ADAPAO Mentoring Project

ADAPAO provided advanced skills development to a cadre of experienced prevention professionals in Ohio to build leadership capacity and further workforce development throughout our state's prevention community. The ADAPAO Mentoring Project was a nine-month initiative that includes three full days of training, individual and team development through mentoring by five of Ohio's most experienced prevention experts, and the development of a team project to benefit prevention.

Each Mentoring Project participant is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist I or II and an experienced prevention professional. The project was funded, in part, with the support of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The ADAPAO Mentoring Project culminated with the announcement of the team projects at the ADAPAO 2015 Annual Conference.


Lawrence Calloway, Jr.; CPC 
Director of Youth Prevention, Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program of Columbus
Lawrence has been working with and providing leadership to high risk populations through UMADAOP of Columbus for more than 15 years, after engagement as a youth in community-based prevention. He works with a variety of organizations, including Columbus Public Schools, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, and Columbus Recreation and Parks, as well as churches, businesses and other prevention organizations, on collaborative prevention initiatives serving the prevention needs of urban Columbus communities. Lawrence also supervises other prevention staff and is engaged with grant writing and other resource development work. Lawrence is also a member of the Prevention Committee of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. 

Stephanie Christie; MSW, MA, CPC, CDCA
Director of Development, CompDrug, Inc. 
Stephanie began her Youth to Youth experience as a teen in the program at age 16. She began her professional career with Youth to Youth as a part-time staff member in 2005. As special projects coordinator at Youth to Youth, she has had the opportunity to work on various projects and is passionate about alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and healthy youth development. She has focused much of her direct service work around bullying prevention; specifically using Youth to Youth's model of prevention to engage student bystanders in preventing and reducing the harmful effects of bullying. Christie currently runs a grant-funded program called "Thank Goodness I'm Female" (T.G.I.F). TGIF helps middle school girls develop healthy female friendships and stand up against peer aggression. She also coordinates Youth to Youth's annual fundraiser, "A Night of Comedy and Music."

Cindy Clouner; LSW, CPC 
Prevention Specialist, Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery, The Ohio State University; and Program Manager, Ohio College Initiative to Reduce High Risk Drinking, Drug Free Action Alliance
Cindy recently assumed her dual roles with Drug Free Action Alliance and the Higher Education Center at The Ohio State University, where she coordinates services and resources for colleges and universities to address alcohol and other drug abuse. Previously, Cindy was the Crawford County prevention coordinator for Marion-Crawford Prevention Programs, where she developed, delivered and evaluated prevention programming for students in grades K-12 in six school districts for more than eight years. Cindy also coordinated Teen Institute and Junior Teen Institute programs for Crawford County. Cindy’s engagement in prevention began with her involvement in Teen Institute as a student and volunteer. She also served as a Certified Peer Educator at Bowling Green State University, worked at Toledo Jeep as a health educator, and interned in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Department of Wood County Educational Service Center.

Vernique J. Coleman-Stokes; OCPS, PCC-S, LICDC-CS, CTTS
Manager, Alcohol and Drug Interventions, University of Dayton 
In her role at University of Dayton, Vernique develops, implements, and evaluates new and existing evidence-based alcohol and other drug prevention and intervention services for students. She also serves on the Alcohol Education and Enforcement Working Group and the Montgomery County Tobacco Free Coalition. She was previously employed by Integrated Youth Services in Beavercreek, Ohio, starting as an alcohol and other drug counselor. While with IYS, she also coordinated Safe and Drug Free Schools services, worked with Family and Children First Council, served as a liaison with Greene County Juvenile Court, and provided services within several juvenile justice and residential treatment centers. Vernique also served on the Montgomery County Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Implementation Committee and the Greene County Drug Task Force.

John K. Goodwin; OCPS
Prevention Specialist, Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization Family Guidance Center
John has been involved in prevention for 16 years, beginning his work in 1998 through an after-school program. As a prevention specialist with IL-CAO, he has worked on a variety of prevention initiatives, including implementation of teen leadership conferences and planning and implementation of a summer day camp. John also provides communication services, including development of agency and program newsletters, web site maintenance, and management of electronic files.

Michael Mann; CPC 
Prevention Specialist, Center for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Services
Michael has worked in the prevention field for five years and, among his other work, facilitates Strengthening Families through a collaboration between CADAS and Montgomery County Children Services, and delivers Risky Business, a problem gambling prevention curriculum, to youth involved in juvenile justice. Michael also works with various schools in Montgomery County, as well as veteran organizations. He also serves on the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition and the Montgomery County Problem Gambling Prevention Coalition.

Bobby Persinger; BPS, CPC 
Director, Center for Prevention Services, Pathways of Central Ohio
Bobby began his prevention journey as a high school freshman through the Prevent Assault and Violence Education program and as the youth representative for a school-based violence prevention program planning committee. Later, as a student at The Ohio State University, Bobby worked in the Office of Student Wellness as a wellness educator. Bobby previously coordinated the Licking County chapter of Youth to Youth and is currently the director of the Center for Prevention Services at Pathways. Bobby has also served on the ADAPAO board of directors for six years and is the current ADAPAO president. He also serves as the chair of the Statewide Prevention Coalition Association and leadership development chair of the Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network.

Joel Reichlin; OCPS, CDCA
Associate Director of Prevention,  Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services
In his associate director role at LCADA, Joel implements prevention training and consultation services and supervises the education and prevention staff at the agency. Joel created the Comprehensive School-Based Prevention Model and has implemented it with five school districts in Lorain County. He and his team work with 30 schools in all 14 school districts in the county. Joel also works with Communities That Care of Lorain County, where he serves as the school liaison, linking those 14 school districts to CTC and serves on the executive committee of the coalition

Jodi Salvo; OCPS, LSW
Coordinator, Anti-Drug Coalition Tuscarawas County and Takin' It To The Schools, Ohio Guidestone/Personal & Family Counseling Services
Jodi began working in prevention in 2007 by providing life skills training in elementary and middle schools in Tuscawaras County. She expanded her scope shortly after, providing community-based services, as well. She now coordinates implementation of the Life Skills program to over 1,000 students each year in Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties, supervises a staff of five, and coordinates the work of Anti-Drug Coalition Tuscarawas County. Jodi is a member of the Children and Family First Council of Carroll County and their AOD Youth Risk Task Force. She is also a member of the Statewide Prevention Coalition Association. Jodi has also initiated development of youth-led prevention in Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties.

Nicole Schiesler; MPHCHES, CPC 
Director of Coalition Strategies, PreventionFIRST!
Nicole worked at the Ohio Resource Network while working on her master’s degree in Health Promotion and Education in 1998. She continued at ORN for 11 years as senior health educator, focusing on substance abuse and prevention strategies throughout the state. Nicole was project manager for a federally funded grant that established coalitions across Ohio, working with 22 community coalitions throughout Ohio. Nicole joined PreventionFIRST!, then known as the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati, as the manager of research evaluation in 2014. She then assumed the role of director of coalition strategies, where her responsibilities include management of prevention programming for PreventionFIRST!'s strategic pathways, coordination of prevention research, development of local coalitions.

Stephanie Stephens; CPC 
Prevention Specialist II, Center for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Services
Stephanie has worked with CADAS for over six years. Her responsibilities include facilitation of Strengthening Families through a collaboration between CADAS and Montgomery County Children Services, and implementation of Risky Business, a problem gambling prevention curriculum, to youth involved in juvenile justice. Stephanie also serves on the Montgomery County Problem Gambling Prevention Coalition.

Mollie Stevens; OCPS 
Prevention & Development Manager, Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization, Family Guidance Center
Mollie began working in prevention in 1991 through the then-Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, where she established an after-school program for youth in low-income areas. Later in her career, she provided assistance to schools and businesses to establish tobacco-free educational environments and workplaces, through funding from the Ohio Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Foundation. In her current work, Mollie plans and provides prevention services in Lawrence County. She is a member of the Appalachian Family and Children First Council, as well as co-chair of the Strategic Wellness Action Taskforce. 

Christi Valentini-Lackner; B.A., OCPS 
Project Coordinator, Envision Partnerships
Christi joined Envision Partnerships, then known as the Alcohol and Chemical Abuse Council of Butler County, immediately after receiving her bachelor's degree and has been with the agency for almost 12 years. Christi's experience includes facilitation of middle school- and high school-based social skill groups, development and facilitation of youth retreats, and mentoring and training of staff and community members. She is also co-author of Minimize Risk-Maximize Life, a book and curriculum providing education on low-risk drinking. Christi has experience in coalition work, having served as the coordinator of the Strategic Prevention Framework process in Butler County, and is the project coordinator of the Drug Free Communities Greater Hamilton Coalition.


Philip D. Atkins, Ph.D., CPC, LICDC-CS
Executive Director, Mental Health and Recovery Board of Union County

L. Craig Comedy, B.A., CPC 
Executive Director, Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program of Columbus

Mary F. Haag; R.N., CPC
President and CEO, PreventionFIRST!

Allison K. Sharer; B.A., CPC 
President, Wingspan Training, LLC

Jim Ryan; B.A., CPC 
Executive Director, ADAPAO