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Meet Our Team

The LivingWell Team is made up of compassionate and caring people that are experts in their fields. The staff is specially trained to support you through your cancer journey and to provide excellent programs and services.

 


Director

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Nancy Vance

Nancy joined LivingWell soon after its inception in September 2005 and serves as the director. She is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization. In alignment with Northwestern Medicine, Nancy establishes and implements the strategic direction for the organization. She brings to this position 27 years of experience in not-for-profit leadership most of which has been focused in oncology and patient advocacy. Nancy has successfully lobbied in Washington D.C. on behalf of cancer patients and their families to ensure comprehensive cancer services are available to all who need them.


Clinical Staff

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Shannon Brown, Social Worker

Shannon is a licensed social worker who works with individuals and families impacted by cancer in Infusion, Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology settings at Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center at Delnor Hospital.


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Sarah Kendra, Social Worker

Sarah is a licensed clinical social worker who works with individuals and family impacted by cancer in Infusion, Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology settings at Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center at Delnor Hospital.


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Christine McMinn, Counselor

Christine is a licensed clinical professional counselor who facilitates bereavement programs and provides individual, teen and family counseling at LivingWell Cancer Resource Center in Geneva.


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Kelley Navar, Counselor

Kelley is a licensed clinical professional counselor who facilitates support groups and provides individual, children and family counseling at LivingWell Cancer Resource Center in Geneva.


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Rebecca Ness, Lead Social Worker

Becky is a licensed clinical social worker who works with individuals and families impacted by cancer in Infusion, Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology settings at Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center in Warrenville.  As the lead social worker, Becky provides coordination for the social work team.


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Melissa Petty, Lead Counselor

Missy is a licensed clinical professional counselor who facilitates support groups and provides individual counseling for adult patients and caregivers. As lead counselor, Missy provides coordination for the counseling team and support group programs.


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Molly Trainor, Social Worker

Molly is a licensed clinical social worker who works with individuals and families impacted by cancer in Infusion, Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology settings at Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center in Warrenville.


Stress Management Staff

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Cheri Hunt, Art Instructor

Cheri helps participants discover their inner artist using a variety of materials and teaches many fundamental art techniques. Art programs are available to adults and children at LivingWell in Geneva as well as a variety of local cancer treatment centers.


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Sheri Minnick, Yoga Instructor

Sheri is a certified yoga, meditation, and fitness instructor trained to teach cancer patients through Duke Integrative Medicine. Sheri coordinates all movement and fitness program offerings, ensuring they are modified to accommodate the unique needs of cancer patients.


Administrative Staff

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Tracey Nowicki, Office Manager

Tracey provides oversight and coordination for LivingWell’s 150+ wonderful volunteers and for touch therapy programs. Tracey is also responsible for general office activities at the Center and provides administrative support to the director and the board of directors.


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Laura Antonsen, Program Concierge

Laura serves as LivingWell’s program concierge and provides logistical support for evening program offerings.


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Mary Beth Henry, Administrative Assistant

Mary Beth is responsible for all participant data collection and tracking and serves as the Center’s technology resource.


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Pamela Reiss, Data Analyst

Pam creates leadership reports and analyzes data needed to determine program utilization and to improve program outcomes.


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Amy Rollins, Program and Outreach Coordinator

Amy assists in the planning, development, implementation and promotional efforts of evidence-based psychosocial support programs that directly support the strategic plan, mission and vision of LivingWell Cancer Resource Center.


Fundraising

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Lori Hansen, Special Event Coordinator

Lori serves as a staff member of Northwestern Memorial Foundation assigned to LivingWell Cancer Resource Center. Lori brings more than 15 years of successful special event fundraising experience to her role. Lori is responsible for creating and managing LivingWell’s special event fundraisers including the LivingWell Winter Gala and Bridge Walk. Lori earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University in Elementary and Special Education.


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Karen Hill, Director of Major and Planned Gifts

Karen serves as a staff member of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation assigned to support LivingWell and has more than 20 years of successful fundraising experience. She works with donors who want to make a difference through philanthropic major gifts to LivingWell including the Hansen Legacy Society and those who name LivingWell in their estate plans. Karen earned a Master of Science degree in Public Service Administration from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas.