Supervisor Team

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Audra Marks, PsyD

Dr. Audra Marks, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, is the Director of Training and Assistant Director of Health and Human Services for the Village of Hoffman Estates. Dr. Marks earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Masters from the Illinois School of Clinical Psychology, as well as her Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University. Dr. Marks has experience working in community mental health and academics. Dr. Marks, along with the clinical supervisory team, are dedicated to providing exceptional training, with an emphasis on multicultural competency, which fosters professional growth and development in a supportive and stimulating environment. Dr. Marks has a strong passion for supervision and is dedicated to training future psychologists. Dr. Marks provides individual supervision to interns, advanced practicum and practicum externs, and particularly enjoys assisting students in their development of self-awareness.  Dr. Marks takes the lead on the organization and functioning of the training program. Clinical interests include trauma, gender and identities, working with clients across the lifespan, and psychodynamic relational feminist theory. Dr. Marks supports students in the development of their preferred theoretical orientation. 

Monica Saavedra, PsyD

Dr. Monica Saavedra is the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services for the Village of Hoffman Estates and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.  Dr. Saavedra received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology as well as her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University.   Dr. Saavedra has worked in community mental health with a specialization in trauma and multicultural competence.  She currently co-facilitates the Multicultural Competence and Community Psychology Seminar for the training program at HHS as well as provides supervision for Interns and Advanced Practicum Externs.  Her clinical interests include grief and loss, couples work, trauma, exploration of diverse aspects of identity, Sandtray therapy and Play therapy.  

Ed Dunkleblau, PhD

Dr. Ed Dunkelblau has worked as  clinical supervisor at Health and Human Services at the Village of Hoffman Estates for almost 40 years. Dr. Dunkelblau co-facilitates psychotherapy seminar and supervises interns for group supervision and supervision of supervision. Dr. Dunkelblau facilitates Career Counseling didactics and other topics that vary from year to year. Dr. Dunkelblau’s areas of interest include being a Cadre Speaker for the Department of Defense Yellow Ribbon program, providing consultation to school systems throughout the country, providing clinical consultation to many Illinois schools, and academics.

Caren Gardner, M.S. 

Caren Gardner received a B.S. degree from DePauw University and a M.S. degree from George Williams College.  She has been with the Village of Hoffman Estates Department of Health and Human Services since 1981, where she has worked with clients, supervised externs, co-led a psychotherapy seminar, was a speaker for community groups, led parenting groups and organized continuing education programs.  She was on the McHenry County Mental Health Board and worked with therapeutic riding programs for many years. Caren Gardner co-facilitates psychotherapy seminar and provides small group supervision for therapy practicum students. 

Lauren Nichols, PsyD

Dr. Lauren Nichols earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, as well as her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She currently co-facilitates the Multicultural Competence and Community Psychology Seminar for the training program at HHS, as well as provides supplemental supervision for Interns. Dr. Nichols’ areas of interest include community mental health, trauma, grief and loss, assessment, and psychotherapy with children and adolescents.