Staff

Our Staff - Counselors

 

Liz

Liz Hanson Will, LCSW, Counseling and Psychotherapy Clinic Director - I grew up here in Racine and proudly attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work.  After moving out of state for a time, I returned to Wisconsin in 2000 and began working with children and families in treatment foster care.  I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wisconsin and, in addition to eight years in the foster care system, have worked as a school counselor and in private practice.  I am thrilled to work with children, teens, and adults to help alleviate stress and roadblocks in their lives.  Anxiety, depression, grief, loss, and helplessness are powerful experiences which can leave otherwise very capable people feeling powerless in their own lives.  Through a solution focused and action-oriented framework, I blend empathy, honesty, and humor to assist people in reaching their maximum potential.  Therapy is a partnership and we start where you need to start and move at the speed that works for you.  My office is a place where it’s safe to be honest and vulnerable without fear of judgment.  I will share thoughts, observations, and strategies but you are in the driver’s seat.  I will support and encourage you, but you will make the decisions that move your life forward.  This approach empowers clients and ensures that you get all the credit for the hard work done in therapy.

Amie

 Amie Koehnlein Ed.S, NCC, LPC-IT - Amie received her graduate degree in Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling from the University of South Carolina. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor and is working towards her LPC in Wisconsin. Amie has been with Family Service of Racine since May 2016 and has been in the counseling career field since 2012. Amie is passionate about helping others and advocating for the mental health community. At FSR, Amie provides therapy for individuals, couples, families and children.

 

  

Jessica

Jessica Poteat, LPC-IT, SAC-IT - Jessica is dually licensed as a Professional Counselor and Substance Abuse Counselor in Training. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The University of Wisconsin-Stout and has a Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Community Counseling from Lakeland College.  She has over 17 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families of diverse backgrounds with a wide range of issues including to Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Child Welfare, At-risk Youth, and Trauma. As well as Mood, Anxiety, Adjustment and Depressive Disorders.  Jessica uses a comprehensive mix of therapeutic approaches often applying methods from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, and Solution-Focused Approaches. She believes strongly in a strength-based approach to help engage clients to make positive changes for themselves to become a happier, healthier, and stronger version of themselves in a non-judgmental, safe atmosphere.  

Kae

 

Kae Beecraft, LPC-IT, CSAC -  Kae graduated from UW-Milwaukee with an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies, a graduate degree in Community Counseling, and a certificate in LGBT Studies. She has extensive experience working with individuals that have experienced trauma, including working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Kae also has extensive experience working with individuals having both mental health and substance abuse challenges in a variety of treatment settings.  She utilizes a treatment model that works within the reality of her client’s world to create change for the better.  In her spare time, Kae enjoys reading, binge tv watching, collecting quotations, and hanging out with her four cats. 

 

 Amber

Amber Aussem – LPC-IT - Amber graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Human Development from UW-Green Bay. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Lakeland College.  Amber has over 15 years of experience in community organizations, working with a variety of people of different ages and backgrounds. Amber utilizes an empathetic, non-judgmental, person-centered approach to counseling. She offers a combination of therapeutic techniques in order to best serve her clients. This allows clients to not only feel heard, but also develop their goals, identify their strengths, and be an active participant in their journey to a fulfilling and healthy life.

 

Deb

 

Deb Danoski - CSAC, ICS, Substance Abuse Clinic Director - Deb graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Education, going on to become a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and an Independent Clinical Supervisor.  Deb has nearly three decades of experience in substance abuse counseling.  

 

  

Arun

Dr. Arun Parikh, MD, Addictionologist, Psychiatrist, Substance Abuse Clinic Medical Director -  Arun Vasudev Parikh, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist, and addictionologist, practicing in Milwaukee-Racine since 1980.  He got his medical degree in 1972. Dr. Parikh has a holistic, "bio-psycho-socio-spiritual" approach to treatment.  He believes in not over-prescribing, in always including the family, in teaching meditation to most of his patients.  He recommends that all psychiatry patients should get "psychotherapy," besides getting medication.  He "prescribes" exercise, healthy-nutrition, smoking-cessation, laughter, etc.  He is a regular meditator, and runner, himself; having completed 4 marathons.  He provides extensive "psycho-education" to patients and families.  Dr. Parikh was awarded "best professional in state" award from the Wisconsin NAMI.  He is highly experienced in "medication-assisted treatment" for addiction, having begun well before the current opioid crisis.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Staff - Administration

 

Chip Wood, Executive Director – Chip joined Family Service of Racine in December 2011 as the Operations Manager and was promoted to Executive Director in March of 2012. Chip has over 15 years experience in the non-profit sector in a variety of leadership positions.  At FSR, Chip provides oversight and administrative leadership to the agency, working with the Board of Directors to shape the strategic vision and programming we provide.   

 

 

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Corey Majewski, Office Manager - Corey is the heart of the administrative team and works with the insurance companies and our billing agency, as well as assisting the Executive Director with other administrative duties.

 

 

 

  

Laura

 Laura Clayton, AM Receptionist - Laura is the AM face of the agency, welcoming clients and assisting the administrative team with our day to day needs.

  

 

 

Morgan

 Morgan Maiers, PM Receptionist - Morgan is the PM face of the agency, welcoming clients and assisting the administrative team with our day to day needs.

 

 

 

 

Cozi

 Cozi, Executive Dog - A vital part of FSR, Cozi is the official greeter and brand ambassador for the agency.  His duties include welcoming visitors with a hello bark and a waggily tail, as well as assisting the Executive Director with administrative functions.