Meet Our Team of Professionals

Counselors Associates Ltd. is an organization consisting of an exemplary group of licensed, experienced counseling professionals offering mental health services to children, adolescents and adults in individual, couple, family and group settings. Our goal is to assist people who are experiencing emotional or behavioral concerns and are interested in self-exploration and personal growth.

We are dedicated to serving you in both a professional and caring environment.

Founder & CEO - Kristin Kneedler (She/her/hers), MS, LCPC, NCC

Kristin specializes in the treatment of Healthcare Professionals, First Responders, as well as Trauma and PTSD.

COO and CIO - Mark Voegele Jr. (He/him)

Mark has more than 20 years of technology leadership experience and a proven track record of building and leading operations teams and operations software teams to deliver on organization goal achievement.

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Shiloh Clinical Director - Megan Droege (She/her), MS, LCPC
Megan specializes in Anxiety & Depression, LGBTQ, Relationship Concerns, Self-Esteem, Stress Management & Trauma.
Maryville Clinical Director - Anna Anderson (She/her), MA, LCPC, CADC
Anna specializes in Anxiety & Depression, Anger Management, Career Counseling, Stress Management and Relationship Concerns.
Creve Coeur Clinical Director - Melissa Webb, MA, LPC-MO, LPC-GA, BC-TMH
Melissa strives to empower and heal adults, mainly women of color, with anxiety, relationship concerns, and those experiencing postpartum anxiety.
Troy North Clinical Director - Karagan Romoser (She/her), MSW, LSW
Karagan uses an integrated therapeutic approach applying Client-Centered, Dialectical Behavioral, and Cognitive Behavioral Techniques. Karagan strives to empower her clients by having a non-judgmental attitude and meeting clients where they are.
Troy South Clinical Director - Ashlynn Pinney (She/her), MS, LPC, NCC, CCTP, Trained EMDR Therapist
Ashlynn believes in creating a positive therapeutic relationship with each of her clients that helps them work toward their individual goals and supports growth and progress along the way.
Director of Training - Jennifer Ellis (She/her), MSW
Jennifer specializes in ADD/ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders, Conduct, Depression/Mood Disorders, Self-Esteem, Self-Harm and Stress Management.
Khaola Shalabi (She/her), MS, LCPC, NCC, CCTP
Khaola works with teens and adults on a variety of issues including depression/anxiety, the effects of childhood trauma, divorce/co-parenting issues, grief/loss, self-esteem, women's issues and work life balance.
Luke Allan, MA, LPC
Luke specializes in treating Teen, Young Adults, and Adults experiencing Anxiety and Depression.
Samantha Bauer (She/her), MS
Sam's vision in therapy is to provide a fun, safe environment for children to advance their skills and reach their goals. She specializes in working on social, emotional, adaptive, and developmental skills with children.
Shyanna Kirby, LSW, MSW, Trained EMDR Therapist
Shyanna’s vision as a therapist is to provide a comfortable, safe space for her clients to feel supported in their therapeutic process. She views therapy as a journey not a destination.
Chelsea Mayo, MA, LPC
Chelsea’s goal as a therapist is to provide a safe space for clients to explore patterns of behavior, challenge themselves, develop goals, process painful life experiences, tap into potential, and increase self-awareness.
Darionne Smith (She/her/hers), MA, LPC
Darionne utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy with her clients. She elects a variety of theoretical orientations. She believes that every client has a unique and specific background which calls for an individualized approach to treatment. Darionne loves to meet people where they are.
Ariana Brown (She/They), MA, LCPC, NCC
Ariana specializes in treating teens and adults experiencing anxiety, depression and self-esteem issues. She serves LGBTQ+ clients.
Cassadi Christenson, MS
Cassadi’s vision is for kids, adolescents, and teens to feel heard, supported, and comfortable in therapy to reach their full potential. She understands that each therapy experience is unique and different for each person.
Danika Dale, MA, LCPC
Danika specializes in postpartum anxiety and depression, sexual assault recovery, adverse childhood experiences, anxiety and depression, and other types of traumas.
Kiesha Ford, MA, LPC, PhD ABD
Kiesha specializes in Anxiety, Behavioral Concerns, Career Counseling, Couples & Family Therapy, Depression and Family Dynamics Related to Chronic Illness.
Brandi Garlich (She/her/hers), MSW, LCSW
Brandi specializes in Anxiety, Defiance & Conduct Issues, Depression, Interpersonal Problems, Life Stage Changes, Mood Management, Self-Harm and Trauma.
Nathan Holzinger Smith, MA
Nathan realizes each patient seeking care has a unique life experience, therefore he works to adapt his therapy approach to the client’s needs.
McKenna Jarman, MS
McKenna views counseling as a holistic way to learn about oneself that is collaborative with the client. She works within a safe and fun environment for children and their parents to learn and grow.
Sara Kalkenova (She/her), BA, MA
Sara’s approach to therapy is centered on building trust and relationships. She creates a non-judgmental and safe place for clients to open up and allow themselves to become the best version of themselves.
Kaitie Kautz, MEd, LPC, NCC
Kaitie’s approach to therapy is centered on relationships. She first and foremost works with clients to build a strong therapeutic relationship to provide clients with the space to share their story and experiences.
Timothy J. Kelly, MA, LCPC
TJ is a seasoned clinician with nearly 10 years of clinical experience working with diverse presenting concerns and populations.
Danielle Koeneman, MA, LPC
Danielle specializes in the emotional and psychological impact of Pregnancy Loss and Infertility. She helps individuals develop the coping skills necessary to work through the profound feelings surrounding pregnancy loss and infertility.
Sarah Kovatovich (They/them), MEd, BA
Sarah’s model for a therapeutic space is to provide a comfortable, safe environment for clients to express their needs, process their emotions, as well as foster personal growth.
Ken Kubicek (He/him/his), LCPC, PhD
Ken specializes in Anxiety & Depression, Stress Management, and Relationship Concerns.
Josie Kutz, MSW
To empower her clients, Josie uses an integrated therapeutic approach with a range of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy techniques.
Mariah Logan (She/her), LCPC-IL, REAT
Mariah is a Master’s level clinician and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist. Mariah’s focus in the therapeutic space is to provide a comfortable environment to grow and explore together through visual art, movement, music, writing, drama, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, or traditional talk therapy.
Abby McBride, BA, MA, CCTP-A
Abby aims to cultivate a safe, inclusive, nonjudgmental, and trusting environment for all clients to feel heard. While she implements a wide range of therapeutic strategies, she prioritizes a mutually collaborative, culturally responsive approach grounded in a trauma-informed lens.
Amanda McMurray, MSW, LSW, CADC, RYT-200
Amanda enjoys working with children, adolescents, and young adults. She utilizes age-appropriate therapy techniques to help her clients improve.
Jazzmine Mitchell, MA
Jazzmine applies a variety of techniques to her practice including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Play Therapy, Thera play, and Family System Model.
Danielle Patrick-Wade, EdD, MS, MA, CMPC
Dani uses an integrated therapeutic approach by utilizing Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Positive Psychology.
Becca Ratermann, MA, LPC
Becca specializes in treating college students, athletes, adults, and geriatric adults. She uses an eclectic approach because she feels each situation and each client is unique having their own way of handling those situations.
Tasha Shannon (She/her), MA, MS, LCPC
Tasha specializes in Crisis Intervention, Depression and Social Skills.
Libby Shea, MA, LPC-MO
CURRENTLY NOT TAKING PATIENTS: Libby is a licensed professional counselor who has been working with several different client populations since 2019. She specializes in working with new and expectant mothers, especially those experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety.
Matthew Wilkinson, MA, LCPC, CTP, CTMH-A
Matt uses a combination of therapeutic treatments including Client-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. He works primarily with individual adults, offering telehealth appointments for clients in Illinois and Missouri, and has a background in treating people in an academic setting.
Taelor Wise, MA
Taelor has experience with adolescents and young adults, assisting with anxiety, self- worth, and life changes. She believes in using an integrative approach unique to each individual.
Becka Bahn, BS, Graduate Student Intern
Becka believes in using an integrative approach unique to each individual, utilizing Strength-Based Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
JaiLin Boivin, BS, MS, Graduate Student Intern
Taking an eclectic approach, JaiLin utilizes various treatments such as Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Feminist Therapy to help her clients.

Office Staff

Cristina Lanahan (She/her), Senior Office Manager - Troy North

With 20 years of customer service experience, Cristina is the initial point-of-contact for Counselors Associates Ltd. and facilitates appointment scheduling. She works collaboratively with each therapist to understand their strengths, which allows her to meet clients’ unique needs and pair them with the best therapist.

Melissa Tinsman (She/her), Marketing Coordinator - Troy North

After 4+ years of being the initial client contact for the Shiloh & Maryville offices, Melissa is now the Marketing Coordinator for Counselors Associates Ltd. She continues to help others by using her 20+ years of combined sales and customer service experience to promote mental health awareness and connect with the community.


Sara Van Fossen (She/her), Licensure and Billing Manager - Troy North

Sara brings over 10 years of customer service experience to Counselors Associates Ltd. She manages licensure, billing, and collections.  She brings over 11 years of customer service experience to Counselors Associates Ltd and strong demonstrated organizational experience.  She also fields questions regarding billing, insurance, payments, and claims.


Kristina Kutz (She/her), Office Manager- Shiloh

Kristina is the initial point-of-contact for the Shiloh office.  She facilitates appointment scheduling and works collaboratively with the front office team and therapists to provide the best possible customer service to our clients.

GiGi Antonas (She/her), Office Manager - Creve Coeur

With over 17 years of customer service experience, GiGi is the initial point-of-contact for the Creve Coeur office.  She facilitates appointment scheduling and works collaboratively with the front office team and therapists to provide the best possible customer service to our clients.  

Allyson Reckert (She/her), Office Manager - Troy South

Allyson is the initial point of contact for the Troy South office.  She facilitates appointment scheduling and works collaboratively with the front office team and therapists to provide the best possible customer service to our patients. 

Rachel Reed (She/her), Office Manager - Maryville

Rachel is the initial point of the contact for the Maryville office. She works collaboratively with the front office team, billing team, and clinical team ensuring there is a welcoming atmosphere. Rachel is committed to helping individuals on their journey to personal growth and well-being.

Chessa Ephron, Office Manager - Troy North

Chessa is the initial point of the contact for the Troy North office.  She facilitates appointment scheduling and works collaboratively with the front office staff, billing department, and clinical team to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Stacey Johnson (She/her), Billing and Collections Coordinator Level I - Troy North

Stacey brings over 20 years of customer service experience to Counselors Associates Ltd.  She verifies insurance and payment info, handles customer inquiries, and insurance claims.

Mary Buchanan (She/her), Licensure and Billing Coordinator - Troy North

Mary brings 20+ years of customer service experience to Counselors Associates Ltd. She facilitates insurance claims, client inquiries, and assists with licensure.

Katelyn Voegele (She/her), Billing and Collections Assistant - Troy North

Katelyn assists with tracking expirations and renewals of licensure. Additionally, she brings newly learned techniques to organize the company documents and records.