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.
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.
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 Cancer’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.
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.
Deborah Kronenberger, MA, LCPC
Deborah joined the Center’s clinical staff in 2007. In addition to working with individuals and couples through the counseling program, Deborah also teaches yoga, meditation and Stress Reduction Through Mindfulness. She co-teaches the Mindful Kitchen and Weight Loss for Wellness programs. Deborah’s clinical specialty is the management of anxiety through mindfulness.
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.
Donna Oldenburg, MA, LCPC, NCC
Donna joined Cancer Wellness Center’s clinical staff in 2017. She counsels both individuals and couples and facilitates four of CWC’s spousal bereavement groups including Young Widow & Widowers and Healing Journey. She also facilitates special programs such as Courageous Caregiver and Evening of Remembrance. Special interests include bereavement and caregiver issues.
Khyati Patel, MC
Khyati is a third year Doctoral student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Her interests include grief and loss, caregiver concerns, and coping with diagnosis for patients and families.
Chloe is a third year Doctoral student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She provides individual counseling for both children/adolescents and adults. Currently, she co-facilitates the weekly Adult Child Caregiver support group. Her areas of interest include teaching emotional competence, stress reduction and mindfulness, the mind-body connection and coping with multiple diagnoses.
Savina joined the Center in 2012 as an intake intern. Currently, she is the program manager and works closely with a team of staff to bring various education programs at the Center. She also helps manage our social media and supports our community outreach efforts.
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.
I joined the CWC team in early 2019. I am happy to greet you at the front desk every day. It’s a joy to coordinate and manage all of our yoga instructors, practitioners and all of our wellness classes and Studio services, which includes massage, reflexology, personal training, hair and wig studio, yoga classes and other weekly wellness programs. Stop in and say hello!