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.Nanette Thomas-Shepardson     Nanette earned her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from 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.

Amr Kireem, PsyD, LCPC

After earning my bachelor, master, and doctorate degree in clinical psychology, and was trained extensively in various treatment modalities, I learned to focus on what you personally struggle with, instead on focusing on a diagnosis. I believe treating you as a whole person, not just the symptoms is much more effective. I listen to you and know you well before applying any modality (CBT, Psychodynamic, etc.) I tailor the treatment depending on your most important needs and the symptoms you want to eliminate. I find out early in the treatment whether I am the right fit therapist for you or do I need to refer you to the right on addiction, depression/anxiety and PTSD is not an easy task. Since 2009, I work with clients who struggle with one or more of these symptoms, byusing newest evidence- based approaches, replacing the clients faulty assumptions with effective beliefs, and finding HOPE. We place emphasis on culture and ethnicity. "It is not one size fits all."

Empathy, genuine acceptance, understanding are essential to change. Many people are looking for a magic pill. Change and growth require working with a therapist who truly cares about your wellbeing and willing to listen attentively to you. Hope could be developed opening the door for an optimal quality of life.


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


Karen Beeson

Karen earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and is working on her Master of Social Work degree at Aurora University. Her areas of specific interest include depression, anxiety, PTSD, and complex trauma. She is enthusiastic about her internship at Fox Valley Counseling Center, and looking forward to the opportunity to work with individual swishing to overcome their challenges.


Emily Milord

Emily is a Master of Social Work (MSW) student at Aurora University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from North Central College. Her recent experience includes working with older adults at a social service agency. Combining her social work and psychology background, Emily takes a non-judgmental and empathetic approach in her interactions with clients.

Some of Emily’s clinical interests include depression, eating disorders, and anxiety and stress management. Emily looks forward to working with people of all ages, no matter where they are in their journey. She also hopes to incorporate mindfulness into her practice with clients as an intern with Fox Valley Counseling Center. Emily believes in helping people problem solve and develop more effective ways of coping with stress.


Stephanie Klewin

Stephanie holds her Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Northern Illinois University. She is currently pursuing her Master of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University while she completes her clinical internship at Fox Valley Counseling Center. Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, and personality conditions. Stephanie aims to enhance and maintain therapeutic relationships by providing strength-based eclectic approaches with individuals from all inclusive backgrounds. Stephanie specializes in assisting individuals that have lived experience of severe and persistent mental health conditions.