Meet our Team
Leneigh White, LPCC-S, NCC
Leneigh White, NCC, LPCC-S has a BA in Psychology from Northeastern University and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Lesley College. She is a National Certified Counselor and a Professional Clinical Counselor working with individuals and families across the life span. She is the founder and director of Strongsville Family Counseling where she enjoys individual, couple, and family counseling as well as more specialized interventions, such as ADHD assessments, EMDR, play therapy and sand tray. Her personal and professional motto is “Helping Families Flourish”.
Maximino Cortes, M.S.S.A.
Mr. Maximino Cortes, B.A. (Cleveland State), M.S.S.A. (CWRU), has served as is a clinical supervisor for 15 years for a non-profit faith-based organization in the Cleveland area and is a licensed independent social worker (with supervisory endorsement), and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor. He has over twenty years of experience working with the Hispanic/Latino population in out-patient and residential mental health and chemical dependency community based programs. He currently serves as field instructor for the undergraduate and graduate social work program at Cleveland State University and the Case Western Reserve University social work master’s degree program. Mr. Cortes is a volunteer with the Youth of Hope Ministry of the Sagrada Family Parish in Cleveland and is a mentor for the Cleveland Big Brother/Big Sisters regional office. He currently utilizes best practice therapeutic interventions in the treatment of children, youth, and couples.
Toya Owens-Hodge, LSW
Toya Owens-Hodge is a Licensed Social Worker specializing in the treatment of children, adults and families. With over 15 years of experience, Ms. Owens-Hodge utilizes research based interventions in order to teach clients effective solutions. Ms. Owens-Hodge considers a holistic approach when working with individuals and families. Additionally, Ms. Owens-Hodge has a keen knowledge in the areas of school law and is experienced at developing school based, as well as home based interventions. Ms. Owens-Hodge is also very adept at helping families manage the adjustments necessary post divorce. Ms. Owens-Hodge is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Mandell School of Applied Social Sciences.
Dr. Renee Diane Pennington, CNP, DNP is a nationally board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in the state of Ohio and Oregon. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nursing from the University of Akron (Ohio) and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from Maryville University of St. Louis (Missouri). Throughout her career, she has provided care to adult individuals in a wide variety of inpatient & outpatient settings. Her specialty areas of interest include working with adults (18-55) with anxiety and depressive disorders, women’s issues (including post-partum mental health issues). She uses an eclectic style in promoting health and wellness including psychotherapy and medication management.
Joyce Robertson, LPC
Joyce Robertson, M.Ed., LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She provides individual and couples counseling or therapy with adults, and also enjoys working with adolescents. She has facilitated many psycho-educational groups as well, as she believes understanding and knowledge are key factors in the healing of mind, body, and spirit. Her areas of interest include relationships, depression, anxiety, adjustment to life changes, and identifying strengths to promote personal growth. Joyce received her Masters of Education degree in Community Agency Counseling from Cleveland State University, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Baldwin Wallace College. Joyce is an experienced Registered Nurse as well.
Joy Serednesky, M Ed, LPCC
Joy Serednesky is an independently licensed Professional Counselor (PCC). Joy has a Masters of Education in Community Counseling from Cleveland State University. She has over 15-years of experience in counseling (children/adolescents/adults) through individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, behavior management, and crisis management. In addition she has expertise and training in the areas of trauma, early childhood mental health, lifespan development, developmental disabilities (such as autism spectrum disorders), high risk populations, PCIT, PECs, ABA, and TEACH. Joy has managed mental health staff, behavioral health staff, and school personnel. She has provided training and consultation to schools, preschools, daycares, Head Start, mental health professionals, and residential/day treatment staff in working with individuals with severe mental health issues and disabilities. She has experience working with Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and advocating for families with regards to their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and 504 Plans. She is excited to be with Strongsville Family practice and to work with you.
Bonnie Simonelli LICDC M.Ed., MSCE
Bonnie has been working in the addictions field for over 20 years. She began her career as a Primary Counselor in a dual diagnosed mental health hospital for young people. She worked for 15 years in the Parma City Schools as the Chemical Prevention Specialist, and now she works in Cleveland as a Guidance Counselor. She enjoys working with young people, but will take clients of all ages. She can provide assessments, education, counseling, family counseling for abuse and addictions, she can provide referrals as needed, and she can do large or small assemblies for schools or community meetings.
Jennifer Skruck LPCC-S
Jennifer has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children. She provides individual, couples, and family therapy. She previously worked as a clinical supervisor for an agency specializing in treatment of adolescents and children as well as in a community mental health setting. Jennifer specializes in treatment of depression, anxiety, mood symptoms, adjustment difficulties, grief, trauma, relationships, and behavioral issues. She believes in the value of each person being heard and understood. Jennifer strives to help individuals recognize and value their strengths and achieve their potential.
Katie Wootton, Ph.D., IMFT, PC
Katie Wootton is an independently licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a licensed Professional Counselor, and finishing her credentialing as a Registered Play Therapist. Katie enjoys helping individuals and families achieve their therapy goals and personal potential from an empathetic and knowledgeable approach. Katie has worked extensively with children, teens, couples, and families. Katie specializes in, but is not limited to working with the treatment of: anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, family dynamics and co-parenting issues, relationship issues, premarital counseling, and childhood behavioral and emotional difficulties. Katie has a BA in Psychology and a BA in Family Studies from Mercyhurst University, a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling from The University of Akron, and is currently a PhD Candidate at The University of Akron. Katie is also currently an adjunct instructor at Cleveland State University and The University of Akron. Katie looks forward to working with you!