Becky Lacy, Office Manager

Becky takes care of connecting new clients with a counselor.  She also handles the billing and the other aspects of the organization.  If you have a question about billing or scheduling an appointment with a client, she can be reached at the main office.

  • Phone:  217-698-7150 ext 101
  • Email:
  • Main Office:  3000 Lenhart Road, Springfield
  • Monday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rebecca Leatherwood, Office Assistant

Rebecca assists the Office Manager in the daily duties including scheduling appointments, collecting and entering payments and managing client documents.

  • Phone:  217-698-7150
  • Main Office:  3000 Lenhart Road, Springfield
  • Tuesday evenings
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Thursday evenings
  • Friday: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Executive Director

Glynnis Shryock, MA, LCPC

Glynnis received her B.A. Degree in Communications/English from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri and her M.A. Degree in Counseling Ministry from Lincoln Christian University.  She has been employed in Christian ministry for 30 years.  Glynnis specializes in anxiety and depression disorders, co-dependency, assertiveness and boundaries, emotionally destructive relationships, grief and loss issues, spiritual formation, divorce adjustment and stress management.  Glynnis counsels adults ages 21 an up.

Therapies offered include cognitive behavioral therapy, assertiveness training, strength-based counseling, brief solution-based counseling, and holistic stress management.  Additionally, Glynnis consults as a speaker at local churches, workshops and conferences sharing on issues of emotional health and spiritual life.


All new clients are asked to contact the Office Manager (ext 101) to set an appointment.

  • Phone:  217-698-7150 ext 200
  • Main Office:  3000 Lenhart Road, Springfield
    • Tuesday: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    • Wednesday: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    • Thursday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    • Select Saturdays 9:00 AM to 1:oo PM
  • Jacksonville Office: First Christian Church, 2106 S Main Street
    • Monday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Clinical Director

Jill Talavera, MA, LCPC, CADC

Jill is a licensed clinical professional counselor.  She received her B.A. in Psychology and her M.A. in Human Development Counseling with specialization in addiction counseling from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

She has over 10 years experience working with addiction and related issues.  She can provide counseling to adults individually or in group settings.  In addition to substance abuse, Jill also helps individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma.  Jill provides client centered cognitive behavioral therapy while including faith and Bible teachings.

  • Phone:  217-698-7150 ext 205
  • Main Office:  3000 Lenhart Road, Springfield
    • Monday:  9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Thursday:  9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • First Christian Church Downtown:  700 S. 6th St., Springfield
    • Tuesday:  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Bruce LaMontagne, MSW, LSW

Bruce LaMontagne received his B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences and his M.S.W. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.  Bruce was employed for 30 years as a social worker with Springfield School District #186 prior to his retirement in June of 1999.

Bruce provides spiritually based, Christian counseling for adult individuals that is solution-focused.  His area of expertise include addiction, anxiety, depression, anger management and school-related problems.  He does not see children or adolescents.

  • Phone:  217-698-7150 ext 204
  • Main Office:  3000 Lenhart Road, Springfield
    • Monday:  2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • Wednesday:  8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Denise Beeching, MA, MS, ALMFT

Denise received her MS from Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City, OK, and her MA from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Denise has had an interest in Marriage and Family for several years. She is a Christian counselor with experience working with children in the foster care system as well as their biological parents and foster parents. She has also worked with adolescents residing in group homes due to trauma and anger issues. She has experience with adjustment and attachment problems in children and adolescents due to traumatic experiences.  She uses Theraplay to train parents and caregivers in building strong attachments with their children. Denise has completed training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She is also trained in Level 2 Gottman Method Couples Therapy which she uses in her work with couples.  Denise approaches therapy from a systems perspective, looking at various systems her clients are involved in such as family, school, employment, and community, and how those systems effect the individual.

  • Phone:  217-698-7150 ext 209
  • Main Office:  3000 Lenhart Road, Springfield
    • Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • First Christian Church Downtown, 700 S. 6th, Springfield
    • Monday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Tuesday: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Thursday:  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • First Christian Church Jacksonville, 2106 South Main, Jacksonville
    • Wednesday:  1:00 - 5:00 PM

Roberta Mangano, MA, MSW, LCPC

Roberta received her M.S. from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota and her M.S.W. from the University of Kentucky. Roberta has been involved in counseling within the church for over 10 years. She has experience working with men and women individually, couples and adult families. She has been trained in John Gottman’s Evidence Based Marital Therapy. She has also been trained in EMDR and has used it working with trauma related issues. She also works in areas related to spiritual formation.

  • Phone:  217-698-7150 ext 203
  • Main Office:  3000 Lenhart Road, Springfield
    • Tuesday:  9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    • Thursday: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • First Christian Church Downtown Office:  700 S. 6th Street, Springfield
    • Wednesdays: 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    • Limited Friday hours for established clients

Mike Goldberg, MA, LCPC  

Michael earned a BA in Psychology from Sangamon State University and a MA in Clinical Psychology from University of Illinois - Springfield. Before coming to Living Hope Counseling Center, he worked at Memorial Behavioral Health for nearly 22 years in a number of positions including Access Center staff, Sangamon County Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Liaison, Children's Center therapist, and as an integrated behavioral health consultant placed at the SIU - Center for Family Medicine.

Michael has experience working with clients ranging from young children through adulthood. He has counseled patients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma.

He served on the board of Project: Return, a program assisting women reintegrate into society after being released from correctional facilities. Michael is a 20 year veteran of the US Army Band. He served 3 years on active duty and 17 years in the Illinois National Guard. He retired in 2009 at the rank of Sergeant First Class. Michael continues to be an active musician and can often be found on Sundays using his musical gifts to spread the word of God in brass ensembles at local churches.

  • Phone:  217-698-7150 ext 210
  • Main Office:  3000 Lenhart Road, Springfield
    • Monday:  9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Monday:  4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    • Thursday 4:30 - 7:30 PM
    • Friday:  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Saturday:  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (limited availability)
  • First Christian Church Jacksonville, 2106 S. Main, Jacksonville
    • Tuesday:  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • First Christian Church Downtown, 700 S. 6th Street, Springfield
    • Wednesday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Thursday: 9:00 AM to 1:oo PM

Kathleen Lyons, MA, LCPC

Kathleen Lyons earned her B.A. in Youth Ministry/Adolescent Studies from Judson University in Elgin, Illinoi, and her M.A. in Counseling from Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois. She is a reality-based, solution-focused Christian counselor who is dedicated to providing professional care and implementing effective holistic treatment for individuals and families.  Kathleen is committed to client healing through increasing self-awareness, developing health coping and communication skills, and embracing personal responsibility and freedom. Kathleen's clinical experience includes counseling children (ages 4 and up), adolescents, adult individuals and families.  Her specific interests include anxiety and depression, stress and adjustment issues, spiritual formation, divorce recovery, communication and interpersonal issues, parenting and family system issues, women's issues, grief and loss.

  • Phone:  217-698-7150 ext 201
  • Main Office:  3000 Lenhart Road, Springfield
    • Tuesday:  9:00 AM  to 2:00 PM
    • Tuesday:  5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Wednesday:  9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    • Wednesday:  5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • First Christian Church Downtown, 700 South 6th, Springfield
    • Monday:  9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Laura Colantino, MA, LPC

Laura earned her BA in Sociology/Anthropology and her MA in Human Development Counseling from the University of Illinois at Springfield.  Her clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults and families.  She uses a client centered cognitive behavioral approach that is also holistic and incorporates Christian values and truths of the Christian faith.  Her areas of experience are family and relationship issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss.

  • Phone:  217-698-7150 ext 202
  • Main Office:  3000 Lenhart Road, Springfield
    • Monday:  2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    • Saturday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Sarah Tierney, MA, LCPC  

Sarah received a Masters in Counseling from Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois in May 2010, after completing her Bachelor's degree in Family Life Ministry in May 2007.  she has internship experience with the guidance counseling department at Mt. Pulaski Grade School and Junior High and with the student counseling department at Lincoln College.  She has also worked as a graduate teaching assistant at LCU.  Sarah has been counseling both adults and adolescents, primarily from a Solution-Focused Brief Therapy perspective, as well as providing semi-annual premarital, marital, and team-building seminars for local churches and businesses.

  • Phone:  217-698-7150 ext 207
  • Main Office:  3000 Lenhart Road, Springfield
    • Friday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, 115 N. Washington, Mt. Pulaski
    • Sunday: 1:30 to 5:3o PM

Amanda Hill, MS, LCPC  

Amanda is a licensed clinical professional counselor. She received her B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Counseling Psychology at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. She has 5 years experience providing attachment focused and trauma informed individual and family therapy to families that have adopted children in an adoption preservation program. More recently, Amanda has worked in a prison setting providing individual and group therapy to adult male inmates.
Amanda has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has provided therapy to clients with reactive attachment, ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, anger and conduct Issues, PTSD and other trauma related disorders, personality disorders, and psychotic disorders. She uses a cognitive behavioral approach and has experience using Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and attachment-focused EMDR, Theraplay, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trust Based Relational Intervention.
  • Phone:  217-698-7150 ext 206
  • Main Office:  3000 Lenhart Road, Springfield
    • Friday:     12:30 to 3:30
    • Saturday: 12:30 to 3:30
    • Monday:  9:00 - 1:00 (Lenhart)
    • Monday:  3:30 - 7:30 (First Christian Downtown)
    • Tuesday:  12:30 - 7:30 (First Christian Downtown)
    • Wednesday: 9:00 - 12:00 (First Christian Downtown)
    • Saturday:  12:30 - 3:30 (Lenhart)