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Meet our team

Lynette Spencer, LCSW, CCAT  |  she/her
Founder, Interim Executive Director
Lynette values authenticity and kindness in her relationships, and has an investment in the human experience with the belief that each person she encounters is the expert on their own life. She has a master's degree in social work. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified clinical adventure therapist. Her favorite pastimes are hiking and watercolor painting.
Beth Hanson  |  she/her
Billing & Administrative Manager
Beth brings her experience in marketing, event planning and office administration to Adventure Works. Because of her love for outdoor adventures and youth, she has long admired the mission of Adventure Works and is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of their team. Having grown up on a family farm in rural Shabbona, she believes there is no better place to have one's spirit renewed than to be outdoors enjoying the beauty and magic of nature. Beth is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide through ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs). She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, kayaking, hiking, biking, walking, dancing, gardening, museums, theater, concerts, festivals, art and all plants. Her bucket list includes visiting all of our great national parks.
Shannon Kaecker, MSW, LCSW  |  she/her
Clinical Lead
Shannon is passionate about working with individuals and families, and believe it's an honor to join and share in their story to work towards their goals. She believes in the worth of all individuals and in their ability to heal. She has experience and additional training in working with youth with trauma. She has experience working with a number of different systems, like juvenile justice and child welfare. When she is not working, she enjoys drinking coffee and playing with her rescue dog.
Cristian Caraballo
MFT/Clinical Intern
Cristian is originally from Venezuela, and a native Spanish speaker. He is also a graduate student at NIU in the marriage and family therapy program. He is passionate about working with the youth individually or with their family in therapy. He believes that the environment can be used as a healing tool and learning experience. Cristian believes that having healthy connections with family and friends/peers can spark meaningful and positive changes in people, in particular the youth. In his free time, Cristian enjoys listening to music and he enjoys trying new activities and foods whenever possible and most importantly playing with his rescue husky Loki.
Chris Mrofcza, M.S. ED., LPC  |  he/him
Chris became a counselor after growing through his own personal experiences with mental health counseling and because of his passion for experiential and expressive experiences. In addition to his part-time availability with Adventure Works, Chris serves within the community as a full-time high school counselor. His specialty is working with young-adult and student-aged clients to improve their sense of self-efficacy through creative and empowering therapeutic experiences.
Brianne Maksimovic, MSW, CADC  |  she/her
Bri maintains a curious and playful presence in working with individuals and groups. She is a passionate learner and utilizes the outdoors to create intentional opportunities for growth and healing for her clients. She has a special interest in working with family trauma. In Bri's spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, trail-running, canoeing, and backpacking!
Chloe Carlson, M.S. ED.  |  she/her
Chloe is passionate about healing and finds relationships, nature, and adventure to be catalysts for meaningful change. Chloe utilizes connection with the environment and intentional experiential interventions to encourage positive growth in youth and families. Chloe has a special interest in complex trauma, focusing on the body/brain connection. In Chloe's spare time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, and camping with her family. Chloe's favorite activity is taking long walks with her dogs though the woods.
Claire Taylor |  they/she
Clinical Intern
Claire knows firsthand the importance of connecting with nature for healing and well-being. This inspired them to enroll in NIU's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, where they are in their third year. With a holistic approach that combines play therapy, nature-based interventions, mindfulness, and gardening, they create a safe and healing space where kids can overcome challenges. By incorporating mindfulness techniques into their sessions, Claire helps children develop an awareness of their thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations, enabling them to cultivate a sense of calm and grounding amidst their healing journey. In their free time, Claire enjoys yoga, camping, tending to their plants, hiking with their dog, and cooking for loved ones.
Natilee Morey  |  she/her
Group Facilitator
Natilee graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in spring 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She begins classes at NIU this fall of 2023 for a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is passionate about connection and building relationships, and takes pride in being empathetic, compassionate, and warm in all aspects of her life. She loves the outdoors— her favorite activities include hiking, swimming, and sledding!
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Kait Stevens LSBW |  she/her
Program Facilitator 
Kait graduated from Indiana University in 2020 with a Bachelors in social work. Prior to joining the AW team in August of 2023, she worked as a therapeutic adventure group facilitator, individual caseworker and family caseworker. She's familiar with working in home-based, school, outdoor settings. Kait is currently working with youth and adults with disabilities to provide adaptive recreation opportunities. In her free time she enjoys yoga, foraging, reading, and even found time to backpack and hike the Appalachian Trails in 2022. Kait appreciates that Adventure Works creates unique opportunities for people to explore feelings, values and ideas, and in turn build upon their self-efficacy. She also loves that Adventure Works encourages a holistic approach to continued learning about oneself.

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