After earning his Masters Degree at Northern Illinois University in 1974, Jim began his career in the field of community mental health. Over the next 14 years, he developed and administered a number of community-based programs for post-hospitalized adult mentally ill individuals in Kane and DuPage Counties. His growing interest in working with families of the mentally ill sparked his pursuit of post-graduate training in marriage and family therapy in 1980 and ultimately led to his position as Executive Director of TriCity Family Services in Geneva, Illinois, where he served from 1988 until his retirement in April, 2017.
A practicing marriage and family therapist since 1982, Jim is licensed in the State of Illinois. While non-profit program development, management and administration were the primary focus of his day-to-day work in the mental health field, he remained clinically active over the entire span of his career, maintaining caseloads at the agencies employing him and, for nearly 31 years, serving on the staff of Kairos Family Center in Elgin, IL, a private not-for profit church-based agency, where he worked with individuals, couples and families using a family-systems approach to treatment.
Jim and his wife, Diane, reside in Batavia and have four adult children and five grandchildren.
Jim works out of the St. Charles Office.