Professional Counselor

Elizabeth Sherman has extensive experience providing in-patient care to emergent and residential patients in psychiatric hospital settings and possesses a passion for working with children and adolescents.

As an undergraduate at Valparaiso University where she double-majored in psychology and theology and went on to earn a Master's degree in counseling.

After devoting several years to raising her family, Elizabeth joined Cross Connections as a counselor in the beginning of 2008. She is currently working toward obtaining her license in mental health counseling. She is a member of American Association of Christian Counselors. She works out of our Southwest Fort Wayne site located at Southwest Lutheran Church. Elizabeth is a member of Promise Ministries.




Professional Counselor

Belinda Ziko has a Master's degree in counselor education with a focus on marriage and family therapy from Indiana University Fort Wayne. She also holds a bachelor's degree in human services from Purdue University Fort Wayne and is an instructor in the Human Services program at Ivy Tech.

Prior to joining the Cross Connections staff as a professional counselor, Belinda completed the inaugural 18-month covenant partner training and was commissioned in March of 2008.

Belinda is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Counselors and American Association of Christian Counselors. She is a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne.




Professional Counselor

For the past 18 years, Vicki has been a licensed elementary school counselor retiring in 2011. She is experienced in individual, group, classroom and family counseling and, at Andrews, was also in charge of student testing.

Vicki is a graduate of the first Covenant Partner training class and has been working in the area of emotions. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Science degree in Counseling, both from Indiana University.

Vicki is a member of the Indiana School Counselors Association and American Association of Christian Counselors. She is also a member of Southwest Lutheran Church.





Professional Counselor

Bob Brockmann has a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. As part of his master's level program he worked as a therapist (intern) at Park Center; a community mental health center. He also has a Master's degree in Theology from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Hillsdale College located in Hillsdale, Michigan.

Bob also serves at Cross Connections as a member of the Development Task Force.

Bob is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Counselors, American Association of Christian Counselors and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He is a member of Aboite Lutheran Church.




 Lori Horstmeyer-Grubb  


Professional Counselor

Lori Horstmeyer-Grubb, LMHC, BCPC received her Master's degree in Human Development Counseling from Saint Louis University. Her education focused on the entire life span of human development with a concentrated understanding in childhood and adolescent development. She obtained her License in Mental Health Counseling and became a Board Certified Professional Counselor. 

In 2005, she spent 40 plus hours in continuing education coursework to be a Certified Trauma and Loss Consultant. This training is a perfect marriage with the childhood education she received.  She has worked as an In Home therapist, in which all referrals came from the Child Protective Services. Since that time, she works part time in private practice as well as a contract therapist. Lori uses a holistic, faith based perspective and also firmly relying on the wisdom of the ultimate healer, God our Father. She attends Brookside Church.


 Jill Bulmahn  


Professional Counselor

Jill Bulmahn is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). She earned her Master’s degree from Indiana University’s School of Social Work (IUPUI). Prior to that, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Ball State University. While attending Ball State, she served in the United States Army Reserve at the 384th Military Police Battalion in Fort Wayne.

Jill has previously worked with children and families at the Department of Children Services and Park Center. While at Park Center, she provided individual, family, and group therapy before leaving to stay at home to raise her daughter.   She is currently an instructor in the Human Services Department at Ivy Tech.  In January 2017, Jill accepted the position of Covenant Partner Coordinator for Cross Connections.

Jill is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and volunteers at Central Lutheran School. She is a member at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven, Indiana.


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Jule Godsey

Professional Counselor

Jule Godsey has over 30 years of experience in the Mental Health field. 15 years has been devoted to counseling those struggling with Alcohol and Drug Addictions. She has extensive training and experience in emergent and residential patients. She has obtained her CADACII, with International Reciprocity, and is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC). She has over 15 years devoted to working with trauma, mental health issues in numerous populations including geriatric care, criminal justice and developmentally disabled.

Jule has received her undergraduate degree and Indiana University and was in the Omicron Honor Society. She has a Masters of Mental Health Counseling degree from the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Professional Organizations she belongs to include: National Alcohol Drug Association of Counselors, Indiana Association of Addiction Professionals (IAAP), National Association of Social Workers and Fellowship of Christian Counselors. Jule has served on the Board of Directors at IAAP and also the 13th Step House, a halfway house for men recovering from Alcohol and Drug Addictions.

In her spare time, Jule enjoys volunteering at a local charity, spending time in nature, gardening and giving back to others what was freely given to her. She enjoys serving at Cross Connections and feels her avocation is to teach a mind and touch a life. She has been serving on Cross Connections team since April 2016.


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Professional Counselor

Crystal Kelly is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), has a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Saint Francis.  She is currently training to be certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Crystal loves working with people from all walks of life.  She is also a Therapist at Park Center in Fort Wayne, focusing in play therapy, stress management, anger issues, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

  Crystal attends Community Baptist Church where she serves on the Young Women's Ministry team.





Licensed School Counselor, LMHC Intern

After completing the Master’s Counseling Education Program at IPFW, Megan became a licensed school counselor working in an elementary school in 2012. She is experienced in counseling individuals and children with issues relating to family dysfunction, emotion regulation and interpersonal skills deficits.

Megan is also skilled in utilizing group counseling to address issues relating to family changes including divorce, female relational aggression, social skills, anger, impulse control, grief and wellness. 

Megan joined the Cross Connections team in June of 2017 after working with Fort Wayne Community Schools in the elementary grades since 2012. 

Megan is a member of the American Counseling Association and Fellowship Missionary Church.


Kara Korte



Professional Counselor

Kara Korte is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience working with adults and adolescents in the residential setting. She received her master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and spent the past six years in residential settings providing mental health and substance abuse counseling in Richmond, VA.

Kara enjoys helping individuals, families, and couples identify root issues from their past and work towards a healthier future. She uses her experience in the residential counseling setting to focus on feeling identification and skills to help manage painful, but sometimes necessary emotions.

Kara loves connecting with her clients and meeting them where they are, using strengths and Biblical truths to help meet goals.

Outside of the counseling office, Kara enjoys spending time with her husband and dog and staying active. She enjoys running, cycling and being outdoors.

Kara attends Praise Lutheran Church. 


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Professional Counselor

Jim Dohrmann has a Master's and Doctorate degrees in Theology from Tripp Bible Institute and is a Certified Biblical Counselor through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.  Jim was a counselor at Charter Beacon Behavioral Health and has spent 16 years working with Eli Lilly in their Psychiatric Division.  He has been the school and congregational counselor for Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School for the past 5 years and is the founder of Joshua's Tent, an outreach counseling and fellowship ministry for area military veterans.  Jim also serves as an advisor to the Lutheran Military Veteran's and Families Ministry in Fort Wayne.

When Jim is not counseling or volunteering in the community, he loves enjoying precious time with his wife of 40 years, Jill.  Jim and Jill have a son and a daughter who both serve our country in the National Guard.  Jim is a member at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.








Professional Counselor

Joyce Strong received her Master of Science degree from the School of Education in Counseling and Counselor Education at IUPUI.  Initially, she used her training to work in the academic setting providing both academic and personal counseling to students.  Joyce went on to receive her certification in Functional Family Therapy (FFT Associates, IUB) which enabled her to provide effective theraputic services to youth and their families both inside and outside of the detention setting.  Joyce most recently served at Park Center where she was able to gain experience by working with a diverse group of clients, including those with severe mental health diagnoses.  With a love for learning and growing, Joyce is continuing to pursue her licensure in Mental Health Counseling.

Joyce feels that her profession as a therapist is a calling that God has placed on her life and she strives to give the best of her skills and talents to those she serves.  Joyce enjoys working with men, women, and children providing a safe place to share, grow and heal. 

Joyce attends Kings Chapel Assembly where she is a member of the Hospitality Committee and leader of their Marriage Ministry. 





Professional Counselor

Kathy McIlrath has a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Ball State University and a Master of Science degree in education from Indiana University, as well as an endorsement and licensure in school counseling and an endorsement in school administration.

Kathy spent 32 years working in public education, with 19 years of that time working as a school counselor before retiring in 2017. She has experience working with children from Kindergarten age through High School age, as well as working with parents and other adults in the school setting.  Most recently Kathy worked as a home-based case worker for Park Center in Decatur.  She worked with a variety clients to include children and adults with helping them problem solve life's challenges. 

Kathy loves to spend time with her husband of 38 years and the rest of her family in her free time.  She and her husband are very proud of their son and daughter who are young adults.  Kathy values her close relationship to Jesus Christ and feels His influence in her life daily.  She enjoys sharing God's love with others,  and helping others solve life's challenges together.  Kathy is equipped to work with all age groups as they explore God's love and His wonderful grace He bestows on each of us daily.

Kathy is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Counselors.  She is also a member at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ (non-demoninational) in Wabash Indiana.