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Thank you for your interest in Community Counseling Centers of Chicago and mental health.  If you would like to interview one of our staff experts, please contact Laura Reilly, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, at 872.235.0104 or laura.reilly@c4chicago.org.                                                                                  

Eileen Durkin, MBA | President & CEO

Eileen Durkin was named President and CEO of C4 in March 2012.  Eileen has over two decades of executive leadership experience in human services, providing an exceptional perspective on the mission, vision, and values of C4 that the agency is able to grow on. She is a recognized leader with diversified experience in the affordable care act, health care reform, mental health and disability service, all of which contribute to the ultimate goal of providing quality behavioral healthcare services.

Under her leadership, C4 has proudly earned a total of five awards.  Among them are two awards from the Mental Health Corporations of America: 2012 Award of Excellence for client satisfaction in the provision of Mental Health services and 2012 Recognition of Best Practices in the provision of Mental Health Outpatient Care. In addition, three renowned workplace awards were presented including Chicago’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to work for, Top 100 Workplaces Awared by the Chicago Tribune and The National Best & Brightest Companies to Work For.

Prior to C4, Eileen served as President and CEO of Neumann Family Services, Executive Director of the Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago, and Vice President of Patient Services at Resurrection Hopsital.  Eileen holds an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago, a B.S. in Health Information Management from the University of Illinois, and a B.A. in History from the University of Charleston.  Currently, Eileen serves on the Board of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, is a member of the Board of Trustees at Governor’s State University, and recently completed a term as governor appointed member of the Human Services Commission.  Learn More

ABC-7 Interview about the 50th Anniversary of The Community Mental Health Act

 

Dr. Johnny Williamson | Medical Director, Diplomate

Dr. Williamson is an accomplished psychiatrist with experience providing care to children, adolescents and adults at all levels of care including: inpatient, community-based services; private practice outpatient settings; and psychiatric emergency rooms. His board certifications were earned from The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and include General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Williamson is licensed in Illinois and Indiana.

Dr. Williamson’s areas of expertise include: Gang involvement and mental health; the African American community and mental illness (includes stigma); recovery from violent trauma; and the Juvenile Justice System and mental health care.

Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Read quotes from Dr. Williamson in press:

Interview about child trauma and Sandy Hook shootings in Chicago Tribune

Quoted in article about Jesse Jackson and bipolar disporder: Chicago Tribune

 

Bruce Seitzer, LCPC | Senior Vice President

Bruce Seitzer has been C4's Chief Clinical Officer since 2008 and a member of the Executive Staff since 2000.  While serving as CCO, Bruce Seitzer has overseen an increase in the overall growth of C4 services including off-site and school based therapy, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Community Support for Children and Adults, and Trauma Informed Services. 

In addition, new programs such as the Consumer Drop-In Center, Older Adult Services and Multi-Family Groups have been introduced and thrived.  Co-location with primary health care at two C4 site locations have been developed and an on-site pharmacy has been made available as well.  Prior to his role as CCO, Bruce Seitzer served as an Associate Director for eight years.  Previous to that, he held a number of different positions over his 35 years of service at C4, including Supervisor, Program Director and Inpatient Coordinator.

Quoted in Chicago Tribune, July 25, 2012: article about state restrictions on Medicaid RX

Viviana Ploper, LCPC | Vice President of Children and Family Services

Ms. Ploper has been with C4 since 1983, and has been Associate Director since 1992. Ms. Ploper served in various capacities including: overseeing the operation of Child & Adolescent and  Adult Outpatient services; SASS crisis services; Parenting Fundamentals (parenting education); and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) public education training as well as several mental health consultation initiatives.

She is a strong advocate for children and families, and actively participates in several State committees. She is also involved with the Child and Adolescent Committee of the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois (CBHAI) and several other community committees, particularly focusing on children and families.

Ms. Ploper is a Clinical Member and an Approved Supervisor for AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy), and serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Institute at Northwestern University.  She is also a certified MHFA Instructor.

Chris Carroll, MS | Vice President of Crisis and Justice Services

Mr. Carroll has been with C4 since 1990.  He started as a crisis worker for C4’s SASS program and later served as its program director. In his capacity as Specialized Services Director, Mr. Carroll now heads the largest SASS crisis program for children and adolescents in the state of Illinois.  He is also Director of C4’s Adult Emergency Services Program, the Mental Health Juvenile Justice Program and the agency’s call center, and the emergency services on-call (overnight crisis service) team.

Due to his comprehensive background in both adult and children’s services, Mr. Carroll is involved in many of the agency’s new initiatives and special projects, and has developed long term relationships with a large number of area hospitals.  As a member of the agency’s executive staff, he participated on many state committees, is a lifelong advocate for the wellbeing of adults and children suffering with mental illness.

 

 

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