2018 Board of Directors
President: Matthew Endress, MBA, Cardinal Health
Vice President: Stephanie Pavol, Cardinal Health
Secretary/Treasurer: Dave Speas, CPA, Columbia Gas of Ohio
Nicholas Breitborde, PhD, The Ohio State University
Robin Canowitz, Esq., Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease
Kristin Chek-McChesney, JD, IGS Energy
Jeannette Dagam, DO, Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare
Robert Dolciato, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Susan Jagers, JD, Ohio Poverty Law Center
Daron Larson, MA, Attentional Fitness, LLC
Karen L. McDonnell, MBA, SPHR, Accenture
Corey Perry, MDiv, JD, OhioHealth
Erik Slangerup, Story Snacker, LLC
Mike Watson, MA, Nationwide Insurance
Phone: 614-221-1441, Extension 101
If your group was stranded in the desert you’d want Kenton there to help organize and work as a team. His expertise is systems and coalition-building that address health issues. Kenton’s 20+ years in non-profit management and 15+ years in behavioral health have helped him narrow his focus to mental health and providing the resources that people need to get better and stay better. He holds graduate degrees in public administration and public relations and specializes in research, people management, strategic planning, and putting resources to work. If there’s a problem to solve, he’s on it. Maybe that comes from a nine-year sabbatical in custom cabinetmaking, working with his hands every day. Kenton loves working with people, helping them shine and giving them the autonomy and support they need to succeed. He looks forward to the day when the way people think about depression or anxiety is as normalized as how they think about heart disease or diabetes.
Phone: 614-221-1441, Extension 104
POEM Support Line: 614-315-8989
As MHAFC’s Program Director, Tonya oversees the agency’s myriad of support groups, the Get Connected program, educational programming, and teaches De-escalation and Work-Life Balance workshops. Tonya is a Certified Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor. She is the co-founder and director of Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms (POEM), formerly a nonprofit organization now within MHAFC’s umbrella of services. POEM is the only comprehensive pregnancy and postpartum program of its kind in Ohio and has provided support and education for nearly 17 years. Tonya is the Central US Regional Coordinator for Postpartum Support International (PSI). She is a co-author of the PSI Guidebook Developing a Sustainable Perinatal Support Network in Your Community and lectures regularly on the topics of perinatal mental health and social support. She was a recipient of the 2009 PSI Jane Honikman Award, recognizing her “outstanding contributions to the goal of increasing emotional health related to childbearing.” She is a graduate of The Ohio State University in Political Science and Communications, and lives in Columbus with her husband and daughters.
Marketing & Development Director
Maggie Hallett, EdS, LPC
Phone: 614-221-1441, Extension 105
Maggie spent 9 years in for-profit marketing before returning to school for her MA and EdS degrees in Counseling. As a counselor, she’s worked in community mental health, private practice and in-patient hospital settings. At MHAFC Maggie is responsible for all marketing and development functions including donor cultivation and management, event planning, communications/public relations and awareness building activities. Maggie feels fortunate to have found a position that allows her to use her varied marketing and mental health experience to promote MHAFC’s life-changing services and break the stigma of mental illness.
LeeAnn Mattes, MSW, LISW-S
LeeAnn is an independently licensed social worker supervisor, who has worked in the mental health system in Franklin County for 15 years. LeeAnn graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and continued on at OSU to earn a Master of Social Work. LeeAnn has worked in a variety of settings including the community mental health system, emergency psychiatric services, inpatient hospitals and maintained a private counseling practice for 12 years. She joined the MHAFC team in 2014 as the Pro Bono Counseling Program director and is currently the director of the Ombudsman Program. LeeAnn lives in Clintonville with husband Steve and their dog Archie.
Pro Bono Counseling Program Director
Sheronda Palmore, MSW, LISW-S
Sheronda comes to us with a Master of Social Work degree from Howard University and 9 years of experience in counseling and case management. Sheronda has worked in a variety of settings in trauma, home-based, and adult services where she established significant community relationships. Most recently she held a position at The Center for Family Safety and Healing, where she served as an outpatient clinician and played an integral role in helping develop the Adult Services Program there. Sheronda is excited to be a part of MHAFC and says that mental health is important to her because it contributes to total wellness which leads to healthier individuals, families, and communities.
Finance & Operations Director
George Henry, CPA
Phone: 614-221-1441, Extension 112
George joined Mental Health America of Franklin County in August of 2014 as the Director of Finance and Operations. While George’s career has been mostly in the for profit sector, his most recent experience before joining MHAFC was as an Accountant with a non-profit in Worthington that serves those with developmental disabilities. George is a CPA with a BS in Business Administration from Capital University and has worked in a variety of Accounting, Purchasing and Office Management positions and appreciates the opportunity to assist the exceptional staff at MHAFC in helping people struggling with mental illness to get better and stay better.
Megan Daugherty, LISW, LICDC
Phone: 614-221-1441, Extension 109
Megan is the Communications Manager and facilitator of MHAFC’s program, Get Connected. Prior to joining the team at MHAFC, Megan worked in the fields of child welfare and AoD counseling. She has experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, the homeless, and victims of crime. Megan has her BA in Social Work and German from Ohio University and has her MSW from The Ohio State University. She also enjoys hikes in the mountains and long, luxurious movie marathons.
Community Engagement Manager
Brandi Allen, MA, LPC
Phone: 614-221-1441, Extension 106
“Psychology” was a word in Brandi’s vocabulary long before most of her peers. Having lost two biological parents early in life to suicide and addiction, it’s no surprise she pursued a career in mental health. She believes her education in psychology, women’s studies and counseling—as well as her years as the primary caregiver to her two children—have equipped her to empathize with and empower people who are seeking a mentally healthy life. Because of its quality staff and formidable mission, she finds her work at MHAFC incredibly meaningful and is honored to work with the Central Ohio community in this way. Look to her for information on MHAFC’s support groups, its appearances at public events, volunteer work, mental health screens, and how to donate money or auction items for their next great fundraiser.
Maureen Traverse, MFA
Phone: 614-221-1441, Extension 108
Maureen has more than ten years of administrative experience in various settings. She began her career at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, but found her true calling in non-profit work when she became Operations Director for Direct Care Alliance. In her other life, Maureen is a writer who earned an MFA in Creative Writing from OSU, where she also taught composition and fiction writing, and later worked in the Rare Book Department at The Strand in New York City. Maureen is drawn to literature and non-profits for the same reason—both have the power to enhance empathy and to change how we think for the better. Given how profoundly some misunderstand mental illness and the stigma that too often prevents those in need from seeking help, mental health is an area ripe for change. Maureen is proud to support MHAFC’s mission to fight stigma and connect people with life-saving services.
POEM Program Coordinator
Maureen Provenzale, RN
Maureen first discovered the POEM program when reaching out for support after dealing with a perinatal mood disorder following the birth of her son. She benefited so much from their support services that she wanted to give back and trained to be a POEM volunteer mentor and group facilitator. Maureen developed a strong passion for helping other moms and wanted to commit more of her time to POEM—she was thrilled when she was hired for the POEM Program Coordinator position. Maureen manages the POEM volunteer team, assists with intakes, and community outreach/education. Maureen is licensed as a Registered Nurse. She lives in Westerville, OH with her husband and son.
Ombudsman, COVA Location
Tracy Moebius, MSW, LSW
Tracy Moebius comes to MHAFC after many years providing monitoring for medicaid and other programs in the older adult service network. As a social worker, she is an advocate of access to quality healthcare services for EVERYONE! She is a runner (OK, really a jogger) and also enjoys kayaking the central Ohio waterways with her husband and two children. When working, Tracy can be found at the Center of Vocational Alternatives, helping clients navigate our complicated service system and helping them solve problems.