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Matt is the CEO and co-founder of The Well Resource Center. He and his wife Audra founded The Well which is 501c3 non-for profit that serves Chicago’s first responders and their families. The Well specializes in providing emotional and mental health services to this wonderful group of men and women. Matt is a certified Pastoral Counselor.
Matt is an ordained Pastor and has a Master’s in Divinity from McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to forming The Well Matt was a pastor in charge of outreach for two churches, most recently The Branch Community Church in the Jefferson Park Neighborhood of Chicago.
Matt also served in two different roles for Inner City Impact which is a non for profit that works with at risk kids on Chicago’s Westside. Matt was the high school coordinator and the development director in charge of major donor relations for Inner City Impact.
Matt’s passion for coming along side first responders comes from his brother who is a Chicago Police Sergeant. Matt has seen first-hand the toll that seeing the worst of the worst that humanity has to offer, day in and day out can have on first responders and their families and is dedicated to creating trusted and engaging environments that improve emotional, physical, relational and spiritual health.
Emily Pagone is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with individuals and families of all ages. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University, and she received her B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas. Emily works as an adjunct psychology instructor at Benedictine University, is a staff therapist at Naperville Counseling Center, and is also a staff therapist at The Well Resource Center. Her passion is collaborating with any individual who comes through her door with an overall goal of fostering resilience and empowerment while supporting the individual through their journey.
Emily works with a wide range of age groups, ranging from as young as 3 years old up to late adulthood. Some of the struggles she works with include, but is not limited to, individuals healing from trauma and abuse (i.e., sexual assault survivors, domestic violence survivors, emotional abuse survivors, post-traumatic stress disorder), depression, anxiety, life adjustments and transitions, relationship issues, prenatal/ post-partum, family conflict, bullying, self-esteem, existential struggles, career changes, stress, grief and loss, and with specific focus on first responders and their loved ones.