Lexie Huffman, Community Day Services Supervisor
Lexie is currently the Community Day Services Supervisor at our Hancock site.
After earning her Associates degree from Carl Sandburg College, Lexie received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Psychology and Sociology from Western Illinois University. Lexie has over 7 years experience working with MI and DD populations and currently serves as the chairperson of the Behavior Management/Human Rights Committee.
In her spare time, Lexie enjoys volunteering, going to her daughter’s sports activities, painting, and spending time with friends and family.
Erin Chu, Outpatient Counselor
Erin came to MHCWI in May 2018 as an Outpatient Counselor.
Erin received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Western Illinois University (where she received additional Crisis Intervention training at the WIRC) and a dual Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Applied Gerontology from Ball State University. She brings over 10 years of social service experience providing home-based assessment to senior citizens and individuals with disabilities, many of whom presented with varying levels of psychiatric impairment.
In her spare time, Erin enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys reading, writing, music, and art.
Jacob Harvey, Substance Abuse Counselor
Jacob came to MHCWI in April 2017 as a Substance abuse counselor.
He graduated in 2017 with an AAS in Chemical Dependency Services from Southeastern Community College and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). He has experience working in residential treatment programs, assisting clients with daily tasks and developing new behaviors.
In his spare time, Jacob enjoys spending time with his daughter, hiking, camping, community events, and live music.
Lauren McGaughey, QIDP/HBS Services Facilitator
Lauren came to MHCWI in August 2015 and currently serves as a QIDP (Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional), Home Based Services Service Facilitator, a DSP (Direct Support Person), and is a chairperson of the Human Rights and Behavior Management Committee.
Lauren earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Culver-Stockton College in 2014 and was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. As a former QIDP and HBS Service Facilitator for another agency, Lauren brings experience in working with children and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities.
In her spare time, Lauren likes to spend time with her friends and family, watch/play sports, and travel. Lauren is also a volunteer coach for the Hancock County Special Olympics team.
Nicole Nichols, Outpatient Counselor
Nicole came to MHCWI in September 2017 and currently serves as an Outpatient Counselor at the Hancock County site.
Nicole earned her B.A in Psychology at Iowa Wesleyan College in 2002. Nicole has experience working in a residential treatment facility for a year. Nicole worked closely with the Georgia Juvenile System as a Juvenile Probation Officer from 2003 to 2012. Nicole then worked from 2015 to 2016 as a Care Coordinator for Lutheran Services in Burlington, IA.
Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, her pets, and friends.
Rita O’Donnell, Outpatient Counselor
Rita came to MHCWI in February 2010, when she became our Access Worker; she is an Outpatient Counselor providing counseling services two days per month at the Hancock site.
Rita received her B.A. in Social Welfare from Pennsylvania State University (with internship at the Boston Children’s Service Association) and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois (with internship at Chaddock Trauma Initiative). She recently received training in the treatment of children and adolescents through the State of Illinois Evidence Based Treatment Initiative Cohort, and she has been certified to provide family mediation by the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois, having completed Mediation training at Northwestern University. An active member of the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Special Interest Group for Mediation, Rita had the privilege of presenting at the NASW-IL panel on Accommodating Mental Illness in Family Mediation.
In her spare time, Rita enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her dog.
Jennifer Teel, Outpatient Counselor
Jennifer came to MHCWI in December 2016 and currently serves as an Outpatient Counselor at the Hancock County site.
She earned her Nursing degree through Spoon River College in 1993. Jennifer brings over 25 years of experience working as a nurse in the mental health, and residential facility fields. She has had extensive experience providing care for adults with varying degrees of psychiatric, intellectual, and mental impairment.
In her spare time she enjoys crafting, and time spent with family, friends, and her dogs.