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Our Staff

Melissa McGraw, LCPC
Client and Advocacy Services Director 

Melissa has 19 years of professional experience working with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, childhood survivors of trauma, children and teens with emotional and behavioral disorders, and persons with chronic mental illness. Melissa has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University. Melissa has advanced training in domestic violence, sexual abuse, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She is passionate about helping survivors of trauma to heal from their experiences and in ending violence against women and children.

Audrey Wilson, MS Ed., LPC, NCC
Sexual Assault Adult and Children’s Counselor

Audrey is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor in our Sexual Assault Program. Audrey earned her Master of Science and Education degree from Northern Illinois University after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Audrey views clients through a holistic lens, utilizing evidence informed practices, mindfulness interventions, and uses a strong therapeutic relationship to partner with clients as they heal. Audrey is passionate about social justice, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and multicultural competency.

Erika Montes, MEA
Domestic Violence Adult Counselor

Erika earned her Master of Clinical Psychology from Universidad del Valle de Mexico and her Master of Educational Administration after completing her Bachelor of Psychology degree. Erika began her work as a criminal psychologist and in addition to her role at Safe Passage, she is a Partner Abuse Intervention Program International Certified Facilitator. Erika is passionate about Mental Health and is part of the National Alliance for Mental Illinois. With Nami, Erika became an Educational Certified Trainer and is a Support Group Certified Trainer.

Kellie Meyn, MSW
Domestic Violence Children's Counselor

Kellie earned her Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Clinical Social work and a specialization in child welfare, as well as, her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Aurora University. She has many years of experience caring for and providing support to children of all ages in a variety of settings. Kellie utilizes trauma informed literature and research to work with her child clients. Her specialization in child welfare during her Master’s program gave her the opportunity to focus on learning about children and trauma, specifically how trauma affects brain development and overall development.

Lisa Casner, MS
Domestic Violence Adult Counselor

Lisa received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling through Capella University after earning a Bachelor of Science in Business from Northern Illinois University. Lisa began her journey at Safe Passage as a volunteer, and then intern, in the Adult Counseling Program. Lisa has experience working in addictions counseling and has completed trainings on motivational interviewing, mindfulness, PTSD and trauma. Lisa uses an empowerment model and builds therapeutic relationships based on trust, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard. She focuses on healing, acceptance, learned coping skills, and knowledge.

Mikail Bass, MSW
Domestic Violence Children’s Counselor

Mikail earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Aurora University after completing a Bachelor of Science in Family and Individual Studies from Northern Illinois University. Mikail uses scientifically-based approaches to psychotherapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal psychology. Mikail strives to develop strong therapeutic relationships and has a passion for ensuring the safety and emotional progression of her clients. She has completed numerous trainings on trauma and is always excited to learn new techniques. Mikail believes in meeting her clients as they are and strives to help clients develop an understanding of how important and strong they are.

Not Pictured Rupali Grover, LCPC
Sexual Assault Adult and Children’s Counselor

Rupali is a licensed clinical professional counselor. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology after completing a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Benedictine University. Rupali has a nurturing and evidence-based counseling style tailored to each client’s unique needs and preferences. While each client is an expert on their own life journey, Rupali brings understanding, insight, and hope to the therapeutic relationship. She is dedicated to providing trauma-informed and culturally competent services to those that want to move forward.



Bean
Therapy Dog

Bean is a client favorite! She only works "PAW"t-time, due to animal labor laws. She's a hypoallergenic Labradoodle with no "formal" degree. However, we're pretty sure she's on the shortlist for honorary degrees from internationally renowned universities. When Bean isn't at Safe Passage working with her clients she can be found curled up with a good book and a tasty cup of coffee.