About Us

THE WELL’S CORE PURPOSE

The Well Resource Center exists to serve First Responders in Chicago’s Northwest Side along with their families to be

“a place where people are with and for you.”

OUR VISION

The Well Resource Center and it’s staff’s goal is to see improvements in our first responders and their families emotional, spiritual, relational and physical health by creating engaging, community-enriching, need-based environments.



Matt Blair – Founder/CEO

In 2012, Matt received his Masters in Divinity from McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, GA. While Matt was in school he was also co- leading a church on Atlanta’s Southwest side. After graduating with a Masters in Christian education, Matt knew God was leading him and his wife to his hometown, Chicago.

Matt’s diverse background covers donor relations, sales, project management, children and youth ministry, and outreach ministry.

Matt continues to be encouraged and blessed by his wife Audra and his two kids Robert and Maggie.



Audra Blair – Founder/COO

Audra met Matt while attending college in East Tennessee. After graduating from college with a degree in Advertising and Marketing she worked as a recruiter for a staffing firm in Atlanta, GA. Since living in Chicago Audra has found such a love and respect for this city and is very passionate about connecting families and people together.

Audra has found great joy in being a wife to her husband of 11 years and a mom to her 8 Year – old son, Robert and 6 Year old daughter, Maggie.



Laura Unander – Director of Finance

Laura comes to the Well with over twenty years of accounting experience working with small businesses and nonprofits as owner of ASK Bookkeeping Service. She is a graduate of North Park University having earned a degree in Nonprofit Management.



Emily Pagone – Counselor

Everyone deserves a safe, confidential space to open-up.

Emily Pagone is an Illinois-Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), and is completing advanced training and certification in Perinatal/ Maternal Mental Health (PMH-C, pending). Emily is the Clinical Director at The Well Counseling Center where she works in the role of therapist/counselor, supervisor to other therapists, while managing the counseling program. She obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University, and undergraduate Psychology degree at the University of Kansas. She has been providing counseling to individuals, couples, families, parents, and children/adolescents/teens for going on 8 years.

Emily’s background and training includes working in crisis centers, private practices, and non profits providing counseling services to individuals, couples, and families of all ages. Emily’s specialties include working with survivors of trauma, first responders, families, and supporting parents on their parenthood journey.

Emily works with adults, parents, adolescents, teens, and young adults experiencing:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Healing from trauma
  • Parenting
  • Maternal Mental Health {Peri-natal Mood and Anxiety experiences [Prenatal, Pregnancy, Post-Partum)}
  • Grief & Loss
  • Relationship + Family conflicts


Emily engages each client with a warm, empathic, and accepting approach, while building a strong rapport and holistically addressing and integrating each area of the client’s life and experiences. She believes in creating a safe space for each unique individual, allowing for them the freedom to introspect and work towards improving their health and well-being. She utilizes evidenced-based, effective counseling approaches, such as: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), client-centered therapy, child-centered play therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, family systems, DBT/ trauma-informed, Gottman relationship techniques. Ultimately, Emily tailors her approach to each unique client.

Please feel free to reach out to Emily if you would like to begin the counseling process, or if you would like to understand how the process works before scheduling an appointment.

Specialized Training/ Certification/ License(s):

  • National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC-Illinois)
  • 40-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Training, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Child Sexual Assault Counseling Training, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Perinatal Mental Health Advanced Psychotherapy Training (Postpartum Support International)



Julia Schofield – Counselor

Healing is hard, staying wounded is harder.

Julia Schofield is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Law, Crime and Deviance at the University of Toronto and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at DePaul University. Julia works from an eclectic approach, marrying psychodynamic perspective with DBT, CBT, Narrative and Solution Focused techniques.

A true advocate that healing, change, and growth is a holistic process, Julia offers natural options that help alleviate symptoms, promote mental health, and assist the work done in session. She believes that her clients are the experts on themselves and her job is to help her clients discover tools and strengths that already exist, support in letting go of strategies that are no longer beneficial, and aid in developing and practicing new skills. Working with individuals and couples, Julia strives to create a warm, respectful, supportive, empathic, challenging when needed, and non-judgmental space where clients can freely and openly be themselves.