Tracy Plouck is director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and has been a member of Governor John Kasich’s Cabinet since January 2011. She brings strong policy background to her role, having served twice as Ohio’s State Medicaid Director and also as a deputy director for both the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Office of Budget and Management.
Plouck holds a master’s degree in public administration from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University. She is the past president of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and also serves as vice chair of the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center.
Ohio Revised Code specifies that the OhioMHAS must name a medical director to manage patient care and treatment at its state-run hospitals. In this role, Dr. Hurst provides clinical supervision and leadership to the medical and psychiatric staff at Ohio's six regional psychiatric hospitals. He also advises the OhioMHAS director on matters related to recruitment, research, community mental health and addiction services plans, and licensure of private hospitals and residential facilities.
Hurst joined the Ohio Department of Mental Health in 1993 as a psychopharmacology consultant at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare (TVBH) in Columbus. At TVBH, he progressed to assistant chief clinical officer for addiction psychiatry in 1998 and chief clinical officer in 2008. Prior to his career with the state, he held leadership positions in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry in the VA health system, at Harding Hospital and at The Ohio State University, where he remains an active clinical faculty member.
A native of Zanesville, Hurst was the 1981 class valedictorian at Muskingum College in New Concord. He graduated from the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo in 1985 and completed residency training at the University of Michigan and at The Ohio State University, where he served as chief resident in his final year of training. He is board-certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry and has been recognized as a "Best Doctor in America" since 1995.
Deputy Director for Office of Quality, Planning and Research
Starr has more than 30 years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields as a clinician, program director and state administrator. As deputy director of the Office of Quality, Planning and Research, Starr provides administrative oversight of federal block grants submissions, the community planning process for the state's 51 county mental health and addiction services boards, as well as activities undertaken by the Bureau of Research and Evaluation, including the department’s monitoring and surveillance, performance management and outcomes activities.
Upon joining the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services in 1996, Starr was charged with reorienting the department’s planning structure from a compliance focus to a proactive focus that emphasized prioritization, strategic direction and results. He served on the ODADAS senior management team beginning in 2003, initially as chief of the Division of Treatment and Planning, and then as chief of the Division of Planning, Outcomes and Research. Prior to joining ODADAS, Starr held numerous clinical practice and community behavioral health agency management positions, specializing in the treatment of individuals with alcohol and other drug addictions and dual disorders. Starr earned a master's degree in social work and a bachelor's degree in psychology, both from The Ohio State University.
Deputy Director for Public Affairs
Jamie Carmichael is the Deputy Director of the Office of Public Affairs, which promotes the state’s public presence with stakeholders, customers, media and the legislature. Jamie’s previous experience includes more than 10 years with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services where she focused on policy development, policy communication, cross-agency collaboration, stakeholder engagement, and performance management. She also served as a caseworker with both Franklin County Job and Family Services and Alvis House.
Jamie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Kent State University in 1999. She received her master's degree in public administration from Ohio University in Athens in 2003.
Lapczynski is currently the department's assistant director of Administration. In that role he oversees the offices of Capital and Support Services, Financial Management, Human Resources and Information Services.
Lapczynski served as deputy director and chief counsel at the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services from 2011 to 2013, and as Deputy Counsel and Chief Counsel from 2002 to 2011. Prior to that, from 1995 to 2002, he served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Ohio in the Health and Human Services Section and the Crime Victims Services Section.
Lapczynski earned a degree in Criminology from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law.
Conner oversees multiple areas, including personnel and benefits, affirmative action initiatives, education and training, labor relations and workers’ compensation. Before joining the department as a deputy director, Conner managed human resources and administration operations in the Office of the Ohio Public Defender and also worked at Limited Credit Services. Conner earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in public administration from The Ohio State University. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Franklin University and is a certified senior professional in human resources.
Deputy Director of Financial Management
During his six years as an analyst with the State of Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM), Schreiber led the Health and Human Services Section through two operating, capital and mid-biennial review budget processes. He also assisted with the 2013 consolidation of the former departments of Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services to form OhioMHAS. Before bringing his skills back to Ohio, Schreiber served as a fiscal and management analyst with Milwaukee County. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and a Masters of Public Administration from The Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs.
Deputy Director for Information Technology
Tolliver's career in IT Management included 21 years with Nationwide Insurance before joining OhioMHAS in 2010 to head the Project Management team in the Office of Information Services (OIS). After a recent assignment with the State of Ohio Computer Center, where she led the Exchange and Information Technology Infrastructure Library teams in implementing operational maturity best practices, she rejoined OhioMHAS as Chief Information Officer and Deputy Director of OIS.
Assistant Director for Community Programs and Services
With more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health and Medicaid policy, programs and operations, Bergefurd oversees the Office of Community Support, the Office of Treatment and Recovery and the Office of Prevention and Wellness Services at OhioMHAS.
She joined the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) in 2001 and has served as a behavioral healthcare systems policy advisor, assistant deputy director of Administrative Services, and chief of the Office of Health Integration. In addition, she has held a variety of program and policy roles with Ohio Medicaid, including serving as the liaison to ODMH and the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.
Originally from Tuscarawas County, Bergefurd earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in public administration from The Ohio State University. She received the CEO’s Award for Distinguished Leadership from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities in 2003 and the 2012 Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies Public Partner of the Year Award.
More than 26 years of experience at ODMH will benefit Lynch in her role at OhioMHAS. Lynch has served the department for more than 30 years as senior policy analyst with the Office of Heath Integration, project manager and technology coordinator with the Office of Information Services and fiscal policy planner.
Currently, she oversees the Bureaus of Criminal Justice, Health Integration, PASRR and Recovery Supports, which are part of the Office of Community Programs and Services. These areas are responsible for planning, policy development, implementation and oversight of sustainable community-based behavioral health treatment services and recovery supports for people with mental illness and/or substance use disorders, including individuals who are Medicaid eligible or involved in the criminal justice system. In this capacity, she ensures targeted populations are appropriately screened to determine the need for nursing facility services.
Lynch is a native of North Canton and a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Donenwirth began his ODMH career at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare in its Research and Evaluation department, where he helped develop and lead the hospital’s combined research and computer departments. Later, he served as vice president of performance improvement, managing the areas of quality improvement, health information services, information technology, infection control and strategic planning. In 2000, Donenwirth moved to Hospital Services at ODMH’s administrative offices in Columbus, with responsibilities for policy analysis, performance improvement and strategic planning. He graduated from Brown University with a master’s degree in economics.
As the chief executive officer of Summit Behavioral Healthcare, Banks ensures the efficient operations of the hospital by tapping into more than 24 years of experience in the mental health and social service field. She previously served four years as the CEO of Memphis Mental Health Institute, the state psychiatric hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Additional experience includes 10-plus years of a clinical private practice, assistant administrator of the Mid-South Hospital (a private psychiatric facility) and executive director of the Exchange Clubs’ Child Abuse Prevention Center.
Banks received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Intermont College, a Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, and she is a Licensed Independent Social Worker.
Before becoming chief executive officer of Heartland in Massillon in 2015, Colletti served as deputy director of Hospital Services in Central Office. As such, he managed Ohio MHAS’s inpatient facilities, as well as the department’s outpatient mental health and community support services. Colletti has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of mental health.
Colletti began his career as a caseworker at Summit County Children Services Board in 1984, then became director of social work services at Fallsview Psychiatric Hospital from 1993-1996. Subsequent to that position, he spent a decade doing crisis intervention, assessments and psychotherapy through community counseling centers such as Greenleaf Family Center. In 1996, he joined Northfield Behavioral Healthcare (NBH) as director of Social Work Services and Patient Care Coordinator, advancing to Cleveland campus administrator in 2001 before being appointed CEO of the hospital in 2009.
Colletti received his bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Akron in 1985 and his master’s in social administration from Case Western Reserve University in 1988. During 2000, he was named the Professional of the Year by the Ohio Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
CEO of Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare
After serving in a variety of positions at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare since 1994, Kern was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in November 2013. Kern, who has more than 20 years of experience in the mental health field, previously served as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer. Kern began his career at NBH with the Community Support Network (CSN) as a Therapeutic Program Worker and was promoted to director of CSN in 2004. Kern has served on the Hospital Executive Committee at NBH for the past 10 years and has been responsible for the Joint Commission, Licensure & Certification and CMS standards. He has been actively involved in the planning and construction of the new facility/renovations currently underway at NBH.
Kern is an Ohio Certified Public Manager and holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Bowling Green State University and a Master in Public Administration from Cleveland State University. He holds a Certification in Mental Health Executive Leadership from Case Western Reserve University and a Yellow Belt Certification (Six Sigma). He is also veteran who served a decade in the U.S. Army and Ohio National Guard.
A Belpre resident, Krason has served as the chief executive officer of Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare since 2004. She began her career as a registered nurse at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, which led to more than 22 years of experience in the field of mental health in Ohio. Krason previously worked at Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Marietta Memorial Hospital and at Selby General Hospital as director of Professional Services. She originally joined ODMH as the nurse executive at the former Cambridge hospital facility.
A native of Pittsburgh, Krason received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Health Services Administration from Ohio University.
Lofton was named CEO of Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare in Columbus in May 2014 after serving in a variety of clinical and leadership positions at the hospital. She began her career as a social worker in 1987 when the facility was known as Central Ohio Psychiatric Hospital. She subsequently advanced to risk manager/patient safety coordinator, director of Quality Assurance, director of Patient Services and acting CEO.
Lofton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Elizabeth City State University and a Masters in Social Work from The Ohio State University.