Presenter Bios (alphabetical order)

John Ackerman, PhD, is the Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Center for Suicide Prevention (CSPR) and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The CSPR supports Ohio schools in providing suicide prevention. Dr. Ackerman earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Delaware (2006) and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (2008). He is a licensed psychologist and has contributed to research on youth suicide risk factors.

Patti Ahting, LISW-S, has been in the field for 28 years. She holds a BA-Psychology & MSW from the University of Kentucky & has completed a Mental Health Executive Leadership Certificate Program. As the Associate Director of Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren and Clinton Counties, she plans/funds/monitors public mental health services to children & the outpatient populations. She was Chair of the local Suicide Prevention Coalition for 11 yrs & oversaw MH Prevention Services for 12 yrs.

Dr. Philip Atkins, received his PhD in Human Services Administration from Capella University in 2014 and completed the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Mental Health Executive Leadership. He is a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor (LICDC-CS) and an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC). He has worked in behavioral health since 1988 and served as a clinician, prevention educator, administrator, and ADAMH Board Director.

Bobbi Beale, PsyD, is a Senior Research Associate, Trainer & Consultant at the Center for Innovative Practices, Begun Center, MSASS at CWRU. Dr. Beale has specialized in designing non-traditional therapy programs for youth populations that are at risk or have trauma histories. Her programs have utilized adventure therapy (AT) to engage participants, increase skills and boost resiliency. Bobbi also trains and consults on issues related to youth including IHBT, Trauma & Resiliency.

Krysta Bennett joined PAA in 2016 after many years in the prevention field, beginning in high school and college. Most recently, she was the manager of prevention with CommQuest in Canton, Ohio, where she brought direct service prevention programming to middle and high schools. She also served as co-chair of the Stark County Anti-Drug Coalition. Krysta leads efforts in the problem gambling resource center and training programs. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications and is an OCPS.

Richard Catalano, Jr., Ph.D., is the Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence and the co-founder of the Social Development Research Group, which is affiliated with the University of Washington, School of Social Work. He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, and his masters and PhD in sociology from the University of Washington. He is past-president of the Society for Prevention Research, and a steering committee member of the Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health. He was the prevention chapter editor of the Surgeon General’s Report “Facing Addiction: Alcohol, Drugs and Health”. For over 35 years, he has led research and program development to promote positive youth development and prevent problem behaviors. His work has focused on discovering risk and protective factors for behavioral health problems, designing and evaluating programs to address these factors, and using this knowledge to understand and improve prevention service systems in states and communities.

Dr. Catalano is currently on the National Academy of Sciences Board of Children, Youth and Families and the NAS Consensus Study Committee on Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development Among Children and Youth. He has served as a member of the National Academy of Science study group on AIDS Prevention, has participated in 3 National Academy of Science workshops, and has served on expert panels for federal and state government and foundations. He has published over 350 articles and book chapters. His work has been recognized by practitioners (1996 and 2016 National Prevention Network’s Award of Excellence); criminologists (Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, 2007 August Vollmer Award from the American Society of Criminology, and 2003 Paul Tappan Award from the Western Society of Criminology); prevention scientists (2001 Prevention Science Award, 2012 Presidential Award from the Society for Prevention Research), and social workers (elected fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare). Dr. Catalano is a board member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He is the co-developer of the parenting programs “Guiding Good Choices,” “Supporting School Success,” “Staying Connected with Your Teen,” and “Focus on Families;” the school-based program, “Raising Healthy Children;” and the community prevention system, “Communities That Care.”

Dr. Heather Chapman is a clinical psychologist, Director of the Gambling Treatment Program at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. She speaks throughout the world on problem gambling. Her research interests include suicidality, treatment engagement and retention and personality subtyping among those with gambling disorder.

Rebecca Cline, LISW-S, ACSW is the 2014 Ohio Chapter NASW Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and Prevention Programs Director for the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN). She is directly accountable for the DELTA Project, a local, statewide and national primary prevention of intimate partner violence initiative funded by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Ms. Cline is a skilled facilitator, leader, and collaborator and enjoys gardening at her home in Medina.

Cindy Clouner joined the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery in January of 2015 and currently serves as the Managing Director. Prior to this position, Cindy spent eight years coordinating school and community based prevention in Ohio. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Bowling Green State University and is pursuing her Master of Public Health at OSU. She is a licensed social worker and an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist.

Tony Coder is Director of Programs& Services for OACBHA, focusing on Recovery Oriented Systems of Care. Previously, he was the Director of State & Local Affairs for Smart Approaches to Marijuana, founded by Congressman Patrick Kennedy to be a voice for public health around marijuana legalization. He also has served as Assistant Director and policy director for prevention and mental health wellness with Prevention Action Alliance. He was appointed to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee

Misty Cole is the Early Childhood Mental Health Master Trainer for Hopewell Health Centers in Athens, Ohio. Misty is currently completing an MSW program and hold undergraduate degrees in both early childhood education and psychology. Misty has worked with families and children for over twenty-five years.

Chris Cox, PhD. In my 6 yrs as a Senior Research Associate & Project Team Leader for the Discovery Center, I coordinate & lead external research & evaluation services, including research design; proposal development; project & program monitoring; quantitative & qualitative data collection; and technical & evaluation report development for local-, state-, & federally-funded projects across the nation, with several Ohio urban school districts and ESCs, as well as for the ODE, ODH, & NSF.

Craig Comedy, OCPS II is the Executive Director of the Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program of Franklin County, Inc. and has been an UMADAOPFC employee for over twenty years. In addition to working hard to achieve the goals of the UMADAOP federation, he has provided an array of workshops on topics from providing culturally specific services to building effective urban coalitions. He has a BA from Oberlin College in psychology and African-American Studies.

Gail Dafler has worked for over 20 years in the field of prevention. She currently leads the Prescription Medication Safety Campaign that is focused on educating the community about the best practices for medication safety, disposal and storage, and training members of the community with the toolkits from Generation Rx. Gail has a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities (Social Work) from Wright State University.

Donna Dickman, Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist I, has been the Director of the Partnership for Violence Free Families in Allen County since 2004. Previously, Dickman worked at the Director of Programming at the Girl Scouts of Appleseed Ridge for eleven years. Dickman is certified to provide training in several evidence- based programs including ACT: Raising Safe Kids, Mental Health First Aid, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Safe Dates Teen Dating Violence Program and Lifelines.

Brittany Dreier is a Prevention Coordinator at Envision Partnerships in Southwestern Ohio. She received a Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati and her Master’s of Social Work from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Brittany has been working in the prevention world for 7 years with a main focus on youth prevention. In 2014 Brittany was trained as a Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Trainer and went on to present YMHFA at OPEC in 2015.

Jamie Fairfield is a Violence Prevention Educator for Help Line where he delivers programming to middle and high schools in Delaware and Morrow counties. Before becoming a prevention educator, he taught literature and composition at the University of Louisville, The Ohio State University, and the University of Kentucky, from which he earned his Ph.D. in English in 2015.

Adam F. C. Fletcher is a Canadian writer, international educator and organizational consultant who lives in the Pacific Northwest and works across the United States and around the world. Focusing on transforming the roles of people throughout society, for more than a decade he’s motivated and strategized with individuals, organizations and communities as they discover how young people and adults can work together to foster positive, powerful realities for everyone, everywhere, all of the time.

Lucy Flowers is a Prevention Specialist for PVFF in Lima Ohio. She coordinates the Gatekeeper Program, overseeing youth-led suicide prevention student organizations in 13 different high schools. She also facilitates an evidence-based suicide prevention curriculum called Lifelines in those schools, and is involved in the organization’s postvention programs, serving as a member of the Drug Overdose Survivor Support (DOSS) and the Critical Incident Stress Management teams (CISM). Lucy also teaches as an adjunct at Wright State University.

Melanie E. Fluellen is a licensed professional clinical counselor with Nationwide Children’s Hospital at the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research. She graduated from the Ohio State University and earned a Master of Science in Education and Allied Professions from the University of Dayton. She has experience treating youth with a history of early trauma. She has extensive training in CBT, MI, trauma-informed care, and suicide risk assessment. She supports Ohio schools in implementing SOS.

Mary Francis, MAED, OCPC, LSW, is the senior program officer for Interact for Health’s Thriving Communities initiative. From 2002 to 2014 Mary was director of Interact’s ASAP Center, which supported grassroots community-led prevention. . She was an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Cincinnati for 15 years, where she wrote the course syllabi and taught prevention courses for the UC Addiction Studies program. Mary worked 7 years as Director of Prevention Services at the Addiction Service.

Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson, MPA, OCPC, serves as Problem Gambling Services Bureau Chief for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. She oversees policy, planning, and public outreach for a statewide system of care for problem gambling services. Stacey has 20-plus years in policy leadership, communications and public relations with for-profit, non-profit, and governmental entities. She is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant and a Master Trainer in Healthy IDEAS

Stephen M. Gavazzi, Ph.D. is the President of College Town Assessment, LLC and creator of the Optimal College Town Assessment, which takes the guess work out of the quality of town-gown relationships. Dr. Gavazzi is a professor at The Ohio State University, where he has established a research program that examines the impact of higher education on families and communities. He has published numerous journal articles on town-gown relationships, as well as authored The Optimal Town-Gown Marriage book.

Beth Gersper works in the Office of Quality, Planning and Research at OhioMHAS (5 years come June). She currently works with quality assurance and improvement in the department and the field as a health services policy specialist and LeanOhio liaison. Beth received 2 bachelors degrees in Linguistics and Psychology (Ohio State University), a masters degree in Public Administration (University of Akron) and is expecting to earn her PhD in Public Administration (University of Akron) this year.

Heather Gibson is a lifelong resident of Ohio, residing in Greenfield for the past 25 years. She has a masters degree in Education and a bachelor degree in business administration. She is a certified trauma trainer / practitioner with TLC Starr Global. Heather is the CEO of R.E.A.C.H. for Tomorrow, Inc. which serves families and children throughout Southern Ohio as well as providing training, advocacy, and collaboration services for organizations, agencies and churches.

George Hicks, Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant, with over 25 years’ experience in prevention services, is employed by Mary haven Gambling Intervention Program as a Prevention Specialist. He uses the Strategic Prevention Framework developed by SAMHSA to create programs and services to reduce problem gambling and to promote financial health in youth, young adults and adults residing in Franklin County.

Lori Higgins is President/CEO at Envision Partnerships in Southwestern Ohio. She received a Bachelor’s in Organizational Communication from Ohio University and her Master’s of Education from Xavier University. In 2011, she co-authored & published “Minimize Risk ~ Maximize Life.” Lori is also a certified Trainer of Trainers in multiple evidence-based programs and processes. She is a national master trainer for SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) and Ethics in Prevention.

Shawna Hite-Jones is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) with a Master’s in Public Health. Shawna has experience and passion for youth advocacy, grassroots health and wellness initiatives, and suicide prevention. Shawna currently serves as the Program Director for the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation where she supports both community-based suicide prevention initiatives and state-wide suicide prevention programming.

Andrea Hoff has worked in the behavioral health field for over 20 years, is certified in the State of Ohio as a substance abuse prevention consultant (OCPC) and international substance abuse prevention specialist (ICPS), past President of ADAPAO, and a certified Adult & Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Andrea is a certified grants professional (GPC) with extensive experience in fundraising and program evaluation. She has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Dayton.

Michael T. Holmes is Principal Consultant of INSIGHTS4U Consulting, a boutique firm specializing in career management, workforce readiness preparation, and Diversity and Inclusion strategies and training, such as Implicit/Unconscious Bias. Prior to relaunching his consulting practice Mr. Holmes served as President and CEO of the YMCA of Yonkers, Inc. Prior to that role he served as Chief Operating Officer for INROADS Incorporated. Additionally, Michael held roles in college admissions and financial aid, as well as talent acquisition, talent development and Diversity and Inclusion with Citigroup, Pitney Bowes and Terex. He honed his consulting acumen during his tenure with Right Management in New York City. Throughout his career Mr. Holmes has successfully mentored, coached and provided college, career and personal advice to thousands of young people in communities throughout the US. Michael is pleased that, as his mentees have reached their career goals, they too have made the time to be of service to others. Some of his civic/volunteer work includes Board of Director/Board Advisory roles with non-profits such as Yonkers Coalition for Youth, Yonkers Community Action Program, LYFE Coalition of Yonkers, Danbury NAACP, Young Life and Danbury Pathways Mentoring Programs.

He has also conducted numerous workshops and been a motivational speaker for Junior Achievement, A Better Chance, Urban League, Junior League, The Jackie Robinson Foundation, The Hord Foundation and SayYes Danbury. He is also a certified HS basketball official and was previously a certified football official. In September 2016, Michael was among eleven community leaders, who were honored by President Barack Obama as Champions of Change for College Opportunity. Mr. Holmes and the other honorees were recognized for their life long advocacy for equitable access to higher education for underserved and underrepresented youth. Mr. Holmes, a man of deep faith in God and belief in giving back is originally from Brooklyn, NY. Married to Cynthia L. Holmes, they have two adult children, Malcolm Jabari and Jasmine Imani Holmes. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a minor in Philosophy from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

Alexandria Intorcio, MA, has worked in the field of school-based mental health research and evaluation since 2013. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Miami University in 2010 and her Master’s Degree in political psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2013. She currently works as the Greene County Evaluator for the Safe Schools Healthy Students grant. Additionally, she evaluates other grants in the county and works as a YMHFA instructor and co-SW affiliate.

Carmen Irving is the Systems of Care Director for the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Union County. Carmen has her Master’s Degree in Human Development from Kent State University and is a Certified Family Life Educator. Carmen currently serves as the President of Ohio Council on Family Relations. Carmen is currently working at the systems level to increase access to resources for prevention and early intervention. Carmen enjoys spending time with her husband and her children!

Colonel Jay Johnson has joined Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs as a lecturer and director of professional and executive education located at the new OHIO Dublin Center. Jay joins the Voinovich School with more than 30 years of government/military experience with an extensive background as a Marine Corps officer collaborating with interagency and international organizations in several executive level leadership positions. Jay’s career in the Marine Corps focused on leadership development and team building across a wide spectrum of organizational levels. This also included developing and leading our young men and women who are serving our nation to become agile, adaptive and innovative leaders. His prior position was one of the executive directors at the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College where he advised and mentored more than 1,300 students (including students from more than 100 international countries and numerous interagency government students) on a range of complex issues and global challenges they will face as future mid-level managers. In addition to his military experience, Jay has been a small group instructor and assistant professor teaching on a range of leadership and strategic level topics. He also served on several conference and committee panels dealing with curriculum development, advanced strategic leadership studies, security cooperation and national security.
Jay is a graduate of Ohio University receiving a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice in 1986. He also holds Master’s degrees in Public Administration from Webster University and National Resource Strategy from National Defense University (The Eisenhower School.) He is an active volunteer with the Toys for Tots and the Semper Fi Society, which supports wounded Marines. His hobbies and interests are physical fitness, military history and spending time with his family and friends.

Jill J. Jackson, PhD, has managed prevention and intervention services provided by community-based agencies, juvenile court, faith-based organizations, local school districts, before/afterschool and summer programs for over 20 years. She is currently a Consultant for the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Innovation and Improvement. In this position, she serves Ohio’s schools, and students through prevention and early intervention services provided in Ohio’s over 900- plus school district.

Dontavius Jarrells: As the Health Equity Manager for the Bureau of Emergency Preparedness & Special Populations, Dontavius Jarrells is committed to working with internal staff and external community stakeholders to advance policies, procedures, and programming that eliminate health inequities and disparities and ensure health equity for all Ohioans. Prior to this role, Dontavius served as the Community Engagement and Advocacy Administrator for the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) where he was responsible for enhancing community engagement among the Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health (ADAMH) Boards.

Holly Jones, LSW, MSSA, is a Program Administrator at the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services. She has served as a Project Director for Federal and State awards for the State’s System of Care projects, and children and family treatment and prevention programs. She also manages grants for youth and family advocacy programs and specialized technical assistance and training. She is a Licensed Social Worker with a Master of Social Science Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University. She serves on the board for the Delaware Ecumenical Youth Council. Holly lives in Orange Township Ohio with her husband and son. Holly’s passion is bringing integrative therapy techniques into the behavioral health field.

Jim Mahoney, Ph.D., Executive in Residence with Ohio University, Voinovich School Executive Director, Emeritus, Battelle for Kids: A long time educator and entrepreneur, Jim Mahoney has dedicated his life to bettering educational opportunities for all students, serving as a superintendent, principal, and teacher, as well as an adjunct professor at several Ohio universities. In 2001, he joined Battelle for Kids as the organization’s first executive director. Under Jim’s leadership, Battelle for Kids grew into a national not-for-profit that partners with school districts, state departments of education, business, and philanthropic organizations across the globe to advance educational equity and opportunity for all students. This work has impacted more than 6 million students and more than 400,000 educators nationwide. A well-known speaker, Jim has made presentations throughout the United States, Canada, and China. He also co-authored the book, Data-Driven Decisions and School Leadership: Best Practices for School Improvement and has had several articles printed in state and national publications. Jim has been recognized on numerous occasions for his leadership in education, including the Ohio University Voinovich School Leadership in Public Innovation Award; Ohio Friend of Education Award from the Ohio Federation of Teachers; the President’s Award from the Ohio School Boards Association, an award given annually to an individual who has greatly influence public education; the Ohio Superintendent Outstanding Performance Award from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation; and the Educator of the Year Award from the Ohio Association of Local School Superintendents.

Captain David I. Kirker, MSW, LISW is Director of Psychological Health for the Ohio Army National Guard. He conducts crisis interventions and MSE evaluations and consults/educates command on various soldier-related issues.. During OIF/OEF he deployed as Infantry Squad Leader in Alpha Company 1-148. CPT Kirker was convoy escort commander for combat logistical patrols, conducted 15 combat missions, 185 combat patrols and 17,000 combat miles.

Kristina Latta studied international government and economics in undergrad and spent graduate school studying coaching. She takes her experiences and implements them in the world of prevention working at a local level. Though all her experiences, her passion is to inspire, lead, and support individuals, organizations, and communities to live healthy, happy lives. This project has been exciting because of the timeliness of the topic and cross-collaboration with academia and other community coalitions.

Katie Lemke is a senior consultant at Working Partners®, a training and consulting firm, providing problem-solving assistance to help businesses handle situations in an objective, policy-driven manner. She has a BA from OSU, an MS from the University of Dayton, held a LICDC and an LPC and plans to complete her OCPS in 2018. She has experience facilitating individual & group therapy and has provided chemical dependency & mental health assessment services for the Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

William Livisay, a Licensed Social Worker, is an alumnus of Otterbein College, now Otterbein University. He is also a graduate member of The Ohio State University, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, L2000+ Leadership program. Mr. Livisay has over thirty years of human service experience primarily with children and families, the criminal justice system and and the substance use disorder field specializing in substance use prevention design, program development and professional skill sets.

Stacey Logwood is the Director of Community Development for the Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services Board of Logan & Champaign Counties. As part of that role, she is the Coalition Coordinator of the Champaign County Drug Free Youth Coalition. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Capital University in 1999 and her undergraduate work was in the area of psychology, sociology, and criminology. Stacey is a graduate student at Wright State University.

Kevin Lorson is a Professor and Program Director of the Health & Physical Education Program at Wright State University. He is the Past-President of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD). Currently Kevin is leading the development of the HOPE Curriculum and is serving on the Attorney General’s Joint Study Committee for Drug Prevention Education in Schools.

Austin Lucas graduated from The Ohio State University in May, 2017 with a BS in Psychology. As an intern, Austin developed a passion for the field of prevention (particularly suicide prevention) through his participation in OSPF’s special events, meetings, and projects. Austin serves as OSPF’s Grant Coordinator and contributes to the field of Suicide Prevention in the state of Ohio through a public health lens.

Erin Lucas serves as the Director of Early Childhood Programs for Hopewell Health Centers, Inc. in southeast Ohio. Hopewell Health Centers is an integrated care agency, providing behavioral health services, primary care, dental and other various specialties. The early childhood team serves 16 counties in southeast Ohio, providing Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, training, social-emotional support to early learning settings, therapy, case management and other types of community support

Ashley Mack graduated from Wright State University with a B.A. in Urban Affairs and a Master’s in Public Administration. She has over 10 years of experience working in the Public and Nonprofit sectors, conducting research design and analysis for local governments and nonprofit agencies as well as providing direct service to youth. Ashley is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor and is the Committee Chair of the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition’s Opioid Committee.

Cheryl Mahoney has been in the mental health field for 30 years. She has worked in individual, family & school-based therapy, presented to large groups of youth & adults on behavioral health issues, coordinated local, state & national grant programs & is currently splitting her time at South Community supporting a healthy workforce as an Employee Assistance Professional while counseling students at the School of Advertising Art. She created iWise to address the changes she’s seeing in our youth

Denise Meine-Graham: As a former executive with Cheryl’s Cookies I led all customer-facing strategy teams including Ecommerce, Direct Mail, Retail Store and B2B Sales channels. Under my leadership Cheryl’s was the fastest growing 1800flowers.com brand. We achieved record breaking top line sales, EBITDA, customer retention and customer acquisition goals. I led business relationships and strategies across the 1-800-flowers Enterprise of brands including the Contact Center, Information Technology, Public Relations, Enterprise Customer Value, Business Gift Services Corporate Sales and Strategic and Venture Initiative divisions. As a former leader with Victoria’s Secret I led the team responsible for email and catalog marketing campaigns with a focus on maximizing marketing spend and campaign objectives. I led and co-led multi-department projects including the Enterprise Data Warehouse implementation. I completed the Institute of Management Excellence program and taught Leadership classes to other leaders. I entered the non-profit world in 2012 then after the sudden death of my only biological child I launched a non-profit organization – Franklin County Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors. Franklin County LOSS exists to be an instillation of hope to the bereaved by suicide. My passion is helping others grow – not just professionally but personally.

Amy Miller currently works for Foundations Behavioral Health Services as a Prevention Specialist and Project Director for the SPF-PFS Grant. She is also the Marketing/Communications Director for the Mercer County Prevention Coalition and an Adult Ally for the Mercer County Youth to Youth. Amy’s passion for prevention comes from being 25 years clean and her long family history of substance abuse. Her life motto is “Together we CAN and WILL make a difference in the lives of our youth”!

Tessa Miracle B.A., B.S, M.A., OCPS is the evaluator for Ohio’sStrategic Prevention Frameworkfor prescription drug abuse (Ohio’sSPF Rx). AsOhio’sSPF Rx evaluator, she coordinates a statewide workgroup & aids in the design, implementation & analysis of evaluation activities. She has experience using SPF activities to guide county coalitions, multi-college initiatives and regional workgroups. She is also a doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati, studying Health Education.

Nicolle T. Moore, MS, IMFT has been working with children and their families for over 15 years. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Miami University, and her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Kentucky in 2001. At Child Focus, Nicolle has provided prevention, consultation, and therapy services to many early learning programs. Currently she works under the Whole Child Matters grant, training and supervising a team of Early Childhood Consultants.

Kristen Morio, M.A.T. in my 10th yr as a Senior Research Associate & Project Team Leader for the Discovery Center, I coordinate and lead external research & evaluation services, including research design; proposal development; project & program monitoring; qualitative data collection & analyses; and technical & evaluation report development for a variety of local-, state-, & federally-funded projects across the nation, with several Ohio ESC’s, for the ODE, NIH, DHHS, & for multiple NSF programs.

Deborah Neyer is the Executive Director of Fairfield Prevention Coalition (FPC), a community-based Drug Free Communities organization that works to reduce youth substance abuse in Fairfield. FPC has the largest youth-led prevention group in OH. They use research-based strategies to change policies, practices, and perceptions that support use. Deb has a Master’s in Health Promotion from U. of Georgia. She did her post-graduate work at CDC in Atlanta. She is married and has 2 teenaged daughters.

Dr. Amity Noltemeyer is a Professor and coordinator of the school psychology program at Miami University. Her research interests include Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS), resilience, disparities in school discipline, and school climate. Noltemeyer has authored many journal articles and book chapters, and has also co-edited a book and guest-edited a journal special issue. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

J Steven Osborne, CEO, SchoolApps USA, has over 35 years of sales/technology experience, graduating from Miami University with a degree in computing sciences. Steve also has over 25 years working as a trainer and with learning technologies. Recently he and his team were compelled to leverage their business and life experiences, as well as their software and learning expertise to create a platform focused on helping young people cross the chasm of adolescence. Steve’s humorous and sometimes irreverent style has made him a popular conference speaker. Mr. Osborne, a former city councilman, lives in Mason, OH with his wife Becky.

Raynard Packard describes himself as “a native son with a split pedigree.” This seems accurate coming from a man who has, at different points in his life, been a Dogtown-era skateboarder, Olympic torch-bearer, drug addict, paratrooper, doctoral student, dedicated marathoner/triathlete and a licensed counselor. He is most well known for starting a nonprofit organization here in Akron called the Packard Institute, which helps clients mostly in their late teens and early 20s recover from addiction.

Meriden Peters coordinates Interact for Health’s Mental and Emotional Well-being work. Before coming to Interact, Meriden worked in the Department of Psychiatry at Ohio State University coordinating psychiatric clinical research protocols. Meriden has also worked with the Columbus Department of Public Health and Ohio State University Extension.
Meriden holds a Master of Public Health in health behavior and health promotion from Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Miami University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a member of the Ohio Society for Public Health Education. Meriden teaches yoga and pranayama, and strives to live fully in the present moment.

Michael Petrasek, Ed.D. is the Program Specialist for School Psychology and Behavioral Supports at the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children. Dr. Petrasek’s primary responsibilities include: support for Ohio school psychologists, consultation on behavior management, PBIS, and programs to support motivation and engagement. He is licensed as a school psychologist, school administrator and counseling psychologist.

Kaprice Pickering is a Prevention Specialist for PVFF in Lima, Ohio. Previously, she worked at Health Partners of Western Ohio as a center receptionist and Allen County Department of Job and Family Services as an eligibility specialist. Kaprice graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education.Kaprice recruits schools, coordinates and facilitates the Lifelines Suicide Prevention Program. She facilitates the Lifelines Suicide Prevention program in both middle schools and high schools. Kaprice will also be facilitating the ACT Raising Safe Kids Program. She has volunteered with many organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Children’s Resource Center. Kaprice is currently certified to instruct Mental Health First Aid for youth.

Rhonda Ramsey Molina couples her many years of coalition leadership experience with emerging research to provide state of the art training and facilitation to community groups, system leaders and funders. Rhonda has trained thousands of individuals from across the country and around the globe. Rhonda has served in leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels and has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work.

Danielle Ratcliff is a Certified Trauma Practitioner / Trainer, with a BA in Social Science Human Services. She has worked for over 20 years in Australia and USA with at risk families as a Social Worker, Behavior Management Specialist, Trauma Practitioner, Trainer, Art Therapist and Community coordinator. She is the COO and founding member of REACH for Tomorrow, a community mental health not for profit.

Erin Roepcke, LMSW is the Development Manager for PAXIS Institute, a prevention science company based in Tucson, Arizona. As Development Manager, she collaborates with scientists, researchers and implementers of the PAX Good Behavior Game (PAX GBG) to develop materials, trainings, as well as new programs derived from the science and success of PAX GBG. Prior her work with PAXIS, Erin was a Child and Family Therapist working primarily with young children involved in the child welfare system.

Dr. Amanda Ross is a Post-Doctorate Psychology Resident at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, with special emphasis training veterans presenting with gambling disorder and co-occurring complex mental health, substance use, and physical issues. Clinical areas of interest include assessment and treatment of complex mental health issues including suicidality. Current research focus is on mediating factors of gambling disorder and suicidality.

Jodi Salvo LSW, OCPC is the Director of Prevention Services at Ohio Guidestone. She holds a Master’s in Social Work from Marywood University and is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant. She oversees school based substance abuse prevention education; youth led programming, and coordinates the Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition. Jodi is the chairperson for Ohio’s Statewide Coalition Association, and is an active member of the Tuscarawas County Opiate Task Force.

Sheila Savannah, Director at Prevention Institute, provides leadership on health equity, mental health and well-being, and violence prevention. She focuses on mental health’s intersection with community resilience and the social determinants of health. She has over 30 years of experience in policy analysis, community assessment, mobilization and development, and youth and family engagement in addressing complex system issues.

Marcie Seidel, OCPS, became the Executive Director of Prevention Action Alliance after serving as the agency’s Assistant Director. In that role, she led the Ohio College Initiative and the agency’s communication and advocacy efforts. Prior to PAA, Marcie served eight years as chief of staff to Ohio’s First Lady Hope Taft and was a senior staff adviser to the Governor working on ATOD prevention at the state and national level. She was appointed to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee.

Alison Slaughter, M.S, has served as a Researcher and Statistician for the Discovery Center and assists with external research and evaluation services, including quantitative data collection and analysis; instrument development, modifying, and testing; and evaluation and technical report development for a variety of local-, state-, and federally-funded projects across the nation, with several Ohio ESC’s, for the ODE, NIH, DHHS, and for multiple NSF programs.

Glenn Thomas, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Director in Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He has been responsible for a broad range of evidence-based programs in the community, including the School-Based Program and the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research, and has focused most recently on prevention models such as the PAX Good Behavior Game and Signs of Suicide. His clinical and research interests include prevention and the treatment of suicidal behavior.

Karen Vadino MSW, LPCC, OCPC, CCBT has been in the chemical dependency field for over 30 yrs. both as a prevention professional and as a counselor and counseling supervisor. Currently she is a motivational speaker traveling around the United States and Canada speaking to adults as well as youth. She is best known for her ability to make people laugh while still conveying a powerful message of substance. Her topics include stress, laughing, brain matters , and happiness.

Christi Valentini-Lackner is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist and has worked in the field of prevention for 15 years. Christi serves as the Program Manager supporting the Center for Prevention Action at PreventionFIRST! Christi graduated from Ohio University with a B.A. in Psychology. Valentini-Lackner is the co-author of the low risk drinking course for adults, Minimize Risk-Maximize Life. She is also the 2016 recipient of the ADAPAO Advocate Award