Leadership Biographies

Lori Criss

Director

Lori Criss

Lori Criss

Director

A native of eastern Ohio, Lori Criss has been engaged in the behavioral health field since 1992. Her experience includes working for the Ohio Commission on Minority Health and Amethyst, Inc. Prior to coming to OhioMHAS, Lori served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers.

Ms. Criss holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from The Ohio State University. She graduated from SAMHSA’s 2010-2011 Women's Addiction Services Leadership Institute, a year-long nationally-selective, intensive program designed to build leaders for the nation’s behavioral health field. Lori has most recently served on the Advisory Board to Ohio’s Criminal Sentencing Commission, the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Addiction Policy Committee, and Ohio’s Housing and Homeless Collaborative. She is a former board member for the National Alliance for Recovery Residences and served as the Principal Advisor for Ohio Recovery Housing.

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Alisia Clark

Assistant Director for Community Planning and Collaboration

Alisia Clark

Alisia Clark

Assistant Director of Community Planning and Collaboration

Alisia will be returning to OhioMHAS as assistant director of Community Planning and Collaboration. She most recently served as executive director of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board, the government entity that certifies prevention and addiction professionals. Alisia has an extensive work history in substance use and mental health disorders and previously served as housing policy and resource administrator at OhioMHAS, project director for the former Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, and field operations manager for the Ohio Secretary of State.

Alisia holds a dual bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Organization Leadership from Franklin University in Columbus. In her role, Alisia will oversee community planning and collaboration, grants management and recovery supports.

Lois Hochstetler

Assistant Director for Community Treatment Services

Lois Hochstetler

Lois Hochstetler

Assistant Director for Community Treatment Services

Lois brings more than 20 years of behavioral health and correctional program experience to OhioMHAS. Most recently, she served as the executive director of the Marion Area Counseling Center, a community behavioral healthcare center serving Marion and Crawford counties. Previously, she worked at Alvis, serving as a vice president and as a managing director, directing the agency's clinical services and reentry programs for individuals involved in the criminal justice system.

Lois earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Goshen College and a master's degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University. In her role as assistant director at OhioMHAS, Lois will oversee mental health, SUD and criminal justice programs and services, as well as children/youth mental health services.

Justin Trevino, M.D.

Medical Director

Justin Trevino, M.D.

Justin Trevino, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Trevino was born in Columbus and grew up in the Dayton area. He graduated college from Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) with a BA in Chemistry and from Wright State University/ Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton. He trained as a resident in psychiatry at the Institute of Living Hospital (Hartford, CT) for two years and completed residency training in the Wright State University Department of Psychiatry Residency Program.

Trevino has served in the role of Chief Clinical Officer for a mental health and recovery board as well as serving as a board member for his local mental health and recovery board for a five year period. He was the Assistant Chief Clinical Officer at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare (TVBH) - Dayton for six years and served in the roles of Assistant Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Clinical Officer, Director of Clinical Services at TVBH - Columbus for four years. He was named Assistant Medical Director for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in October 2015. Trevino is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry (lifetime certification) and Addiction Psychiatry (recertified in 2014). He is a distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Trevino was named Assistant Medical Director for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in October 2015 and Medical Director in August 2018.

Jonathan Baker

Administration
Chief of Staff

Jonathan Baker

Jonathan Baker

Administration Chief of Staff

Jonathan brings more than 14 years of experience to the role of Chief of Staff. In this role, he provides administrative coordination and leadership of OhioMHAS operations and manage projects that affect multiple parts of the agency. He oversees Ohio Pharmacy Services, Fiscal, Human Resources, Information Services, and the Bureau of Capital Planning and Management.

He began with the Ohio Senate and proceeded through the Ohio House of Representatives and the private sector before joining ODADAS and ODMH in the fall of 2012, just prior to the consolidation of the two departments. Since joining OhioMHAS, Jonathan has served as the Legislative Liaison, Capital Project Manager, Acting Deputy Director of Public Affairs, and Chief of the Bureau of Capital Planning and Management.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Ohio University.

Angie Bergefurd

Deputy Director for Behavioral Health Policy

Angie Bergefurd

Angie Bergefurd

Deputy Director for Behavioral Health Policy

With more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health and Medicaid policy, programs and operations, Bergefurd oversees the Office of Behavioral Health Policy 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.

Bobbie Boyer

Deputy Director for Prevention Services

Lisa Iannotta

Bobbie Boyer

Deputy Director for Prevention Services

Bobbie Boyer's prevention experience spans more than four decades with work in administration, strategic planning, program development, staff supervision and training, marketing and community collaboration. She worked in a consultant role with a broad sector of community leaders from government, business and industry, schools, courts, churches and community groups. Her work focused on comprehensive strategies for the prevention, intervention and suppression of drugs and crime.

In her new role, Boyer will be responsible for managing the department's overall prevention efforts, which includes making sure programming is aligned with priorities established by the Governor's RecoveryOhio initiative and ensuring that proven age and environmentally appropriate education is provided to Ohio youth from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Throughout her career, Boyer has led many collaborative prevention efforts locally, including the development of the Sandusky County Prevention Network. She was a founding board member for Ohio Parents for Drug Free Youth (now Prevention Action Alliance). She completed a six-year term of service for the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in December 2018, and had served on the Board's prevention committee since 2007.

Boyer holds independent licensure from the Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board and the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board, along with the highest certification in prevention.  

Jamie Carmichael

Deputy Director for Public Affairs

Jamie Carmichael

Jamie Carmichael

Deputy Director for Public Affairs

Jamie Carmichael is the Deputy Director of the Office of Public Affairs, which include the divisions of Media Relations, Creative Services, Behavioral Health Policy and Legislation. Carmichael is responsible for developing and coordinating policy initiatives and managing external communications and legislative strategies on behalf of the department. Carmichael spent more than 10 years with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services where she focused on community and cross-agency collaboration, policy development, policy communication, stakeholder engagement and performance management. She has also served as a caseworker with both Franklin County Job and Family Services and Alvis House.

Carmichael 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.

Vince Conner

Deputy Director for Human Resources

Vince Conner

Vince Conner

Deputy Director for Human Resources

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.

Brandon Haas

Chief of Ohio Pharmacy Services

Brandon Haas

Chief of Ohio Pharmacy Services

In his role, Brandon M. Haas, Pharm.D., J.D., will manage pharmacy operations for Central Pharmacy Inpatient, Central Pharmacy Outpatient and the Ohio Pharmacy Service Center. OPS serves state behavioral health hospitals, state correctional facilities, county health departments, community mental health and addiction agencies, free clinics, county jails, and non-profits throughout Ohio by providing centralized procurement and distribution services for pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter medications, medical and laboratory supplies and personal care products. OPS also provides expertise in formulary management and clinical pharmacy services. The office operates its own fleet of vehicles to provide delivery and pick-up services and transport laboratory specimens, commissary goods and mail to state agencies and institutions. Dr. Haas attended Ohio Northern University where he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from the Raabe College of Pharmacy in 2011 and his Juris Doctor from the Pettit College of Law in 2012.

Lisa Iannotta

Chief Legal Counsel

Lisa Iannotta

Lisa Iannotta

Deputy Director for Legal Services and Chief Legal Counsel

Lisa Iannotta brings more than 30 years’ experience in legal affairs to the department. She began her career in state government with the Auditor of State’s Office, serving as Assistant Legal Counsel and Deputy Chief Legal Counsel for more than 15 years. She then worked for the Attorney General’s Office as both Chief of the Public Protection Division and as Chief Counsel before serving as Director of Administrative Services for Delaware County. Ms. Iannotta then returned to state government serving as Chief Legal Counsel for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. Most recently, she served as Section Chief for Collections Enforcement with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware and her Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School.

Merissa McKinstry

Deputy Director for Hospital Services

Merissa McKinstry

Merissa McKinstry

Deputy Director for Hospital Services

McKinstry has more than 15 years' experience in the behavioral health field. She began her career in state government and served as the Legislative Liaison for the former Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. From there, she moved into the private sector most recently serving as the chief operating officer and market CEO for Columbus Springs Hospitals. McKinstry helped to lead startup operations for two hospitals and two outpatient treatment locations. She also worked for Universal Health Services Inc. Fox Run Center for Children and Adolescents in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

She has served as a member of several behavioral health-focused organizations, including the Ohio Hospital Association's Behavioral Health workgroup, Netcare Foundation Board, Franklin County Psychiatric Task Force, and as chair of the Franklin County Bed Board. McKinstry also volunteers time with the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Ohio. She has an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a B.A. in Political Science from Ohio Dominican University.

Daniel Schreiber

Deputy Director for Financial Management

Daniel Schreiber

Daniel Schreiber

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.

Renee Tolliver

Chief Information Officer

Renee Tolliver

Renee Tolliver

Chief Information Officer

Ms. Tolliver brings more than 20 years of experience in not-for-profit and publicly-traded companies. She comes to state government from Nationwide Insurance, where she served as director of data advisory services since 2018. She previously worked as a technology lead and senior manager at T. Marzetti and performed various IT-related work for Trinity Health, OhioHealth, Inc. and The Ohio State University Medical Center.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Bowling Green State University and is a certified Project Management Professional.

As Chief Information Officer (CIO), Tolliver will be the lead in establishing/maintaining infrastructure, project management and systems support for information technology throughout the department.

Hospital Leadership

Liz Banks

CEO of Summit Behavioral Healthcare

Liz Banks

Liz Banks

CEO of Summit Behavioral Healthcare

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.

Andrea Bucci

CEO of Heartland Behavioral Healthcare

Andrea Bucci

Andrea Bucci

CEO of Heartland Behavioral Healthcare

Andrea Bucci has worked in the state hospital system since 2003. She began her career as Safety Officer at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare, then moved into a regional Environment of Care Director position serving Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare and Heartland Behavioral Healthcare. She was promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Heartland Behavioral Healthcare in 2010.

Ms. Bucci has a background in business administration with degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Her certifications include CHSP (Certified Health & Safety Professional), BOC (Building Operator Certification) and CPM (Certified Public Manager).

Dave Colletti

CEO of Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare

Dave Colletti

David Colletti

CEO of Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare

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.

Brett Johnson

CEO of Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital (NOPH)

Brett Johnson

Brett Johnson

CEO of Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital (NOPH)

As Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital (NOPH) in Toledo, Brett Johnson will oversee a staff more than 230 employees and be responsible for the well-being, care and treatment of patients located at the hospital. In addition to overseeing day-today hospital operations, Johnson will also manage relations with the Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Boards in the 22-county catchment area served by the hospital. Johnson previously served as the Administrative Director at ProMedica Physicians and Continuum Services in Sylvania, Ohio. He managed the development, monitoring and evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of Palliative Medicine and Senior Service practices and outcomes throughout five geographic regions in two states. He also served at Regency Hospital and Vibra Hospital as the Chief Executive Officer. Johnson earned a Professional degree in Elder Law from the University of Toledo and a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Organizational Leadership from the University of Findlay. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Wisconsin.

Jane Krason

CEO of Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare

Jane Krason

Jane Krason

CEO of Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare

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.

Bob Short

Acting CEO of Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare

Bob Short

Bob Short

Acting CEO of Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare

Bob Short is returning to Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare (TVBH) in Columbus, as Acting Chief Executive Officer, responsible for the well-being, care and treatment of patients located at the hospital. Additionally, Short maintains relationships with the ADAMH boards within the hospital’s catchment area and oversees day-to-day hospital operations.

Short most recently served as the Chief of Hospital Services in the OhioMHAS central office, overseeing operations, budgeting, environment of care, and more. Between 2011 and 2019, he held deputy director and special project and resource manager positions at the central office, supporting regional psychiatric hospital administration, Joint Commission and CMS certification, enhanced communications systems, capital projects, and all aspects of hospital governance. A dedicated public servant, Short began his career at TVBH several decades ago and held many integral roles there including hospital Chief Executive Officer from 2007 to 2011.

Short earned his Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from The Ohio State University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University. He has been published in several psychiatric journals and is an active member of his local community.