Meet the Staff

Cheryl Gayer
Office Manager Extraordinaire

This is the woman that could have kept the Titanic afloat, and we often feel that is exactly what she does for us. A favorite of clients and office staff alike, we would not be able to run Caring Counseling Ministries without this tireless little giant…little of stature, giant of heart.

Cheryl has a degree in accounting from SIUC and years of experience running various offices in Southern IL. We have been blessed to have her since 2000. She also helps run a local church camp, leads worship at her church, takes care of her vast family, and meets the daily variety of needs that arise at CCM for clients and staff alike. She is on the forefront of the mission field at CCM with her welcoming personality and helpful nature.

Shelley Thomas
Receptionist and Support Staff

Shelly is a graduate of Rend Lake, with an Associates of Applied Science in Culinary Arts Management and Certificates in the Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts. Needless to say, this woman can cook, so we had to have her at Caring Counseling Ministries! She is also as sweet at the pastries she makes.

Shelly will be the one to help you schedule an appointment, remind you of your appointment, or help you if you need to reschedule. When not toiling away at CCM, Shelly still stays busy as a wife and mother of two very active teen boys. She is also an animal lover and rescuer of strays, regardless the breed! Thankfully, God gave her a farm for all her variety of critters.