President: Shellie Stolfo, LISW‐S has been the Executive Director for Children Have Options In Caring Environments (CHOICES), Inc. since October 2009. Previously, she was the Program Coordinator for CHOICES’ Independent Living and Home‐Based Services. She has also filled the roles of Program Coordinator of Direct Services, Foster Care Manager and Referral Worker for CHOICES. Shellie has worked for CHOICES, Inc. from 1998 to 2004 and 2006 to the present. CHOICES is a private, non‐profit organization in Dayton that serves youth and families through treatment foster care, independent living and home‐based services. Shellie graduated from Wright State University with a B. A. in Social Work and from the University of Cincinnati with a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Social Work Administration. Shellie is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW‐S) and has over 18 years experience working in the field of Social Work with the majority of that time spent in the child welfare arena.
President-Elect: 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.
Treasurer: Nancy Harvey, EdD, 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.
Secretary: 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.
A.M. ‘Chip’ Bonsutto, Ed.D., is the State Director, Operations and Administrator, State of Ohio ODJFS and ODMH Programs, of Ohio Mentor, Inc., based in Valley View, Ohio. Chip is responsible for program and service growth at the Mentor Network, a billion dollar therapeutic foster care and behavioral health service provider located in 39 states. Chip spearheads local strategic planning, program development and evaluation. He provides administrative oversight for Alliance Human Services, Inc. programs in Ohio and manages communications among federal, state and local agencies ensuring compliance with licensing and COA accreditation standards. He is skilled in all aspects of fiscal management including budgets, grants, and contract services. Prior to working at Ohio Mentor, Chip was Assistant Executive Director for Catholic Charities Services and Chief Program Officer at Parmadale Family Services. Chip holds a Doctorate degree in Education – Child and Youth Studies and a Master of Science degree in Child and Youth Care Administration. He is an LSW and a Certified Child and Youth Care Professional. Chip was a founding member of the Child and Youth Care Certification Board and President of the Assn. for Child and Youth Care Practice from 2005-2008. He is the recipient of numerous Youth Care and Social Welfare awards.
Ann Mitchell, LISW-S, LCSW, is the Program Director for Pressley Ridge Treatment Foster Care in Cincinnati, OH. Pressley Ridge is a national non-profit agency established in 1832 that works with children and families in 4 service lines of Residential, Community-Based, Educational, and Treatment Foster Care. Ann graduated from Ohio University in 1997 with a B.A. in Sociology. She received her Master’s in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2005. Ann began her career with Pressley Ridge in 1997 as a Teacher Counselor at White Oak, a residential treatment facility in Parkersburg, WV. In 1999 Ann moved to Cleveland where she did in-home work and started a Treatment Foster Care program for the agency. In 2005, Ann moved to Cincinnati to become the Program Director for Pressley Ridge TFC program. In addition to her work with Pressley Ridge, Ann works at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Kentucky completing Psychological evaluations for individuals in the Emergency Department. Ann is a certified trainer in several nationally recognized trainings including LSCI (Life Space Crisis Intervention), TCI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention), and RAP (Responsibility Ability Pathways). Ann is independently licensed in both Ohio and Kentucky.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.