works as a waitress at Baxters in Bloomington as well as Treasurer for the student organization ISNL. Carly is looking forward to being more involved in INtegRIty and more involved in her community.
Aleena Mangold graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Psychology. She plans on going to graduate school, and one day being a counselor herself! She loves reading, petsitting her friend's cat "Mouse", and making cheesecake with her husband Chris.
Ethan Oliver is a front desk volunteer at integrity. He is working towards getting his degree in molecular biology from ISU. Ethan was born deaf and was fitted with a cochlear implant as an infant. He loves learning and educating others whenever the opportunity arises. In his free time, he is probably playing chess or watching hockey.
Katelyn Schweik is an interpreter at INtegRIty Counseling. She is a senior at Illinois State University and is studying bilingual elementary education and Spanish. Last semester she studied abroad in Granada, Spain! She enjoys helping people and is passionate about making a difference.
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