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.

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Current members are:

LCDC II Seat

Trisha Farrar LCDC II, OCPC:  Prevention Committee Chair (Term Expiration: 12/23/20)

Trisha is the CEO of The Recovery Center, in Fairfield County, Ohio. She has years of experience leading the way to expand school and community prevention, intervention and treatment to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of services.  Trisha has been involved in several coalitions and advocacy groups and currently also a board member of Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers, and a member of the Ohio Alliance of Recovery Providers. She is also the Co-Owner of Inner Wisdom Wellness, a wellness studio in the Hocking Hills that provides a number of holistic health modalities and provides training on Compassion Fatigue and other wellness topics.  Trisha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Ohio University, and is a Fellow of the John Glenn Leadership Institute at Ohio State University. 

LCDC III Seats

Alex Bishara LISW, LCDC III, ICADC: Board Treasurer (Term Expiration: 12/23/20)

Alex currently is the Behavioral Health Network Specialist, part of the Community Engagement team, of Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH). After providing 5 years of substance abuse counseling early in his career, Alex moved into program management.  Over the next 10 years he opened and directed four outpatient substance abuse and mental health centers serving nine counties across Ohio.  In 2016, Alex joined Nationwide Children’s Hospital as Clinical Coordinator of the Downtown Outpatient Behavioral Health services team.  He is also substance abuse treatment trainer with the Institute of Human Services providing training for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program.  Alex also serves board treasurer for the grassroots non-profit organization, Parents Addressing Teen Challenges (PATCH).  Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2001 and Masters of Social Work in 2010 and both from The Ohio State University.

Wendy Haynes-Britton LCDC III, PCC-S: Board Chair (Term Expiration: 12/23/20)

Wendy currently co-owner of Clearing Path’s Therapeutic Services, Ltd. in Dayton; a group practice which offers mental health, addictions and psychiatric services.

 She has been a counselor and/or administrator for most of her professional career with experience in corrections, drug and alcohol, mental health and with people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities; as well as with people with dual disorders for over 30 years. She received her bachelor’s from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and her Master’s degree from Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio.

LICDC Seats

Andrew Moss LICDC, LPCC-S:  Board Vice-Chair and Ethics Committee Member (Term Expiring 12/23/2021)

Andrew serves as the Vice President of Addiction Stabilization Services at Maryhaven in Columbus, Ohio. Andrew also works as an adjunct faculty member in the Social and Human Services Department at Columbus State Community College. Andrew is a member of the Stonewall Columbus Board of Trustees. Additionally, he serves on the Franklin County Re-Entry Advisory Board. Andrew previously worked as the Director of Outpatient Services for House of Hope, and he has been a trainer and volunteer for Suicide Prevention Services, both located in Columbus. He graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Counselor Education in 2005 and 2007, respectively.   

Maximino Cortes LICDC-CS, LISW: Ethics Committee Chair (Term Expiration: 12/23/19)

Max is the Clinical Supervisor with Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland.

Maximino Cortes has served as is a clinical supervisor for 20 years for a non-profit faith-based organization in the Cleveland and has over 29 years of experience working with the Hispanic/Latino population in out-patient and residential mental health and chemical dependency community-based programs. Mr. Cortes is also a contractor for a private practice agency in Strongsville, Ohio. He currently serves as a field instructor for the undergraduate and graduate social work program at Cleveland State University and the Case Western Reserve University social work master’s degree program. He received his B.A. from Cleveland State and his master’s from Case Western Reserve University. 

Gregory Hogg LISW-S, LICDC-CS:  Education &Training Committee Co-Chair (Term Expiration: 12/23/19)

Greg is a social worker/addiction counselor at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and is working with veterans in the Medication Assisted Treatment program for Opioid Use Disorder.  He started in the field of addiction in 1998, has been an inpatient and outpatient addiction counselor and spent five years training social workers, counselors and addiction professionals in the area of addiction and mental health.  Mr. Hogg has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers since 2013.

John Lisy LICDC-CS, OCPC, LISW-S, LPCC-S:  Treatment Committee Chair (Term Expiration:  12/23/19)

John is the Executive Director of the Shaker Heights Youth Center.  He has served in many community, state and national programs including National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) and, Ohio Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors (OAADAC) assuming numerous leadership positions. He has a Master’s in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University.  John was a founding member of the Coalition for Chemical Dependency Licensure.

OCPS I or II Seats

Debra Thompson M.Ed, OCPS:  Education & Training Committee Co-Chair (Term Expiration: 12/23/19)

Debra has worked in education and prevention in the schools throughout her career.

While teaching in Lancaster City Schools, she was an instrumental part of forming “The Quality of Life” program where support groups for a variety of issues were held during the school day for secondary students. She continued her education in Addiction Studies and received her Prevention Specialist Certification in 1989, while providing prevention through “Teen Institute” and teaching “Quest”, a communications class focusing on self-esteem and positive action in the community. Debra graduated from Wittenberg University with her Bachelor of Arts and received her Master’s in Education at Ohio University. 

Dr. Philip Atkins, LICDC-CS, OCPC: Prevention Committee Member (Term Expiration:  12/23/21)

Phil currently serves as the Executive Director of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Union County (ADAMH).  He has worked in behavioral health since 1988 and served as a clinician, prevention educator, administrator and consultant. He has extensive experience with behavioral health treatment and prevention services for adults, children and youth. He received his PhD in Human Services Administration from Capella University in 2014 and has a post-graduate certificate from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Mental Health Executive Leadership.

Physician Seat

Vacant

Public Member Seats

Jim Mermis: Treatment Committee Member  (Term Expiring:  12/23/2021)

Jim is managing partner of The Junto Company, Ltd, a government relations/business development consulting firm. With more than two decades experience in Washington DC and Ohio, in both the public and private sectors, Jim has an extensive public policy and business background as well as significant leadership experience. His specific areas of expertise include workforce development, unemployment insurance, economic development, education, and worker’s compensation/managed care, and healthcare. In addition, Jim is an advisor, partner, or owner of several entrepreneurial ventures. Jim received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Saint Louis University’s College of Business Administration.

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Ex-Officio Seat

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