Steve Guziec, LPC
Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois, Senior SupervisorShare your story
My time at RMU changed me from a money and power focused person to a humanitarian looking to help those that can’t help themselves.
“My time at RMU changed me from a money and power focused person to a humanitarian looking to help those that can’t help themselves," states Steve Guziec, RMU Business Administration alumnus. Steve is a successful entrepreneur as the CEO of “Sunshine After the Fog” (SAF), a resource for victims of cultic and coercive groups. He supports his organization as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a member of the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA).
Steve was born, raised and lived in a doomsday cult until he was 25 years old. Having grown up in such an environment, there were times when he was convinced that the world was going to be destroyed and those who were not faithful to the cult would not survive. Upon breaking free, Steve sought a college education and eventually found himself sitting in a World Religions class at RMU. It was in this very class that he recalls having a moment where he began to see a different future for himself. Conversations with his instructor, Robert Rabe, after class and leading into the evening, allowed Steve to recognize his passion for helping others – especially those who had been exposed to cult life such as himself. While his religions class helped him find his purpose, it was the business school curriculum that provided him with the knowledge he needed to start his private practice, limiting financial risk.
After earning his Bachelor of Business Administration, Steve’s adventure did not yet. He continued pursuit of his studies and received his Master degree in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University, taking him one step closer to reaching his career goals and starting his practice.
In addition to running his private practice and SAF, Steve is also a Senior Supervisor with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. Steve believes that RMU provided him with a number of skills that he applies every day within his role in the fast-paced SDO division of BCBS. Utilizing online forums, such as Blackboard, during his time at RMU has allowed him to adapt more easily to new technology and in how he communicates and leads his team remotely.
On his free time, Steve continues as a Naperville Jaycee, where he has been a member for the last seven years. Heading up the security team for the annual “Naperville Last Fling” event, he spends about 400 hours annually organizing and planning for the event. As a Jaycee he also participates in dozens of other charity events including Santa train, giving tree, snow shoveling for the elderly, and helping feed those in need.
Steve’s future is looking bright, and he imagines that it will naturally expand into one of research, teaching at the collegiate level, and continuing to educate practitioners in the field how best to help victims of cult abuse.
Steve has a simple message for students and future graduates, “Never give up on your dreams.”