The FCS clinical staff is made up of experienced individuals with licensure in Social Work, Professional Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy. Many have areas of specialty such as teens/adolescence, depression/mood disorders, anger management, and many others. All our staff is equipped to help clients learn to cope with the challenges that can make life difficult. An intake session will place you with a therapist and help you address your specific needs.
And, if you don’t “click” with your therapist, there is no need to start over with another counseling center. We can simply reassign you to another counselor in our practice.
Markesha Christopher, MA
Markesha joined FCS in January 2022. She also currently serves as a Program Manager at Children’s Home and Aid. Markesha has her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Psychology and is working on her EdD in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Behavioral Health. Markesha takes a motivational interviewing approach when working with adolescents and young adult clients around anger, emotional and relationship issues.
When Markesha is not working, she enjoys spending time with family, participating in church activities and traveling.
Rona Green, LPC, MA, MS, NCC
I am a National Board-Certified Counselor. I earned a bachelor’s science degrees in communications and music business from Bradley University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Rockford University, and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. Currently, I am in my seventh semester towards earning my Ph.D. with a specialization in Developmental Psychology Concentration in Child and Adolescent Development from Capella University. I have worked as an educator for twenty-four years. My counseling experience includes an internship at Children’s Home and Aid, where I became certified in domestic violence. I have been a church counselor where I worked with women’s experiences issues including, grief, depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders. Currently, I have worked with families, couples, as well as children and adolescents. I use an eclectic approach utilizing a person center, multicultural, and strength-based approach.
Tina Carey Ingram, LSW
Tina Carey Ingram became a therapist at Family Counseling Services in May, 2021 after having served as an intern at FCS for the nine months prior to that. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a specialization in Clinical Social Work and Addictions, both from George Williams College of Aurora University. Tina is a client-centered therapist who has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults around issues of childhood trauma, domestic and family issues, addictions and the LGBTQAI+ community.
Tina was a police officer for the City of Rockford before leaving that work to become a stay-at-home mom to two children she shares with her partner. She is a lifelong resident of Rockford who looks forward to promoting healing and growth both at FCS and in the community.
Pamela “Pam” Langholf, MSW, LSW
Pam Langholf has 18 years’ experience working with children, teens, adults, families, and couples. She graduated from Rockford College with a degree in sociology with an emphasis on criminal justice and her Masters of Social Work degree is from the University of Illinois. Pam has certifications in Prepare-and-Enrich Couple’s Counseling, Partner Abuse Intervention Program, Prevention Relationship Enhancement Program, and Beyond Consequences and Control. She also has training in TheraPlay, Family-Centered Therapy, and Parenting the Attachment-Challenged Child.
Pam’s career has been centered around juvenile probation, foster care, adoption and guardianship preservation, and post-adoption services. Pam’s special interests, which stem from her extensive experience, are: grief and loss, traumatized children and adults, adoption, stress and coping skills, couple’s therapy, domestic violence, attachment and trauma, parent coaching, and parent-child relationships.
Dina Lauman, MSW, MDiv
I began my career as a Commissioned National Bank Examiner with the Comptroller of the Currency. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. I was a bank examiner for fifteen years. When I returned to school to work on my Master’s Degree, I decided to do something different. I noticed that I was drawn to the “helping people” aspect of bank examining. I graduated with a Masters of Social Work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Services Administration in 2000. At the same time, in a dual degree program, I earned my Masters of Divinity degree from the Chicago Theological Seminary. As an ordained minister and pastor, the scope of my understanding and approach is broadened to encompass spirituality. These avenues are explored in counseling in accordance with client needs and interests. My approach is hopeful and client-centered, focusing both on the details of day-to-day living and the bigger picture. I work with clients to help them discover their strengths and client driven solutions. I see myself as more of a guide in this way, as I employ the tools of my education, profession, and experience to help those I work with find healing. The most recent motto I live by is “ask for what you really want.” A fun fact about me is that I’m vegan, so that means that I’m both a vegan counselor and a vegan pastor.
April Lipnitzky, MSW, LSW
April Lipnitzky began her career journey in higher education dedicating more than 17 years of her life serving the students and community members of Rock Valley College and Saint Anthony College of Nursing, in Rockford, Illinois. She realized her true passion was providing hope, being a listening ear, championing social justice, and connecting clients to critical resources. So she decided to go back to school to become a licensed therapist.
April brings a wealth of experience to FCS including working with young and middle-aged adults in college, providing emotional support and critical resources to older and aging adults and their families in hospice care, as well as aiding men and women experiencing and fleeing domestic violence. When April is not attending to and supporting her clients, she enjoys time with her family and friends, traveling the country (and beyond), and volunteering with Northern Illinois Hospice.
Genevieve Maltby, MSW, LCSW
Genevieve, (Genny) Maltby, joined the Family Counseling Services in February 2019. She has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She has worked with individuals age 6 to 18 in the areas of anxiety, depression, parent-child relations, substance abuse, and self-esteem. Genny has worked as a special education teacher for over ten years and has experience working with students with developmental, behavioral, and emotional disabilities. She also has extensive knowledge of individualized education plans (IEP).
Genny works during the day as a school social worker. She received her Master’s degree in School Social Work from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois with a specialization on Clinical Social Work, focus area in children, youth, and families. She is currently working on her doctorate in social work.
Alex Spain, LPC, NCC
Alex has been serving the Rockford community for about 7 years. She started her career as a child welfare case manager and eventually a supervisor. While working as a case manager, Alex realized one of her dreams was to work with children and families as a therapist. She completed her Master’s level education in August 2019 with her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling.
Alex has experience working with children with mental health issues,
familial issues, witness and experience abuse and neglect, and other issues.
Alex utilizes many different modalities of therapy including CBT
techniques, TF-CBT techniques, art techniques, play techniques, and many more
to ensure that clients receive a well-rounded approach to therapy. When Alex
is not serving the Rockford community, she coaches a local high school dance
team and enjoys traveling. Alex is happy to extend her knowledge and sense
of community with Family Counseling Services and the clients we serve!
Ashley Trosper, MA, LPC, NCC
Ashley Trosper has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Psychology from Loyola University and a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Ashley is a National Board-Certified Counselor and has her LPC. Ashley is very passionate about expanding access of art therapy and mental health programming to the Rockford area. Ashley uses a strength-based client centered approach to art therapy while integrating mindfulness-based stress reduction.
Ashley also has experience working in the Child Welfare field and has been working at Children’s Home and Aid since 2014. Ashley has worked with children and families of all backgrounds undergoing issues related to mental health, co-parenting/ familial issues, trauma, and witness to abuse and neglect.
Kate Zucchi, LCSW, FCS Clinical Director
Kate Zucchi, LCSW, is a part time Clinical Manager at Family Counseling Services, and also serves as the Clinical Director at the Carrie Lynn Children’s Center. Kate earned a Master’s Degree in the Science of Social Work (MSSW) from the University of Madison, with a specialty in Child and Family Services.
Kate began her career as a therapist at the Youth Services Bureau in Ottawa, IL, where she provided sexual abuse treatment therapy for abused children and their families. She began working at the Carrie Lynn Children’s Center, in 1998. There, she became the Consultation Team Coordinator which was a group of expert volunteers including physicians, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapist, and attorneys, who staffed and provided consultation on some of the most challenging child abuse cases in our area. Kate is now the Carrie Lynn’s Clinical Director, supervising the prevention program, the crisis counseling program and the Consultation Team.
Kate joined the FCS staff as the part-time Clinical Manager in July, 2020. Kate helps to manage the clinical staff and provides direct supervision to both the master’s level interns at FCS and the master’s level therapists. Kate attends to the management and growth of the therapy programs, and is constantly looking to increase our efficiency and clinical services for our clients at FCS.
Lynn Momberger, CFRE
FCS Executive Director
Lynn grew up in Rockford, and her work experience includes both manufacturing and the service sectors – both for profit and not-for-profit. Prior to joining FCS as Executive Director in March of 2021, Lynn was Director of Development with Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. Before Girl Scouts, Lynn was Director of Development at Discovery Center Museum for five years. Prior to her career in fundraising, Lynn spent 15 years in executive search and recruiting for the Furst Group in Rockford, where she recruited several professionals for the not-for profit sector.
Lynn serves on the board of directors for the Northern Illinois Planned Giving Council (NIPGC), serving as Secretary. She is a member and past president of the Rockford Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) She also served AFP International as chair of the Youth in Philanthropy sub-committee of the Next Generation committee. She also has a certificate in Non-Profit Management from NICNE at Rockford University and earned her CFRE in 2012.
Client Services Supervisor