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Meet Our Team

Clinical Team

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Megan Miranda Ph.D
IMFT-S, LPCC-S
Pronouns: She/Her
Practice Owner
Supervisor & Therapist

Dr. Megan Miranda received her doctoral degree from The University of Akron in Counselor Education and Supervision with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has years of experience working with couples, families and individuals ranging from early childhood through late adulthood on a variety of presenting concerns. She specializes in treating trauma. She is a certified EMDR therapy and EMDRIA Approved EMDR consultant. Megan also has a passion for assisting those she works with to gain self-compassion through understanding the neurobiological impact of trauma on mood and behaviors. 

 

She is a seasoned educator and has taught several Master’s-level Counseling courses as an adjunct faculty member at The University of Akron. 

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Elizabeth Molla Ph.D
LPCC-S, IMFT-S

Supervisor & Therapist
Pronouns: She/Her

 

Dr. Elizabeth Molla is a graduate from the University of Akron with a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision with a Marriage and Family Therapy focus. She is a licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor. Elizabeth is passionate about supporting and advocating for marginalized and vulnerable populations. She has experience working with foster care youths, LGBTQ+ community, BIPOC community, couples, families and individuals of all ages. Elizabeth utilizes an attachment based, trauma informed, and systemic lens in her clinical approach on a variety of presenting concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, generational trauma, communication, sexuality, maternal depression, attachment injuries, and parenting among others. She specializes in treating trauma using EMDR and Internal Family Systems (IFS).

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Laura is a graduate of The University of Akron with a Master’s of Arts in Education in Marriage and Family Therapy. Laura has experience working with adolescents, individuals, couples and families. She is certified in EMDR and can assist with a variety of presenting concerns including, anxiety, trauma, depression, domestic violence, LGBTQ+ concerns, anger management and relationship issues. 

Laura DelSignore M.A.Ed, LPCC-S, IMFT-S
Pronouns: She/Her

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Lindsey is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her master’s degree from The University of Akron’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. She has experience working with couples, families, adolescents and individuals, covering an array of topics including depression, anxiety, trauma, family conflict, marital conflict, and co-parenting. Additional training includes EMDR and working with families of youth using Multisystemic Therapy. Lindsey is under the supervision of Megan Miranda, Ph.D, IMFT-S, LPCC-S, F.1400021-SUPV, E.1200639-SUPV

Lindsey Conway M.A.Ed
LPCC, MFT
Pronouns: She/Her

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Anthony is a graduate of Kent State University with a Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Anthony has had many years of experience working with children and adolescents and adults. Anthony is trained in EMDR, DBT, LGBTQ+ inclusion, Adventure Therapy and Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents. Anthony is able to assist with a variety of concerns including: trauma, anxiety, depression, parenting, adoption and fostering, grief and loss, and gender identity.

Anthony DelSignore

M.Ed., LPCC
Pronouns: He/Him

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Andrea is a graduate from Case Western Reserve University with a Master of Science in Social Administration.  She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. Andrea has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Andrea specializes in treating trauma and is trained in EMDR Therapy and can assist with a variety of presenting concerns including, anxiety, trauma, depression, and substance use concerns. Andrea has training in various evidence-based practices and expressive arts therapies, including dance and yoga interventions.

Andrea Lisowski, MSSA
LISW-S, LICDC
Pronouns: She/Her
Supervisor & Clinical Social Worker

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Nikita Escobar
M.A.Ed, LPC
Pronouns: She/Her

Nikita specializes in couples therapy and has her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family therapy from the University of Akron. She works with teenagers, couples and individuals using a trauma-informed approach from a systems lens. She is trained in EMDR. Nikita works together with clients to create stable boundaries, rebuild self-esteem and reflect on challenging moments. She uses a collaborative approach to create a respectful and safe environment as you proceed on your unique journey to healing. When she works with couples, she helps them remember why they chose one another, identifies specific areas they want to improve, and rebuilds trust and intimacy. Nikita is under the supervision of Megan Miranda, Ph.D, IMFT-S, LPCC-S, F.1400021-SUPV, E.1200639-SUPV

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Ryan is a graduate from Malone University with a Master of Arts in Education. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Ryan has experience working with children, adolescence, and adults. Ryan specializes in adolescence, trauma, eating disorders, self-injury, and can assist with a variety of presenting concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral issues, and eating disorders. Ryan is trained in EMDR, CBT, DBT, Art Therapy, and Client Centered Therapy. Ryan also enjoys utilizing yoga and taekwondo to connect with body work and process trauma.

Ryan Moore
M.A.Ed, LPCC-S
Pronouns: She/Her
Supervisor & Clinician

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Jazmyn has graduated from Kent State University with a Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has experience working with families, adolescents, and adults on a variety of presenting concerns. Jazmyn has experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, and interpersonal communications. She is a trauma informed clinician with training in EMDR. Jazmyn is under the supervision of Megan Miranda, Ph.D, IMFT-S, LPCC-S, F.1400021-SUPV, E.1200639-SUPV

Jazmyn Olmstead
M.Ed, LPC 
Pronouns: She/Her

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Angela Hawes
M.A.Ed, LPC 
Pronouns: She/Her

Angie is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in couples therapy. She has her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of Akron. Fusing Gottman techniques with EFT principles, Angie works with couples to help them identify negative patterns and break out of destructive cycles, especially focusing on communication blocks. Angie also works with individuals and adolescents on a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and feeling overwhelmed. She uses Mindfulness, Solution Focused, and CBT techniques and is also able to incorporate faith-based principles, per client request. She has completed EMDR training in order to more effectively work with clients on trauma. Angie is under the supervision of Megan Miranda, Ph.D, IMFT-S, LPCC-S, F.1400021-SUPV, E.1200639-SUPV

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Heather Perry
M.A., MFT
Pronouns: She/Her

Heather is a Marriage and Family Therapist that graduated from the University of Akron with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Heather specializes in couple's therapy, but also works with families and individuals. She has a strong foundation in systems theory and integrating techniques from Gottman and CBT. Heather works with couples and families to help them identify negative patterns, improve communication, and physical and emotional connection. Heather also works with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD and other mental health concerns. Heather has completing EMDR training to further help individuals struggling with trauma. She is under the supervision of Elizabeth Molla, Ph.D, IMFT-S, LPCC-S, F.1800037-SUPV, E.1300249-SUPV

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Carrie Buchanan

MSW, LSW

Pronouns: She/Her

Carrie is a graduate of Tulane University with a Master of Social Work degree. She is a Licensed Social Worker. Carrie has experience with adults, adolescents and couples counseling. Carrie specializes in trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, autism spectrum/neurodiversity and developmental disabilities as well as couples therapy (Polyamory, ENM and kink inclusive). Carrie is trained in EMDR therapy and The Gottman Method Couples Therapy - LV1. Carrie works from a person-centered, trauma informed perspective and has 28 years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities/autism spectrum. She is under the supervision of Andrea Lisowski, LISW-S, I.1901848-SUPV

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Ashley Klingelsmith M.A IMFT-S, LPCC-S, AAMFT Approved Supervisor & Therapist

Pronouns: She/Her

Ashley received her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Akron. She has years of experience working with couples, families, and individuals ranging from early childhood through late adulthood with a variety of presenting concerns including but not limited to  depression, anxiety, trauma, communication, maternal depression, and parenting. She specializes in CBT (trained by The Beck Institute), Motivational Interviewing, and is an EMDR therapist. Ashley has additional clinical experience in adoption, mental health, and treating individual and family substance use concerns.   

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Molly Luckner is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. She received her Masters degree from Ohio State and has over ten years of experience in the field. She works with clients on a range of issues, from anxiety and OCD to mood disorders and life stressors. She is experienced in CBT, ERP, Person-Centered, and other combined techniques and targets treatment specifically to each client. She feels that therapy should be a relaxed, comfortable space to receive unconditional support, care, and acceptance. 

Molly Luckner

MSW, LISW

Pronouns: She/Her

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Katharine Fertig

MSW, LISW-S, LICDC

Supervisor &

Clinical Social Worker

Pronouns: She/Her

Katharine Fertig MSW, LISW-S, LICDC graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and a Master’s degree of Social Work. Katharine worked with children with severe behavior disorders for 11 years. Katharine was also the recovery specialist at a group home for clients with severe persistent mental health. She has been working as an outpatient counselor and intensive outpatient counselor for the past several years in community mental health as well as a Trauma Care Coordinator. The focus of her clinical work utilizes EMDR Therapy, as well as expressive arts, mindfulness, and meditation. She has done extensive training on Dissociative Identity Disorder.

 

Katharine is a graduate of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness EMDR Therapy Training Program and EMDR Certified Therapist through EMDRIA, as well as a EMDRIA approved consultant. She has also trained with ICM as a Certified Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator and Certified Expressive Arts Therapist.

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Sydney Noveske is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University. Sydney has experience working with adolescents and adults with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, and interpersonal challenges. Sydney approaches counseling through a trauma-informed lens and is training in EMDR therapy. She is under the supervision of Ashley Klingelsmith, IMFT-S, LPCC-S, F.1500026-SUPV, E.0700438-SUPV

Sydney Noveske M.Ed, LPC

Pronouns: She/Her

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Rachel graduated from Kent State University with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has experience working with individuals with Substance Use Disorders in a women's sober living facility for two years. Rachel also has experience working with adults regarding anxiety and depression. She is training in EMDR. She is under the supervision of Ashley Klingelsmith, IMFT-S, LPCC-S, F.1500026-SUPV, E.0700438-SUPV

Rachel Karas

M.Ed., LPC

Pronouns: She/Her

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Samantha Phillips (Sam) has a Master's of Social Work from the University of Akron. Sam's background includes a Bachelor's of Arts in Educational Studies with a concentration in Queer Studies. Sam has worked with children and adults in a variety of therapeutic settings, including vocational training and horticultural therapy. Sam has a passion for trauma-informed care and is training in EMDR. She is under the supervision of Andrea Lisowski, LISW-S, I.1901848-SUPV

Sam Phillips

MSW, LSW

Pronouns: She/Her

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Mallory is a graduate from the University of Akron with a Master of Social Work degree. They have experience working with adults who have anxiety, addiction, depression, grief, trauma, and psychosis. Mallory has worked in outpatient settings as well as in-patient crisis stabilization. Mallory draws on strategies from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. They take a person-centered approach and foster a nonjudgmental environment in which clients may develop their strengths and values to become the best version of themselves. Mallory is under the supervision of Andrea Lisowski, LISW-S, I.1901848-SUPV

Mallory Stevens

MSW, LSW

Pronouns: They/Them

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Gabrielle Ashley

M.A., MFT

Pronouns: She/Her  

Gabrielle Ashley graduated from the University of Akron with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has experience working with couples, families, and individuals of all ages. Gabrielle has a passion for working with children and has experience in various settings. She works with clients who experience a multitude of presenting concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma (PTSD), OCD, familial conflict, and relational conflict. Gabrielle believes therapy is a safe place for all and takes an emotionally focused approach that is tailored to each client’s needs. Gabrielle offers unconditional support through the challenging processes of life and affirms all people and relationships. Gabrielle is training in EMDR. She is under the supervision of Megan Miranda, Ph.D, IMFT-S, LPCC-S, F.1400021-SUPV, E.1200639-SUPV

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Suzie Yoder

M.Ed, M.A. MFT

Pronouns: She/Her

Suzie Yoder graduated with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Akron. She earned a Master’s of Education degree from Ohio University. She has completed level two of Gottman’s therapy training, focusing on essential relationship skills for connection, conflict resolution and healthy communication. She is passionate about helping couples experience love, joy and shared meaning in their relationship. Suzie is trained in EMDR and has experience working with families, couples, individuals and children with presenting concerns such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, parenting issues, and relational/familial conflict.  Suzie offers a supportive and empathetic space to process life’s challenges. She enthusiastically supports and affirms all people and relationships. She loves coffee, hiking and spending time with her husband and three children. Suzie is a licensed marriage and family therapist under the supervision of Ashley Klingelsmith, IMFT-S, LPCC-S, F.1500026-SUPV, E.0700438-SUPV.

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Gina Vitullo M.Ed 

MFT, LPCC

Pronouns: She/Her

Gina Vitullo is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in the state of Ohio. She received her masters from The University of Akron. Gina has experience working with individuals, couples, and families. Gina’s main focus of therapy is to create an environment that clients feel comfortable being their true authentic selves, in order to truly make a lasting change for themselves. Gina has a trauma-focused lens when addressing concerns and has been basic trained in EMDR therapy. Gina specializes in working with individuals and couples with: PTSD, trauma-related disorders, neurodivergence, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, marital and family conflict, adjustment disorders, stress management, and working with the LGBTQQIAP+ community. It is my hope that together we can work collaboratively to help you accept yourself as you are, and understand that you are worthy of love and belonging. She is under the supervision of Megan Miranda, Ph.D, IMFT-S, LPCC-S, F.1400021-SUPV, E.1200639-SUPV

 

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Corey Brown 

B.S., CT

Pronouns: He/Him

Corey holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Ohio University and is pursuing a Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Saybrook University. As a counselor in training, he has worked with young adults dealing with various issues such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and trauma. Corey is passionate about exploring the many layers of human experience and aims to create a safe and collaborative environment for clients to delve into their emotional experiences with curiosity and courage. He is training in EMDR. Corey is a counselor trainee under the supervision of Ashley Klingelsmith, IMFT-S, LPCC-S, F.1500026-SUPV, E.0700438-SUPV

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Mike Murray 

MSW, LSW

Pronouns: He/Him

Mike is a graduate of the Ohio State University with Master of Social Work degree. Mike has been practicing as a Licensed Social Worker since 2017. Mike has experience working with young adults, adults, and couples. He particularly enjoys working with young adults and college students to support them in this transformative stage of life. He has worked with clients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, relationship issues and major life changes. He primarily utilizes CBT and MI. Mike strives to treat each client uniquely and tailor his counseling style to meet the individual needs of each client. Mike is training in EMDR. He is under the supervision of Andrea Lisowski, LISW-S, I.1901848-SUPV

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Elias Decker

B.S., CT

Pronouns: He/Him

Elias holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is currently pursuing a masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Kent State University. He has experience working with LGBTQ+ individuals, anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, psychosis, and substance abuse. Elias takes a person-centered approach to counseling, walking alongside his clients as they work to lead their own fulfilling and authentic life. Elias is a counselor in training and is under the direct supervision of Elizabeth Molla Ph.D., LPCC-S, IMFT-S., E.1300249-SUPV, F.1800037-SUPV

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Lauren Petit

B.A, MFTT

Pronouns: She/Her

Lauren Petit is currently pursuing her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Akron. She has experience working with couples, families and individuals of all ages. Lauren has a passion for working with couples, and helping them to find new ways to connect and build understanding. She has experience with presenting concerns such as relational conflict, familial conflict, anxiety and depression. Lauren takes an emotionally focused approach to working with couples and families. Lauren offers a caring, empathetic and supportive space and affirms all people and all relationships. She is a marriage and family therapist trainee under the supervision of Ashley Klingelsmith, IMFT-S, LPCC-S, F.1500026-SUPV, E.0700438-SUPV

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Hannah Yackley

M.A., LPC
Pronouns: She/Her

Hannah Yackley is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a graduate from Ashland Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has experience working with groups and individuals including adults, adolescents, and children over the age of ten on a variety of concerns including: Anxiety, depression, PTSD, communication issues, boundaries, conflict management, self-esteem, and grief among other mental health concerns. She has received some training in DBT and sand tray therapy, and she is partially trained in EMDR. Please note that Hannah wears a KN95 mask and has an air purifier running in her office. Clients are welcome to do whatever they need to in order to feel most comfortable. Hannah is passionate about collaborating with her clients to find the treatment goals, counseling environment, and counseling process that works best for each person. Hannah is under the supervision of Megan Miranda, Ph.D, IMFT-S, LPCC-S, F.1400021-SUPV, E.1200639-SUPV

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Katie Kontorchik

 B.S, CT

Pronouns: She/Her

Katie holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Family Life Education. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Education at Kent State University in their Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Katie’s experience revolves heavily around serving at-risk youth, individuals and their families in a variety of settings. Some of these include being a Family Advocate for Head Start and Early Head Start, the Resident/Child Advocate at a Domestic Violence Homeless Shelter, as well as a Behavioral Health Specialist for a local non-profit mental health agency. These roles have afforded her the opportunity to build a skill set that encompasses childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, family violence, parenting, behavioral concerns, as well as supporting children and families involved in the foster care system. She also has experience working with individuals of all ages navigating family dynamics and interpersonal relationships that impact their lives. Katie approaches counseling through a trauma-informed lens with emphasis on a holistic approach. She hopes to create a safe space where individuals feel understood and can be comfortable being their authentic selves. Katie is a counselor trainee under the supervision of Ryan Moore, LPCC-S, E.1800878-SUPV

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Kelley Rohr

BA, CT

Pronouns: She/Her

Kelley is pursuing her Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. She is passionate about providing accessible, inclusive, and affirming healthcare to all individuals. Kelley finds solace in creating art, spending time outdoors, and being surrounded by loved ones. She approaches her clients with genuine empathy and true acceptance, aiming to develop a personalized treatment plan that aligns with their personal goals. Kelley is a strong advocate for clients
from all backgrounds, including LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, disabled, autism spectrum disorder, parents, and children. She uses a combination of various modalities to address a range of concerns, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship problems, stress, family concerns, attention issues, and self-esteem. Kelley is a counselor in training and is under the direct supervision of Elizabeth Molla Ph.D., LPCC-S, IMFT-S., E.1300249-SUPV, F.1800037-SUPV

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Traci Willard

MSW, LISW

Pronouns: She/ Her

Traci is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Akron. She has many years of experience in individual therapy working with adolescents and adults. Traci works with a variety of concerns, including but not limited to, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, trauma as well as stress and anger management. She has experience in working with LGBTQIA+ youth and adults. She uses a variety of therapeutic interventions to support clients in identifying and working towards their goals, build resiliency and learn new coping skills. Primarily using CBT and DBT skills with clients. Traci takes a person centered approach as It is important to make the therapy experience a comforting, positive and safe environment for all to feel valued and heard.

Administrative Team

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Michelle is our Client Care Coordinator and has worked in the mental health field in a variety of roles since 2014. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from The University of Akron. Michelle serves as a liaison between new clients and the clinicians. 

Michelle Wenzel

B.A

Pronouns: She/Her

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Pamela (Po) is our Administrative Specialist and Client Care Coordinator. Po attended the University of Sorocaba majoring in Architecture. She moved to the United States in 2016 from South America and is a proud Mama. Po has worked in administrative and leadership roles for several years and is passionate about helping others. At The Azalea Institute, Po serves as a liaison between new clients and clinicians along side Michelle, and attends to administrative duties. 

Pamela (Po) Wells

Administrative Specialist & Client Care Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her

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Amanda Smith C.A.

Billing Specialist

Pronouns: She/ Her

Amanda is our Billing Administrator and assists clients with billing concerns and resolving issues. Amanda is passionate about helping others and serving the community. She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Criminal Justice and minors in Human Development/Family Studies and Non-profit Management. Amanda is a registered advocate through the National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA). Amanda is active in the community and facilitates the monthly Immigrant and Refugee Ohio Coalition (IROC) to End Sexual Violence and is the Creative Development Chair for the Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking. 

Where to Find Us

Phone: (330) 510-4900

Fax: (330) 510-5900

Email: info@azaleainstitute.com

Graham Road Office

421 Graham Road Suite B

Cuyahoga Falls, Oh 44221

Front Street Office

2795 Front Street, Suite A

Cuyahoga Falls, Oh 44221

*Located in the back of the building along the board walk facing the Cuyahoga River.

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