USF student elected to the Illinois Certification board of directors

Monika Gomez began her term earlier in July

Monika Gomez, a student and 2021 graduate of the University of St. Francis in Joliet, was elected to a two-year term on the Illinois Certification Board.

Gomez graduated cum laude from USF in May with a bachelor’s degree in substance abuse counseling. She then started coursework at USF toward a master’s degree in social work with the goal of becoming a licensed clinical social worker.

She began her term on the ICB newly created board earlier in July. Gomez will represent students enrolled in ICB-accredited training programs in Illinois.

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Denise M. Baran-Unland

Denise M. Baran-Unland is the features editor for The Herald-News in Joliet. She covers a variety of human interest stories. She also writes the long-time weekly tribute feature “An Extraordinary Life about local people who have died. She studied journalism at the College of St. Francis in Joliet, now the University of St. Francis.