Response Staff


Main contact numbers:

Phone: (847) 676-0078
Fax:     (847) 676-0574

Robin Stein, LCSW

Robin has worked with adolescents and families for over 30 years, and has been the Director of Response for the past 16 years.  She received her M.S.W. from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois, with a B.S. from Michigan State University.
Ms. Stein’s clinical training and background focuses on an integration of both psycho-dynamic and systems theory, incorporating the importance of relational work in therapy.   Her treatment work has consistently focused on adolescents and their families, providing individual, couples and family counseling as well as extensive group work.  She brings an expertise in adolescent development issues, family systems and trauma.
During the past 16 years, Robin has provided community education programming on a number of topics related to adolescents and families, including but not limited to: Sexual Abuse (awareness, symptomology, victim impact and prevention); Teen Dating Violence; Cyber bullying; and Adolescent Development.

Debra Mier, LCSW, RDT-BCT
Assistant Director

Debra Mier LCSW, RDT-BCT is the Assistant Director of the Response Center of Jewish Child and Family Services. Deb specializes in Drama and Expressive Art Therapy for individuals, families and groups. As a drama therapist, she provides an integrated approach to communication, using the arts as an additional method of self-expression in a safe and supportive environment. Her areas of expertise are grief, loss and life transition challenges. Deb serves as the co-clinical coordinator of JCERT, the Jewish Federation’s “Jewish Community Emergency Resiliency Team”.


Center for Sexual Health


Marnie Spiegel, LCSW
Center for Sexual Health Coordinator

Marnie Spiegel attended The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for her undergraduate studies where she majored in Human Development and Family Studies.  In 2002, Marnie graduated with a Masters in Social Work from The University of Illinois at Chicago and began working at Response Center in the Teen Clinic.  After leaving Response Center, Marnie stayed within the JCFS family and worked at Virginia Frank Child Development Center.  There she provided services for families with children 6 years of age and younger.  After developing a private practice for 3 years, Marnie missed the camaraderie of the agency setting.  Marnie rejoined Response Center in January 2012 and is happy to be back on the clinical team.  Marnie’s  areas of focus include adolescent, family and group counseling, specifically sex therapy, anxiety, depression, body image, and substance abuse.


Carolyn Hart, LCSW
Center for Sexual Heath Therapist

Carolyn Hart is a licensed clinical social worker and obtained her graduate degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2005. Carolyn began working at Response in 2008 as a clinician and a clinic counselor. Carolyn has experience working with both adolescent and adult populations suffering with mental health issues. Carolyn’s areas of focus include adolescent, adult and family counseling –more specifically with substance abuse, anxiety, depression and family issues. 


Anne Naliwajko,  APN is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified via The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Annie graduated with her masters from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014 and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loyola University Chicago in 2009.  

Ms. Naliwajko has extensive experience in young adult/adolescent primary care as well as reproductive health care. She is passionate about reproductive health and the unique physical/emotional health needs of adolescents and young adults. She enjoys working with a diverse group of patients and providing culturally competent care. 



Julia Draper, MA, LCPC, Clinical Supervisor: Ms. Draper received both her BS in Human Development and Psychological Services and MA in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University.   Ms. Draper came to Response Center from Children’s Home + Aid, where she helped to heal children and families within the foster care system. Ms. Draper has received advanced training in Child Parent-Psychotherapy (CPP) and is presently completing a postgraduate fellowship in relational trauma.  Ms. Draper holds significant experience working with adolescents and adults facing depression, anxiety, intergenerational trauma, and childhood abuse and neglect. She brings warmth, humor and compassion to her work with clients, with a focus on identity and on building tools for creating healthy relationships. Ms. Draper provides a safe atmosphere for clients to share their stories, to heal and to develop resilient capacities.


Elizabeth Ellis ,LSW

Liz received her Master’s degree in social work with a concentration in mental health at Loyola University Chicago. She specializes in working with adolescents and families; areas of focus include sexuality and gender expression, development of positive self-esteem, working with family transitions and mood disorders. She recognizes the importance of healthy family relationships during adolescence and how support for both teens and their families can help provide a stronger transition from childhood to adulthood. Liz works to foster creative self-expression and communication in a safe environment.

Eshley Spitzer, LPC, NCC

Eshley grew up in Denver, Colorado and recently moved to Chicago to work at Response. She attended Indiana University for her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Journalism, and recived a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services from The University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Eshley specailizes in working with adolescents in individual, couples, family and group therapy. Areas of focus include treating mood disorders, eating disorders, trauma, and periods of transition. Eshley uses CBT, narrative and adlerian therapy techniques to creativly guide her clients in finding self-awareness, forming their identity, and developing self-compassion. She is commited to helping clients find their voice in a supportive, safe, inclusive environment



Sarah Casper MS, Response, Outreach Program Supervisor

Sarah has been working  at Response since 2010, and has been supervising the Outreach team since 2012. As Outreach Program Supervisor, she oversees the facilitation of empowering youth centered and justice based community outreach programs in schools, youth groups, and community settings. Topics offered include  examination of LGBTQ awareness, bullying prevention, comprehensive sexual education, mental health awareness, and promoting healthy relationships. Additionally, in her time at Response she has been able to follow her passion for creating and providing safe space for LGBTQ youth through a variety of programs and trainings for professionals. Sarah has recently completed a Masters in Health Communication at Northwestern University, where she gained knowledge and skills around continuing her work, aimed towards reducing health disparities in underserved youth.




DJ Fish, B.A.

Outreach Prevention Specialist

DJ was born and raised in Evanston. He attended The University of Vermont and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art in 2014. DJ has a professional background that ranges all the way from Brewery Tour Guide, to Bicycle Mechanic, to Substitute Teacher.  He began working with youth and adolescents as a mentor at Hackstudio in Evanston.  DJ firmly believes in the power of peer leadership, and connected support; and he couldn’t be more excited to be able to implement those principals in his work at Response. When DJ is not in the office, you can find him on his bike (or fixing it), out shooting photos, or behind his pottery wheel.

Kelly Grover, B.A.

Outreach Prevention Specialist

Kelly grew up in Wilmette and attended Indiana University Bloomington where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. She had the opportunity to be a part of the organization Amigos de Las Americas in Honduras and Panama where she taught youth empowerment workshops and organized numerous community development projects. Kelly was an intern at the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington where she created and led daily recreational and educational programming for youth ages 6-18. She is excited to be a part of the Response Outreach team and have the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of young adults.


Chris Mysyk
Office Manager

Chris has been working with Jewish Child & Family Services since August of 2007.  Having started in the accounting department at our downtown location, he made the transfer to Response in May of 2013.  Chris has taken part in a wide variety of events and activities put on by JCFS such as Glick Family Camp and Respite Take Five.  He’s thrilled to take on the opportunity to work at Reponse and is looking forward to being part of a team of people that leave such an amazingly positive impact on the community.

LaKeisha Thomas

Administrative Aide

LaKeisha began her journey with Jewish Child & Family Services in December 2014.  She was born and raised in Chicago and has an Associate of Arts degree from Harold Washington College.  Prior to coming to JCFS she was a CNA for 5 years.