Meet Our Board Members
members serve three-year terms and cannot be reappointed after two consecutive
full terms. Board responsibilities include: regulating the licensure and certification
process, issuing and renewing licenses and certificates, investigating ethical
complaints, approving educational coursework, and acting as a catalyst for positive
change in the field.
year, four seats on the OCDP Board are open for appointment or re-appointment.
Individuals interested in becoming a member of the OCDP Board can submit an application
to the Governor's Office ATTN: Boards & Commissions.
Boyer, Vice-Chair Prevention Committee (Term Expiration: 12/23/15)
J. Boyer is currently employed as a manager with the Institute for
Human Services, best known for its coordination of the Ohio Child
Welfare Training Program. Ms. Boyer's background includes over 37
years of work in the areas of administration, strategic planning,
policy and program development, staff supervision and training,
marketing, and community collaboration. She has worked in a consulting
role with a broad sector of community leaders, including government
officials, business and industry, schools, courts, churches, and
community groups. Ms. Boyer received the Director's Award in 2009
from the U.S. Dept. of Justice Community Capacity Development Office
for her work focused on developing comprehensive strategies for
the prevention, intervention, and suppression of illicit drugs and
gangs in high crime areas.
Boyer received her Master of Science in Social Administration degree
from Case Western Reserve University and her bachelor's degree from
the College of Wooster. She holds independent licensure from the
Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board along with an LICDC and OCPS
Cortes Ethics Investigating Board Member (Term Expiration: 12/23/16)
Maximino Cortes, M.S.S.A., LISW-S, LICDC-CS, has served as a clinical
supervisor with Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland for the
last 23 years. He also works as a therapist in private practice
conducting outpatient mental health and chemical dependency counseling.
He has over twenty five years of experience working with children,
youth, and families in out-patient and residential chemical dependency
and mental health settings. Mr. Cortes has worked extensively with
the Hispanic/Latino population in out-patient and residential drug
treatment in Cuyahoga County. He has served as a field instructor
for the undergraduate and graduate social work programs at Cleveland
State University and the Case Western Reserve University for the
past 15 years. Mr. Cortes is a volunteer with the Youth of Hope
Ministry of the Sagrada Family Parish in Cleveland and is a mentor
for the Cleveland Big Brother/Big Sisters regional office. He currently
utilizes best practice therapeutic interventions in the treatment
of children, youth, and families.
Tony Grotrian (Term Expiration: 12/23/15)
Mr. Grotrian has worked tirelessly over the last three years to
address the issue of opiate addiction in Hancock County. He is a
shining example of someone who, from tragedy, became passionate
about the issue in order to prevent others from having a similar
experience. Mr. Grotrian retired from his profession in order to
dedicate his efforts to this cause full time. He is a team member
of the Hancock County ADAMHS Board Strategic Prevention Framework
Grant and an active member on several committees of the Prescription
Drug Abuse Task Force. Mr. Grotrian was awarded the Hancock County
ADAMHS Board Volunteer of the Year Award for FY2011.
Hogg, Education Committee Co-Chair (Term Expiration: 12/23/16)
began his career in CD counseling in 1997 as a MSW intern at an
inpatient faculty for homeless veterans in Cincinnati. In 2000,
Greg began working with adults with co-occurring disorders at an
out-patient department at Talbert House (Cincinnati). Greg moved
to supervising this outpatient unit for several years. For the past
three years, Greg is a Training Specialist at Talbert House. Greg
presently holds a LISW-S and LICDC-CS. Greg is a member of Motivational
Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).
Kopaniasz (Term Expiration: 12/23/14)
Mrs. Ashley Kopaniasz is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
III and Licensed Professional Counselor. Mrs. Kopaniasz received
her Bachelor of Science from Northwestern State University and a
Master of Arts from The University of Toledo. Ashley currently works
in a community mental health facility's dual diagnosis program.
She has also worked with psychiatric inpatient and school based
"Ginger" Ross (Term Expiration: 12/23/16)
Ms. Ross is currently a high school guidance counselor at Vandalia-Butler
City School District. She holds an LICDC, PCC, LSW and School Counselor
License. Ms. Ross holds a master's degree from Wright State University
in Mental Health Counseling. She has worked in the Chemical Dependency
field for over 18 years. She has worked at Nova House in Dayton
and Kettering Hospital Behavioral Health as a Program Coordinator
for their former Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program.
Stanton (Term Expiration: 12/23/14)
Mr. Glenn Stanton began his substance abuse career as active duty
air force in 1989. He retired from the air force in 2004 and worked
at the Veterans Administration. Mr. Stanton currently works for
the DOD in substance abuse. He completed his bachelor's degree in
2002 at Wayland Baptist University, TX and currently holds an LCDC
Starr (OMHAS Ex-Officio Member)
Ms. Starr serves as the OMHAS ex-officio member.
Taft (Term Expiration: 12/23/15)
Hope Taft is a certified prevention specialist and has been
involved in prevention activities at the local, state and national
levels since 1986. As First Lady of Ohio, 1999-2007, she focused
on promoting positive youth development, alcohol and other drug
prevention and community volunteerism. At the national level, she
serves on the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory
Council. She is currently the president/CEO of the Leadership To
Keep Children Alcohol Free Foundation, a non profit, non partisan
group of current and former Governor's spouses dedicated to supporting
their efforts, both in their states and nationally, to prevent and
reduce childhood drinking, especially among youth, 9-15 years old.
Ms. Taft graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1966.
Thompson, Education Committee Co-Chair (Term Expiration: 12/23/16)
Thompson earned her BA from Wittenberg University and her M.ED from
Ohio University. Debra is a Martha Jennings Scholar and a Master
Teacher of the State of Ohio. She currently holds an Ohio permanent
teaching certificate as a special education teacher for grades K-12.
She is highly qualified in math, English, social studies and science.
her 37 years as an Intervention Specialist and Quest teacher, she
was instrumental in developing the "Quality of Life" drug
and alcohol intervention and prevention program in the Lancaster
City Schools. Ms. Thompson received her Prevention Specialist Certification
in 1989. She was the advisor for the Lancaster City Schools Teen
Institute for fifteen years.
(Debbie) continues her teaching and prevention activities as a GED
instructor at Lancaster Job and Family Services and in a special
program held at Ohio University- Lancaster for students in need
of special instruction to develop skills in math and language skills.
Debbie's teaching motto is; "if a student can not learn the
way they are taught, then we must teach the way a student can learn."
Yurisko, Treatment Committee Chair (Term Expiration: 12/23/14)
Lloyd Yurisko is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II. Robert
holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Columbus State
Community College's Mental Health / Addiction Studies / Developmental
Disabilities program. Robert has a deep passion for recovery and
has worked in the field of Addiction Treatment since 2006. Robert
is currently employed as a Primary Counselor at House of Hope Men's
Residential Program in Columbus, OH.
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