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.
Michelle joined the Cancer Wellness Center in 2023. As Director of Development, she works closely with ambassadors, participants, and organizational partners to raise support and awareness for the important programs and services the Center provides.
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.
Stephanie Aaron, LCSW
Stephanie joined the Center’s clinical staff in June 2022 after working with children and adults with cancer in a hospital setting. She meets with children and adults for individual counseling and facilitates several groups, including the Center’s bereavement support groups. Stephanie’s professional interests include, but not limited to, managing caregiver stress, grief & bereavement, and caring for a child with cancer.
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.
Nora Barquin, LCSW
Nora joined the Clinical team in May 2022. She has a deep understanding of the Latino immigrant experience. She provides counseling in Spanish. Her professional interests include supporting participants through life-changes related to cancer diagnosis, and using mindfulness to reduce and manage anxiety and stress.
She is passionate about reducing the barriers that prevent Spanish speaking families from 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.
Dominique James, MS, LPC
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.
Alana Lebovitz, MSW
Alana joined the Cancer Wellness Center in 2023 as Intake Coordinator. In this role she helps connect people with programs and services offered by the Center as well as providing information about available community resources. Alana has a background in social work and has extensive experience in community-based nonprofits organizations. Her areas of interest are building relationships and supporting families.
Sabrina Levitas, MA
Sabrina joined the Center’s clinical staff in August of 2023 after completing her clinical internship with the Center. In addition to working with individuals through the Counseling Program, she also facilitates the Young Women’s Cancer Survivor Support Group, the Co-Ed Young Adult Survivor Support Group, as well as the Parents of Children with Cancer Support Group. Her professional areas of interests include processing a diagnosis, life changes and transitions, relationship challenges, motivation for behavior change, and caregiver stress.
Mark Livshots, MA, LPC
Mark joined the Center’s Clinical staff after completing his clinical internship with the Center. He sees individuals and couples for counseling, as well as facilitates several support groups, including the Men’s Support Group and the Significant Others Support Group. His professional interests include processing a diagnosis, caregiving concerns, grief and loss, and finding meaning. As the Men’s Programming Specialist, Mark is always thinking of new ways of supporting the male participants of the Center.
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.
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.
Allison is an intern from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and will be working as a CWC counselor over the course of the next year. She has one year of experience working with oncology patients in her previous position as a nurse’s assistant. She will be providing individual counseling, as well as co-facilitating the Young Women’s Group. Her professional interests include helping others adjust to life transitions, providing support to those dealing with grief and loss, working with woman, and caregivers who endure stress.
Cassandra joined the Center’s staff in August of 2023 as a graduate clinical intern. She is a second year Master’s student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology studying Counseling Psychology. She has experience working with both children and adults. Cassandra sees individuals for counseling and co-facilitates the Spousal/Partner Bereavement Support Group. Her professional areas of interest include grief and bereavement, life changes and transitions, and stress reduction.
Development & Administrative Team
Doris joined the Center as Director of Development in 2018 where she focused on building relationships with participants and donors. As Data and Analytics Manager, she brings vast experience in providing data insights to optimize the Center’s operations.
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!
Dymond joined the CWC team in 2022. She is focused on communications and fundraising support. She is also motivated to to raise awareness about the Center.
Lisa joined the Center in 2019 as a Client Services Associate, providing administrative support to the participants both virtually and in person. In 2023 she moved into a new role as the Program Associate and now assists the Program Team in developing and implementing new and existing programs and classes. She continues to maintain her relationships with our participants, while using her previous experience to provide them with valuable and thoughtful programing.
Lauren joined the Cancer Wellness Center in 2023 as a morning and afternoon Client Services Associate. She provides administrative support for programs that take place in-person and virtually. As part of the front door staff, she strives to make the Cancer Wellness Center a warm and welcoming environment for our visitors.