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Who We Are

Robert Agnoli, LCSW, CPAIP, Clinical Director

Bob graduated with his MSW in 1992 from Loyola University of Chicago with his Masters of Social Work degree with a concentration in clinical social work. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professional with 25 years of experience in providing individual and family counseling and program administration at The Salvation Army Family and Community Services in Chicago.

His professional career has primarily focused on helping men address issues of healthy masculinity, productive relationships, and fatherhood.  In 1998, he was a co-developer of the Partner Abuse Intervention Program (PAIP), an Illinois approved program that addresses men’s use of violence towards their female partners.  Because of his commitment to the domestic violence community he has served as a member of several local and national committees that address domestic violence services delivery and public policy. He served on the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals Board for six years and helped develop the professional credentialing exam for partner abuse intervention professionals.   He served as the boards president for two years.  He is currently a member of the Illinois Department of Human Services Partner Abuse Services Sub-Committee which is an advisory group for IDHS on the development and implementation of state standards for domestic violence programs and evaluates new program applications.  In 2015 he helped develop the Fatherhood In Action Program, a federally funded program to help father’s in understanding their roles as fathers and helping to stabilize families through improving the relationship between the co-parents and assisting in improved economic stability through employment services.  The Fatherhood Program runs in several community locations in Chicago including at Cook County Jail.

He is recognized as a leader in the field of batter intervention and has trained both locally and nationally on a variety of topics including domestic violence and religion, healthy masculinity, violence risk assessments, and ethical decision making.

 

Cara Romanini, Clinical Coordinator

Cara graduated from North Central College in June of 2012 with a major is Sociology and a minor in Psychology. While going to school Cara worked at the front desk of The Community House where she greeted all guests and coworkers and took part in various projects. She also coached at a competitive Allstar Cheer Gym in Mokena with athletes aged three to 18. In winter of 2015 she transferred to Charlie’s Gift as the Clinic Coordinator. Her favorite part of her new position is seeing the kids come in with smiles and hearing their laughter while they work.

When not working, Cara’s favorite things to do include exploring new restaurants, taking adventures with her nephew and niece, and walking her dog Brody!

 

Aimee M. Koerner-Frank, PsyD, LCPC

Dr. Aimee M. Koerner-Frank, PsyD, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor; who has extensive experience working with a wide range of individuals providing individual, group and family therapy. She specializes in working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, behavior disorders, developmental disabilities, anxiety and mood disorders, in addition to working with gifted children.

She uses a wide range of intervention techniques that include Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, behavioral management/dealing with challenging behaviors, parenting/teacher training, helping children build meaningful relationships, and community based activities. She also provides parents with toilet training and bedtime routine programs. Aimee is the mother of two beautiful boys; her eldest son has a diagnosis of Down syndrome.

 

Nicole Diaz, LPC

Nicole is a Licensed Professional Counselor who strives to help individuals and families work towards accomplishing meaningful life-changing goals.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. Nicole has years of experience working with individuals from preschool age through adulthood in numerous job settings. Her life experiences have allowed her to become passionate about working in the mental health field in order to help others learn how to cope with a variety of developmental, mental health, and life stressors.

 

Arlinda Nuñez, MHS, CCC-SLP

Arlinda is a bilingual (Spanish) Speech-Language Pathologist, who works with children and young adults in culturally-diverse school-based settings and home health care. Arlinda has also served as a mentor for clinical fellows including staff development and training in bilingual issues. Using a highly effective total communication approach, Arlinda has a variety of experience working with children with cognitive disabilities, expressive/ receptive language delays/disorders, articulation/phonology, fluency, autism, Down Syndrome, pragmatics, and voice disorders. Arlinda earned her BA in Communication Disorders from Saint Xavier University, and a MS from Governors State University.

Arlinda and her husband have four children.  She enjoys reading, running, and cooking authentic Mexican dishes.

 

Grace Solik, MS, OTR/L

Grace is a certified and licensed pediatric Occupational Therapist. She has worked with children with special needs for the past 11 years as a full-time school based Occupational Therapist serving primary and intermediate classrooms that service children with Autism, emotional and behavioral disabilities programs, and an early childhood education program. Grace is proficient in the evaluation and treatment of children with a wide range of disabilities, with a special interest in working with children on the Autism Spectrum. Grace received her BS degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a MS degree in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary College in Wisconsin.  For her Master’s project, she developed and explored the feasibility of a program to address the vocational and educational needs of young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome in a community setting.

Grace and her husband are proud parents to a 23-year-old daughter who is on the Spectrum and a 21-year-old son who is a senior at Illinois State University. Grace enjoys time spent with her family, traveling, and reading.