Allison Harrison has been in the prevention field for over 13 years. She graduated from Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) in criminal justice and a Minor in psychology from Youngstown State University. She has worked with prevention agencies and organizations throughout the state. Allision was the program coordinator for the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG). As program coordinator, she worked with young adults in Columbiana County and assisted with the Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnership for Success (SPF-PFS) grant. Allison has been an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC) since 2014.
Alysia Longmire is the Director of Prevention Action at PreventionFirst! She has worked in the field of prevention since 1997. She is professionally credentialed as an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC) and an International Certified Prevention Specialist (ICPS). Alysia has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Education in curriculum & instruction in medical education from the University of Cincinnati. She has a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the College of Mount St. Joseph. Alysia previously worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her work there focused on substance use/misuse prevention, addressing childhood trauma, and coordinating the People of Color Wellness Alliance (POCWA). Alysia participated in developing the Hamilton County Strategic Prevention Framework. She is a member of the Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition (HCARC) African American Engagement Work Group (AAEW) and the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professional Board Prevention Committee. Alysia is Trauma Response Care Certified and a member of the Tri-State Trauma Network. She was a YMCA Black Achiever in 2007 and was recognized as Volunteer of the Year in 2010. She is a Board member of Q-Kidz — a non-profit providing dance and educational programs to Cincinnati youth. Her areas of expertise include research, childhood trauma, substance use/misuse prevention, and youth engagement.
Andrea Hoff is president and owner of You Thrive Training & Consulting, LLC, a company that provides training and consulting services in the areas of behavioral health prevention, nonprofit leadership, and fundraising. Andrea has worked in the behavioral health field for over 25 years. She is professionally credentialed as both an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC) and an International Certified Prevention Specialist (ICPS). She is a certified instructor of Adult & Youth Mental Health First Aid USA, a QPR Gatekeeper Trainer, and a Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) Instructor. She uses the Gallup ® CliftonStrengths assessments in her coaching work. She has her GPC (grants professional certification) along with extensive fundraising experience. Andrea has a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Dayton. Her areas of expertise include grant writing, prevention coalitions, prevention models and theories, strategic planning, logic modeling, program evaluations, human resources management, and suicide prevention.
Ashley Mack is a Consultant with You Thrive Training & Consulting, LLC specializing in project design and evaluation, program management, and behavioral health prevention and early intervention. Ashley has worked in the Public and Nonprofit sectors for over 14 years, with specific expertise in youth-led prevention, coalition building, and building prevention infrastructure within communities. Ashley graduated from Wright State University with a B.A. in Urban Affairs and Nonprofit Management and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.
Beth loves the energy of working with people to positively impact their communities. She has the pleasure of serving HC3 as the Program Director while working with Fulton County communities to reduce underage substance use. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Bowling Green State University. She currently holds an OCPC certification and is a licensed social worker. Beth serves as the SPCA Chair and as the Co-Coordinator for the Northwest Ohio Network for Adult Allies who are working in the field of youth led programming Beth and husband Kevin are the parents of 3 “grown and flown” young adults and Beth is thrilled to have added Nana life to her resume this year.
Christi Valentini-Lackner, Chief Program Officer at PreventionFIRST! is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC). She has worked in the prevention field for over 20 years. Christi has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Ohio University. She is co-author of the low-risk drinking course for adults, Minimize Risk-Maximize Life. Christi is an Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio (ADAPAO) board member. She currently serves as the association’s secretary and co-chairs the education & training team. In 2016, she received the ADAPAO Advocate of the Year Award.
Derek Longmeier has worked in the prevention field for over 20 years. He is professionally credentialed as both an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC) and an International Certified Prevention Specialist (ICPS). Derek is founder of The ATOD Prevention Group, a private training and consulting company focused on enhancing community change through education, community-based process, and environmental strategies. Through the ATOD Prevention Group, he serves as the Executive Director of the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio (PGNO). Derek is a member of the Ohio Problem Gambling Services Advisory Board and serves as chair of the Policy, Infrastructure and Gaming Industry committee. He is also a member of the OhioMHAS Prevention Round Table. Derek has Master of Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from The Ohio State University, and a Certificate in Social Enterprise from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. Derek is a master trainer for SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) and a certified trainer for SAMHSA’s Prevention Ethics. He consults in the areas of coalition development and strategic planning.
George Hicks is a prevention consultant for the Maryhaven Gambling Intervention Program. He is professionally credentialed as both an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC) and an International Certified Prevention Specialist (ICPS). George has over 25 years of program development and prevention experience. He is a member of The Ohio Adult Allies, a diverse network of adults committed to facilitating and advancing the work of youth-led programs. George has partnership with the City of Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks, Maryhaven, ArkBuilders Inc, Columbus Public Health, Asian American Community Services (AACS), Lead the Way Learning Academy, Capital University, CI Art Institute, and Be The Village Ohio. His areas of expertise include school and community programing, problem gambling prevention, urban youth engagement, and focused population prevention.
Honey Bell-Bey is Director of Adolescent Services at the Cleveland Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program. She is also founder of several initiatives that use poetry as a bridge to build confidence and self-worth: Pint-Sized Poets for elementary schoolers, Elegant Ladies of Poetic Thought for young women and the renowned Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word for young men. Honey is an Ohio Certified Drug Prevention Specialist (OCPS) and creator of How Well is your Well of Wellness: A review of SAMHSA’s Dimension of Wellness — a workshop series for social workers and mental health practitioners. She is a trainer for the Mandel Center at Case Western Reserve University, the Cuyahoga County Youth Work Institute, and a regional training liaison for the Institute for Human Services of Ohio. She is also a Master Trainer for Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (SAMHSA- Substance Abuse Prevention Skill Training). She has a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast production technology from historic Bethune-Cookman University. In January 2020, she was sworn in as the first official Poet Laureate of Cuyahoga County (Cleveland, Ohio). In May 2020, Honey was one of 23 national poets awarded an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship. She employs creative arts strategies to engage youth and adults. Her areas of expertise include substance use prevention, youth engagement, innovative practices, and culture and the integration of science.
Jayla is a Program Coordinator at PreventionFIRST! In this role, she supports PreventionFIRST! workforce development goals by increasing awareness and capacity for substance use/misuse prevention in schools and faith-based communities. Additionally, she supports and strengthens existing prevention efforts with minority communities. She has a Bachelor of Science in public health and a certificate in minority health from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently working on her Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist Assistant (OCPSA) credential.
Nicole Schiesler is President and CEO at PreventionFIRST! She has worked in the prevention field since 1997. She is professionally credentialed as an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC), an International Certified Prevention Specialist (ICPS), and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES). Nicole has a Bachelor of Science in community health from Ohio University and a Master of Education in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. She is the 2019 recipient of the University of Cincinnati, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) Distinguished Alumni Award. She is a graduate of the Community Leaders Institute (CLI) and the Nonprofit Leadership Institute of Greater Cincinnati (NLIGC.) EXCEL Leadership Program XIV. Nicole is also a BOLD 7 graduate and Leader Circle member — both programs of the Leadership Council for Nonprofits. She is a member of the Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition (HCARC) and serves as co-chair of the coalition’s prevention committee. Nicole is also a member of the Ohio Prevention Advocacy Network (OPAN). She is a master trainer for SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST).
Rachel Miller has been working in the prevention field for 8 years, working in local schools delivering prevention education and coalition work. Rachel has experience with an array of prevention services, but suicide prevention has been a significant focus of her prevention career. Rachel has previously been a member of the OPPA Young Prevention Professionals Project, and currently sits on the board of the Ohio Prevention Professionals Association (OPPA) as secretary and co-chair of the Education & Training Team. Rachel is passionate about building the capacity of the prevention field and loves working with new professionals.
Ryley Jones is a Program Coordinator at PreventionFIRST! She is responsible for managing the Coalition Management Center, assisting with data collection and evaluation, implementing youth empowerment strategies, and managing the Ohio Coaching and Mentoring (OCAM) Network training calendar. She has a Bachelor of Science in health promotion and education with a focus in community health and a Minor in psychology from the University of Cincinnati. Ryley is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist (OCPS) and a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Takiyah Anderson is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC) and is a Project Director with Youngstown Urban Minority Alcoholism And Drug Abuse Outreach Program (YUMADAOP) where she has worked in the prevention field for over 10 years. As Program Director she’s managed Drug Free Communities and Partnerships For Success Grants, working with coalitions, schools, and the community using the Strategic Prevention Framework and Strategies for Community Change. Takiyah has a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Youngstown State University. She is a Pax Tools Community Educator and certified in QPR Suicide Prevention.
Sarah Sawmiller is Director of Evaluation at PreventionFIRST! She is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist (OCPS) and a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Sarah is an expert with data. She is responsible for implementation of the biennial PF! Student Survey, the Coalition Evaluation Center, and all things assessment and evaluation related. Sarah has a Bachelor of Science in health education, with a focus in public and community health and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in biostatistics, both from the University of Cincinnati. She is a 2019 graduate of the Community Leaders Institute (CLI).
Chip Livisay is the owner of the W. Osborne Group. He is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist (OCPS). Chip has over thirty years of experience in human services. He has worked with the criminal justice system, educational system and has been an active leader in the substance use/misuse prevention and mental wellness fields. He was instrumental in the development of Ohio’s prevention credentialing process and was a trustee of the former Ohio Credentialing Board for Chemical Dependency Professionals (OCB) — serving two years as chair of the prevention committee. Chip is an alumnus of Otterbein College now Otterbein University and an inductee of the Otterbein College African American Hall of Fame. Additionally, he is a graduate of The Ohio State University, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, L2000+Leadership Academy. His areas of expertise include leadership development, multi-disciplinary/diverse partnership building, crisis management, conflict resolution, and substance use disorder assessment.