Ohio Association of Alcohol & Other Drug Addiction Counselors
Officers: Ohio Association of Alcohol & Other Drug Addiction Counselors
Jim Joyner, LICDC-CS ; Immediate Past President
Jim is a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor Clinical Supervisor through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. He has over 45 years of continuous professional experience in the field. Jim believes that the single greatest negative impact on the quality of life of every man, woman, and child in America today is the combined consequences related to the use of alcohol,tobacco, and other drugs and substances. Joyner was awarded the Mel Schulstad Professional of the Year Award from NAADAC in 2016 for his exemplary service over his career.
Dorothy Hillaire, MSW, LSW, LCDCII ; President
Dorothy is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board and eligible for an LICDC. Dorothy served 2 years as OAADAC secretary and on OAADAC's workforce development committee and is currently a member of NAADAC's student committee. Dorothy was awarded a Fellowship with NAADAC's Minority Fellows Program. She has experience in inpatient, outpatient, and detox settings and her MSW from the University of Akron. Work experience includes two years at Phoenix Recovery Services, where she conducted Intensive Outpatient Chemical Dependency treatment groups and worked with individuals with substance use disorders in an outpatient setting. She completed a 9-month internship in the detox unit at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lutheran Hospital and at the Hitchcock Center for Women.
John Ellis, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, ICCS ; Vice President
John has been a full-time Professor of Instruction within the School of Social Work.at the University of Akron since August of 2015. Overall, he has 30 years’ experience in the addictions/mental health field. His academic and curriculum focus is on healthcare policy/ administration, integrated healthcare, evidence based interventions, workforce development, clinical supervision, and technology transfer. Prior roles included: Clinical Director of two Ohio County Mental Health and Addictions Services Boards; Direct service practitioner for persons struggling with addictions & mental illness in hospital, jail, and outpatient settings; Member of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. John remains a consultant with the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center and is on the ATTC National Faculty of Trainers for Contingency Management, Clinical Supervision, Technology Enhanced Clinical Supervision, Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, and Recovery Oriented Systems of Care
Kathleen M. Oberle, CDCA ; Secretary
In 2014 Kathleen entered the addictions field by interning at the Hitchcock Center for Women while earning her Associates Degree in Human Services at Cuyahoga Community College. Soon after she was hired as a Primary Counselor. She currently holds a CDCA II Certification. Kathleen is on track to graduate from Cuyahoga Community College summer 2017 after which time she will sit for her LCDC II licensure test in late summer 2017. Her long-range plans include attaining a Master’s Degree in Social Work and seek the Clinical Supervisor designation.
Kernesha Greene, CDCA ; Treasurer
Kernesha has been working in the addictions field for 7 years and is currently working toward her Associates degree at Cuyahoga Community College with the anticipated graduation date of December 2017. She has worked at Key Decisions Positive Choices in Cleveland, Ohio in their outpatient treatment program for 7 years. She has been the recovery housing Coordinator at Hitchcock Center for Women for 3 years and assists with assessments, client groups, and case management.