• Meet Our Staff

    “Our identity is established as a result of who and what we choose to identify with.”

    - Joyce Meyer

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    Tom and JoAnn Nitka | Founders/Owners

    God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called.


    Tom was instrumental in starting the practice and setting it up for success. He continues to support all aspects of the practice behind the scenes and leads the Abundant Life team in prayer each week during staff meetings. Not only does he support the business, he is also a sounding board for all the people who work in it. He has especially been a huge support for his wife, JoAnn, throughout her years in practice.

    JoAnn earned her Masters from UW-Milwaukee. She has been in practice for over 25 years and loves working with individuals, families, and couples. JoAnn believes that God doesn’t waste anything, not even the most traumatic of experiences. He can bring freedom to even the darkest area of our lives. Her prayer is that you find healing, peace, renewal, and abundance in God’s love for you.


    Both Tom and JoAnn have seen it lived out that God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called.

  • Therapists

    “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion..” Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

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    JoAnn Nitka | MSW, LCSW


    *Limited availability for new clients


    JoAnn received her Master's of Social Work (MSW), from UW-Milwaukee. She is licensed in the State of Wisconsin as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker(LCSW), and has been a practicing Christian counselor for over 25 years.


    JoAnn believes it is privilege to work with people who are struggling in their lives and need support. She is blessed to watch God move in people’s lives through counseling. This is God's calling for her life and there is a great joy and peace that comes from living out her calling. She knows that it is God showing up in her office that makes all the difference!


    "I believe that God can be a God of extravagance, but I also know God doesn’t waste anything, not even the most traumatic of experiences. He can reach us in all experiences and bring freedom to even the darkest area of our lives. I know this because he has done this in my life as well." - JoAnn
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    Janna Nordeman | LCSW, LMSW, ABCST Associate

    Janna received her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Currently, she is persuing becoming a Christian Sex Therapist through the Institute of Sexual Wholeness and is an ABCST Sex Therapy Associate. She offers in-person therapy to those who live in the Green Bay and surrounding areas and virtual sessions for individuals in other locations in Wisconsin, Michigan and Florida.
    Her background includes crisis counseling and extensive hospice work. God clearly laid the path for her to be a part of Abundant Life, a route she never imagined for herself. She has a passion for people to find freedom from lies and into the redemptive trust through Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. Janna has experience supporting individuals and couples through sexual brokenness, marital conflict, anxiety, depression, grief, and suicidal ideation. Janna is here to welcome you just as you are, the same way that God welcomes us to Him with open arms.
    "God tells us 'All who are weary and heavy laden, come to me and I will give you rest.' God has called me to be His
    hands and feet, via being a therapist, to help those who are weary and heavy laden. It is an honor and privilege to walk this journey with individuals and couples and to see how God is transforming difficult situations and using them to His honor and glory." -Janna
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    Amber Teele | MS, LPC, SAC, NCC


    Amber received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UW-Stevens Point and her Master's of Science in Counseling from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI. She is licensed in the State of Wisconsin as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC); she is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
    Amber has experience in providing support through both in-person and virtual therapy, helping individuals walk through various concerns including ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, substance abuse concerns, and trauma.


    Growing up, she never expected to become a counselor, but she's found that the best things in life happen when God crashes in and our expectations take a detour so we can pursue His path. She loves the opportunity to serve as the person she is - loving, authentic, genuine (and a bit quirky). She loves bringing out ways that we can praise our Creator through finding peace in who we are while pursuing the lives He has called us to. That means instead of rooting ourselves in the pain of now, we operate from a point of understanding that we were created for more and we push forward together because if it's not good yet, that means He's not done yet.
    "I believe that God loves us right where we are, but too much to leave us there; He called me into the field of counseling for a reason and my passion in serving people is through the use of His model of unconditional love and acceptance as the foundation of who I am within both my professional and personal life." - Amber
  • Office

    "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for men." Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

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    Erica Van Kirk | Office Manager

    Erica received her Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) from UW-Milwaukee and has previous experience working in mental health care services. She is passionate about getting people connected to the right resources.


    As the Office Manager, she is often the first person you talk with when reaching out for services. Her desire is to make it a welcoming experience, answer as many questions as possible, and get you connected to the resource right for you.

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    Sylvia Butchli | Office Assistant

    Sylvia has been a valuable member of the Abundant Life Counseling team since 2014, providing essential support to our staff and ensuring the seamless operation of our office.


    Her warm smile and attentive hospitality, including offering guests a fresh cup of coffee or tea upon arrival, contribute to the welcoming and professional atmosphere that defines our practice.