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).
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*.
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.
Antoinette Schrader, Director of School Based Services/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 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.
Savannah Ramirez, Program Coordinator/Youth and Family Therapist
Savannah received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California and is currently a licensed social worker in the state of Illinois. She has specialized training in issues of grief and bereavement with children and adolescents, as well as, trauma informed care. Her passion is prevention and early intervention for youth, in order to give them the greatest possible opportunities to be successful in their adult lives. Savannah puts that passion in to action in her work running a dating abuse prevention program as well as a grief processing group. She also is the program coordinator for our Active Parenting of Teens group.
Savannah realizes that raising children can be a challenging business. She has two of her own and realizes that we all need support at times. It is her hope to provide that support to your family; whether it is through individual counseling with youths, family counseling, or group work with peers.
Fun Fact: Savannah enjoys listening to audio books during her commute.
Jasmine Young, Program Coordinator/Youth and Family Therapist
Jasmine recently completed her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Northern Illinois University, and is currently enrolled in the Doctoral program at NIU. She completed her internship 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.