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, pay-as-you-can, nonprofit counseling service on Bloomington’s west side.
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.
Fees are based on client ability to pay, rather than on insurance criteria or a rigid sliding-scale formula. Client communications are kept strictly confidential.
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 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 underserved population in McLean County.
Meet Celeste Bradley, one of our counselors at INtegRIty. She 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 to her service and her deep compassion towards her clients.
Anne Weatherly graduated from ISU with a Masters in Counseling Psychology. She worked at Chestnut in addictions for 20 years and currently has her own practice in Bloomington. Anne enjoys working with individuals, families, and youth. Her areas of expertise include addiction, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and PTSD. In her free time, she enjoys her cats, running, and gardening.
Kimberly Klepec 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.
Jenna Mangold is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from the University of Illinois. She 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.
Sarah Shields, MSW, LSW, graduated from Illinois State University with a concentration in School Social Work. She has experience working with particularly children, adolescents but has also worked with adults on varying issues including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, self-harm, divorce, stress management, grief, social skills, self-esteem/confidence issues, and life transitions. Her special interests include prevention work, social & emotional learning, social justice, and feminist theory. In her free time, she enjoys being with her husband and their dog, Lola.
Dennis Goodwin holds an undergraduate degree psychology from the Univ. of IL, Urbana/Champaign and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Ga. State University, Atlanta, GA. He has been employed in various nation-wide consulting and counseling positions over the years and prior to his most recent retirement, served as a senior corporate trainer/leadership development coach in the insurance/financial industry. Dennis has over 38 years of experience in both the public/private sectors; holding 16 different leadership positions, including 3 of which at the executive level. His broad experience includes leadership coaching, consulting/personal counseling and corporate training. His areas of counseling focus include stress and adjustment issues, relationship concerns, anxiety, depression and career/leadership coaching. He is a certified trainer in a number of areas including Myers Briggs Type Indicator and is also a certified Leadership Coach.
Jaylene Taubert is a Licensed Social Worker who earned her Masters in Social Work from Illinois State University. She has worked at local nonprofit agencies providing social services for over 16 years. She currently provides counseling services to older adults, couples, and individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, communication issues, parenting stress and general life stress. In her spare time, Jaylene enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and traveling.
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.
Edye Stolz, MA Candidate for Counseling from Bradley University Edye Stolz joined our team in August of 2018. Edye has her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and is Completing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University. She has a vast amount of experience as a Human Resource and Organization Development Leader and is currently employed at Country Companies. Previously she worked in Human Resources at Caterpillar, Inc and St. Francis Medical Center. She has also served as a Career Advisor at Bradley University. Edye works on one one with clients and will be soon be leading a therapy group on mindfulness. She is mother of two boys and lives with her family in Washington, IL.
Jodi Vedra graduated from the University of IL with a Masters of Social Work, focusing on mental health. She has worked at PATH Crisis Center as both an In-Home counselor for seniors and most recently as a suicide prevention specialist. She completed her MSW internship at Chestnut Health Systems where she gained experience working in the family and marriage counseling center, as well as with domestic violence victims and their abusers. Before completing her Master's degree Jodi investigated Elder Abuse for McLean and Livingston County and worked at a community mental health clinic providing support to those with chronic and severe mental illness. Jodi's special interests include anxiety, depression, parenting, stress management and grief/ loss. In her free time she is a boymom, running from sport to sport, singing in a worship band at church, and reading every chance she gets a free moment.
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 is an ICASA (Illinois coalition against sexual assault) trained volunteer crisis advocate/counselor for the Stepping Stones hotline. She is dedicated to the empowerment of children and families through strengths perspective and client-centered practice.
Kathleen (Kathy) Case LCSW Kathy 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.
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 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
Rev. John Libert- Community Relations and Office Support volunteer for INtegRIty. John was a minister for the United Church of Christ congregations for about 24 years as well as being involved in leadership roles for non-profits such as Bromenn Healthcare, Four Seasons Association and Western Avenue Community Center. He has also been involved in Unit 5 Schools Community Advisory Council and Not in Our Town.
He enjoys spending time with his wife and family and enjoys sports, traveling, gardening and cooking.
Linda Tucker has retired after 22 years working in healthcare as an office supervisor and benefits coordinator in therapy services. Previously, she worked for Immigration and Naturalization services in Human Resources. Linda
currently volunteer at Integrity on the office support team and has a booth in an antique mall. She also travels to visit family and friends and enjoys playing competitive pool.
Patty Engel has worked in customer service for over 50 years, both as a representative and in management. She knows how important it is for the first person a client sees to be friendly, compassionate, and welcoming, and that's what she does at Integrity! Patty is part of the wonderful front office support group. She says "This is an amazing organization and I'm humbled to be part of it."
Anne Libert- Office Support volunteer. She taught middle school and high school Social Studies. She has also taught ESL and GED classes. In retirement she is involved in Not in Our Schools collaborating with students to end discrimination.