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Our Staff

Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

The Leadership Team at Midwest Center for Youth & Families provides a stabilizing support system that allows our clinical staff to focus on what matters most: helping children and families achieve success.

Chris Iliff, Chief Executive Officer

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Dr. Douglas Jarvis, Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Medical Director
Dr. Jarvis joined Midwest Center for Youth & Families in 2021. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oakland University and his degree as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University. He continued his medical training as a member of the United States Army, where he completed his General Psychiatry Residency at Triple Army Medical Center, and his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, GA and Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Jarvis continued his military service until 1996. “I enjoy helping my patients and their families heal and become a healthier and happier family. I am dedicated to them and the staff that I work with at Midwest Center.”

Trey Biggs

Trey Biggs, Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Trey obtained his Associate of Science in Nursing at Hannibal-LaGrange University in 2016 and then continue his education to get his Bachelor of Science at Central Methodist University in 2019. He began his career with Midwest Center for Youth & Families in 2018 to 2021 as a register nurse. He chose to move forward with his education and received his Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University in 2021. Midwest Center is happy to have him rejoin our team in 2023. He will be collaborating with our Medical Director, Dr. Jarvis, and all our nursing department. He enjoys spending time with his patients and helping them improve through their treatment.

Kathy Jakubowski

Kathy Jakubowski, Director of Nursing

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Katie Lerch, MSW, LCSW, Director of Intake
Katie Lerch graduated from Indiana University Northwest. She began her career with Midwest Center for Youth & Families in August, 2012 as a therapist and then joined the admissions team as an Intake Clinician. In 2018 Katie moved into the role of Utilization Review Director and then became the Director of Intake. “I am excited about the opportunity to work with families to evaluate appropriateness for our program and educate families about DBT treatment. In the event that our program is not the best fit, I do my best to assist families in locating other resources.”

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Roberta Woods, BS, MS, Director of Education
Roberta Woods has been our Principal since 2007. Our school, Midwest Academy, is a fully accredited, on-ground school that has been in operation since 2005. She has her bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and her master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University. Roberta also has an endorsement in English for Speakers of Other Languages from NOVA Southeastern University. Prior to serving as an administrator, she taught Special Education to students at all grade levels. Roberta says she enjoys dedicating herself to “helping children accomplish their goals—both academically and therapeutically, at Midwest Center for Youth & Families.”

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Lindsey Janiga, MA, LMHC, NCC, Director of Clinical Services
Lindsey Janiga, obtained both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, from Valparaiso University. She did her Internship at Midwest Center for Youth & Families. In 2015, Lindsey became a Therapist providing individual, group, and family therapy, as well as psychoeducation and DBT skills training to clients, families and staff. She was named Director of Clinical Services in 2021. “I am dedicated to providing a comprehensive and adherent DBT treatment program at Midwest Center for our patients and staff.”

Take the First Step

Find out how Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) at Midwest Center for Youth & Families can help your child find hope and healing. Call 888-629-3471 for a no-cost, confidential assessment. If you or your loved one need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.