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Meet the LifeWorks Team:

Amy Jo Aldrich, Founder & Executive Director, M.S.Edu.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Amy has actively served and advocated for healthy families in various capacities throughout her 27 year professional career. Among teaching, coaching, public speaking, administration leadership, she has served the greater area of Fort Wayne for the last 9 years as a Licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist and Executive Director of LifeWorks. Amy is also a PREPARE/ENRICH marriage facilitator and has taught master's level counseling ethics courses at two universities. She speaks at a variety of professional, motivational, and personal growth conferences, challenging her audiences to be actively involved while engaging them in laughter and the opportunity for growth. Amy counsels children, adolescents, and adults, with an emphasis in family systems. Amy is a certified both in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and as a Trauma Consultant, and specializes in Anxiety Disorders. Amy has a particular passion for working with people to overcome anxiety, empowering families, and working with survivors of traumatic life events. She approaches counseling from a wellness model as she works with clients and athletes in overcoming anxiety, regulating motivation, healthy competitiveness and staying fit in the mind and body. Amy enjoys life by actively living out her faith, spending time with her family, kayaking, engaging in sports, landscaping, reading, and listening to music. Amy can be reached at extension 305 or via email at ajaldrich@lifeworks-counseling.org

Carly Hawks, LifeWorks Office Manager &
Business Administrator

Carly has extensive experience in administration in various health care settings and in working directly with youth in various teaching capacities. We often refer to Carly as our "first responder" because she is the first voice behind the LifeWorks team. Carly is very passionate about providing excellent client care and maintaining the most stringent confidentiality. Her compassion for others is evident as she assists each prospective client with the initial call, assuring each person is paired with a counselor best suited to meet his or her needs. Carly is also willing and available to answer a multitude of questions from what to expect from the counseling process, questions regarding insurance, and payment options.  She has been an integral part of the LifeWorks team since we first began serving the community. Carly can be reached at extension 301 or via email at

Saundra Fredrickson, Masters in Biblical Studies and
Masters in Mental Health Counseling

Understanding how we all struggle in life allows Saundra to help others work through their past hurts and overcome obstacles. Saundra provides a safe environment to explore the past to help others move forward with healing and strength to embrace the future. Saundra received a B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University, a M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and her M.A. in Counseling from Colorado Christian University under the direction of Dr. Larry Crabb. She has recently studied at Huntington University as she pursues her licensure in Indiana. Saundra has nineteen years of experience as a therapist and case manager at a Psychiatric Hospital in the Philadelphia area and in private practice. She also has experience in equine facilitated counseling and works with children, adolescents, adults and couples. Saundra can be reached at extension 317 or via email at sfredrickson@lifeworks-counseling.org

Richele Groeneweg, M.S.Edu.
Master's in Marriage & Family Therapy

Richele originally joined the LifeWorks team as a master's level intern from Indiana University-Purdue University where she studied couples and family counseling for three years before graduating and pursuing licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Prior to pursuing her masters in counseling, Richele was an elementary school teacher. Her personal and professional life experiences allow Richele to engage with her clients in a meaningful and healing way. Her passion lies with helping couples, families and children come to a place of healing. Richele has a desire to serve others and to come alongside refugees trying to better their lives for themselves and their children. Richele can be found having a "family adventure day" with her family, running, creating a Pinterest craft, enjoying a sushi date with her husband, or sipping a warm cup of coffee in the presence of those she loves. Richele can be reached at extension 309 or via email at rgroeneweg@lifeworks-counseling.org

Cheri Heuer, M.A.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Cheri joined LifeWorks in May 2015 bringing experience and versatility to our team in working with a variety of populations. Cheri has degrees from both Indiana-Purdue University and Ball State in which she focused experience working in the area of relationship dynamics, with codependency issues, parents, empowering teens, and dealing with phase of life issues. She values the therapeutic relationship as one of trust and collaboration. Cheri believes the main foundation of effective therapy is her ability and willingness to meet clients where they are at and to form therapy around client needs. She enjoys staying active in being creative, baking, make crafts, pottery, and spending time with her family and pets. We are very excited to have Cheri as part of our team. Cheri can be reached at extension 309 or via email at cheuer@lifeworks-counseling.org

Lon Johnson, Master's in Divinity, M.A.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Lon's background incorporates over 25 years of working with teens and families in a variety of capacities. He brings his ministerial education and experience as a Pastor to LifeWorks. Lon works with children, adolescents, men, women, couples and families desiring them to experience person healing and in their relationships. Lon is passionate about working with men's issues and has experience working with people who struggle with pornography and addiction issues. He believes that through improved communication and knowing balance in their lives physically, spiritually and emotionally, each person has the potential to live a more complete and satisfying life. Lon currently serves as the campus pastor of a satellite church in Ossian, IN leading bible studies and caring for families. Lon is an avid reader and enjoys spending time cooking and visiting family. Lon can be reached at extension 310 or via email at ljohnson@lifeworks-counseling.org

Doug Kellenberger, M.A.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Formerly serving as an international sales representative, Doug highly values relationships with others. He earned his Masters Degree in Community Counseling and has provided counseling and education services at a local residential treatment center. His pursuit for a career in counseling developed out of his life-long passion for emotional freedom and his own healing journey. Doug ascribes to the theory of attuning to the person first in order to calm their fears resulting in creating an environment of emotional safety. He is very in tune with emotional connections and is willing to take the time to understand how a person feels, process, then explore what drives their behaviors. Doug has experience working through deeply painful issues with men and women, couples and families, emphasizing deeper thinking, and the presence of Christ in his sessions. Doug counsels most often with adults with inner-emotional pain, relational issues, addictions and codependency. His unique understanding of the brain and emotional circuits brings a specialty into his counseling practice. Doug is an active pastor in his local church. In his personal time, Doug likes to walk, ride his bike and read. He enjoys playing bass in his inner-city church worship team, experiment with self-concocted recipes and hold his little grand babies. Doug can be reached at extension 312 or via email at dkellenberger@lifeworks-counseling.org

Kara Kensinger, M.A.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, National Certified Counselor

Kara enjoys working with people and helping them discover what strengths they have and how they can find healing and positive change in their lives. Kara believes it is a true privilege to walk with others through hard times in life and is humbled by the courage people show as they work towards healing. She works with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. Kara has worked overseas with survivors of human trafficking and advocates for education and healing for issues related to societal impact and personal trauma. Kara takes special care to meet her clients where they are at emotionally and helps them move to a place of wholeness and healing. Outside her professional career, Kara enjoys camping, reading, spending time with family, and traveling to different places in the US and around the world. Kara can be reached at extension 304 or via email at kkensinger@lifeworks-counseling.org

Kati Mills, M.S.Edu.
Master's in Marriage & Family Therapy

Kati originally joined the LifeWorks team as a master's level intern from Indiana University-Purdue University where she studied couples and family counseling for three years before graduating and pursuing licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Prior to pursuing a career in mental health, Kati taught at an alternative school for at risk youth for 6 years. Her passion areas lie in working with children, "at risk" youth, adults, couples, and families. Kati enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, biking, running, reading for pleasure. Kati can be reached at extension 314 or via email at kmills@lifeworks-counseling.org

M. Ellen Schlatter, M.S.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Ellen joined the LifeWorks team in 2011 and has over 20 years of experience as a mental health counselor. She specializes in individual and family therapy, in the areas of trauma recovery, anxiety, depression, self-injurious behaviors, eating disorders, grief and adjustment difficulties, as well as parenting and divorce challenges. Ellen has extensive training, knowledge, and experience regarding the effects of trauma on functioning and utilizes this in her work with children, adolescents and adults. She trusts that every individual has the capacity and the ability to heal, offering hope through change and growth opportunities and the therapeutic relationship. In her free time, Ellen enjoys spending time with her children and their families, playing with and taking her dog Sadie on walks, and gardening. Ellen can be reached at extension 308 or via email at eschlatter@lifeworks-counseling.org

Colleen Zurcher-McGauran, M.A.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

A well-seasoned Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Colleen brings nearly 30 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge regarding relationship dynamics to her work at Lifeworks. She has worked with countless couples during periods of growth and times of challenge in the seasons of marriage, and pre-marital relationships, Colleen brings a unique blend of compassion and candor. She has worked extensively with veterans and their families encompassing the special needs associated with those who serve our country through the military. She also has extensive experience working with adolescents, adults, and in the area of family violence. Colleen is a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator abd has taught in higher education counseling programs. Colleen can be reached at extension 307 or via email at czmcgauran@lifeworks-counseling.org


Sampson is LifeWorks therapy canine who was rescued from the SPCA and adopted May 17th, 2014. He is adjusting to the environment of LifeWorks and enjoying working with both adults and children. Sampson has already made a significant impact in working with those suffering from anxiety, phobias, and adjustment issues. He loves making his rounds in the waiting room greeting everyone who enjoys his company. His calm demeanor and welcoming charm have been a terrific addition to the LifeWorks team.