Meet the Staff

DH crop 2Diana 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.

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).
John cropAfter 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. His wife of nearly twenty years works at Kishwaukee College. They have two teenage 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!
 Clinical Director  
CM crop 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 completed her graduate internship at a family service agency and has over 3 years of experience working with youth and adolescents in a clinical setting. 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. Claire’s passion for helping others, especially youth and adolescents and their families, is also put to use as the Crisis Intervention Program Coordinator.

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.
AS2 Girls Empowerment Group and BOYS Program Coordinator, Youth & Family Therapist Antoinette comes to YSB from Northern Illinois University (NIU). Antoinette attended NIU for both her undergrad degree in Family and Child Studies as well as her Master’s degree in Counseling with a specialization in school counseling. She has experience working in social services with low income families, in domestic violence, and with at-risk student athletes as a case manager. Antoinette completed her internship at West Aurora High School which solidified her decision to work with adolescents. She is very passionate about the field of counseling as well as working with youth and felt that DeKalb County YSB would be a perfect fit! She is a member of the Illinois Counseling Association as well as a co-founder of NIU’s Black Counselors Association.

Antoinette strongly identifies with the Relational-Cultural Theory (RCT) which theorizes that people grow through and toward relationships throughout the lifespan, and that culture powerfully impacts relationship. She really feels that with youth sometimes all it takes is one strong person to support and advocate for them in order for them to do amazing things! She believes in the mission of YSB and is proud to be on such an amazing team of passionate every day super heroes.

Fun Fact: Antoinette’s “Happy Place” is on the beach in California and she could eat Mexican food every day and never get tired of it! Tacos are bae <3
Javier 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.
RB crop Alternative to Suspension, Diversion, and TAG Program Coordinator Renee is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts (painting), and also studied psychology. She is hoping to move on to graduate school and receive a Masters in Counseling, focusing on using art therapy. Community engagement is an important priority for Renee, and feels if you help the community, it will help you back. Renee became connected with YSB through volunteering at their fundraiser event, took the opportunity to get more involved by completing an internship at YSB, and eventually that lead to a full time position.

Her passion is to guide youth to be more involved, and through this help them to figure out what is most important to them, and to use their energy to do positive things. She wants the youth of today to live the happiest and healthiest lives possible, by believing in what they care about and acting to make the world a better place. Art is very important to Renee and hopes to help foster creativity in youth to help them better express themselves.

Fun Fact: Renee’s favorite food is avocado (it’s actually a fruit!). She enjoys spending time outdoors and with her cat Phyllis.
LH cropMETA Program Coordinator, Youth and Family TherapistLily received her undergraduate degree at Northern Illinois University in 2010 with a B. A in psychology and a minor in Family & Child Studies. Lily completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northern Illinois University in May of 2015. She is a proud member of ACA (American Counseling Association). Lily has been working with children and adolescents, from diverse backgrounds, for over 2 years. Lily is a mentor of many young girls around the DeKalb community, through her involvement in church. Lily utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy, in hopes to reach and help each client uniquely. She resonates more with a CBT approach because she is a strong believer in a person’s thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors having a direct connection with each other, which in return affects a person’s outcome.

Fun Fact: Lily loves to dance and spends most of her free time listening to music and creating dances. She is also head of NBC’s dance ministry on campus at NIU and enjoys the experience greatly. Lily loves to spend time with her family and has to speak to her mother and grandmother at least once a day!