Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers Staff

Marley Averill, LSW, MSSA, MA
Residential Treatment Counselor

Marley is Licensed Social Worker, serving adults with dual diagnoses at one of Lake Geauga’s men’s treatment facilities. Marley implements a variety of treatment methods, including dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral therapy complemented by material from the Hazelden Foundation specific to addiction.  Marley has a B.A. in Speech Communications from Penn State, an M.A. in Leadership in Teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University.  Marley completed internship hours at Community Assessment and Treatment Services in Cleveland, Hopewell Treatment Community in Mesopotamia, OH and CooperRiis residential community in Mill Spring, NC.  Marley is certified in Eye Movement and Desensitization therapy (EMDR) and is also a certified Yoga instructor through YogaFit leading the residential clients through yoga practices and meditation weekly.

Fun Facts: Marley has nearly torn her muscles asunder through the years of dancing and gymnastics, Scottish Highland dancing and Muay Thai kickboxing.  Marley must now be content with Yoga, a surprisingly challenging practice, hiking, kayaking and paddle boarding.

Christine Brodzinski, M.Ed, LPCC
Central Intake/Outpatient Counselor

Christine is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and is the intake counselor for the Painesville office.  She also manages the residential treatment admission list and placement of individuals into residential treatment at Lake-Geauga Recovery Center.  Christine utilizes a variety of treatment methods when working with individuals, including cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, and reality therapy.

Christine has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Kent State University and a Master of Education in Community Counseling from Georgia Southern University. Christine also completed the required coursework and internship hours at Cleveland State University and is licensed as a school counselor for the state of Ohio.

Cassandra Brown
Outpatient Counselor

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Brandon Bowles
Residential Counselor

Brandan is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor working with adults who have a substance abuse diagnosis at our Lake House residential facility. Brandan works with clients who are court-ordered and self-admitted to this program. He helps facilitate the recovery process through motivational interviewing and assisting the client through the stages of change. Brandan previously worked with the homeless population in downtown Cleveland and assisted them in obtaining and keeping housing as well as linking to other resources and entitlements.

Brandan earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Ohio University. Go Bobcats!

Fun Facts: In his spare time, Brandan enjoys gardening and planting flowers. He is also an amateur astronomer and participates in stargazing activities and events.

Jessica Chapman, LSW, CDCA
Outpatient Counselor

Jessica is a Licensed Social Worker who is working as an outpatient counselor at the Painesville office. Jessica facilitates outpatient aftercare and relapse prevention group therapy, provides individual counseling, and performs assessments for incoming clients looking to receive services. Jessica implements a variety of treatment methods, including motivational interviewing, person-centered strengths-based approaches, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Ursuline College and is currently working toward her Masters in Social Work from Cleveland State University. Jessica has completed specialized training in case management, chemical dependency, and mental health first aid. Jessica is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant with the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.

Sally Charney, B.S., LSW, LCDCIII
Outpatient Counselor

Sally is an Outpatient Counselor at LGRC and facilitates the Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program in the Chardon office. She works with male and female adults and implements various treatment methods, including Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Sally obtained her B.S. in Sociology/Political Science from Frostburg State College and has a passion for dogs (Cocker Spaniels) and cats (various breeds) and has one dog and 2 cats of her own. She has been a member of the Geauga County Common Pleas Drug Court since 6/7/19.

Melissa Geiger-Dugandzic
Outpatient Counselor

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Sadigoh Galloway
Residential Supervisor

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Susan Gear
Dual Diagnosis Counselor

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Christie Gigliott, BSPH, CHES
Tobacco Prevention Specialist

Christie is a Certified Health Education Specialist who holds a B.S. in Public Health (Concentration: Health Promotion & Community Health Education) from Kent State University. She also obtained the ATOD Prevention Certification from KSU.  As the Tobacco Prevention Specialist, she coordinates a large portion of the Tobacco Prevention Grant, awarded to LGRC from the Ohio Department of Health. Christie’s grant responsibilities include policy development, media promotion, cessation service advancement, health equity, and community stakeholder collaboration. She is a member of the Ohio Public Health Association and participates in the Ohio Prevention Network. Christie also brings knowledge from working with Local Public Health Departments, previously being a Health Educator for several years.

Fun Facts: Christie is a permaculturist who loves gardening and being outdoors. She also volunteers for Keep Akron Beautiful and assists with theatrical productions for the Lorain County Palace Youth Theatre. Her dream (one day) is to build a program that combines Mental Health therapies and eco-friendly gardening.

Pauline Glass
Residential Counselor

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David Hanlon, LICDC/CS
Director of Residential Services

Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor Clinical Supervisor.

Thirty seven years’ experience working in the Chemical Dependency Treatment field. Responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and admissions to all residential treatment and recovery houses.

Fun Facts: Dave enjoys golfing and fishing.

Susan Hull, MSSA, LISW-S
Residential Treatment Manager

Susan is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with a Supervisory designation.  Susan manages the Men’s Residential Treatment Program, which includes 2 residential houses and 3 sober living houses.  Susan completed a BA in Social Work at Ursuline College in 2008 and then her Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2009. She has over 10 years of clinical experience across a variety of settings including crisis response, structured outpatient programs, large nonprofit hospitals, and hospice settings.  Susan has also taught social work and related courses at the Lakeland Community College and Ursuline College. She has provided clinical and administrative supervision to social work students, interns, and professionals. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals and groups across the life span.  Susan is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, Ursuline College Social Work Program Advisory Board, and Lake County ADAMHS Board Trauma Response Team,

Susan uses a variety of techniques and skills drawn from recognized therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused, Psychoeducation, Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness, and relaxation.  A holistic, strength-based, person-centered approach guides her practice.

Debbie Kardamis
Outpatient Counselor

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Alexis Konnoff
Outpatient Counselor

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Lana Lewis
Outpatient Counselor

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Leslie MacDonald
Residential Counselor

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Melissa Manthei, MS

Melissa graduated with her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Akron in May 2020 and became licensed in July 2020. Though she has only been in the field for a short time, she feels inspired and excited every day to wake up to go to work. Melissa has worked in many settings including inpatient psychiatric units, alternative schools, private practice, and now in the ever-changing world of substance abuse and recovery. Each day she gets the opportunity to work with people who have been caught up in the world of addiction and are looking for a way out. Addiction does not discriminate and it shows no mercy to those it impacts. This is why she believes it is imperative to seek help with this disease.

In her individual sessions, Melissa likes to focus on where the client has been, where they are at, and where they would like to be. Although she likes working with a variety of interventions (art, journaling, mindfulness, readings, worksheets), she believes the most powerful component of a session is to actively listen to the person telling their story. Everyone deserves to have their story be heard and Melissa hopes to provide that for anyone who walks through her door. During her group sessions, she provides applicable readings and encourages open and honest communication within the group. Group can provide an opportunity for clients to speak to others who have been through similar situations and provide support for the members. It offers insight into this disease and a variety of perspectives on important topics such as substance use, triggers, relapse, and recovery.

Melissa is grateful to work with such a wonderful team at Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers and proud to work with clients who are seeking help for their addiction.

Jahnae Matlock, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC
SUD Liaison

Jahnae is originally from Buffalo, NY. She lived in Columbus for 4 years and recently moved to Painesville in the past year. Jahnae has been in the substance abuse field for 7 years. She has a Master’s degree and holds an LICDC license.

Jahnae loves to laugh and is a huge food lover! She’s a team player and enjoys laughing with her co-workers because she believes laughter is a great stress reliever. Jahnae is grateful to be part of the Lake-Geauga Recovery Center team!

Pete Milota
Outpatient Counselor

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Annamarie Murphy
Outpatient Counselor

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Billie Murton
Nurse Practitioner

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Constance Ness, LCDCII-ADC
Residential Treatment Counselor

Connie is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor who has been working with the adult addicted population since 1988.  Connie began her career in 1998 at Oak House as a Program Assistant.  Within several months, she rapidly moved on to continue working with the adults at Laurelwood Hospital mostly on the recovery unit, while pursuing and achieving her certification as a Chemical Dependency Counselor in 2000.  Connie also remained in her position as a part time program assistant at Oak House until 2006 when the residents all moved to what is now Nevaeh House so house renovations could occur.  Connie’s favorite treatment methods to implement include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and of course 12-Step recovery tools.

Following a mass layoff in 2006 at what is now Windsor/Laurelwood Hospital, Connie applied for the open position at the Lake County Jail Treatment Program on the same day as her lay off where she was hired and remained almost 14 years until the Treatment Program was disbanded and contracted to an outside agency.

Connie enjoyed being semi-retired for almost 7 months and then returned to working where it all began; Oak House, as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.  Connie enjoys working with the women, who she refers to as “my tribe”.

Fun Facts:  Connie has many hobbies which include gardening, Tap and Belly dance, traveling and spending time with friends and family, and riding her own motorcycle, Harley Davidson of course, on the roads next to her husband, Dave.

Matthew Petersen
Prevention Specialist

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Claire Spada, OCPS
Prevention Specialist

Claire is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist that provide problem gambling prevention services for LGRC. She has 12 years of experience working in the prevention field in varying capacities.  She has a passion for educating others on issues that can greatly impact their lives including drug, alcohol, and gambling prevention, coping with emotions in a positive way, and empowering young people in leadership roles.

In her current role, Claire solely focuses on expanding problem gambling education, awareness, and screening into organizations that may already provide services to vulnerable populations such as college-aged students, senior citizens, middle and high school students as well as those who have a history of drug and alcohol abuse or a mental health concern. She believes that with dedication and focus, we can grow our reach within our community and looks forward to developing future partnerships and collaborations across the state. She sits on the board for Problem Gambling Network of Ohio (PGNO) and often partners with local and state affiliates.

Fun Facts: Claire loves the outdoors and spending time with her family. She enjoys reading Stephen King novels, watching the Browns, and traveling to engage in new experiences.

Brian Thatcher
Residential Counselor

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Karen Winslow, LCDCII
Outpatient Counselor

Karen has thirty-three years’ experience in all levels of chemical dependency treatment in the adult population. Her qualifications include; intake, assessment, screening, treatment planning, group counseling, individual counseling, case management and crisis intervention.

Karen is currently the primary counselor for the Family Awareness Groups at Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers. She has an Associates of Applied Science, Human Services from Lakeland Community College.