Staff

Robin Belleau, JD, LCPC
Executive Director

Robin Belleau is the Executive Director of the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program which provides confidential and no cost substance use and mental health services to Illinois Judges, lawyers, and law students. Under her tenure, LAP has seen a 43% increase in funding provided by the Illinois Supreme Court, a 33% increase in clients served, and a 300% increase in fundraising. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Robin was LAP’s Clinical Director. As Clinical Director Robin supervised the clinical services provided to members of the Illinois legal community.

 

Robin began her career as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at Advocate Medical Group, where she created and managed  the Advocate Adolescent Addiction Case Management Program, which provided addiction and case management services to adolescents and their families. She also designed the Next Step Program, a diversion program for adolescents facing petty drug and alcohol offenses.  Prior to earning a Masters Degree in Counseling from Northern Illinois University, Robin practiced law for 8 years.

During her tenure in the law, Robin was a DuPage County Senior Assistant Public Defender, Kane County State’s Attorney, and an associate in a general practice firm with a focus on: juvenile, criminal, and family law. rbelleau@illinoislap.org

Tony Pacione, LCSW, CSADC
Deputy Director

Tony Pacione joined the LAP staff in 2013 and became LAP’s clinical director in January 2014. Tony has worked as a clinician and program director in the addiction and behavioral health field — at Humana-Michael Reese HMO, Rush University Medical Center, the Advocate Addiction Treatment Program, and Harborview Recovery Center.  Tony is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and a Certified Supervisor Addiction Counselor. He holds a Master of Social Work and a Master of Arts in Education degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. tpacione@illinoislap.org

Chelsy A. Castro, JD, MA, MSW, LCSW
Director of Outreach and Clinical Programming

Chelsy Castro joined the LAP staff in 2014. Prior to joining LAP, Chelsy was a project manager in the field of international development and later practiced law as a multilingual attorney in the field of international regulatory compliance. She earned her Master in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago and her clinical experience in the field of mental health includes assessments, psychotherapy and case management.  ccastro@illinoislap.org

Dr. Diana Uchiyama, JD. Psy.D.
Legal Education and Clinical Manager

Dr. Diana Uchiyama joined LAP in 2018.  Prior to joining LAP, she was the Administrator of Psychological Services for DuPage County where she oversaw a DASA licensed substance use treatment program, including a MISA program, and DHS Domestic Batterer Intervention Program for a court mandated population of clients.  Dr. Uchiyama has also worked for the Kane County Diagnostic Center, as both a Staff Psychologist and Juvenile Drug Court Coordinator, and has an extensive background doing court ordered psychological, sanity, fitness, and sex offender evaluations and therapy.  She has implemented numerous changes to court ordered programs both in Kane and DuPage County and is a certified trauma informed care trainer.  Prior to obtaining her masters and doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Uchiyama was an Assistant Public Defender in Cook County working in various felony courtrooms at 26th and California. She obtained her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Jamie Dureno
Project Manager

Jamie Dureno joined the LAP staff in June 2016. Before coming to LAP, Jamie worked for The Office of the Illinois Attorney General for 18 years advocating on behalf of victims of violent crimes and those with disabilities. She then entered into the corporate world for 3 years before feeling the pull back into social services. Jamie oversees our Volunteer Peer Support Program, new client intakes and various administrative tasks as needed. jdureno@illinoislap.org

Shelley Sandoval, JD
Legal Community Liaison

Shelley Sandoval joined the LAP staff in 2017. Shelley’s work prior to joining the legal industry focused on business development, and operations strategy. Emerging tech and public interest work remains the cornerstone of her marketing and communications background. She earned her JD from Northern Illinois University, and dual degrees in Communication Sciences and Rhetorical studies, and Legal Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ssandoval@illinoislap.org 

Dr. Olivia Grant
Quad City Clinical Consultant

Dr. Grant is very interested in working with clients from all walks of life and utilizing psychodynamic therapy models, along with, evidence-based treatments to help clients understand and improve their current symptomology. This is critical in helping clients develop skills and attitudes that will enable them to grow and move forward in their lives. Dr. Grant really enjoys working individually with clients and conducting psychological assessments, as well as helping clients’ process and understand issues of identity, race/culture, trauma/abuse, grief/loss, PTSD, childhood trauma and/or abuse, silent grief and loss-Miscarriage/Stillborn/Infant Loss, personality disorders, Bipolar disorder, Psychosis and Psychotic Disorders and symptoms of Depression and Anxiety.

Please contact LAP directly to obtain a referral, 312-726-6607.

Dr. Collin Lodico
Quad City Clinical Consultant

Dr. Lodico is the owner of Family Counseling & Psychology Center, P.C. Dr. Lodico uses many cognitive therapy techniques, but works with each client to formulate treatment goals and an individualized treatment plan. He has extensive experience in working with a wide range of problems and issues including but not limited to: anger management, anxiety disorders, ADHD, childhood behavioral problems, depression, bipolar disorders, stress management, marital counseling, adolescent behavioral problems, panic disorders, social anxiety disorder, domestic violence, addictions, learning disabilities, autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, and general life adjustment issues.

Please contact LAP directly to obtain a referral, 312-726-6607.

Faye Freeman-Smith
Mid-State Clinical Consultant

Faye Freeman-Smith joined the LAP Staff in July 2017 as the Mid-State Clinical Associate. She is a Clinical Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Trainer, and is certified nationally as a Distance Counselor and Approved Clinical supervisor. She received her Masters at Northern Illinois University and has served in the mental health field 20 + years. Faye also serves as the Director of Student Counseling for Heartland Community college and founded the college’s Counseling Services. She is an Adjunct Faculty member for the University of Illinois Department of Educational Psychology. Faye has worked as a clinician in substance abuse and mental health counseling fields. She specializes in Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Impulse Control Disorders and Addictions (both Behavioral and Process). Her Treatment Approaches include Cognitive Therapy, Motivational interviewing and Acceptance Commitment Therapy.

Please contact LAP directly to obtain a referral, 312-726-6607.

Tori Kaase (Cullen), LCSW
Metro-East Clinical Consultant

Tori brings over twenty years experience working with individuals and families. Tori strongly believes that her role is to provide a safe and warm environment to allow individual growth and healing. Tori has experience working with a variety of issues but has a particular interest in autism spectrum disorders; eating disorders; addictions; depression; anxiety; parenting; stress management; grief; and self-esteem building.

Please contact LAP directly to obtain a referral, 312-726-6607.

Lisa Russow (Vargocik), LCSW
Metro-East Clinical Consultant

Lisa is a well-rounded counselor who sees adults, teenagers, and children. She respects that every client begins counseling with a different perspective and starting point, focusing on truly hearing out each client’s individual story and beginning where they are at that moment. She is skilled with a range of presenting problems including abuse, addiction, anger, anxiety, depression, grief, self-harm and trauma.

Please contact LAP directly to obtain a referral, 312-726-6607.

Cara Cassidy, LSCW
Metro-East Clinical Consultant

Cara has a strong background in providing outpatient therapy.  She is skilled in cognitive behavioral therapy and is solution-focused in her work.  Cara focuses on strengths in the individuals she meets with to leverage the issues they are facing.  She works with both adolescents and adults and provides both individual and couples counseling.

Please contact LAP directly to obtain a referral, 312-726-6607.

Barbara Grace Elam, MS, LCPC
Downstate Clinical Consultant

Barb Elam is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois, and a Masters in Counseling from Southern Illinois University. She has been providing individual counseling services since 1976 in a variety of settings, including Southern Illinois University Health/Wellness Center, Southern Illinois University Counseling and Psychological Services, Herrin Behavioral Health Center, private practice and other sites. She has specialized in stress/anxiety management, substance abuse, relationship issues and depression. She currently provides confidential assessment, psychotherapy and case management at Lakeside Counseling in Carbondale IL.

Please contact LAP directly to obtain a referral, 312-726-6607.