Paul Brickman, LICDC
is the Marketing Director for Signature Health, Inc. and has over 30 years in the mental health and chemical dependency fields. As a founding member of Signature Health, Inc. he has been at the forefront of innovative prevention, education, and mental health and recovery services for Northeast Ohio.
Denise Cassidy-Cousins, RPH
graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1986 with her degree in Pharmacy. In 1995 she became the owner and registered pharmacist for the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy in Ashtabula, Ohio. Since that time, Denise has been active in the community and serves on the Board of Directors for the Lake Area Recovery Center. She is a strong advocate for drug and alcohol prevention, education and treatment.
Donna DeGeorge, PCC-S, LICDC
is a Dual Therapist and Supervisor of Alcohol and Drug Services at Community Counseling Center in Ashtabula, Ohio. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and has extensive experience in working with dually diagnosed persons in the capacity of case management, group and individual counseling, and supervision. She has been with Community Counseling Center for 5 years. Donna specializes in treating adults who are trauma survivors.
Judge Charles Hague
currently serves as the Ashtabula County Probate Judge and Juvenile Judge. He is a graduate of Hiram College and received his Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University College of Law. Judge Hague is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Ashtabula County Bar Association as well as other state and local organizations. He has been a Court Judge since 1993 and active in working with leaders in our community to promote better programs for our youth and seniors.
Melinda Kapalin, MA
is a Prevention Specialist at the Lake Area Recovery Center. She is a graduate of Hiram College with a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies and is also an Adjunct Faculty member there. Melinda has worked in the field of prevention since 2006 and has presented programs for over 3000 students, teachers and administrators throughout Ashtabula County. She has developed programs on stress management for undergraduates, daycare providers, and adults. Melinda currently writes a weekly column for the Ashtabula Star-Beacon on a wide range of topics that include bullying, stress reduction, alcohol abuse and drug addiction.
Lieutenant Jeff Orr
works for the Trumbull County Sheriff’s office and is currently assigned as the Project Commander for the TAG (Trumbull-Ashtabula-Group) Law Enforcement Task Force. He has served as a multi-jurisdictional task force commander since 1997. His law enforcement expertise is related to narcotics, homeland security, and hazardous materials. Jeff regularly speaks to community groups on narcotics, street drug terms and trends, terrorism, outdoor survival and other law enforcement topics. He is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corp.
James C. Overholser, Ph.D
received his doctorate in clinical psychology from The Ohio State University in 1986. He completed his pre-doctoral intership and post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology through the Department of Psychiatry at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Overholser is licensed as a psychologist in the State of Ohio, and Board Certified in Clinical Psychology. In 1988, Dr. Overholser joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is currently a Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training in the APA-approved graduate training program in clinical psychology. Dr. Overholser is actively involved in research on the assessment of depression and evaluation of suicide risk. His research includes the affects of substance abuse among depressive patients with suicidal risk factors.
Doug Wentz, MA, OCPS II
is currently the Community Services Director for the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic. He is also a part-time instructor in the Counseling Department at Youngstown State University. Mr. Wentz has over thirty years of experience in the field of chemical dependency prevention. He has been actively involved with the Ohio Teen Institute since 1979 and has served as a consultant for other youth-led prevention programs in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
is the Chief Operation Officer for Signature Heath, Inc. Ms. Zirzow has over 15 years of experience in the mental health and chemical dependency fields. Her work experience includes working with both adolescents in out- patient treatment and prevention services along with working with adults through mental health treatment services. As the Chief Operating Officer, she is responsible for the day to day operations at all Signature Health, Inc. sites.