Board Member At-Large
Center for Specialized Services
Cindy Jung joined The Center for Specialized Services in 2017 as a job coach in the employment department, while completing her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. In May 2019, she earned her master’s in rehabilitation counseling from Maryville University, where she was awarded the Megan Piontek award. This award recognizes a graduate student for “exemplary initiative and service in the field.” Cindy is now a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). Cindy believes in a holistic approach to therapy, which promotes strengthening the whole person. She believes her prior experience in employment services has helped her transition to counseling and provide better care for clients at The Center. Her counseling experience includes working with people with disabilities, mental illness, substance abuse, and Alzheimer’s disease. In 2019 Cindy became the lead counselor, in addition to her role as counseling services manager.
During her time at The Center, Cindy has collaborated with employment services and trained high school students in social skills training to build retention on job sites. The counseling department also works with the community living department and helps clients overcome internal barriers to independent living. To work with these counseling clients, Cindy utilizes funds from County Boards and this year has expanded to St. Charles County. The counseling department also works with clients who have had a TBI and receive funding from the Department of Health and Senior Services. The management of this department is something that is challenging and rewarding. To be able to work with coworkers as a team and see development and progress for a client is why Cindy returns to work each day.
Cindy enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren, and grand puppies. She also enjoys reading, swimming, and hanging out with friends, especially her alumni friends from Maryville! Cindy also has a special place in her heart for the Alzheimer’s Association charity. Her grandfather and mother both died from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease. Cindy is a strong advocate for Alzheimer’s disease and research.