Meet our Staff


Mary B. McMillan, LCSW, ACSW

Mary is the founder and Executive Director of Fox Valley Counseling Center.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Southern Illinois University with a Minor in Aviation, and a Master of Social Work Degree from Aurora University.  

Also, Mary is an Adjunct Professor at Aurora University.  Mary has over 30 years of counseling experience with individuals, couples, children, adolescents and families.


Nanette Thomas-Shepardson

Nanette is looking forward to beginning her third year as a part-time graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track at Adler University.  She is excited to be doing her internship at Fox Valley Counseling Center and for the opportunity to work with populations who have experienced trauma, grief, physical illnesses, mental health issues, and substance related difficulties.


Christine Hill

Christine has her M.Ed. in special education and taught children and adolescents with special needs for 13 years in both a local therapeutic day school setting as well as internationally.  She has volunteered as a sexual assault crisis counselor providing immediate crisis counseling, intervention and medical advocacy to child and adult survivors of sexual assault.  Christine is an intern at Fox Valley Counseling Center while she is working on her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a focus on trauma, through Regent University.  Her interests include PTSD, complex trauma, depression, anxiety, third culture kids and life transitions.  Christine’s style is characterized by compassion and purposeful reflection as she works collaboratively with clients to clarify their challenges and supports them in their journey toward healing.  Christine considers it a privilege to enter into and hold a client’s story as they find meaning in their past, discover how it affects them presently and encourage them toward healthier ways of living and relating


Tyler Ege

Tyler graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2015. He is currently attending Capella University for a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. His background consists of helping individuals in emotional crises and using collaborative problem solving. His interests are working with adults of all ages who suffer from anxiety, depression, isolation, addictive tendencies, self-esteem, men's issues, and grief. His theoretical orientation of interest is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy along with elements of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. He is new to the counseling field but is eager to learn and grow.   



Nicky Dionne

Nicky is currently attending Adler University in pursuit of her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and plans to graduate in the fall. She is currently working as an intern here at Fox Valley Counseling.  Her interests are the geriatric population, domestic violence, as well as individuals who suffer from depression and other related disorders. She is still new to the counseling field but eager to learn.