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:
Andrew Moss LICDC-CS, LPCC-S: Board Chair, and Ethics Committee Member (Term Expiring 12/23/2021)
Andrew is the Clinical Director at the House of Hope in Columbus, Ohio. Andrew also works as an adjunct faculty member in the Social and Human Services Department at Columbus State Community College. Additionally, he serves on the Franklin County Re-Entry Advisory Board. Andrew previously worked as the Vice President of Addiction Stabilization Services at Maryhaven in Columbus, as well as the Director of Outpatient Services for House of Hope. He has also been a trainer and volunteer for Suicide Prevention Services at North Central Mental Health 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. Andrew is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree at the University of Dayton.
Wendy Doolittle ,LICDC-CS, LISW-S, PCC-S: Ethics Committee Member (Term Expiring 12/23/2022)
Wendy is the CEO of McKinley Hall, a private nonprofit organization that provides treatment and support services for adults living in Clark County with substance use disorders. She has been with McKinley Hall for almost 30 years, where she has developed multiple programs, designed to expand treatment opportunities and build recovery capital for those trying to manage the disease of addiction; including recovery housing, a Safe House and Warm Hand-Off program for victims of overdose. In 2018, she led the agency in securing $2.3 million dollars for a facility to provide all services under one roof. Mrs. Doolittle has a private practice, Amazing Brain Counseling Services, where she primarily works with people who have experienced trauma. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Central State University, a Master of Science in Education from the University of Dayton and a Master of Social Science Administration from Case Western University. Currently, she serves as Chair on the Board of Directors for Mercy Health – Springfield and founding member and former Chair of Ohio Recovery Housing.
John Lisy LICDC-CS, OCPC, LISW-S, LPCC-S: Treatment Committee Chair (Term Expiration: 12/23/22)
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.
Kenneth Yeager, LICDC- CS, LISW, Education& Training Committee Chair (Term Expiration: 12/23/2022)
Kenneth R. Yeager, Ph.D., is a professor, clinical, in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. He also serves as director of the Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) program at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. The STAR program recognizes the importance of addressing experiences of trauma with evidence-based, trauma-informed practices. The program, received grant money as part of the “Ohio Attorney General’s Expanding Services and Empowering Victims Initiative.” Within the STAR program, he has developed The Ohio State University Medical Center Trauma Recovery Center, which provides psychological and psychiatric care for victims of violent crime. Dr. Yeager, who holds an endowed professorship as the David E. Schuller Professor for Patient Compassion, has numerous publications in the areas of crisis intervention; resilience building; treating co-morbid substance abuse and mental illness. He is a member of Oxford Bibliographies Online editorial board and a treating clinician for the National Football League Program for Substances of Abuse.
Georden Burton, OCPS , Prevention Committee Member ( Term Expires 12/23/2022)
Georden Burton has been a Prevention Coordinator with Columbus Public Health’s Alcohol and Drug Services program since 2013. After graduating from Ohio University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, he initially discovered his passion for serving others as a Leadership Intern through the Child Defense Fund-Freedom Schools Program. In his current role he delivers evidence-based curriculums in numerous schools and after school programs on the west side of Columbus, where he has made genuine impacts in one of the hardest hit communities of Ohio’s Opiate Epidemic. He has also served as a member of the Franklin County Urban Coalition, and thoroughly enjoys assisting with other prevention initiatives through collaboration with organizations such as Youth to Youth and the ADAPAO-OCPC Development Fellowship Training & Mentoring Project .
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.
Public Member Seats
Staci Morris: Board Treasurer (Term Expires 12/23/2021)
Staci Morris is the owner of Black Dog Financial LLC, a bookkeeping and advisory firm for small businesses. Staci has over twenty years of experience in governmental accounting and operations at the local government level. She has also served on the Children Services Transformation Advisory Council; a board assembled by Governor DeWine to review the state of Ohio’s foster care system and develop recommendations for improving the experience of children and families. Staci received her bachelor’s degree in Financial Services from Wright State University and her Master’s degree in Taxation from Nova Southeastern University.
Jim Mermis: Board Vice-Chair, 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.
Rick Massatti, PhD, MSW, MPH
State Opioid Treatment Authority
Chief, Bureau of SUD Treatment
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services