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