Center for Health and Counseling Services

Meet the Staff

The staff is a multi-disciplinary treatment team of health and mental health professionals. Physicians, nurses, counselors and administrators are dedicated to serving our campus community. The Center also employs student workers to assist with clerical duties. Student workers have limited access to patient information. All staff members sign a confidentiality agreement upon employment.

Michele Manassah, M.A., L.C.P.C.
Director, Counseling Services

Michele is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and has been working in the mental health field since 1991.  She completed her bachelor degree in Community Services at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio and earned her M.A. in Guidance and Counseling at Bowling Green State University, as well.  Prior to coming to Lewis University, Michele provided clinical care and supervisory oversight in several community mental health settings.   Her experience includes working with trauma, depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship problems, substance abuse, grief, and psychotic disorders.  Especially interested in crisis intervention, trauma and brief therapies, Michele has extensive experience in suicide assessment and intervention.  She is a member of the Illinois Counseling Association, the American College Counseling Association and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

She resides in Plainfield with her husband and their three children.

Michelle Ronchetti, BSN, RN
Director, Health Services

Michelle is an RN who started working at Lewis University in March 2008. She serves as the Director of Health Services at the Center. She earned her BSN here at Lewis, graduating in 1989. Michelle has worked in a variety of roles and settings throughout her career as a Registered Nurse. Her experience as an RN includes working in ambulatory care as well as the hospital. She was a labor and delivery nurse for over 12 years; thereafter, she spent part of her career working in an industrial health setting and then worked at a large federally funded community health center, here in Will County, serving as their Quality/Risk manager.

Michelle very much enjoys working in the college setting and with the college student population to promote health and wellness. She finds it stimulating to work with people like college students who are eager to become equal partners in their health care and who are, in most instances, motivated to learn what they can do to stay well. She has always loved being a nurse and working with people. Michelle has been married to her high school sweetheart, Mark, since 1989 and they are blessed with two wonderful sons.

Gary A. DeLeonardis, MA
Mental Health Counselor

Gary earned his M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He also received his bachelor’s degree in Communication with minors in Applied Psychology and Community Services Studies from DePaul University. Prior to working at Lewis, Gary provided individual counseling to the diverse non-traditional student body at Governors State University.  He is interested and has experience working with trauma, life transitions, identity, relationships, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, developmental disorders, and substance abuse. Gary values diversity and working collaboratively with students to create a therapeutic relationship that encourages self-awareness, exploration, healing, and supports personal strengths through interpersonal and relational approaches.

Cathy Hopp, BSN, RN

Cathy is a licensed Registered Nurse and current member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of St. Frances in Joliet. Prior to joining the staff at Lewis University, she worked on the Surgical Services unit at Loyola University Medical Center. While there, she gained valuable experience providing care to a diverse patient population. Cathy strongly values higher education and is excited to work in a college environment where she is able to assist the student population in maintaining optimum health and wellness. She plans on beginning her pursuit to obtain her Master of Science in Nursing Degree in the near future. Cathy resides in Plainfield with her family.

Sabrina Lynch, MA, L.P.C.
Mental Health Counselor

Sabrina has been passionate about mental health for most of her life, having a strong interest in understanding the human experience. She earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with a concentration in Latino Mental Health. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC, where she also minored in Spanish. Sabrina has had the opportunity to work with many different populations in various settings. Her experience includes working in community mental health, social services, and college counseling with clients of varying ages and ethnicities.  Sabrina finds her work with trauma and grief to be particularly rewarding. She works with students collaboratively, meeting them where they are, in an effort to evoke positive change. She advocates for and educates on holistic wellness, promoting the care and maintenance of one’s mind, body, and spirit.

Sandy Speva

Sandy has been the secretary at The Center for Health & Counseling Services since 1998. She is a Lewis Alumna receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration in May 2008.  In the future, she hopes to continue her education and complete her master’s degree. She has lived in the Plainfield area most of her life with her husband, Jayme, and their two children.     

Jill Whitaker, M.S., L.C.P.C

Jill is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and current member of the Illinois Counseling Association.  She has has been working in the human service field since 1998.  She completed her bachelor degree in Psychology and English Literature at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and earned her M.S. in Counseling at National Louis University in Chicago.  Jill has worked in a variety of community based agency and school settings providing individual and family development counseling, psycho-educational groups and prevention services.  She has experience providing crisis intervention counseling, and supporting those who have experienced significant trauma and loss.  Using motivational and interpersonal strategies, Jill partners with students to encourage positive development of their self-awareness and esteem, strengths, and support systems. 

Markisha J. Woodson, PhD
Prevention Education Coordinator

Markisha is a strong advocate for health education and promotion. She enjoys programming for college students as well as families with children. She recently earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Community Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a concentration in health education and promotion. She also earned a Master of Science in Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Community Health: Health Planning and Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Markisha has a passion for educating people on the importance of taking care of the whole self. In her previous experience she was worked with various populations of all ethnicities and ages. She particularly enjoys working with college students that are in a transitional phase in their lives and helping them develop techniques and strategies for healthier living.

Helpful Resources

Health & Counseling Services Brochure


Please read the Health Related (Immunization requirements) Letter below which explains, in detail, the IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS for college attendance.

The other forms listed below have been included for your convenience but MAY NOT be required for all students to complete.

Health Related Immunization Requirements Letter

Immunization/Medical History Form

High School Request for the Release of Immunization Records

Tips for Locating Old Immunization Records


Immunization/Medical Records Packet


College Health and Safety in a Nutshell