IACFC
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Illinois Association for Couples and Family Counseling (IACFC)
Promoting Healthy Relationships for Everyone!



MEET THE IACFC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

PRESIDENT
Hector Zavala, LCPC




PRESIDENT-ELECT
Nathaniel Gilham, Ed.D., LCPC

Dr. Gilham has been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois since 1996 and practiced primarily in the south suburban area of Chicago.  He is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Training for the Masters of Art’s in the Clinical Mental Health at Argosy Chicago. In addition Dr. Gilham has been an educator at Argosy since 2007 and teaches courses in both the Masters and Doctoral Programs; his primary focus is Couples and Family Counseling, Practicum and Internship, Advance Clinical Practice, and Clinical Supervision. From 1996 – 2015 he and his wife, Cathy Gilham, LCSW, were cofounders of Family Counseling Institute. He continues to maintain a private practice in Homewood, Illinois and focuses solely on couples counseling.

Dr. Gilham earned his bachelor’s degree at Loyola University in Chicago.  He received his Masters of Art’s at Northeastern Illinois University and his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Argosy-Chicago.  He maintains memberships in the American Counseling Association, and the Illinois Counseling Association. He has been a presenter at the annual conferences of ICA, and the IAMC  with his students and faculty.  As a member of the faculty at Argosy Dr. Gilham emphasizes social justice and multicultural competencies when training new counselors, mentoring students, or developing field supervisors.







SECRETARY
Sheerine Bazargani, LCPC, CADC



MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
Ruth Johnson, LPC, AMFT
Ruth graduated in December 2014 with a M.A. in Family Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.  She interned at Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare from 2013-2014 and is an LCP and AMFT.  She is currently a member of ICA & IAMFT.  Ruth began working part time for RIMYA Services in August, 2016.







TREASURER

Stephani Cave, MA, NCC, LCPC

Stephani Cave, MA, NCC, LCPC is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with Professional Memberships in the American Society for Reproduction Medicine (ASRM) Mental Health Professionals Group (MHPG), Incoming Chair for the MHPG Connections Committee; RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association; American Counseling Association (ACA), Illinois Counseling Association (ICA) Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association Division (IMHCA) and current Treasurer for the Illinois Association for Couples and Family Counseling (IACFC) Division. She is a Facilitator and Seminar Director of the Prepare-Enrich program for couples. Stephani earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Valdosta State University and a Master of Arts in Human Development Counseling from University of Illinois at Springfield. She is in private practice and is affiliated with ConnectEdPAIRS, providing relationship counseling and education to couples. Stephani also counsels individuals and families for a variety of mental health issues at both her Springfield and Jacksonville locations.






NEWSLETTER AND WEBSITE COMMITTEE CHAIR
A. Maren Whipple, MS Ed, CCMHC, LCPC
Maren is a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.  She received her Masters degree from Southern Illinois University and is currently working for Centerstone of Illinois.  She enjoys working with couples and families to help them discover new possibilities for their relationships.
PAST PRESIDENT
Catherine Wells, LCPC

Catherine (Cathy) is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in private practice in Springfield.  Graduating from Sangamon State University with an M.A. in psychology, she began her counseling career as a community counselor at the Family Service Center in Springfield.  While there she worked with children, adolescents and adults with trauma issues stemming from community and family violence and from childhood neglect.  Now in her seventh year in private practice, Cathy sees individuals with a variety of mental health concerns, with a special interest in adults on the autism spectrum.  In addition to her role as Past-president of the Illinois Association for Couple and Family Counselors, Cathy is Co-chair with Charles Hughes, LCPC of the Illinois Counseling Association Non-violence Task Group (ICAN). 

In her spare time Cathy gardens, hikes and makes art.