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Meet Our Board Members

The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (OCDP Board) is a 13-member board, of which 12 members are appointed by the Governor. The 13th member is a designee from ODADAS who will serve as an ex-officio member. Members consist of four individuals eligible for the LICDC, two individuals eligible for the LCDC III, one individual eligible for the LCDC II, two individuals certified in prevention as an OCPS I or II, one doctor authorized to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery and has experience practicing in a field related to chemical dependency counseling, and two members of the general public.

Board 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.

Each 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.

Current members are:

Billy Barclay, Treasurer (Term Expiration: 12/23/14)

Bobbie Boyer, Prevention Committee Chair (Term Expiration: 12/23/15)
Bobbie 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.

Ms. 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 II.

Maximino Cortes (Term Expiration: 12/23/16)
Mr. 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.

A. 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.

Gregory Hogg (Term Expiration: 12/23/16)
Greg 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).

Ashley Kopaniasz, Ethics Investigating Board Member (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 therapy populations.

Mary "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.

Glenn Stanton, Vice Chair (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 III.

Joyce Starr (OMHAS Ex-Officio Member)
Ms. Starr serves as the OMHAS ex-officio member.

Hope 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.

Debra Thompson (Term Expiration: 12/23/16)
Ms. 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.

During 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.

Debra (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."

Robert Yurisko (Term Expiration: 12/23/14)
Robert 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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