JACKIE:

Jackie Kroeger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who manages the Behavioral Health Team and also works as a counselor. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of WI – Whitewater and Master of Social Work from the University of IL – Chicago.

During her career as a social worker she has worked with a multitude of populations. Prior to joining Family Alliance, Inc., she spent 6 years as a hospice and palliative care clinician where she obtained her ACHP-SW Certification (Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker) through the National Association of Social Workers.

Jackie is a recovery-centered social worker and emphasizes self-determination, a person’s strengths and the ability to overcome hardship. Jackie seeks to build a therapeutic relationship that is based on her clients being experts in their own care and focuses on empowering them to achieve their goals by offering encouragement and hope for a better quality of life. She seeks to work with the whole person and not only focus on the illness understanding the important connection between the mind and body.

MEREDITH:

Meredith Foydl is a Licensed Social Worker who received her Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University. She is both the Intake Coordinator for the Behavioral Health Team and a Behavioral Health Counselor. Meredith believes in the importance of developing an atmosphere of trust to provide an environment of safety, caring, and compassion. She strives to empower clients to build skills that are tailored to meet their individual needs and uses a variety of approaches to assist in accomplishing goals set by the client. Meredith enjoys exploring creative approaches that have a positive impact on the lives of the individuals she works with. This starts from a strength based perspective that acknowledges the valuable and unique qualities of each client.

STEPHANIE:

Stephanie Bunch is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health. Throughout her social work career, she has provided counseling to adults with a variety of medical illnesses, mental health disorders, and life transitions.

Stephanie strives to meet each unique individual where they are at, in the present moment, and build a therapeutic relationship based on compassion, trust, hope, and understanding. She seeks to help her clients find (and learn to trust) their own inner wisdom and resilience. Stephanie emphasizes self-compassion and self-care as an integral part of any recovery journey. “Be nice to yourself… It’s hard to be happy when someone is mean to you all the time.” (quote from Christine Arylo) Stephanie’s primary goal in counseling is always to help her clients reach their goals, live their best lives, and find meaning in the journey.

LINDA:

Linda Strueber is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is a counselor on the Behavioral Health Team. Linda earned her Bachelor of Social Work at Western Illinois University and completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Illinois’ Champaign-Urbana campus.
Linda has been involved in many areas of social work; supervising group homes, working with survivors of domestic violence, hospice care, co-occurring disorders and counseling, to name a few. Linda has had training in domestic violence, mental health first aid and assorted types of interventions that support mental wellness. She has been a group leader/facilitator and involved in community groups that work with homeless and survivors of suicide.
“My clients say that they like that I understand the issues that bring them in for services. It is imperative to be considerate, empathetic, and respectful. What a privilege to see clients using new skills and making changes that promote personal growth; mentally, emotionally and physically. To see a client set boundaries or reclaim a sense of self is awesome. These are some of the reasons I love my work.”