Our staff is an amazing, hard-working and dedicated group who develop and implement the programming that furthers our mission of educating communities about teen depression, breaking the stigma that surrounds mental illness and promoting mental health in teens.
Heather Freed, L.C.S.W., is our Executive Director. Heather joined the Erika's Lighthouse team in 2007 upon graduating from Lake Forest College with her B.A. in psychology and communications. After taking time off to complete a Masters of Social Work program at Loyola University Chicago, Heather returned to us in 2012 as the Director of Programming and Communications, and in 2015 became our Executive Director. Heather oversees the day to day operations of Erika's Lighthouse, ensuring that our programming is in line with our mission.
Heather's background includes work with youth, families and schools. She is a licensed therapist and has experience in prevention, crisis intervention and community outreach. Heather is energetic and passionate about mental health issues and strongly believes in the importance of teaching our children about good mental health.
"It's an incredible feeling to know that you are part of a social movement that will change the lives of children and families for generations to come."
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Peggy Kubert, L.C.S.W., is our Director of Education. Peggy is a licensed clinical social worker, addictions counselor, student assistance trainer and parent educator. She has a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago, and undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. Peggy has been with Erika's Lighthouse since 2006, developing our programming and working with schools to implement our programming. Peggy is passionate about providing consultation, support and training to students, educators, parents and health professionals to help young people lead healthy, happy and productive lives.
Peggy also facilitates a parent education program called Roots & Wings, Raising Resilient Children.
"I am excited to represent an organization that provides hope to so many young people and families."
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Kristina Kins, M.S.W., is our Director of Outreach & Development. She joined Erika's Lighthouse in 2016 as a graduate intern. In her role, Kristina works to promote the programs of Erika's Lighthouse, as well as to connect current and potential new donors to the organization's mission. After spending many years in the business and finance sectors, Kristina changed career directions and is excited to be working with an organization working to spread the importance of positive mental health in schools and communities. She obtained her Master of Social Work degree, along with a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Philanthropy, from Loyola University Chicago. Kristina graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a BA in sociology.
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Shira Lichtenstein, M.A. Psychology, is our Social Media Coordinator. She joined Erika's Lighthouse in 2015 as a member of the Lighthouse Council while completing an online Master program in psychology at The Chicago School for Professional Psychology, with a concentration in children and adolescents. She is currently pursuing a Masters in social work at The University of Chicago. After Shira's involvement on the Lighthouse Council, she joined our staff in 2018. Shira oversees social media communication and uses different platforms to help spread our message and promote our curricula for depression education. Shira's background includes working with families, schools and adolescents. After receiving her LCSW, Shira is planning on becoming DBT certified and has already started training for her DBT specialization. Shira is passionate about mental health issues and strongly believes that given the right tools and resources, anyone can improve their mental health.
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