Meet Our Staff

At Ascension EAP, we pride ourselves in assisting organizations, employees, and members of the beneficiaries’ household with a wide range of difficulties. Our Employee Assistance Program model is built on short-term, solution focused counseling, and our team of counselors are professionally licensed to provide culturally competent behavioral health services within that scope. Additionally, we are experienced in providing psychological first aid in response to critical incidents in the workplace, organizational consultation, and training. The industries we serve span many sectors including healthcare, law enforcement, emergency and fire services, government, education, manufacturing, construction,  and business. Our team understands the unique needs within each of these workplace cultures by creating strong partnerships with the organizations we are privileged to serve. Some of the common issues people seek assistance for are depression, anxiety, stress, workplace issues, relationships, parenting, substance abuse, and grief. Whatever the issue, EAP is a great place to start!

Judy Bronson, MSW

Judy has a Master of Social Work degree from the College of St. Catherine and St. Thomas University. Judy has experience in working with clients who have a serious and persistent mental illness and with hospice home care. Judy has a particular interest in addressing issues with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and relationships. Judy has worked part-time with EAP since 2015.

Lauri Doepke, MS, LPC, NCC

Thanks for checking out our EAP page! I’m Lauri,  a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UW-Stout, and my Bachelors Degree from UW-Eau Claire.  My approach to therapy begins with building a trusting connection, then I focus on a strengths-based, goal-oriented approach. I also favor cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) as a counseling technique which focuses on challenging negative thought patterns that keep individuals stuck. This often includes doing work outside of the therapeutic hour through assignments and activities to increase self-awareness.  I’d describe myself as warm hearted, witty, and down to earth. Outside of work I enjoy running, group fitness, spending time with my dog, and quality time with family and friends. EAP is a great fit for me; I find it extremely rewarding to walk alongside my clients on their journey.

Mary Mattes, LPC

After discovering my passion in working with people, I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling through Lakeland College.  As a younger adult I had gotten my Bachelors Degree in Creative Writing, which seems a far cry from counseling. However, in both roles as an intake counselor (who is often the first contact you have with EAP), and as a counselor who provides individual counseling, I’ve found many helpful connections.   I am an empathetic listener, and find that each person I work with is rich with their own unique story.  I enjoy listening for details that can help narrow down what would be most helpful to you in this moment, and then provide additional exercises, tools, or resources to help you achieve your goals.  I strive to create a comfortable, inclusive, non judgmental, and helpful experience for you. I look forward to talking with you!  

Lynn Meinders, MSW

Hi- I’m Lynn, and I have been an EAP Counselor since 2014.  I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UW-Milwaukee and work experience in hospice and palliative care, loss and grief, community mental health and disability services.  As a counselor, I see my role to be that of a companion through the process, rather than someone who is here to fix a problem.  I provide observant, compassionate listening and I work to help people see their strengths, innate gifts and resiliency so they can determine answers and strategies that are right for them. I'm very interested in research that helps explain the way our minds work and why we do the things we do.  I like to help people dig deep into understanding themselves as well as their emotional/behavioral patterns in an effort to make meaningful change.  Away from work, I enjoy reading, creating visual art, walking with my dogs, hiking trails, perennial gardening and connecting with friends and family.  

Shelly Maxwell, MSW, LCSW

Hi! My name is Shelly and I am a counselor with Ascension WI EAP. Throughout my life I have lived and worked in many different areas around the country and abroad. I moved to Oshkosh and worked in the UWO Counseling Center after completing my master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. My wide array of work experiences help me provide a holistic approach to my clients. I value creating a safe atmosphere to understand your concerns, provide you support and to teach helpful coping strategies. In addition to counseling, I have practiced yoga for over 20 years and completed my yoga teacher training in 2018. I enjoy practicing and teaching yoga, meditation, laughing, being social with friends, watching sports, being active outdoors (running, gardening, kayaking, hiking) and spending time with my family.

Brian McCabe, MS, LPC

Hello, welcome to our page! My name is Brian and my journey to the counseling profession started in the business field consulting with hospitals throughout the country. A desire to work in the helping profession led me to seek out education and training in the counseling field. Prior to EAP, I provided career and personal counseling in a residential vocational/academic training facility, and for the State of WI Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. EAP is a perfect fit given my interests and work background. I truly believe that counseling is a great way for people to address challenges that get them stuck or dissatisfied with the path they are on. My approach is laid back, but also direct. I like interactions in appointments to feel natural, while paying particular attention to thought styles that drain energy and impact mood in an uncomfortable way. Naturally, my approaches to working with people are finding alternative perspectives on self and life’s circumstances, developing focused attention, and incorporating healthy habits into daily life.

Donna Schmitz, MA, NCC, LPC

Donna earned a master’s degree from Liberty University. She previously worked in private practice as a clinical therapist. Donna is passionate about helping people and has a special interest in counseling couples and families in crisis; parenting issues; communication and conflict resolution. In addition, she has extensive experience in stress, depression, grief, divorce care, anger management, work/career related issues and finances/budgeting. 

Sylvia Lee, MA, LPC

I am passionate about serving people from all cultural backgrounds and ages.  I enjoy partnering with clients to help them take ownership of their journey and empower them on their road to healing. I strive to support individuals in their efforts to heal and grow as well as become reconnected to their strengths and dreams.  

Steve DeClark, LCSW, SAC

My passion is helping people improve their relationships with themselves, their partner and their children.  My approach is Solution Focused… knowing what you want, doing something different and doing what works.   I am a former professional comedian and often use humor in sessions.  If you can find humor in your problem then it loses its power over you.

Erin Johnson, MS, LPC-IT

Ever since I was young, I’ve had a passion for listening to and supporting other people.  As a counselor, I strive to create a safe, comfortable space where you feel heard.  Together we will create goals, uncover your strengths, and explore obstacles while identifying healthier behaviors and coping skills you can use to create positive change in your life. I have experience in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, life transitions, relational concerns, family caregiver support, and coping with disabilities and chronic illness.  I often use a person centered, strengths based approach to help clients reach their goals.

Jennifer Houtz, MS, LPC

I look forward to meeting you and understanding how we can work together towards your self-improvement goals.  I have a straight-forward solution-focused approach.  I offer a listening ear in a safe, confidential space, and a personable response to your concerns.   I believe a sense of humor and an attitude of gratitude go a long way in life.  

Bob Carroll, MS, LCSW

My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.

Jeanine Rounds, MA, LPC-IT, SAC-IT

Hi, I'm Jeanine. My 20 years of business and leadership experience has provided me with perspective, insight and compassion for work  and life challenges and the need for healthy work/life balance. My counseling style is warm, interactive and strengths based. I believe we all get stuck from time to time and counseling can help anyone focus on solutions and build resilience to weather difficult times. I am trauma informed and use multiple theories though primarily cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing. I work with all issues though have additional training and experience with addiction, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and grief. I look forward to working with you.

Gary Yeast, MS, LMFT

Gary has 45+ years of clinical practice in behavioral health care and 30+ years of graduate teaching experience. He was involved in developing the profession and practice of family and couple therapy in the Unites States and Canada. For the past 30+ years Gary has been involved in the development of the science of traumatology. He specializes in trauma, disaster, and terrorism mental health services including medical, law enforcement, and firefighting.