President: Nancy Harvey, Ed.D, LISW-S, CSWM is currently the Executive Director of Community Teaching Homes, Inc. She holds a master’s degree in social work from The Ohio State University and a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Nancy completed the Ohio University Executive Leadership Institute in 1999. Nancy brings to the board over twenty five years of experience in the child welfare and behavioral health field.
President-Elect: Eric Cummins, MA, LPC, is the Executive Director of St. Joseph Orphanage in Cincinnati, Ohio. Eric joined St. Joseph Orphanage as the Executive Director in January 2014. He has over 25 years experience in the behavioral health and educational field, primarily working with children and families. Before joining St. Joseph, he earned his bachelors and masters degree from Olivet Nazarene University and then became a adjunct professor at Olivet Nazarene University, where he won the Willis E. Snowbarger Award for Teaching Excellence. Eric then served as the Executive Director for Willapa Behavioral Health and has been a Surveyor for CARF, an international organization that accredits programs and agencies in 17 countries in behavioral health, aging, medical rehabilitation, child and youth, business networks, and employment and community services for 17 years. Eric has three daughters and enjoys spending time with his wife and family.
Treasurer: John Banchy, MBA, has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati since 2015. Under his tenure, he crafted a conceptualization and execution of a strategic plan to provide comprehensive and integrated education, mental and behavioral health services for at-risk children and families in the Greater Cincinnati area. John’s accomplishments as president and CEO include the expansion of early childhood day treatment services, increased capacity of students served for preschool and autism services, the opening of a professionally staffed school-based health center on campus, and a reduction of staff turnover by a total of 50% each year in his first two years. Since assuming his current role, he has grown the organization’s assets to more than $105 million.John earned his undergraduate and MBA at Thomas More College and was part of Leadership Cincinnati Class 41, is a board member of the Ohio Children’s Alliance, serves as a Southwest Ohio Steering Committee Member of the Mental Health and Addiction Advocacy Coalition, and is a member of the United Way Tocqueville Society of Greater Cincinnati.
Secretary: Bryan Forney, MSMFT, MSW, LISW-S, serves as the Executive Director of Focus on Youth, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio. Bryan has been with Focus on Youth since 2001, serving in positions as Youth Specialist, Therapist, Training Coordinator, Supervisor, and Associate Executive Director. Bryan has served in other organizations as a community-based therapist, Clinical Director, Residential Treatment Counselor, and served several years as a youth minister for his church. He is an Advanced Trainer of the Nurtured Heart Approach, and a certified instructor in Safe Crisis Management. Bryan holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree and Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy degree from Harding University. He also holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Past President: Matt T. Kresic, MPA, is the current Chief Executive Officer at Homes For Kids Inc. located in Niles, Ohio. In his current capacity, Mr. Kresic oversees the day to day operations of the organization which provides Treatment Foster Care and Comprehensive Mental Health Services to over 1,200 children across Northeastern Ohio on an annual basis. Mr. Kresic has been employed at Homes For Kids since 1993 and has served the organization as their Director of Operations, Independent Living Program Coordinator and as a Case Manager prior to his appointment as the CEO. He received his undergraduate degree in Social Work from Youngstown State University and his Masters Degree in Public Administration (with a focus in nonprofit management) from Kent State University. Mr. Kresic also serves as an adjunct professor at Youngstown State University within the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services. Mr. Kresic currently resides in Lordstown, Ohio with his wife and two daughters. He is very active in local religious, civic, and cultural communities via board and volunteer work.
Norman Christopher, MD, Noah Miller Chair, Dept of Pediatrics, Akron Children’s Hospital, is board-certified in pediatrics and in emergency medicine. As Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Christopher is responsible for leading growth in clinical programs and in workforce development as thoughtful and innovative care delivery models are tested and implemented. He oversees clinical operations and quality in four practice clusters, including behavioral health, medical subspecialties, primary care/community health, and in the hospital-based physician practices. Dr. Christopher has served for more than 15 years as an elected member of his local school district’s Board of Education and currently as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Voices for Ohio’s Children. In addition, Dr. Christopher serves on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and for the National Kidney Foundation. Dr. Christopher’s academic career includes seven years of service as Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University, followed now by more than twelve years as Chairman of NEOMED’s and Akron Children’s Hospital’s Department of Pediatrics.
Vicki Clark, LPCC-S, is the Chief Executive Officer of Ravenwood Health, based in Chardon, Ohio. Ms. Clark has over thirty years of experience in the Human Services and Mental Health Care field and is a licensed professional clinic counselor with supervisory endorsement. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and a M.Ed. from Kent State University. Ms. Clark began her career with Ravenwood as the Director of the Sex Abuse Treatment Program. She then acquired the additional positions of Director of Emergency services, Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Mental Health Treatment. In 1989, she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, and became Chief Executive Officer in 2013.
Sarah Cochey, MSSA, LSW, EIS, serves as CEO for Youth Advocate Services since December 2016, she has been focused on navigating many industry changes to ensure a rich 40 year history of serving Central Ohio continues to reflect a culture committed to quality client care. Sarah is also dedicated to ongoing efforts that develop and support their most valuable asset, their staff.
Richard Graziano is the CEO and President of The Village Network, a private, non-profit, non-denominational organization in Ohio serving thousands of at-risk boys and girls daily. Richard’s career has been focused on sound business principals and creative initiatives across multi-functional disciplines. Richard was recently featured in Smart Business, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fortune and Money for bringing a for-profit business mentality into the not-for profit-world. Prior to his position at TVN, Mr. Graziano served as the Chief Operating Officer for Fellowship Health Resources, a $36 million mental health agency serving seven states. During his 20 years in the social services and healthcare fields, Mr. Graziano has been responsible for developing and implementing many successful processes related to strategic planning, organizing, operating and staffing. In addition, he is quite knowledgeable in agency compliance with state, federal and local agencies and certifications and licensing requirements. Since joining TVN as CEO/President, Rich has increased revenues from $26 million to $42 million. He has developed the Brite Futures Brand and moved administration into the new National Headquarters. Program expansion under Rich’s tenure includes, nine new counties, integrated care, residential treatment for girls/young women, outpatient services, in-school services and transitional housing for transition aged boys. He has also implemented a robust Strategic Planning process that engages his management teams in identifying opportunities for growth and implementing strategies to achieve objectives.
Jeffrey Greene, BS, MA, Ph.D, Vice President of Residential, Foster Care & Medical Services for St. Vincent Family Center. Dr. Greene joined St. Vincent Family Center in October of 2018, after serving as Executive Director of House of New Hope for more than 19 years. He serves as an Advisory Board Member for Partners for Ohio Families, and has served in the past as a Psychology Instructor for Ohio University; as an Advisory Board Member for OhioMHAS Mental Health Clinical Roundtable; and as a National Board Member for Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA).
Paul Haffner, BA, JD, has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Lighthouse Youth and Family Services since 2016, a fulfillment of the dream of a group of citizens from the Baptist Women’s Fellowship in Cincinnati and others who sought a better future for young people and families. The agency was founded in 1969. Lighthouse opened the first group home for girls in the state of Ohio the following year. Lighthouse is a leader and pioneer in developing services, some of which are national models of innovation and efficacy.
Anita Koerner, MSW, LISW, serves as the Director of Specialized Youth Services at South Community, where she directs programs such as Treatment Foster Care and Day Treatment. Anita has been with South Community for almost 29 years, and has a prior history of employment in Child Welfare and Community Behavioral Health in Montgomery County. Anita has been an active member of Ohio Children’s Alliance since South Community first joined the association.
Kristina Hudson, MSSW, LISW-S, is the proud mom of two beautiful girls and is married to an amazing man that supports her in her vocational ministry of serving the children and families of Ohio as the Ohio State Director for The Bair Foundation. The agency functions in 9 states and provides foster care, adoption and Mental Health services in the state of Ohio. The State Director provides oversight to offices in Ohio located in Kent, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati. Kristina is responsible for the overall management of the agency in Ohio and supervises administrative and program staff. The State Director is responsible for ensuring the growth of the agency; such as the development of new programs as well as compliance with all COA, state and federal regulations. Kristina has been working to empower children and families for over 20 years in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
Sheree Lynch, R.N., M. Ed. is President/Chief Executive Officer of Positive Leaps, based in West Chester, Ohio, outside of Cincinnati. She began Positive Leaps to provide help and hope to the children and families of southwest Ohio.
Advisor: Sean Reilly, LISW-S, is the Executive Director of UMCH Family Services, based in Worthington, Ohio. Sean is responsible for overall management of the agency and supervises all administrative and program staff. Sean was the Managing Partner of Executive Resources Associates in Medina OH where he developed and provided outsourced administrative functions including billing, productivity management, program evaluation and government compliance, strategic planning, and accreditation process services intended to reduce administrative costs for non-profit and government organizations. Prior to founding ERA, Sean was Executive Vice President of the Applewood Centers in Cleveland, OH, a multi-site mental health and social service agency with a $20 million budget. There he was responsible for over 300 staff and 15 major programs including: behavioral healthcare; psychiatric services; outpatient services in 4 clinics, residential services; community based services; foster care & adoption; and educational programming. Sean also established and was Principal Consultant for Reilly Consulting, where he provided guidance and implementation of strategic planning, managed care technology, accreditation, and government compliance for non-profits and government agencies. Sean also served as Director of Managed Care and Family Life Services at the Buckeye Ranch for several years and was a Clinical Social Worker and Psychiatric Technician at Harding Hospital. Sean is an Ohio- Licensed Independent Social Worker with both a BSSW and MSW from the Ohio State University. In 2004, Sean completed the Case Western Reserve University, School of Business Mental Health Executive Leadership Program. He has served on numerous state Councils and Boards and represented many organizations at the state, regional and national levels.
Debra Rex, MA, M.Ed, is Beech Brook’s President and Chief Executive Officer. She has spent her entire professional career in leadership roles in the service of children, youth and families. Debra earned her Master’s degree in Communications with a cognate in business management in 1976. In 1993, she earned a Master’s degree in Community Agency Counseling. Debra also has extensive training and post graduate study in organization development and was an organizational management consultant for several years. Debra started her career as Assistant Director and then Director of the Upward Bound program of Baldwin-Wallace College from 1976-81. She then was the founding Executive Director of the award-winning Bellflower Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, a role she held for nine years. During that time she chaired the Department of Children’s Services’ Community Advisory Board. Debra joined the administration of Beech Brook in 1991 and quickly rose to the senior leadership position as Assistant Executive Director, then becoming Chief Operating Officer as part of a two person Executive Office Team with Mario Tonti. In 2004, Debra served as interim President and CEO of Beech Brook during Mario’s leave of absence and retained the CEO position upon his return as President in 2005. In July 2013, Debra assumed the role of both President and CEO.
Bruce Tessena is the Director of Ohio Operations for Abraxas Youth and Family Services. He has over 21 years of experience with adolescent residential and community based treatment programming. He has worked for Abraxas Youth and Family Services since 1993 in various roles, including Training Director, Assistant Director and Program Director. Under his leadership, the Abraxas Ohio Programs expanded to provide residential services for Juvenile Sex Offenders, opened outpatient counseling centers in Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland. The expanded outpatient programming includes in-home and behavioral health services.