Center Executive Directors:
Dr. Patricia Meye
Florida State University B.S., M.A.
Fuller Theological Seminary M.Div., D. Min.
Dr. Pat Meye is the founder and co-director of the Renewing Life Center. She has done pastoral care in both the church and counseling setting here in Las Vegas and in California. Pat's educational background includes a M.A degree from Florida State University, focusing on personal and life development and a Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. Pat has a special emphasis from her graduate training in crisis and spiritual formation. Pat and her husband Doug have been married for over 30 years and are blessed with 2 children.
Mark Whelchel M.S. MFT
Hope International University, B.A.
University of Nevada Las Vegas M.S. MFT
BCBS Provider / Teachers Health Trust Provider / Tricare Provider
Mark Whelchel is the co-director of the Renewing Life Center. He has served as a Pastor in Las Vegas for over twenty seven years and he has served on several non-profit boards. Mark is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and his educational background includes a B.A. in church growth from Hope International University and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He has a special emphasis in treating couples, but he also enjoys working with individuals and families. Mark and his wife Christie have been married for over 20 years and they have been blessed with four children.
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B.S. Purdue University
M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Kevin Scott has been in full-time ministry since 1994 and is the founding pastor of The Stream in Las Vegas. Prior to starting The Stream, Kevin worked in college campus ministry and served on various missions in Africa, England, and in urban areas in the U.S. He continues to serve as the Pastor of The Stream and as an associate staff member with Worldwide Discipleship Association (WDA) - an organization that provides resources and training to individuals and churches to assist people in the process of spiritual formation. Kevin and his wife Lauren have been married for more than 20 years and they have three children.
California State University B.A., M.A.
Kathy Houston-Hencken has over twenty years of experience in counseling, both in independent private practice and with Samaritan Counseling Centers. She has been licensed in Texas as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1996. Kathy also serves as an elder at Grace Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas where her husband Jim is the Senior Pastor. Kathy and Jim have two children.
Judi Davis, Licensed MFT
University of Denver, B.A. in education
UNLV, M.A. in School Psychology and School Counseling / Endorsement in Marriage and Family Therapy
BCBS Provider / Teachers Health Trust Provider / Tricare Provider
Judi Davis has joined the Renewing Life Center family and has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2002. She received her BA in education from the University of Denver, her MA in School Psychology and School Counseling and an endorsement in Marriage and Family Therapy from UNLV. Additionally she received her Ph.D. in School Counselor Education from UNLV. Judi works with families, couples, and children. In addition to being a Marriage and Family Therapist, Judi also works as a school counselor and teaches in the Marriage and Family department for the University of Phoenix.
Jennifer Antonucci, Licensed MFT & LCADC
Buffalo State College, B.A. Sociology
Liberty University, M.A. Marriage and Family Therapist
Jennifer is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapy and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She joins the Renewing Life team with over four years of supervised experience. She has over twenty years experience in pastoral counseling and leading women's groups and ministries. Jennifer and her husband Vince have started two churches.
Through her years of ministry and pastoral counseling, Jennifer has seen amazing transformation in people's lives and knows real change is possible. She is passionate about partnering with her clients to give them hope in their journey towards healing and growth.
Jennifer enjoys working with couples, individuals, families, and children. She offers EMDR therapy for clients that have been impacted by trauma. Jennifer and her husband Vince have been married for over twenty years and have two teenage children.
Glad Hillman, Licensed MFT Intern
Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts, B.S., Business
National University, San Diego, California, M.A., Counseling Psychology
Glad Hillman has joined the Renewing Life Center family as a Marriage & Family Therapist under the supervision of Mark Whelchel. She also spent years counseling as a practicum student while at National University.
Glad has been a senior leader in Women's Ministry and for many years she mentored women and led bible studies that enriched their lives based on God's word. Most recently, she served as an instructor and counselor in biblical based counseing at Central Christian Church in Henderson, Nevada.
Glad views every client as an individual; she helps them find the answers and solutions that will enhance their overall well-being. She tailors each session with care and flexibility. Glad brings a holoistic approach to the counseling experience and with more than 25 years in the Wellness Industry, she has a high regard for the intimate interaction of mind, body, and spirit. She embraces the philosophy that to live life to its fullest, one needs to have a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
“..I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, Even as your soul is getting along well….”
“…be transformed by the renewing of your mind”
Glad is the proud mother of three children and has three grandsons.
Jeff LaSpina, M.A. Licensed CPC Intern
Liberty University, M.A. Professional Counseling
Jeff is a licensed Professional Counselor Intern as well as a chaplain and ordained minister. He completed his graduate internship at The Renewing Life Center and he has served as a pastoral and guidance counselor at his church for the past eight years.
Jeff has a passion to be used by God to help others and he enjoys working with adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, addictions and those who are seeking help in the areas of interpersonal relations, finance, and work-life balance. He also considers it a great privilege to help people grow closer to God. Jeff and his wife have enjoyed 34 years of marriage.
Samantha Winters, Licensed MFT Intern
Samantha Winters is a post graduate intern that provides a safe place to explore and expand awareness. She helps individuals, couples, and families learn practical tools that they can implement in their lives. These tools, provided on an individual and relational level, can create a more positive and healthy outlook regarding the challenges that life can present. She approaches therapy from an Emotionally Focused perspective, understanding and experiencing underlying emotions often leads to change and growth on a personal level as well as in relationships.
In working with couples she focuses on helping the couple understand the "dance" that leads to disconnect in the relationship. Additionally, she works with families in the midst of high conflict circumstances. She is certified in a positive discipline parenting course that provides parent and family coaching to enhance respect and understanding in the home.
She has experience working with children in foster care who have been exposed to extensive trauma, and approaches family therapy from a structural perspective, helping realign the hierarchy within the home.
Samantha is married within a blended family and has 5 children.
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The multi-disciplinary team at Renewing Life Center promotes a cooperative learning environment, offering four different types of counselors:
Marriage and Family Therapists - State licensed Masters level therapists with training in family systems, individual, couple and family therapy.
Pastoral Counselors - Ordained Pastors with educational backgrounds ranging from Masters to Doctoral levels with extensive experience in pastoral care and counseling.
Marriage and Family Therapist Interns - Pre and Post Graduate interns working towards state licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists.