About Us


Mission Statement

The team of professionals at Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services L.L.C. are committed to supporting the needs of our communities by providing educational opportunities through our informative and interactive workshops and compassionate care through our counseling services.


Lakeshore Educational Services

  • Professional workshops for continuing education units (CEUs)
  • Community presentations
  • Programs specifically designed for the church community
  • Staff trainings, in-services and consultations for businesses, hospitals, schools, senior communities, organizations and churches

Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services offers qualified and gifted presenters to help you plan a program consistent with your goals and objectives. For a complete list of educational topics, visit the Educational Services page.


Lakeshore Counseling Services

  • Counseling for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families
  • Focus areas include: spiritual growth and development, pre-marital counseling, marriage and family life, grief and loss, life transitions, depression, anxiety, stress related problems, anger management, career transition, substance abuse, divorce and blended families, living with terminal illness, relational conflicts, interpersonal communication, abuse to include incest, sexual, emotional and physical trauma

Presenters and Counselors

 

Jackie Conry MA in Business Marketing - Jackie graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Marketing.  Upon graduating, Jackie was hired by the Ford Motor Company where she spent eleven successful years working in the Ford Customer Service Division, the Ford Executive Special Liaison Offices, and the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury Sales Divisions.  During Jackie’s tenure with the Ford Motor Company, she was featured as a presenter to the Executives for the Customer Assistance Center Project.  She was also invited to be a presenter at the Ford Motor Company National Customer Service Manager Convention to facilitate workshops.  Jackie is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is working with Lakeshore Educational and Counseling Services delivering trainings to community, professional and corporate audiences.

 


Marilyn Culler

Marilyn Culler MA, PCC - Marilyn is a counselor and teacher having earned a BS in Elementary Education and a MA in Clinical Pastoral Counseling. She is licensed by the State of Ohio as both a Licensed Professional Counselor and a K - 8th grade teacher. Both careers have provided her with experience in working with people of all ages, while professional counseling has given Marilyn the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, adults, and couples looking to apply a change in their lives. Many of these changes have been in the areas of anger management, anxiety, depression, education, marital or relationship difficulties, and spirituality. Marilyn is a member of the American Counseling Association and schedules counseling appointments at the Vermilion office of Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services.

                                                                                                                    

                         

  Peter Di'Mezza M.Ed., PCC-S - Peter has over 25 years of counseling experience. He has a BA in Biblical Studies from Gordon College, a M.Ed. from Bridgewater State University and a MS in School Counseling, and Pastoral Counseling. He is licensed by the State of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory Designation. Peter was responsible for the design, development and facilitating the start-up of 27 schools for students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other related conditions. He has helped develop several different programs for disabled children including specialized tutoring programs for autistic children, therapeutic martial arts, and an adventure based counseling ropes course for children with ADHD. Peter works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services scheduling counseling appointments for adolescents, adults, couples and families in Brecksville and Vermilion, Ohio and delivers trainings to community, professional and corporate audiences.

 

 

Anita M. Eddie MA, ATR, MSSA, LISW-S - is a Registered Art Therapist and a Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience. Currently, Ms. Eddie is providing behavioral health services with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services, Mercy Regional Medical Center in Adult Psychiatry and The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development as a Clinic Associate. In addition, Ms. Eddie is a faculty member at the English Nanny and Governess School in Chagrin Falls. Ms. Eddie’s areas of specialization include psychodynamic psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults, family systems intervention, group work with conduct disordered adolescents, and young children with early and severe disturbances. Ms. Eddie believes in strength-based approaches and assists her clients in realizing their greatest potential and beyond. Anita works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services scheduling counseling appointments for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in Brecksville, Ohio.


Susan Fee Susan Fee M.Ed., PCC - Susan is a licensed professional clinical counselor with a BA in Communications and a Master's Degree in Counseling. She specializes in helping her clients develop their personal and professional communication skills. Susan is a successful freelance writer with over 100 published articles and four communication tips booklets: Positive First Impressions, Dealing With Difficult People, Building Resiliency and Secrets of Successful Presentations. She is also the author of a college survival book, My Roommate is Driving Me Crazy! Susan is the founder of Circle of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. a program that helps girls develop positive social skills, self esteem and resiliency. Susan's advice has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Dear Abby, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple and Family Fun Magazine. She appears regularly on Cleveland-area TV as a relationship expert. Susan works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services scheduling counseling appointments for adolescents, adults, couples and families in Brecksville, Ohio and delivers trainings to community, professional and corporate audiences.

Judi Fischer MA, PCC-S - Judi is the President of Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services. She is a counselor, educator, consultant and adjunct college instructor. She has a BS in Education and a MA in Clinical Pastoral Counseling. She is licensed by the State of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor with supervisory designation. Judi's experience in education includes classroom teaching and educational presentations on a wide range of topics for professionals, community organizations, businesses, schools and churches. In her private practice she works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families experiencing loss, life transitions, depression, anxiety, relational conflicts, self-esteem difficulties, stress related problems and spiritual concerns. Judi teaches Professional Communication locally, for Business and Management Programs. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Ohio Counseling Association, the American Association for Christian Counselors, active in her local church and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Judi schedules counseling appointments in Vermilion, Ohio and delivers trainings to community, professional and corporate audiences.

Cheryl Gerber LISW-S - is recognized as a Licensed Independent Social Worker with supervisory designation by the State of Ohio. Cheryl is trained as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals and the National Association of Social Workers. She received both her BSSW and MSW from The Ohio State University. Specialty areas of experience include anger management, assertiveness training, trauma victims, co-dependency, male and female survivors of sexual abuse, borderline personality disorder, and crisis intervention. She utilizes cognitive/behavioral and solution-focused approaches to help her clients achieve their goals and learn to care for themselves. Cheryl enjoys working with adults, couples, families, seniors, and teens. She works with Lakeshore Educational and Counseling Services scheduling appointments in Vermilion, Ohio. 

Billie Gilliam PC, LICDC - Billie earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. Billie is dually licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency counselor. Her philosophy of treatment includes an integrated systems approach that is strength focused.  She treats individuals, couples and families with a variety of issues that include: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, women’s issues, substance abuse and dependence. Billie has received additional trainings and certifications in addictions, psychopharmacology, physiology and others. Additionally, she teaches psychology and chemical dependency courses at a local community college. Billie works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services delivering trainings to community and professional audiences.


Clarissa Matthews

Clarissa Matthews MA, PCC-S, LSW - Clarissa has a BA in Psychology and MA in Community Counseling. She received dual licensure by the State of Ohio as both a Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Social Worker. Clarissa currently works in the field of community mental health, supervising a team of licensed professional Counselors and Social Workers. She has specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), with over 18 years experience in the areas of child abuse, trauma, and loss. She also has served as a presenter at local and state wide professional conferences. During her role as president of the Erie-Huron Counties School Crisis Team, Clarissa provided crisis intervention, community education, and supervision to other area professionals on trauma debriefing and crisis stabilization. In addition, she created a variety of programs and summer camps for bereaved children, as well as conducted individual, group, and classroom grief educational services in numerous school districts throughout northern Ohio. Clarissa has served as the Bylaws Committee Chair on the Ohio Counseling Association Executive Board and as a member of the Lorain County Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team. Clarissa works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services delivering trainings to community and professional audiences.

 

Alex Moga M.Ed., PC - Alex is a licensed professional counselor with a Master's of Education Degree in Counseling from Bowling Green State University. Alex has experience working with clients in school settings, community mental health and private practice.  He specializes in treating children, adolescents and adults utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, while integrating different counseling techniques to treat the whole person. He is a member of the Ohio Counseling Association. Alex works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services scheduling counseling appointments for adolescents, adults, couples and families in Vermilion, Ohio.

 


Thomas O’ReillyThomas O'Reilly MS, PCC-S - Thomas is a national public speaker and has presented at both national and regional conferences. He is the President of A Better Way and provides Drug-Free Safety Training to companies who seek to have, or currently have, a Drug-Free Safety Program for their employees. He holds a BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Akron. Thomas is licensed by the State of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory designation. His 12 years of experience in mediation includes divorce, truancy, domestic violence, civil and transformative mediation. His 16 years of counseling practice includes work with children, adolescents, adults, alcohol and drug dependency, couples and families, geriatrics, those experiencing loss, a wide array of emotional and personal issues, and spiritual concerns. Thomas has also worked with severely mentally disturbed patients in crisis. He specializes in helping couples restore closeness and develop healthy communication, conflict resolution and increase a capacity for relational closeness. Thomas works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services delivering trainings to community, professional and corporate audiences.

Andrea PeckAndrea Peck, MA - Andrea received her B.A. in psychology and her M.A. in communications. She completed a post graduate training program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, is a certified Myers Briggs facilitator, and is completing her coaching certification through the College of Executive Coaching. Andrea facilitates groups and coaches individuals on communication for personal and professional satisfaction and success; she has worked with educators as well as professionals in business and the mental and medical health fields. She is the author of Discovering Ourselves through Acts of Creation; the Healing Tools of Journaling and Professional Image Enhancement: 48 Tips for Achieving Job Satisfaction and Success. Andrea is an Assistant Professor of Communications at Cuyahoga Community College. Andrea works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services delivering trainings to community and professional audiences.

Ron PossyRonald A. Possy, LICDC - Ron is licensed by the State of Ohio as an Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. He has over 31 years of extensive experience working in multiple alcohol/drug treatment modalities, specializing in treatment for the adult population. He volunteers on the Lake Erie Addictions Board of Directors, serving as Treasurer. He is proud to have served in the U.S. Navy. Ron works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services scheduling assessments and individual counseling appointments in Vermilion, Ohio.

Carol RoeCarol A. Roe JD, MSN, RN - Carol is both a registered nurse and an attorney. She is employed by the Centers for Dialysis Care as Director of Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management. Carol's career has encompassed the roles of staff nurse, nursing administrator and educator. Additionally, as a lobbyist for the Ohio Nurses Association, she advocated the profession's views to the Ohio General Assembly. As public affairs consultant for the Ohio Board of Nursing, she advised the Ohio General Assembly about the impact of legislation on nursing regulation. She has published in the areas of nursing law and professional issues. Carol works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services delivering trainings to community, professional and corporate audiences.


Lisa SkeensLisa Skeens Ph.D., MSW, LISW - Dr. Skeens has 14 years experience as a psychotherapist, consultant, academic and professional trainer/public speaker. She has presented at many professional and state wide conferences on mental health issues in children, adults, and families, as well as training for corporations on stress management. Dr. Skeens has been a psychotherapist both in private practice and community mental health settings specializing in depression, anxiety, relationships, and non-medical methods of treating childhood mental health problems. She teaches her client's skills in the development of intuition and self-trust. She also specializes in multicultural therapy and is bilingual in Spanish. Dr. Skeens has research interests in psychiatric stigmatization of children in regard to stimulant medication, burn-out/compassion fatigue for mental health workers, learning and teaching styles in academia, anxiety disorders in women, and mental health issues of migrant farm workers and immigrants. She has also participated in community development projects in Ecuador and Costa Rica. A few of her distinguished honors include: recipient of President Bush's 1,000 Points of Light Award for Community Service, Amigos de las Americas Volunteer of the Year Award, featured as a therapist valuable to Lorain County Ohio, University of Toledo Peer Counselor of the Year and a guest lecturer for Governor Taft's Developmental Disability Council. Dr. Skeens works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services delivering trainings to professional audiences in Columbus and the surrounding areas.

Debra TkacDebra Tkac MA, PCC-S - Debra has a MA in Community Counseling from Kent State University and is licensed by the State of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory Designation. She has provided community mental health services for over 15 years, working with adolescents, adults and families. Debra specializes in anxiety, depression, stress management, communication skills, and problems in daily living. She frequently works with cognitive behavioral techniques, as well as a holistic approach which includes self, environment, supports and spirituality. Debra has also worked with victims of physical and sexual abuse. Debra works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services scheduling counseling appointments for adolescents, adults and families in Brecksville, Ohio.

Kerry Tobin, MA - Kerry received her MA in Philosophy from Cleveland State University. She has studied and worked abroad in Ireland, England, Austria and Italy. A passion to educate and inspire led Kerry to pursue Certification from the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA) in Italy. Kerry has been featured in The Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Lakewood Observer. She has contributed to the Plain Dealer as a source for various articles on personal development and career coaching. She has worked as a Contract Trainer for Cuyahoga County, delivering training presentations to hundreds of diverse workers. Currently, Kerry works as an Adjunct Instructor at Cuyahoga Community College in their Humanities/Philosophy Department. She is also a very active volunteer for the Cleveland Council on World Affairs and acts as home host to visitors from around the world. Kerry works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services delivering trainings to community, professional and corporate audiences.

Michele WeberMichele Weber M.Ed., PCC - Michele has a B.A. in Psychology and a M.Ed. in Community Agency Counseling. She is licensed by the State of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor with supervisory designation. She has special training in Family Counseling, Mediation and Conflict Resolution, HIV/AIDS Counseling, Women's Issues in Mental Health and Child and Adolescent Counseling. Michele has received training in play therapy, facilitated adolescent groups and represented the county in courtroom abuse and neglect cases. Her volunteer activities include; Meals on Wheels, school organizations and Habitat for Humanity. Michele works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services scheduling counseling appointments for children, adolescents and adults in Vermilion, Ohio.

 

Matt Williams M.A., PCC-S Matt is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with the State of Ohio and a certified clinical supervisor. He received his undergraduate degree from Anderson University in Christian Education, a graduate degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in Clinical Counseling and is also an ordained minister. Matt has nearly 25 years of experience in pastoral ministry, counseling and teaching. He has worked in churches, hospices, funeral homes, nursing homes, an inter-city mental health agency and for a local high school where he served as a guidance counselor and school administrator. Most recently he served as the Clinical and Spiritual Director for Cornerstone of Hope, Ohio’s largest grief counseling agency. He is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Bible for Indiana Wesleyan University. He has been the keynote speaker, or presenter, for organizations like: Metro Health Burn Unit’s Annual Retreat; Trainer for Coventry Health Care, Kansas; Cleveland Clinic’s Wound Center Recognition Banquet; National Alliance for Grieving Children’s Annual National Symposium; Trainer for Stephen Ministers, Bay Presbyterian Church, Bay Village, Ohio; speaker and trainer for Good Shepherd Baptist Church, Cleveland, Ohio; and many other churches and organizations. Topics include grief, stress management, supervision, leadership, counseling ethics, counselor education/training, and marriage building. He has appeared on television and was the host of “Grief Talk,” a weekly radio call in talk show in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a frequent guest lecturer at local colleges and universities like; John Carroll University, Cleveland State University and Baldwin-Wallace College. Matt works with Lakeshore Educational & Counseling Services delivering trainings to community, professional and corporate audiences.

 
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