Board & Staff

of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County

The next Mental Health & Recovery Board Meetings will be held December 13th via teleconference for public. Board members attend in person. Due to the pandemic and social distancing, the public is invited to join via teleconference.

MHRB December Board and Finance Committee meeting
Mon, Dec 13, 2021 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)

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

You can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (571) 317-3122
- One-touch: tel:+15713173122,,776368453#

Access Code: 776-368-453

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
LaTesha Dukes, Ravenna
Harold Farrier, MPH, Suffield Township

Joanne Frick, Ravenna

Janice Hambleton, Brimfield Township
Audrey Cielinski Kessler, Kent
Jeff Langstaff, LICDC-CS, Kent
Emily Schmidlin, Kent

Jennifer Schumm, 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

Luke Barker, Clinical Manager
EMAIL 330-673-1756 ext 207

Robert Wilson, Fiscal Specialist

EMAIL 330.673.1756, ext. 202

Laura Dotts, Secretary
EMAIL 330.673.1756, ext. 201

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