Renz Center welcomes new CEO

  • Dr. Daphne Sandouka is the new CEO of Renz Center for Addiction Counseling in Elgin.

    Dr. Daphne Sandouka is the new CEO of Renz Center for Addiction Counseling in Elgin. Courtesy of Gil Feliciano

Updated 2/19/2020 10:22 PM

Dr. Daphne Sandouka takes the role as the CEO of Renz Center for Addiction Counseling in Elgin. She replaces former Executive Director Jerry Skogmo who retired in February after 24 years of service at Renz Center.

Sandouka is also serving as the CEO of Ecker Center for Mental Health, also in Elgin. She was appointed to that position in July 2019.


"The leadership responsibilities reflect the ongoing merger between Ecker Center and Renz Center. I look forward to a smooth transition into the role," Sandouka said. "Our goal is to provide accessible and simultaneous services to our clients that face comorbid mental health and substance misuse disorders while streamlining our internal processes."

Sandouka holds a BA in psychology from Eastern Illinois University, a MS in Counselor Education from Western Illinois University and an Ed.D. in Counselor Education from Northern Illinois University. Additionally, she has also earned her licensed clinical professional counselor license and fulfilled requirements of the Elgin Area Leadership Academy. Prior to joining Ecker Center in 2014, Sandouka was a professor at Argosy University.

During her tenure at Ecker, she has served in numerous roles including therapy director and clinical director before being promoted to CEO in 2019.

Sandouka is a resident of Elgin where she lives with husband Dr. Loay Sandouka, a psychologist for the state of Illinois, and their three children.

For more information, contact Kim Petit at (847) 695-0484.

Additional information can also be found at and www.renz

Renz Center for Addiction Counseling is a not-for-profit organization with more than 50 years of service to the community. Renz Center provides individuals with substance use and gambling disorder counseling and treatment services. HIV prevention services, teen pregnancy prevention education, employee assistance for small businesses and substance misuse prevention education for youth and the community including drug/gang prevention coalition building.


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