Meet the Staff

Diana Hulst, Executive Director

Diana earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration with emphasis in Human Services Administration from Northern Illinois University. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology with emphasis in Criminology from NIU as well. Her over 20 years of experience includes program development and management, grant writing and foster care licensing. Throughout her career, Diana has worked with diverse populations in meeting the challenges of life.

As a foster parent and adoptive parent, Diana has a passion for youth encountering difficult life circumstances. A mission of hers is to help the community become more trauma informed; realizing that often the behaviors we see in youth are normal reactions to extraordinary situations. It is her belief that through collaboration and compassion, our community can help families break the generational cycle of trauma.

Fun fact: Diana is an avid do-it-yourself-er. She enjoys everything from home remodeling and furniture restoring to gardening and cooking. She even cuts her own hair (which may explain why she often wears it up).
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John Noreiko, Office Manager

After growing up in a western suburb near Chicago and graduating from NIU with a degree in history, John spent the next twenty-five years in manufacturing. During the last six years of that part of his life, he served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago area die casting association. The next and current phase of his career found him in the non-profit world, first as the business manager for a low vision eye clinic and now as the Office Manager and Chief Financial Officer of YSB. John and his wife, Kate, have two adult children adopted from Korea. John has a special appreciation for playing a variety of musical instruments including the mandolin and fretless electric bass. He enjoys ethnic food and is willing to travel as far as Cincinnati to find the best. Hobbies include cooking, reading, billiards and listening to music to name a few.

Fun fact: John is a wealth of information, though not all of it is useful! He is known around the office as Mr. Google because he always seems to have the answer!

Raya Newman, Clinical Director

Raya Newman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and got both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work. Raya went to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for her BSW, and was the first graduating class of the newly reinstated BSW program. She then went on to attend Dominican University for her MSW. Raya worked in the DeKalb community at the Community Support Program with Ben Gordon Center from 2013-2015. Raya then went to work at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles, working with juvenile delinquents until 2017.

Raya has had experience working with a wide range of clients and has enjoyed being exposed to different cultures and values throughout her career. Raya has worked with adults with severe and persistent mental illness as well as those criminally involved youth. Raya specializes in working with youth and adolescents who experience difficulties with depression, anxiety, defiance, and identity issues. Raya utilizes a wide range of skills through CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal, ACT, systems, strengths-based, and more.

When Raya is not working, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Raya plays a variety of board games and video games. Raya enjoys spending time outdoors through hiking, cycling, and kayaking. During her free time, she catches up on her favorite T.V. shows.

Fun Fact: Her favorite show of all time is Law and Order: SVU and has been watching it since season 1 *dun dun*.
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Claire Maschinski, Associate Director/Youth and Family Therapist

Claire received her Master’s Degree in Applied Child and Family Studies with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University in 2013 and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Ithaca College, New York. Claire has worked in a variety of counseling settings, including Ithaca College’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center and as the graduate assistant to the Program Director of Northern Illinois University’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Claire currently serves as a Youth and Family Therapist in addition to managing the programs at YSB. Her role as the Special Events and Fundraising Coordinator allows her to spend a great deal of time in the community, helping to raise awareness of all that YSB has to offer.

Fun Fact: Claire enjoys spending time with her rescued dog (Midgie) that she adopted from a shelter on Long Island where she grew up spending her summers with family there.

Javier Zepeda, Bilingual Youth & Family Therapist

Javier has earned his Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Northern Illinois University and is working towards his Professional Counselor License through the National Board for Certified Counselors. He is currently a member of the American Counseling Association.

Javier brings a school background experience that fits well with clients serviced at YSB. He has worked with students and families at Rochelle Township High School and Focus House during his practicum and internship. Javier considers himself a person- centered therapist that accepts, respects, and assists clients in their journey to change and development.

Fun Fact: Javier’s favorite place is his kitchen. He loves to cook when he has the time to do it. He likes to grow his own vegetables to make his own salsa and guacamole.

Shatoya Jackson- Alternative to Suspension, Diversion, and Early Risk Assessment Project

Shatoya is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a Bachelor’s in Sociology. She is attending Aurora University for her Masters in Advanced Clinical Social Work.  She has experience in working in diverse environments, including two years working in domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as working with homeless youth.

Shatoya is fluent in Spanish and has great attention to detail. She has a great passion for youth and wants to help them find their path to fulfilling their potential.

Fun Fact: Taco Tuesday is everyday!

Lucero Martinez, Program Coordinator, Bilingual Youth and Family Therapist

Lucero is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling with a specialization in school counseling. She has experience working in the high school setting with students and helping them determine and establish goals for life after high school. During her internship at DeKalb High School, she realized working with adolescents and attending their mental health, was her true passion as a counselor.

Lucero identifies with Object Relations Theory, a theory that explains how individuals begin to form their identity at early stages in life, as early as infancy.

Majority of the time, it is the parents or caretakers that are the ones in charge for the overall well-being of infants, therefore, infants and children are influenced by the relationship they have with their caretakers. She believes that ultimately, the individual or child, begins to shape their identity and overall personality by how they view others, how they view themselves in relations to others, and their relationships overall.

Fun Fact: Lucero enjoys working out and taking group exercise classes. Her ultimate fitness goal is to become a Zumba instructor and help others lead an active lifestyle.

Jasmine Young, Program Coordinator/Youth and Family Therapist

Jasmine completed her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Northern Illinois University, and is currently enrolled in the Doctoral program at NIU.  She completed two internships at YSB, and we were thrilled to have her come aboard!

  Jasmine has experience working with clients from diverse populations including: socioeconomic, gender, ethnicity and LGBTQ.  She has collaborated with other helping professionals in Child and Family Team Meetings for clients in DCFS care.  She has facilitated anger management groups, and currently coordinates our Early Intervention for Drug and Alcohol Program.

Fun Fact: Jasmine's office is a center of serenity.

Rachel Casey, Program Coordinator/ Youth and Family Therapist

Rachel graduated from Carthage College with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. From there, Rachel graduated from Northern Illinois University with her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has experience working with children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with autism, or other neurological/behavioral disorders. Rachel completed her internship at Northwestern Medicine Behavioral Health Services where she worked with a variety of clients ranging from children, to adolescents, to older adults.

Rachel identifies with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Bowen Family Systems, and Solution-Focused. Within the future, Rachel hopes to become certified in Art Therapy, Play Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for adolescents.

Fun Fact: Rachel is OBSESSED with dogs!

Brooke Berg, LMSW,  Youth and Family Therapist

Brooke is a Licensed Master Social Worker who earned her graduate degree at the University of Iowa after completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services from Iowa State University.  She enjoys working with individuals of all ages to help them reach their goals and improve their well-being.

Her previous experience includes school and office based therapy to help address issues related to depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, increasing self-esteem, and relationship issues.  She utilizes a family systems approach as well as CBT to help increase coping skills, identify patterns of behavior, and improve one’s quality of life.

Fun Fact: Brooke is a big Iowa State Cyclones fan! (Go State!)

                       Page Pagel, MFT Intern

Page graduated from Northern Illinois University with his Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences. He continued his academic career at Northern Illinois University as a graduate student of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Page will be graduating this upcoming May! He has experience working with youth, couples, and families. Page is completing his internship here at DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau, where he works with a variety of clients and their families.

Page identifies with Bowen Family Systems, Attachment Theory, Structural Family Therapy , Narrative Family Therapy, Solution-Focused, Play Therapy, and Emotional Focused Therapy. Within the future, Page wants to continue working with youth while also obtaining certification in advanced trauma, play therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for adolescents.

Fun Fact: Page is a really good dancer!

Mary Stamps, Graduate Intern President, Black Counselors Asso., NIU

Mary graduated from Northern Illinois University with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She decided to continue her academic career by pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Mary will be graduating in May. While pursuing her Master’s, Mary has co-facilitated groups, provided resources to underprivileged families, and counseled multiple clients in and outside of the U.S. She has worked with a variety of age groups with different backgrounds. Mary is currently the president of the Black Counselor’s Association at NIU. She will be graduating May 2019.

Mary views counseling as a processing journey in which the counselor aids the client in creation of their own story and change. She identifies with Choice Reality Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Jungian Collective Unconscious/Archetype theory. Through this framework, Mary focuses on helping her client’s express themselves, understand their identity, discover meaning and increase control over their choices. Mary believes that being mindful of whom we are, taking ownership, recognizing limits, wants and needs is beneficial to individual development. Once Mary has completed her internship here at the Youth Service Bureau, her hopes is to continue to work with youth and become a certified Creative Art Therapist.

Fun Fact: Mary enjoys painting and DIY projects.
Danielle graduated from Northern Illinois University with her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services. She continued her academic journey at Northern Illinois University as a graduate student of the Counseling and Higher Education program. While pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Danielle has co-facilitated groups and provided resources to the DeKalb community. In addition, she is working to obtain certification in complex trauma. Danielle will be graduating May 2019.

Danielle identifies with Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), mindfulness, and narrative therapy. Danielle views individuals as the main character of their story; as they are working toward a goal. An example of this is “The Wizard of Oz.” Everyone is similar to Dorothy, a person on a journey to reach a goal. Counselors might be viewed as the Tin man, the Lion, and the Scarecrow. These are people that remind Dorothy that she has the tools to achieve her goal. Through this framework, individuals are able to identify thoughts that are beneficial to them and develop positive coping skills. Danielle believes individuals will gain a sense of self, learn coping skills and an understanding of their decision-making style.

Fun Fact: Basketball is her favorite sport #BallisLife

Danielle Owens, Counseling Intern

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Robert Zak, MFT Graduate Intern

Robert graduated from Northern Illinois University with his Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science. He is currently furthering his education at Northern Illinois University within the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Robert is expected to graduate this upcoming May 2019! Robert has experience working with youth, couples, and families coming from various age groups, demographics, and experiences. Robert is currently completing his internship here at DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau to obtain further experience, specifically in working with children and adolescents.

  Robert identifies heavily from a systemic perspective while incorporating Experiential, Attachment, Structural, and Emotional Focused techniques with his clients. Future aspirations include working extensively with couples and their families to strengthen their individual lives while maintaining supportive bonds with one another. Robert also hopes to open his own private practice one day.

Interesting fact: Robert is Polish and is bilingually proficient (speech, reading, and writing capability)