Jack Flight, LCSW, RDDP, CSOTS
Program Director

Over his career, Jack has held leadership positions in residential, group home and acute hospital settings where his passion and expertise in supporting Neurodiverse children, adolescents, and young adults, many with co-occurring mental health issues could be utilized.  This passion comes both from his professional and personal experiences with neurodiversity.

Jack is a graduate of Dominican University’s Graduate School of Social Work where he currently is an adjunct facility member. Jack is also an adjunct faculty member at Harper College, and has consulted for community mental health agencies.  He holds state licenses as a Registered Dual Diagnosis Professional and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and is a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist.  Jack serves as an Advisory Board Member at Dominican University and is active on several community committees and work groups.

Email: jflight@edgeadvance.com

Phone: 847.571.9996

Brian McKenna, LCSW, CADC
Parent Services Coordinator

Brian McKenna develops programs that cultivate life passions into purpose.  With over 20 years in the field, he possesses extensive knowledge and experience in working in the areas of anxiety and depression, clinical supervision, organizational leadership development, parent coaching, relationship skill building, and substance abuse.

Brian is a graduate of Valparaiso University (BS) and the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago (MSW) and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with an Adolescent Treatment Endorsement in the State of Illinois.

Email: bmckenna@edgeadvance.com

Phone: 847.353.1652

John Conway, LCSW, CADC
Business Development and Admissions

John has a passion assisting individuals, families, and groups in achieving their potential.  John has spent significant time in the wilderness as a trip lead and wilderness therapist and as the program director of a community based wilderness therapy program.  John has trained guides and therapists all over the world, as well as serving as past chair of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBHC) and has held several leadership roles on the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group (TAPG) of the Association of Experiential Education (AEE).

John is a graduate of Coe College (BA) and Loyola University, Chicago (MSW) and is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and other Drug Counselor.

Email: jconway@edgeadvance.com

Phone: 815.814.1469

Mary Beth Kerf, LCPC, CADC
Engagement Specialist

Mary Beth Kerf has provided therapy services in a number of settings, developed programs that impact change and progress in individuals and has served as a clinical supervisor and consultant to countless others in the field. With her strengths-based approach, Mary Beth seeks to empower young people to find pathways to their future success.

Mary Beth is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University (BA) and Eastern Illinois University (MA) and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and other Drug Counselor.

Email: mkerf@edgeadvance.com

Phone: 847.708.8189

David J. Ventrelle, Psy.D.
Executive Director

Dr. Ventrelle holds a passion for innovation and advancement in the field. His belief in therapeutic intervention as a means to assist people in accomplishing and achieving their goals has fueled his work over that time. Dr. Ventrelle has been privileged to work with individuals and families in outpatient, inpatient and residential settings, as well as serving significant leadership roles in not-for-profit organizations.  As a speaker, Dr. Ventrelle has a passion for assisting parents in understanding and responding to challenging behavior.  Additionally, Dr. Ventrelle specializes in comprehensive psychological assessment for clients of all ages, including intellectual and personality assessment measures.  As the Executive Director for EDGE Programs, Dr. Ventrelle maintains responsibility for strategic direction and oversight of EDGE Transitional Programs as well as EDGE Counseling Solutions.

Dr. Ventrelle is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BA) and Argosy University (Psy. D.) and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois.


Email: dventrelle@edgeadvance.com

Phone: 224.795.9641