Meet Our Counselors

Thank you for choosing Parkview's Employee Assistance Program (EAP). We employ some of the best counselors in the region! We will do our best to match you with the most appropriate counselor for your specific situation.

*All of our counselors have experience with Critical Incident Stress Debriefings.

Ken Shields, MA, LMHC, LCAC

Ken Shields, MA, LMHC, LCAC is the manager of the Parkview Employee Assistance Program. He earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in marriage and family from Wheaton College and has over 20 years of counseling and supervision experience in multiple settings. Ken’s approach is strengths-based, trauma-informed, solution-focused and holistic in nature. Ken’s clinical focus has been varied with teens, adults, and couples in areas of depression, anxiety, trauma, navigating life challenges such as health or employment changes and substance abuse counseling. His work settings have included community mental health, inpatient treatment, addiction treatment facility, as well as providing mental health counseling within a group medical practice. Ken is also a Tier 3 Star Behavioral Health Provider for military personnel and their families.

Cheryl Perry Confer, MS, LMHC

Cheryl Perry Confer, MS, LMHC, has more than 20 years’ experience with EAP, providing assessments with therapy, case management and critical incident stress debriefing. She enjoys working with adults, couples and families, and has a special interest in working with women striving to develop and maintain healthy relationships. Cheryl incorporates biblical principles into the counseling process for those interested in a Christian perspective. Cheryl has counseled adolescents and adults in the areas of addiction, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and family, relationship and spiritual issues. She enjoys providing workshops on various work- and family-oriented topics.

Tim Cureton, MS, LMHC, CSAT

Tim Cureton, MS, LMHC, CSAT, has worked in the mental health field for more than 20 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and psychology from Malone College, Canton, Ohio, as well as a master’s degree in counselor education from Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Tim is a licensed mental health counselor in Indiana and certified in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). Tim has also provided counseling services to teens and their parents in a high school setting.

Diane Kennedy, BS

Diane Kennedy, BS, earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois, Champaign- Urbana. Her professional background includes experience in banking, auditing and personal finance. She has spent more than 18 years in the field of consumer finance, specializing in debt management, foreclosure and banking counseling. She serves as an advocate for her clients and is a knowledgeable link to community resources. Her counseling style has been described as down-to-earth, compassionate and empowering. Her experience in business, combined with her warm interpersonal skills, gives her a unique presence as a personal financial counselor. Along with individual counseling, Diane enjoys creating and presenting a wide assortment of unique workshops focused on improvement of one’s personal financial life.

Jeri Forrest, EAP Specialist/Student Assistance Program

Jeri Forrest, MSSA, LCSW has a master’s degree of science in social administration with a concentration in youth and families from Case Western Reserve University and is a licensed clinical social worker. Jeri has nearly 19 years of experience working in the mental health field in outpatient, inpatient, residential and school settings. She has experience working with anxiety, depression, family relationships, stress management, grief/loss and trauma. Jeri’s approach to therapy is strengths-based and includes attuning to an individual’s emotional intelligence by utilizing brain based tools and attachment theory to explore the individual person as a whole. Jeri enjoys working with children, teenagers, young adults, adults, geriatric and families.

Shelly Edwards, Ms.Ed, LMFT

Shelly Edwards, MSEd, LMFT, has a master’s degree in education from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., and is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has provided counseling services since 2000. Shelly has made numerous educational presentations to local civic clubs and schools and at health fairs. Her area of expertise is working with young adults, and she currently provides counseling services to college students.

Julie Shearer, MA, LMHC, LCAC, MAC

Julie Shearer, MA, LMHC, LCAC, MAC, holds a bachelor’s degree in Counseling and Sociology and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Grace College. Julie’s counseling approach is strengths-based and solution-focused. She has counseling experience in a variety of areas, including depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, relationship issues and spiritual concerns. Julie enjoys working with all ages and has training in play therapy and sand tray therapy specialties. She is passionate about walking alongside others to pursue holistic wellness in an empowering and compassionate manner.

Victor F. Kolch, EAP Specialist

Victor F. Kolch, D. Min., LCSW, has more than 45 years in specialized ministry, with Board Certifications both as a Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor. His Master of Divinity was obtained from Christ Seminary- Seminex in St. Louis, Missouri, and Doctor of Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Victor’s entry into the clinical world began as an alcohol counselor at Bristol Hospital, in Bristol, Connecticut. He has experience as a pastoral counselor and licensed clinical social worker in both outpatient and church settings. Victor’s preferences are seeing young and older adults with mood disorders, trauma, spiritual discernment, chronic medical conditions, end-of-life/ethical issues, and couples.