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Mercedes Kaltenecker, Wellness Center Coordinator (She/Her) 

Mercedes Kaltenecker has been the Wellness Center Coordinator since 2014.  She graduated from DeVry University with her BA in Business Administration. She works with outside organizations to provide free services in-house to all students of Malcolm X College such as free HIV/STD, SNAP/Link assistance, flu shots, and wellness checks through the Kidney Mobile foundation. She engages in outreach to student though classroom visits, stress management activities, and supportive awareness events such as for Domestic Violence survivors.  She is usually the welcoming front desk face for clients and visitors and manages the daily activities of the Wellness Center . Mercedes also runs the Fresh Market and supervises the volunteers and work study students who work in it.
 
     
Ms. Ramirez is a Bilingual Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University Chicago. Prior to working at Malcom X College, Jenniffel worked as Behavioral Health Coordinator at Alivio Medical Center. There she directed the Behavioral Health Program in six medical health centers and three school-based sites. She received the 40-hour Domestic Violence training as she provided administrative and clinical supervision to the Domestic Violence Program clinicians. She has supervised clinical staff and master level internship and practicum students.   
     
Jenniffel applies cognitive behavioral and solution-focused approaches in therapy; she believes in creating a therapeutic alliance with individuals to actively work towards achieving goals, healing, and empowerment. At Malcolm X College she provides supportive counseling and focuses on creating an environment where students can feel safe and heard as they explore life’s challenges.  Her approach to training and supervision is developmental, acknowledging the supervisee’s current stage and providing feedback and support appropriate to that developmental stage. 
 

Porcia Seals, LCSW, Clinical Counselor (She/Her) 

Ms. Seals is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Dominican University’s School of Social Work. Prior to working at Malcom X College, Porcia worked as a Medical Social Worker at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. There she provided patient and family education that promoted wellness and increased knowledge of the healthcare system. Additionally, she provided psychosocial interventions to decrease hospital readmissions which included crisis intervention, coping with post-hospital care needs and linkage to community resources. Her previous experiences includes working in such settings as addiction recovery and rehabilitation center, employee assistance program, insurance providers and Catholic Charities of Chicago. She has contributed to hospital wide initiatives, multidisciplinary treatment teams and supervised a master level internship and practicum student.

Porcia’s orientation is existential, as she believes that there is a meaning to all life experiences. She believes in the importance of building healthy relationships founded on mutual respect and empowerment. She values the privilege to walk alongside individuals as they work towards their journey to healing. Her approach to training and supervision aims to use self-awareness and feedback to foster an environment for personal and professional development.​

  
     
Dr. Schweitzer is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.  She received her degree at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University in Chicago, IL.  Her previous experiences includes working in such settings as a residential substance abuse facility with a MISA program, 4 year college counseling center, community mental health, and a psychiatric hospital.  She has supervised clinical staff and students at both the practicum and internship level.  She has taught graduate and undergraduate level psychology classes for the last 14 years, and continues to teach as an adjunct professor in Chicago area graduate schools.  She opened the Malcolm X College Wellness Center in 2012, and has been delighted to serve the students of City Colleges of Chicago since then.    
     
Dr. Schweitzer’s orientation is humanistic in conceptualization and attitude and she also utilizes interventions from cognitive behavioral approaches such as DBT.  She firmly believes in demonstrating a healthy interactional style with flexibility of approach, transparency, and honoring the differences between herself and others’ process as a way to role model an adaptive and relational style.  For training and supervision, her approach is developmental and includes goals of competency, self-reflection, ability to accept feedback, and integration of personal and professional identity.    
     
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