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.
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.
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.
Erin K. McQuirter, MSW, LCSW growing up had a strong desire to help people, longing for social justice, and the desire to make a difference in the world. That pushed Erin to attain her Masters in Social Work from The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis after having graduated with honors from Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Psychology. This Peoria, Illinois native has continued to strive to live out her life's mission to make a difference throughout her 12+ years as a social worker. Infusing creativity, authenticity and humor in her work, Erin has worked in a variety of practice settings including providing community education presentations, engaging children with complex mental health needs in therapy and partnering with men and women in substance use disorder treatment on the road to recovery. Her treatment specialties include women’s issues, multicultural issues, trauma, grief and loss.
When not volunteering at Integrity, Erin supervises a team of therapists at a child welfare agency and recently branched out into private practice as a psychotherapist, fulfilling a life-long dream. She finds joy in helping clients attain wholeness and healing and in helping emerging professionals grow. In her personal time, Erin serves at her church, and goes almost anywhere her passport will take her.
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.
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.
Dennis Goodwin, M. Ed 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Becky Heerdt, MSW has been a volunteer counselor at Integrity for almost a year. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Illinois State University and specializes in grief and loss. Becky also 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 2 dogs and enjoys spending time with her friends and family and traveling to new places.
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.
Venique Chappell is an MSW Intern who is pursuing her masters online at Simmons University in Boston, MA. She has been interning at Integrity since January 2020. She graduated from Illinois State University in 2015 with a B.S in Sociology. During undergrad, Venique found a passion for counseling others and providing them with resources when she volunteered with P.A.T.H. for two years. In addition, she has volunteered with Stepping Stones assisting survivors of sexual assault. She has experience working with underserved youth in Chicago and Memphis through a non-profit called City Year that focused on the whole school whole child model. Venique is currently working at Children’s Home and Aid as a visit facilitator here in Bloomington, IL and loves it! Venique is committed to being transparent, culturally humble, and respectful to all the clients she serves.
Tahari Allen, MA always remembers the words that her mom shared, “Winners never quit, and quitters never win!” this is the motto that she has learned to live by. Her journey has been one of perseverance, patience and persistence that lead her to finish grammar school years in inner-city Chicago and high school in the south suburban area of Matteson, Illinois. She left Chicago with thoughts of getting her degree to make a difference in the lives of others.
Tahari moved to Bloomington, Illinois in 2009 and attended Lincoln College where she obtained an Associates in Liberal Arts. She then secured her Bachelors degree in Sociology from Illinois State University. Currently she is working on her Masters of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling at Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois. Throughout her educational pursuits she has never strayed away from her faith. God has been a very present help and has seen her through impossible odds.
She has the rewarding experience of being led from a child growing up in Chicago’s inner-city to being an influence in changing the lives of those who experienced traumatic situations. She is now in a position of influence at OSF Healthcare in Peoria, Illinois. She works as an outreach coordinator at OSF Strive Trauma Recovery Center, with inner-city residents who have experienced the devastating effects of trauma. Her future goal is to continue to advance throughout the mental health field and become a clinician who specializes in Trauma.
Laura Books is an LPC Intern who is pursuing her masters online at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY. She has been interning at Integrity since August 2020.
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.
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
Dani Pancrazio-Díez is currently the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for INtegRIty Counseling. She grew up speaking Spanish and learned English once she started school when she was a child. Dani completed her Bachelors Degree at Illinois State University with a major in Spanish and a minor in Psychology. She is now working on her Masters Degree in Applied Spanish Linguistics and is also getting her K-12 Teaching Certificate at ISU.
She has a passion for art, teaching, and nature! She loves animals, including her cat, Butterscotch II.
Hannah Kiefer serves as a front desk volunteer. She is a senior at St. Ambrose University. She is working towards her bachelors degree in Psychology and Painting. Hannah has a passion for helping others and strives to receive a masters degree in art therapy and counseling.
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 volunteers 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.
Anne Libert is an 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.
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!