Meet Our Team
Therapy & Counseling Staff
Lisa Dyer, LISW-S, SAP
Lisa earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Social Work from Cleveland State University. She has been in the behavioral health field for more than twenty years with experience providing clinical services to those in need. In addition to her clinical work she has extensive experience providing clinical and administrative/operational leadership. She continues to be driven by her passion to help others.
Sarah Ballash, LSW
Leighann Buschor, LSW
Deborah Devlin, LCDC III, LPCC-S, LSW
Deborah has worked in outpatient settings, in hospitals, on disaster teams, in home-based programs, and overseas for military members and their families. Deborah’s client-centered perspective utilizes tools of motivational interviewing, systems theory, developmental theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, and trauma focused, cognitive behavioral therapy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Akron and obtained her master’s degree in community counseling from Malone University. She holds a master’s degree in philosophy and is completing her doctorate at Walden University. She recently completed her dissertation on post-traumatic growth and military members. Deborah works with youth, families, individuals, and groups with mental health disorders and addiction disorders.
Steven Flaugher, LSW
Therapist, Group Leader
Bret Kalina, LPC
Bret was born and raised in the Cleveland area. As part of the curriculum for the University of Akron's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, he completed his internship at the Charak Center from May until early December, 2019. Following graduation, Bret was hired on at Charak and is currently a full-time counselor at the Elyria office, where he sees individual clients and helps lead the addictions program.
Barbara Kates, LPC
Day Treatment Facilitator/Therapist
Barbara received her Bachelor of Science through the University of Dayton. She earned two Master of Science degrees from Kent State University in Special Education and Education Philosophy, Foundations and Policy. Barbara has extensive experience with children as a teacher and mobile therapist. She dreamed of becoming an art therapist, and to her delight, when Ursuline College opened an art therapy department, she jumped into the second graduating class, completing a Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling. Barbara is very happy working with the great team at Charak.
Michelle Lanzi, MSSA, LISW-S
Michelle Lanzi, MSSA, LISW-S graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, and Case Western Reserve University with a Master’s of Science in Social Administration. Michelle has 16 years clinical experience in the field of mental health, and has specialized in the treatment of co-occurring disorders for individuals 18+ for more than a decade. Michelle has worked in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient counseling centers, and inpatient hospital systems. Michelle has experience in providing individual and group counseling, facilitation & management of Intensive Outpatient Programs, Clinical Supervision, Program Development & Implementation, and is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Michelle’s areas of competence include: Assessment & Screening, Dual Diagnosis, Mood & Anxiety Disorders in Adults, Personality Disorders, and Chemical Dependency/Addictions. Michelle is located at the Mentor office.
Jacqueline Ollison, LSW
Therapist, Group Leader
Marisa Rodgers, CDCA, QMHS
Marissa holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from South University in Savannah, Georgia, and has a CDCA I & II license for patients battling alcohol and drug addiction. She has multiple roles at Charak Center providing case management, as well as therapy to our patients in Elyria.
Stephen Roos, LPCC-S
Steve holds a Master's degree from Wright State University in Mental Health Counseling and Substance Abuse Counseling, and a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Interdisciplinary Studies. He has been an individual and group therapist at community behavioral health and addiction agencies for 20 years, and specializes in motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy. Steve works with clients who have been diagnosed with anything from depression or anxiety, to bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, to personality disorders, as well as those with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse/dependence conditions. Steve sees clients at the Mentor and Garfield Heights offices.
Marla Shawi, LPC
Marla holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from John Carroll University. She has experience working in an outpatient therapy setting. Marla is currently working as a full-time counselor at the Garfield Heights office where she sees individual clients.
Tracy Wingate, LSW
Therapist, Group Leader