Meet Our Staff
We are a team of dedicated professionals working to make improve the lives of everyone impacted by cancer.
Nancy has been with the Center for over 10 years, serving in a variety of roles, currently as the Executive Director. Her driving force is to remain true to the Center’s mission to deliver unparalleled programs and services—free of charge—to anyone impacted by cancer.
I look forward to building relationships with participants, donors, organizations, and their families. Understanding their journey with the Center helps us to continually enhance programs and services for those we serve.
Savina joined the Center in 2012 as an intake intern. Currently, she is the program director and works closely with a team of staff to bring various education and wellness programs at the Center. She also serves as the staff liaison to our Young Professionals Board, helps manage CWC’s social media and supports our community outreach efforts.
Megan McMahon, PhD
Megan joined the Center‘s clinical staff in March 2003 and became Clinical Director in 2011. She is now responsible for oversight of the Center’s licensed psychologists, social workers and professional counselors. In addition to her administrative role, she continues to do some clinical work and her interests include working with couples, implementing lifestyle change and coping with anxiety.
Susie joined the Cancer Wellness Center in 2021 as its Chief Financial Officer. Her focus in managing the Center’s finances, investments and operations. She brings years of experience in helping small to mid-sized companies achieve their financial goals.
Priscilla Andrews, MA, LCPC
Priscilla joined the Center’s clinical staff in 2007. In addition to working with people through the Counseling Program, she also facilitates the monthly Multiple Myeloma Networking Group. Her areas of interest include survivorship issues, building motivation for behavior changes, recovery from trauma, and couples work.
Melissa Avila, MS, MA, LPC, NCC
Melissa joined the Center’s clinical staff in January 2020. In addition to supporting the admission/intake process of the Spanish-speaking participants and translations, she provides counseling services and facilitates the Spanish Support Group for patients and Survivors in Grayslake. Her areas of interest include children, adults, and families.
Gina Baldacci, LCSW
Gina joined the Center’s Clinical staff in January 2021. She provides individual, couples and family counseling. Her professional interests include supporting children and adults during and after cancer treatment, managing medical-related changes, anxiety, relationship concerns and, issues of grief and loss.
Nora Barquin, LCSW
Nora joined the Center in 2021 as a Program Associate, working on implementing programs in Spanish for the Latinx participants. In addition, Nora also connects people to services through the Spanish intake process.
She has many years of experience with Program Development for Spanish speaking families. She is passionate about reducing the barriers that Spanish speaking families have accessing services.
Heidi Brockstein, LCSW
Heidi joined the Center’s Clinical staff in January of 2020. She provides individual, couple and family counseling and currently runs the weekly Grayslake patient support group. Her areas of interest include teaching relaxation techniques and reducing anxiety, helping individuals transition to survivorship, and coping with diagnosis for patients and families.
Lori Bumbaco, MS, RDN, CSO, LDN
Lori joined the team in 2015 and is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition. In addition to individual nutrition counseling, Lori co-facilitates Weight Loss for Wellness and Mindful Kitchen. Lori’s areas of interest include empowering survivors with reputable information, building confidence in the kitchen, and exploring how food is more than just nutrition.
Katie Hull, LCSW
Katie joined the clinical team in 2018 after participating in the Center’s summer internship program in 2012-2014. Katie helps connect people to services through the intake process and also works with people through the counseling program. Her areas of interest include strength-based counseling, relationship issues, bereavement, and working with teens.
Dominique James, MS
Dominique joined the Center’s clinical staff in January of 2020. In addition to working with adults and youths through the Counseling Program, he also facilitates the Men’s and Young Adults’ Survivors groups. His areas of interest include active mindfulness for anxiety management, survivorship issues, solution-focused therapy, and relationship management.
Michelle Mattero, MA
Michelle joined the Center’s Clinical staff in December 2020 after completing her clinical internship with the Center. She has experience working with individuals and children affected by cancer, trauma and other life changing events. In addition to coordinating the Child and Adolescent Programs, she provides individual counseling and facilitates a patient support group and anxiety support group. Her interests include managing anxiety, mindfulness, grief and bereavement issues and navigating the road to recovery.
Kimberly Matthews, MA, LCPC
Kim joined the Center’s clinical staff in 1998. In addition to coordinating the Support Groups Programming and facilitating the Young Women’s Cancer Survivor Group and the Significant Other Group, Kim provides counseling to individuals, couples and families. Her interests include health and nature, survivorship issues, stress reduction and couples work.
Megan joined the Center in April of 2022. As a clinical intake intern, she connects people to services through the intake process. She is currently a clinical social work graduate student at the University of Chicago, and her professional interests include aging, caregiver stress, and issues of grief and loss.
Elyssa Siegel, CCLS
Elyssa serves as the Center’s Certified Child Life Specialist and assists us in helping families better navigate and manage the cancer experience. As a Child Life Specialist, Elyssa facilitates activities targeted at decreasing anxiety, developing coping strategies, providing a sense of control, and fostering resiliency in both children as well as their families.
Gabrielle Wolk, PsyD
Gabrielle joined the Center‘s clinical staff in February 2022. She provides individual counseling, facilitates a Women’s Support Group, and supervises doctoral students. Her professional interests include adjusting to life’s changes and transitions, grief and loss, aging, caregiver stress, palliative care, psychedelic-assisted therapy, and existential/humanistic approaches.
Zoë joined the Center as a doctoral clinical trainee in August of 2021. In addition to providing individual counseling, she co-facilitates the Young Mothers with Breast Cancer group, as well as the Cancer and Body-Image group. Her interests include emotion-focused therapy, existential therapy, sexual wellbeing, body image, and couples work.
Mark joined the Center in August of 2021. As a graduate clinical intern, he sees individuals and couples for individual counseling, as well as co-facilitates the significant others support group. His professional interests include processing a diagnosis, developing coping techniques, survivorship, and issues of grief and loss.
Sima joined Cancer Wellness center clinical team in August of 2021 as a graduate student intern. She is finishing up the last year of master degree in counseling at Northeastern University to become licensed Clinical Mental Health practitioner. Sima sees clients individually and co-facilitate women’s patient/support group at the center. Her interests include, but not limited to, grief and loss, recovery from trauma, and coping with diagnosis for patients and families.
Development & Administrative Team
Gail joined the Cancer Wellness Center in early 2019 as the Development Manager. Gail’s focus is planning and managing the Center’s events. Gail helps the Center reach its financial goals by assisting with fundraising, building donor relationships, and increasing community awareness. She also assists with Center’s marketing and communications efforts.
Mary joined the Cancer Wellness Center team in 2019 after being a volunteer there. She coordinates afternoon and evening front desk staffing in addition to providing administrative support for programs.
The front desk staff and volunteers assist with inquiries and strive to make the Cancer Wellness Center a warm and welcoming place for our Participants and visitors!
Matt joined the Center’s team in July 2018 as a Marketing Data Analyst. In this role, he assists with the Center’s database and marketing efforts. Being able to assist the Center in carrying out their mission every day makes each day in the office very fulfilling and enjoyable.
Lisa joined the CWC team in 2019. Since the Center moved to virtual programming, she coordinates the virtual weekly wellness classes. She interacts with the participants on a daily basis as the moderator for these virtual classes. She’s happy to help answer your questions about our Wellness Programs.