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.


Dr. Munira Merchant, Ph.D., LCSW

Dr. Munira Merchant is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who received her Ph.D. from Jane Addams College of Social Work, University at Illinois at Chicago. She has twelve years of teaching experience in social work programs at Valparaiso University, and Aurora University; she also has 8 years of online instruction at Walden University. She has presented in over thirty local, state, national and international presentations.

Dr. Merchant has maintained a part-time clinical practice with older adults, women and families for the past twenty years. She is a founding Member of Family Support Services, a non-profit organization offering case management, community referrals and counseling services to the local community.

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Imani-Alima Ibrahim

Imani is a Liscensed Clinical Social Worker. She holds a bachelors in social work and a Masters degree in clinical social work with concentration in Non-profit leadership from Aurora University. Imani is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is looking to charter a chapter of the National Association for Black Social Workers in the west suburbs. She has received specialized training in the area of non-violent crisis intervention and trauma informed care.

As a therapist in a private practice, Imani provides individual, family and couples psychotherapy utuilizing cognitive behavioral, solution-focused and psycho-dynamic treatment approaches. Imani has several years of experience in crisis intervention and short-term solution therapy in an emergency room setting as a SASS worker. She enjoys working with a diverse population including geriatric, as risk youth and adults with developmental disablities. She believes in treating the whole person and tailors treatment to meet each individual's needs and treatment goals. Imani is excited to bring her experience to Fox Valley Counseling Center.


Samantha Stanko

Samantha graduated from Northern Illinois University with her Bachelor of Science in 2015. She is currently attending Aurora University in pursuit of her Master’s degree in social work and plans to graduate in 2019. She is currently working as an intern here at Fox Valley Counseling Center. Her interests are working with the Geriatric population as well as individuals who suffer from anxiety,depression and other related disorders. Her theoretical emphasis is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is still new to the Social Work Field but is eager to learn.




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.