Counseling and Wellness Staff
Kim Major-Ford, Psy.D., M.S. Ed
Dr. Major-Ford is the Interim Director of the Counseling and Wellness Center. Dr. Major-Ford earned her master’s degree in Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and her Doctorate of Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Major-Ford’s clinical interests include grief & loss (particularly homicide loss and violent death), relationship issues, depression/mood disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment issues, life transitions (to college, in midlife), stress, coping skills, substance use, and spirituality/religion. Her approach to therapy is primarily an integration of client-centered, psychodynamic, and interpersonal approaches. For some presenting concerns (e.g., anxiety, adjustments, transitions-college/midlife, work/life balance, substance use), she incorporates more direct approaches such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness exercises into her work with clients while maintaining a strengths-based perspective. She believes the therapeutic relationship and a therapist who is genuine, authentic, and empathic are essential components for change, and that these dynamics foster trust, collaboration, and a safe empowering space where individuals can begin to make the changes they want in their lives.
Freddy Tung, Psy.D., MBA
Dr. Tung received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his Doctorate of Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He also has earned a Masters in Business Administration from Olivet Nazarene University. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois.
Depression, trauma, anxiety, relationships, men’s issues, and issues of faith.
Joy Grange, LCPC
Mental Health Counselor
Joy received her M.A. in Counseling from Governors State University. She is also the chairperson for Advocating for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP), and has dedicated the past twenty years of her life towards fighting gender-based violence.
Joy believes in a client centered approach. Her clinical interests surround anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, imposter syndrome and traumatic stress.
Daniece J. Townsend, MA, LPC, NCC
Mental Health Counselor
Daniece obtained her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Northwestern University.
Daniece views the therapeutic process as a collaborative journey between the client and therapist. She is committed to creating a safe, integral, and empathetic space in which her clients can process and discover their potential and authenticity.
Angela Johnson, M.S.W., L.S.W.
Ms. Johnson is the Program Coordinator for the GSU4U program which connects students to support services on-campus as well as within the community and represents GSU as the House Liaison with the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
Angela received her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Sociology from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. She earned her Master of Social Work Degree at Governors State University. Upon completion of her Master of Social Work Degree, Angela was inducted into Phi Alpha Honor Society at Governors State University.
Angela has provided behavioral health services in many settings including Franciscan Health as an Emergency Department Social Worker. Angela encompasses over 20 years of experience providing counseling, case management, parenting education and trauma informed care to individuals and families throughout the Chicagoland area.
Office Manager for the Counseling & Wellness Center
Sabrina has an extensive background in Management Support and has also served in the role as Executive Assistant for the Department of Children and Family Services. She has received her Bachelor of Arts Degree (Cum Laude) in Psychology from Chicago State University. Sabrina is currently enrolled at Chicago State University and in the fall 2023 will earn her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Leadership. She is a wife of over 30 years and mother of two young men. She enjoys event planning, baking, writing stage play and has even performed in a few.
Brianna is a graduate student here at GSU majoring in Clinical Mental Health. Upon graduating, Brianna looks forward to working with children and adolescents and has an interest in incorporating art therapy. Some of her favorite hobbies include trying new foods, learning, taking walks, sitting by water, spending time with family and friends, and taking pictures.
Doctoral Practicum Externs
Jesse is a graduate student at Adler University obtaining his doctorate in clinical psychology. He is a Navy veteran who was stationed in San Diego, CA, and served for 7 years where he deployed twice and saw 10 countries. In his 34 years of life, Jesse shares that he has experienced many of both challenging and rewarding events in life and strongly believes that by reflecting and digging deeper on these, one can learn to better navigate circumstances that life presents by recognizing patterns and living more intentionally. Some of his interests include weight training, running, cycling, swimming, guitar, piano, podcasts, traveling, cats, beaches, movies, flying drones, movies, hiking, and connecting with others.
Imaan is an emerging clinician who received her master’s in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She also received her bachelor’s degree in both psychology and political science from Loyola University Chicago.
Imaan’s clinical interests include working with individuals who are experiencing significant mental health concerns (e.g. psychosis and related disorders). She is also interested in working with those dealing with anxiety, relationship difficulties, stress, and adjustment issues. Imaan is particularly passionate about working with immigrant and first-generation individuals and believes in the importance of incorporating diversity in her work and understanding cultural and religious factors. Imaan also likes to incorporate mindfulness and meditation in her work. She believes in a client-centered approach and the importance of providing a safe and trusting environment in order for her clients to thrive.
In her spare time, Imaan loves art, cooking and baking, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with her cat!
Sara E. Rosenquist, M.A. (she/her/hers)
Sara is an emerging clinician who received her master's degree in clinical psychology from Midwestern University. She also gained an extensive background in sociology and philosophy when obtaining her undergraduate degrees at Stony Brook University. Sara enjoys photography, painting, knitting, writing poetry, yoga, fostering animals, and exploring the outdoors.
Sara has experience working with individuals across the lifespan with a variety of concerns. Her clinical interests include mood and trauma-based concerns, identity exploration and development, LGBTQA+ community concerns, life adjustments, grief and ambiguous loss, and stress management. Sara utilizes a culturally sensitive and relational therapeutic model to promote safety and authentic self-expression. She also has a passion for integrating expressive art and systems-based interventions to best serve the clients she works with.
Advocate Aurora Health Staff
Cassandra Brooks, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Cassandra Brooks is a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner with Advocate Aurora Health. With two decades as a registered nurse, Cassandra brings a wealth of knowledge and experience providing compassionate health care. She started her career at Rush University Medical Center in 2005 caring for medical-surgical and transplant patients. After graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Truman State University, Cassandra earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Governors State University in 2015. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International.
Cassandra enjoys sports, listening to podcasts, and spending time with family. “Working as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse continues to enrich my nursing career and passion to care, to serve, and to help those in need.”
Angelie Cherry Purifoy, CCMA
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
Angelie is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant working with Advocate Aurora Health. In May 2018, she earned her state certification after completing school at Prairie State College. Angelie continues to grow as a medical professional through her service to patients, offering both education and knowledge of resources. Her passion for patient care shows in her collaboration with health and mental-care services. She enjoys applying her creative skills to her clinical work. Angelie enjoys fashion, photography, arts and crafts, and spending time with friends and family.
“It is beyond rewarding working in the Counseling and Wellness Center to provide health services to such a diverse community of students. Every day I come in with the intent and passion to make sure our office is a safe space as any clinical setting should be.”