COUNSELORS

Brenton Shepard is the Bay Life Care and Counseling Pastor and is the director of Bay Life's Pastoral Family Counseling Center. 

Ilene Stubbs specializes in counseling for addictions, marriage, family, and the unique needs of women. She has an undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Hawaii, and is a graduate of Net Institute of Addiction. Ilene spent 30 years as an army wife, endured three years of separations due to military conflicts, and practically raised two girls of her own. As a result, she has  a wealth of experiences and perspectives that have proven invaluable as a counselor to those with a wide range needs. 

Philip Bockemeier is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Certified Addictions Professional (CAP) with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. He has supported the counseling center since 2011 and primarily works with individuals experiencing behavioral, substance abuse, and other mental health related issues. Philip also provides pre-marital counseling at Bay Life.  He graduated with a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies and has a M.S. in Professional Counseling from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL. Philip has worked at various community based counseling centers including DACCO and Phoenix House. Through AMIKids, he worked with juveniles mandated for behavioral health services by the Department of Juvenile Justice in residential and outpatient settings. Philip is currently working at WellCare auditing mental health services to ensure application of acceptable counseling standards.

Genevieve LoCicero became our Breakthrough Groups Coordinator in 2006. She was a participant in Breakthrough when it began in 2000, and has been a member of Bay Life since 2001. She has been a counselor at Bay Life since 2009 and works with adults and teens with substance abuse issues, grief issues, mood disorders, and other mental health issues. Genevieve graduated with an M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. For five years, she managed a 70-bed residential treatment facility for severe and persistent mentally ill adults and completed a one year internship in an substance abuse intensive outpatient setting. Genevieve has two years of experience as a therapist (Registered Mental Health Intern) at Gracepoint Wellness.

Jennifer Hydock is a licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) specializing in family, teens, and children (individual and group counseling). She graduated from Florida State University with a dual Bachelor's of Science (Psychology and Criminology) and holds an Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.