Carolyn Khan, MA, LCPC, CDVP

Executive Director

Mrs. Carolyn Khan is the Executive Director of Bridges to New Day, nfp.  Mrs. Khan has a master-degree in counseling from Governors State University. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and a certified domestic violence professional (CDVP).  She is a founding member of the organization.  She has worked in the social service field for over 20 years.  In her career, she developed and implemented a program that provided services to preschools and grade schools after a violent incident occurred in the community.  And she trained staff and developed a parenting program that provided in-home visitation as well as parenting groups in both English and Spanish.  In addition, she has provided counseling to adults, children, couples and families.  Mrs. Khan is past president of the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional Board.  She is past president of the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Board.  She is currently President Elect of the Illinois Counseling Association and Strategic Planning Chair.  Mrs. Khan has presented numerous presentations on a variety of issues though out Illinois on such subjects as; effects of violence on children, domestic violence, interventions with children, adolescents and adults exposed to violence, helping children deal with loss; program development; and more.

Karen Olalde MS Ed, LCPC, CDVP

Assistant Executive Director 

It is my vision that every person encounters obstacles on their life journey, and I want to help empower children and adults and families to prevail over these obstacles that are impacting their lives. I value the fact that each child or adult is uniquely capable of interpreting their own experience, and has the courage to address the impact their experiences have on their lives. Everyone has the resiliency to reach their full potential, and I would like to help with the journey.    

My office is conveniently located near the heart of Romeoville, where it can easily be accessed from the surrounding towns or the nearby highway. There is ample parking in front of my office, which is set back from the road, giving it privacy and a quieter setting. The office is located on the second floor which can be accessed by a short flight of stairs.  I provide office hours during the week, starting at 9:00 in the morning, and continue all the way through the evening, with my last appointment slot at 7:00 at night.  

During your initial session we will discuss your unique experiences and how they are impacting your life.  Together we will develop a plan that best suits your needs to achieve your goals.  

Jennifer Swenson MA, LPC

Counselor

I’m a counselor, because I believe we can all benefit from a safe, supportive space to be ourselves and process our lives.  I work with individuals, families, and couples in the counseling setting.  I also teach a couples’ program focused on the transition to parenthood.  Working in a non-profit allows us the opportunity to provide counseling to members of the community who may otherwise not have access to services.

Rasa Ruzgys MA, LPC, CADC

Counselor

I have been working in the counseling field since 2014. I started off with working with the substance abuse/addiction population and expanded my studies toward mental health counseling. I graduated Governor’s State University in 2019 with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and have been actively seeking my LPC. I absolutely enjoy counseling and being able to help people reach their ultimate potentials. I’m committed to empower clients to take control of their lives and help them navigate through their journeys toward happiness and a brighter future.

Kimberly Fearson

Public Relations Specialist

I work in the public relations department because I honestly just want to help. I believe in the mission of Bridges to a New Day, nfp and I want to make sure the resources are there so the counselors can continue to make a difference in the lives of many in our community.  

Kelly O’Brien

Office Manager

I work in the public relations department because I honestly just want to help. I believe in the mission of Bridges to a New Day, nfp and I want to make sure the resources are there so the counselors can continue to make a difference in the lives of many in our community.  

GROWING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • In our initial year (2004-2005), we served 234 adults and children.

  • In 2018/2019, we provide services to 571 adults and children.

  • By the end of FY19, we had served 3,909 adults and children.

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