Meet Our Staff

Executive Director Student Support Services

Counseling Center, Health Services and Office of Disability Services

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 was 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.

Clinical Counselor

Tim Moody, MA, LCPC


Education:  Bachelor of Science (Art) from Illinois State University at Normal; Master of Arts (Human Development Counseling) from UIS.

Tim’s approach to therapy is a collaborative one.  He strives to create a safe space for students that promotes self-exploration, personal growth, and an overall sense of well being.  He utilizes a number of therapeutic interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy while keeping in mind the health/strength of a student’s overall biopsychosocial experience.  Tim believes that self-care, mindfulness, positive self-image, reducing shame and guilt, and creating a social support system are vital.  Tim is always eager and ready to help a student reduce the grip of pressure/trauma/emotional distress in their lives so they might find a path forward to a richer, deeper, more rewarding experience in their relationships and overall life journey.

Clinical Counselor

Essence Lee,  MA, LCPC


Education:  Bachelor of Science (Clinical Psychology) from University of Illinois Springfield; Master of Arts  (Human Development Counseling) University of Illinois Springfield.

Essence is licensed by the State of Illinois as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Essence has provided mental health services for the Illinois Department of Corrections for several years before going into private practice where she works with couples, families, and adults. She has experience working with underserved populations and clients from different ethnicities, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds. She also has experience working with those with anxiety and depression along with adjustment disorders. Essence uses a Cognitive Behavioral approach to counseling. This type of therapy focuses on exploring how one’s thoughts and views effects behavioral patterns and mood related symptoms. Essence strongly believes that a person’s recovery and success start in the mind. She also believes in eclectic approaches as well to better address each individual client’s needs. Essence does not look at herself as a “fixer” but as a helper. She strives to help one find the path to wellness and reach the quality of life they desire.

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.