Board & Staff

of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County

Mental Health & Recovery Board Meetings via teleconference during COVID19 pandemic
On March 27, Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law House Bill 197, allowing members of public bodies to hold and attend meetings, and to conduct hearings, by teleconference, video conference or any similar electronic technology. 

Link to the April meeting:

April MHRB & Finance Committee Meeting
Mon, Apr 12, 2021 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 631-017-845

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Board Members Representing the Communities of Portage County:

Chairman: William Nome, Esquire, Kent


Vice Chairman: Iris J. Meltzer, MA, MPH, Kent


Albert Barber, Kent
Denise DePerro, Kent
Harold Farrier, MPH, Suffield Township

Joanne Frick, Ravenna

Frank Hairston, Ravenna Township
Janice Hambleton, Brimfield Township
Maureen Keating, PCC-S, LICDC-CS, Kent
Audrey Cielinski Kessler, Kent
Jeff Langstaff, LICDC-CS, Kent
Laura Mann, SWA, CDCA, Edinburg Township
Emily Schmidlin, Kent
Jamie Sitko, MEd, PCC, Hiram 
Scott Swan, Franklin Township

Staff of the Mental Health & Recovery Board

John Garrity, PhD., Executive Director
EMAIL 330.673.1756, ext. 206

George DeBord, Chief Financial Officer
EMAIL 330.673.1756, ext. 205

Karyn Kravetz, Associate Director
EMAIL 330.673.1756, ext. 204

Rebecca Rood, Director of Compliance and QI
EMAIL 330.673.1756, ext. 203

Evelyn Bailey Tuttle, Fiscal Specialist

EMAIL 330.673.1756, ext. 202

Laura Dotts, Secretary
EMAIL 330.673.1756, ext. 201

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The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County funds services for Portage County residents through its network of agencies. Services help families, adults, teens and children with mental illness, depression, addictions, in crisis and at risk for suicide.


You can contact us via our contact form or follow us on social networks.

155 East Main St.
Kent OHIO 44240

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F: 330-673-1330


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For 24 HR help in a crisis call:

Addiction: 330-678-3006

Mental Health: 330-296-3555

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