Directors & Therapists

 

Ruthie Lasecki | Doreen George-Thomas | Kathryn MacCluskie | Danielle Ries | Jennifer Moga | Joseph Cavallaro
Jessica Holland | S. Yancey Wegelin | Randall K. James | Renee Popovic | Rebecca Thompson | Ralph Thompson | Miranda Villard


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Ruthie Lasecki, Executive Director

Ruthie Lasecki has more than 20 years of experience specializing in healthcare management, quality assurance and compliance and healthcare consultation in behavioral and ancillary healthcare services.

In her most recent role Ms. Lasecki provided services to clients nationwide with various healthcare needs ranging from organizational management, accreditation and service delivery diversification as she served as the president of a healthcare specialty firm she founded in 2002.

Prior to her consulting business, Ms. Lasecki served as the Vice President of Total Quality Management and Continuous Quality Improvement for The Nord Center and was a member of the Executive Team.

Ms. Lasecki holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ohio Northern University.

 


Doreen George-Thomas 

Doreen George-Thomas, LPCC

I have a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Cleveland State University, a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Baldwin-Wallace University, and an Associates Degree from Cuyahoga Community College. I enjoy working with college students, and during my masters program I interned at Baldwin-Wallace’s Student College Counseling Center. My competencies include personal, social and mental health counseling, parenting skills, adolescent/children behavioral issues, chemical dependency, LG family and partner relationships, assessment and testing, anxiety disorders with an emphasis on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and reintegration into the community after incarceration.

Insurance
Medical Mutual 
Buckeye Health Plan
Care Source
Healthy Start    
Medicaid
Molina


Anthem
Wellcare
Qualchoice

 


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Kathryn MacCluskie, ED.D. Psychologist & Clinical Director

Kathryn's training as a counseling psychologist was completed through West Virginia University, and she earned her doctorate in 1990. Since then, Kathryn has been working with adolescent and adult clients on a variety of issues, most often anxiety, depression, stress, building healthier relationships, and enhancing their quality of life. She was originally trained to work with people using cognitive behavioral strategies, and her skill set has expanded over time to include other techniques as well. In addition to her clinical appointment here at Pathways, Kathryn teaches students at Cleveland State University, as they prepare to become either School Counselors or Clinical Mental Health Counselors. The common thread across her clinical work and her teaching is that she aspires to help people grow and reach the goals they have set for themselves, be it personally or professionally. Kathryn tries her best to help people find their own way and to create for themselves the lives that will bring them the most fulfillment and also allow them to manifest the highest version of themselves possible.

Insurance
Anthem Blue Cross
Buckeye Health Plan
Care Source
Ambetter
Medicaid
Medical Mutual
Qualchoice      
United Healthcare
United Healthcare Community
Molina
Apex
 

 Danielle Meade

Danielle Ries, LPCC

Danielle graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 2007 and later obtained a Master of Education in Counseling from Cleveland State University. Danielle has a history of assisting in research projects from children's aggressiveness in the school system to the discrimination of minority groups, specifically fat prejudices. Prior to her employment with Pathways, she was a treatment specialist at Berea Children's Home and Family Services, now known as OhioGuidestone.  Being in a residential treatment facility for over six years has allowed her to gain valuable experience in the treatment of children and teens who endured physical, emotional, and/or sexual trauma.  Presently, she continues her work with at-risk youth at Southwest General Health Center.  She is a co-facilitator of the adolescent mental health intensive out-patient programming where she holds groups for teens and their family members. Her clients have issues that range from depression, anxiety, and mood disorders to suicidal ideations and self-harm. Danielle primarily uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and finds the teachings of this skill based model helpful in regulating intense emotions.  Although the majority of her work has been with the adolescent population, she enjoys adults who too want relief and ways to cope with their journey in life.
 

Insurance
Buckeye Health Plan
Care Source
Healthy Start
Medicaid
Medical Mutual
United Healthcare Community 
Qualchoice
 Molina


 Jennifer Moga

Jennifer Moga

Jennifer has a Master of Education from Cleveland State University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is licensed by the State of Ohio to practice counseling as a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Jennifer worked as a middle school teacher in Ohio for several years before feeling a calling to the field of mental health counseling.  During her time at Cleveland State University, Jennifer provided counseling services to college students in the Counseling and Academic Success Clinic helping individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, and other related mental health and organizational concerns.  Jennifer has a strong desire to help others improve their wellbeing and reach their goals.  She approaches counseling from a humanistic foundation with an integrated approach by utilizing a variety of counseling techniques to best meet the client’s needs. Her experience and interests include attachment, relational difficulties, family, anxiety, self-care, depression, and mood disorders.  Jennifer is currently seeing children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of mental health concerns.

 

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Joseph Cavallaro

Joseph Cavallaro

Joseph is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with a Supervision License- (LISW-S)Joseph works with clients ranging from older teenagers, adults (female and male), couples, and Medicare recipients. Joseph's training is in CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, he has vast experience in counseling as has worked in settings such as various hospitals, Teenage Upward Bound program, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging and the County Welfare Department. Joseph has a strong will to help people resolve their life issues through his professional services.

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Jessica Holland, LPCC, CDCA

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant

Jessica Holland received her Master of Education in Clinical Counseling from Malone University in 2012. Prior to her employment with Pathways, she was an Intensive In-Home Behavioral Health Therapist with The Bair Foundation where she worked with foster, adoptive, and biological families as well as individual children, adolescents, and adults in the home and school setting. She has previous experience working in a community mental health agency in Canton, OH serving children, adolescents, and adults experiencing a variety of mental health concerns and seven years working with college students as a Campus Minister. Jessica has past experience and an interest in providing counseling for those who have experienced traumatic events in their lives, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Jessica’s areas of competence include children and adolescent behavioral issues (i.e. ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Autism), issues specific to foster children, parenting skills, anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorders, and chemical dependency. Jessica strives to help her clients utilize their strengths and resources to find hope and healing in order to lead more balanced lives.

Insurance
Medical Mutual 
Buckeye Health Plan
Care Source
Healthy Start
Medicaid
Anthem
Aetna
United Healthcare  

 


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S. Yancey Wegelin, M.S.W., L.I.S.W.-S

Supervising Independent Social Worker
S. Yancey Wegelin received the degree of Master of Social Work from the Ohio State University and has been working in the mental health field for over twenty years. She is licensed as a Supervising Independent Social Worker. Yancey has served on the board of directors of the Lorain County Association for the Education of Young Children, The Elyria YWCA, and the Women’s Campus Project of the YWCA. She has worked in community mental health programs, a program for teen parents, an infant mental health program, and is currently working as a mental health therapist serving adults and children of all ages.

Insurance
Anthem BC/BS
Ambetter
Medicaid  
Medical Mutual
Mutual Health Services
Apex
United Healthcare Community  

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Randall K. James, ATR-BC, LSW

1994 MA –Art Therapy – George Washington University
1987 BS –Art Therapy – Bowling Green State University
Randall is a board certified and registered art therapist (ATR-BC) and licensed social worker (LSW) who offers a unique opportunity to address problems in living through creative self-expression. He specializes in the areas of post-traumatic syndromes; child, adolescent, and adult development, and family living. He can help you find creative solutions to problems you may be experiencing. Integrating the latest neuroscience, mind/body medicine, and the expressive arts therapies with solution-focused and cognitive treatments, you will get practical guidance to help you manage and/or transform any area of your life. No artistic skills are needed to experience the joy and freedom creative expression can bring. Randall is currently working with children, adolescents, adults, and families, and is looking forward to working with you.

Insurance
Buckeye Health Plan
Care Source
Healthy Start
Medicaid
Medical Mutual

United Healthcare Community   
Molina 

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Miranda Villard

Miranda Villard is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s of Education from Cleveland State University. Miranda sees clients ranging in age from late elementary school to older adulthood on a variety of issues. She has a strong commitment and sensitivity to diversity and multicultural issues and believes people operate in context of systems, culture, and history. Miranda comes from a dance and expressive movement background and is currently receiving training in Gestalt therapy. Miranda’s clinical interests and experience are in anxiety, trauma, self-care and empowerment, body image and eating disorders, mood disorders, alcohol use disorders, family of origin and abandonment issues, and childhood grief and loss. Miranda pulls from multiple modalities in treatment to best serve the client’s needs and developmental level, with a foundation in existential and humanistic counseling.

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