Meet Our Staff

Director of the Counseling Center

Bethany Bilyeu, Psy.D., LCPC


Education: Bachelor of Arts from UIS and Doctor of  Clinical Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Bilyeu came to UIS from California, where she worked in the foster care system focused on residential and community-based services. She has over 10 years of experience working with trauma survivors and high-risk clients.

Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Coordinator

Valerie Gebhardt, MSW, CADC


Education: Bachelor of Arts (Child, Family & Community) from Sangamon State University (now University of Illinois – Springfield); Master of Social Work from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Valerie coordinates and implements campus alcohol and other drug prevention planning and data collection.  She provides substance abuse education, counseling and referrals for the students, writes and implements AOD prevention grants, implements and coordinates campus AOD assessments.  She is involved in Safe Zone and the National Coalition Building Institute for Inclusiveness.

Valerie came to UIS in 2005, with 20 years of experience working in the community.  She worked in the field of domestic violence, sexual assault, substance abuse and mental health.  She is certified in the following areas:  substance abuse, mental health and anger management, including a 40-hour training in sexual assault.  Additionally, Valerie teaches an on-line class at UIS in which students learn about substance abuse with an emphasis on identification, assessment, and treatment planning for clients with substance abuse and dependence issues and are introduced to the DSM diagnostic manual and other identified sources to enable them to meet eligibility requirements for future treatment center employment.

Clinical Counselor

Matthew Hunt MS, LCPC


Education:  Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; Master of Science (Clinical-Counseling) from Illinois State University

Matt has provided counseling services at UIS since 2010 and brings experience from a variety of treatment settings, including community mental health centers, private practices, colleges and universities.  He believes that all humans have value that transcends age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, etc.  One of his primary objectives in counseling is to create a supportive environment, completely free of judgment and criticism.  Rather than adhering strictly to one specific philosophy of counseling, Matt prefers to continuously learn a variety of psychological theories and techniques in order provide the necessary flexibility to address the unique needs of each client.

Office Support Specialist

Char McHugh


Education:  Bachelor of Science (Education), Eastern Illinois University; Master of Science (Early Childhood Education), Arkansas State University

Prior to coming to the Counseling Center, Char was the Administrative Secretary at the Sangamon Auditorium.  Char has been with UIS since 1999.