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.
Rob Hittmeier, Chief Executive Officer
Rob Hittmeier comes to Midwest Center for Youth & Families with over 20 years’ experience in the mental health field. He received his BA in Psychology, and his MS in Guidance & Counseling from Eastern Illinois University. Rob has worked both in outpatient and inpatient care settings providing services to a variety of ages, conditions and diagnoses. His experience in quality of care has lead him to many administrative positions at other agencies and now Chief Executive Officer at Midwest Center for Youth & Families.
Rob brings with him a collaborative and inclusive leadership style, based on developing trusting relationships with his staff. “I hope to create a positive work culture and environment, while also maintaining a strong sense of accountability and commitment to our DBT culture”.
Dr. Robert Raster, Psychiatrist
Dr. Raster joined Midwest Academy’s South Shore location in 2013 and comes to us with over 15 years of experience. He completed his undergraduate study at University of Notre Dame in 1988, followed up with medical school at Wayne State University in 1992 and completed his Psychiatry Residency at Northwestern in 1996. Dr. Raster loves the interesting work he does at Midwest Center and the nice staff he gets to interact with on a daily basis. “They make my job a lot easier,” he says, “because in my position, I’m working daily doing what I love, but the staff is why I walk through the doors with a smile on my face.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.