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Envision Unlimited is committed to providing high-quality comprehensive services to individuals facing life challenges, experiencing stress or anxiety, undergoing family or relationship conflicts, or needing psychiatric services. Our Mental Health and Wellness Center is staffed by a dedicated team of professionals that are committed to supporting your recovery in a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment.

Services are available Monday through Friday at 5080 N Elston Ave, conveniently located on the northwest side of Chicago near public transportation and the Edens Expressway.

We serve individuals with Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. We can also help you or a loved one determine your eligibility and enroll in Medicaid. Give us a call at 773-769-2139 for a complimentary phone screening.

Meet The Team

Utibe Akpaninyie-Williams

Site Coordinator

Utibe has several years of experience in social services. She started off in residential and moved her way up the ladder. After leaving residential, she did some work in quality assurance for about two years before accepting the role of Site Coordinator with Envision Unlimited. She has a BS in Health Sciences from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia.

Catherine Aranas

Assistant Director of Learning and Employment

Catherine’s passion for helping under-served populations lead her to pursue a career in social services. Her B.A. in Public Health gave her a strong understanding of social determinants of health and how factors work together to determine the health status of individuals and communities. As a member of the clinical team at Envision, Catherine is using her public health training as well as experience in community outreach to help persons with mental illness address the challenges and barriers related to attaining/ maintaining employment and accessing quality services.

A. Fernando Freire, LCSW

Assistant Director of Clinical Services

Fernando is a bilingual (Spanish) licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience working with families and clients from school age to seniors. Drawing from a diverse array of clinical models and therapies appropriate and tailored to clients’ needs his approach encourages the identification and development of strengths as a source lasting change and wellness within a strong therapeutic relationship and a client centered focus. Fernando has also done hospice work and welcome clients facing end of life situations themselves or with loved ones. He is currently the assistant clinical director of our outpatient behavioral health program and supervises its therapists.

Brian T. Greenwood, MSW, LSW

Assistant Director of Case Management

Brian is a licensed social worker in the State of Illinois and a graduate of Loyola University- Chicago Graduate School of Social Work. His clinical training is focused in mental health with a subspecialization of interprofessional practice with at-risk youth with an emphasis in trauma informed care. Experience includes individual counseling and group counseling surrounding healthy relationships/sexuality and expressive arts-based therapies. Populations served in the areas of Intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental health, substance abuse, at risk youth, men’s counseling, LGBTQ community, and medical social work/discharge planning.

Jessica Krock

Assistant Director of Psycho-social Rehabilitation (PSR)

Jessica has been a Qualified Mental Health Professional for 4 years in the social service field beginning at Neumann Family Services before transitioning to Envision Unlimited. She is also a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional and has received a 40-hour sexual assault crisis intervention training through a counseling internship at the YWCA. Jessica specializes in PSR, case management, counseling, and Medicaid billing. She has a MSW from Loyola University Chicago and BA in Applied Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Anita Lewis

CILA Program Manager

Anita has over 30 years of experience in social service management with an emphasis on homelessness prevention, mental health and substance abuse and Advocacy. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and has been Lean Six Sigma trained. Prior to joining Envision in 2019, Anita spent more than 24 years as a CILA program Supervisor with Metropolitan Family Services.

Michele McDonough

Division Director of Mental Health Services

Michele is an experienced Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a demonstrated history of working in the mental health field. She is skilled in program and curriculum development, providing clinical supervision to individuals and small groups, and providing individual and group therapy services to both adults and adolescents. Michele utilizes evidenced based practices such as, CBT, REBT, ACT and Mindfulness. Michele also has more than 5 years of experience leading youth groups/workshops for children with a variety of needs.

Henrietta Okonta

QIDP / Program Director, Intermittent CILA North & South

Henrietta has been working for Envision Unlimited for 23 years. Henrietta monitors and oversees individual controlled sites (consumers living in rented apartments and consumers who have their own condominium). Henrietta has a BA from University of Northern Iowa.

LeNedra Wallace-Fierte, PhD

Clinical Supervisor Mental Health Residential

LeNedra brings to her role a vast collection of experiences and skills related to social services, mental health and other vulnerable populations. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of clinical experience. Prior to joining Envision in 2018, LeNedra worked in healthcare, and in community mental health. She has a PhD in Organizational Leadership, Master’s degree in Social Service Administration and Bachelors in Social Work. She uses her education, experience, and passion to drive her service to others.

Jean Xoubi

Senior Vice President of Mental Health and Business Development

Jean has a depth of experience in social service management with an emphasis on program development, quality improvement, and fiscal management. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has been Lean Six Sigma trained. Jean specializes in Mental Health Services, Medicaid billing, and Child Welfare programs. Prior to joining Envision in 2018, Jean spent more than 15 years in various management roles with Metropolitan Family Services. She has an MA in Psychology and a BA in Psychology & Elementary Education from Governors State University.