Xavier Whitford, Executive Director

Xavier Whitford has spent the past eight years devoting her life to helping others who live with mental illness or been effected by suicide.  Sharing her insights and personal story of losing her son, Tommy, to suicide as well as her own journey through depression, anxiety, and PTSD as a result of that great loss.  Xavier has taken her pain and turned it into a purpose to cultivate a deeper understanding of the nature of living with mental illness and suicidal thoughts.  

Xavier is a wife of a Pastor, mother of two, and Gigi to a beautiful little princess.  She has spoken at many schools, churches and organizations inspiring and educating groups of all ages to end the stigma surrounding mental illness and on the factors that lead to suicide.  Xavier helps arm individuals within communities with support, education and training.  Her personal story, tireless commitment, and passion to improve support and education around these topics has made her a powerful advocate to the mental health community.  

Xavier is a teacher, advocate, and board member with National Alliance on Mental Illness, Northern Illinois Chapter.  As a Mental Health First Aid Instructor for Public Safety, Adult, and Youth curriculum, Xavier teaches members of the public how to help a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. In her role as a facilitator for Teen & Young Adult Mental Health Groups and Grief Support Groups, she provides an opportunity to talk with, and listen to, others who know the personal nature of living with mental illness and grief in a safe and non-judgmental environment.  Xavier is an published author and blogger.   



Current Board of Directors:

  • Anne Wilkerson – President
    Central Services Manager at City of Rockford
  • Tamir Bell – Vice President
    Co-owner at Evolution Digital Marketing
  • Carrie Hagerty – Treasurer
    Finance Director at City of Rockford
  • Makaya Corral-Whitford – Secretary
    Occupational Therapist
    Advocate for Underserved Population
  • Crystal Schuring
    Marketing Services Representative at Blue Cross Blue Shield
    MHFA Instructor
  • Jamie Evans
    Retired Chief of Police at Village of Roscoe
    Grant Administrator/MHFA Instructor
  • Cory Whitford
    Campus Life Director at Youth for Christ
  • Zach Haney
    College Student at Illinois State University
  • Hailey Vrolyk
    College Student at Ball State University
  • Kirsten Edmunds
    Certified Medical Assistant at Crusader Clinic
    Group Facilitator

Mental Health Provider Team

Riverside Counseling Center
Lindsey McClanathan
6653 Weaver Road
Rockford, IL 61114

Alternative Wellness Therapy
Marissa Ebert
9950 N Alpine Rd, Suite 103
Machesney Park, IL 61115

Healing Pathways
Stacy Schroepfern / Alix Kavran
7310  N Alpine Rd
Loves Park, IL 61111

Along The Path Counseling
Jason Peckels / Andrew Culhane
433 S Phelps Ave, Suite 2
Rockford, IL 61108

KP Counseling
6392 Linden Rd
Rockford, IL 61109

Mosaic Counseling Services
Stephanie Yates / Jay Swanson
6072 Brynwood Drive, Suite 205
Rockford, IL 61114

Resilience Counseling
Renita Shores- Gaston
5844 Elaine Drive, Suite 101
Rockford, IL 61108

Willow Way Counseling Center LLC
Jamie Swenson, LCSW
23 W Milwaukee St #200
Janesville WI 53545