Our Staff

Our Staff

STAFF

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Andrea Anderson

Counseling Intern

Previous Role(s): Behavior Intervention Specialist

“The most rewarding part of my work is helping children realize their strengths, overcome obstacles, reach their goals and truly learn to believe in themselves.”

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services since August 2020
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University
  • Currently pursuing Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Malone University, Graduating August 2021
  • Holds a Counselor Trainee License to practice counseling during internship

“I work in both outpatient and school-based settings to help clients work toward developing better cognitive and emotional skills to help them reduce symptoms brought on by depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns as well as helping them cope with life’s challenges.”

Why My Work Matters

“Not only does Youth Intensive Services serve clients of all ages, from childhood through adulthood, but they have services that fit all needs. They focus on the whole picture and not just one portion of the concern, allowing for clients to have their needs met by a group of people who can work together as a team.”

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Megan Bennett

Residential Administrative Manager

“One of the most rewarding things about working at YIS is every time you meet with a child in any capacity, you are making a difference in their lives.”

 

At a glance

  • Started at Youth Intensive Services in January 2016
  • Education: Pursuing Bachelor’s degree in social work from Youngstown State University; Associate’s degree in health and human services from Kent State University

Megan’s responsibilities include supervising day-to-day operations of the administrative department and staff members, along with developing, reviewing and improving administrative systems, policies and procedures.

Why my work matters

“Every day, you’re impacting a child’s life. It could just be as simple as a smile or a difficult conversation during a session. Youth Intensive Services is dedicated to helping the family as a whole.”

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Josh Comm

District Lead, Mineral Ridge and Springfield Local Schools

“I get to see our children grow as people each day and help guide them into making better life decisions that will lead to a bright future.”

At a glance

  • Started at Youth Intensive Services in 2015
  • Education: Master’s degree in psychology of counseling from Ohio University; Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kent State University
  • Certifications: Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant

In his role as a district lead, Josh helps coordinate mental health services within the school environment, working with schools, parents and fellow staff members to make sure each student receives the best treatment possible.

Why my work matters

“Youth Intensive Services is revolutionizing the mental health field by providing school-based therapeutic services, use of telemedicine technology and vocational services to a wide array of clientele.”

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Angelina Calderon Cuevas

District Lead, River Gate High School

“I wear many hats daily, but what I love most is knowing that in this world full of chaos, innocence still exists.”

 

 

At a glance

  • Started at Youth Intensive Services January 2013
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University
  • Certifications: Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, first aid, CPR

As a district lead, Angelina acts as a liaison with the school district and its families, ensuring the implementation of our company’s mission and high standards of professionalism. She supervises a team and promotes the growth and well-being of our clients based upon custom-generated treatment plans.

Why my work matters

“I find working with children to be rewarding because I don’t just have an impact on them, they impact my life daily as well! I’m able to celebrate the little things every single day and see how much they grow and find themselves through this process.”

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Andre Elliott

Public Relations Manager

“What’s most rewarding about working with families is watching them achieve various benchmarks along the journey.”

At a glance

  • Started at Youth Intensive Services in April 2019
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University

As public relations manager, Andre’s day-to-day responsibilities include planning, developing and implementing all of Youth Intensive Services’ marketing strategies, marketing communications and public relations activities.

Why my work matters

“Setting both short- and long-term goals with families and taking the necessary steps to reach those is not always an easy task. However, we have a fortunate opportunity here at Youth Intensive Services to assist families in reaching those goals on a daily basis.

Youth Intensive Services is an organization that places the needs of each individual and family above all else. I personally admire this individualized approach because it ensures families that their needs are taken seriously and are specific to what’s necessary in order to achieve long-lasting results.”

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Lorneeshia Elliott

Case Manager/CPST Intake

“The most rewarding part of my work is seeing clients’ determination to accomplish their goals even when faced with obstacles.”

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services for seven years
  • Education: Bachelor of Applied Science from Youngstown State University
  • Registered Behavior Technician

“My day-to-day tasks include scheduling and completing intakes for community-based services. I also provide one-on-one interventions with clients in the home and/or community.”

Why My Work Matters

“If I had to choose one characteristic that the community needs to know about YIS, it would be their passion to help. Everyone here truly loves what they do and strives to make sure our clients receive the best treatment possible.”

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Jenna Fierro

School-Based Counselor, Seaborn Elementary School

“The best thing about working with children is that I have the opportunity to be a part of a child’s life in such a powerful way.”

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services since August 2017
  • Education: Master’s in Social Work from The University of Akron, Bachelor’s in Social Work with Minors in Child Development and Psychology
  • Licensed Social Worker
  • Fully Trained in EMDR Therapy

Jenna provides mental health counseling to clients in the school setting.

Why My Work Matters

“YIS is a family-owned agency that truly cares about each client who walks through the door. We are always growing and adapting to better serve the needs of our clients.”

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Todd Frampton

Counselor

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services just under two years
  • Education: Master of Counseling, Education from Youngstown State University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Kent State University

I provide individual, family, and group counseling services to children and adolescents age 11 to 18 and their families.

Why My Work Matters

“For me, the most rewarding part of working with children is helping them develop the resiliency necessary to overcome and move on from the traumatic events in their lives and then return to their communities with new skills to help them be successful as they continue their journey toward adulthood.”

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Monique Franke

Counselor

Previous Role(s): Behavior Intervention Specialist

The most rewarding part of working with children is knowing that I provide them with a voice and giving them the opportunity to have their feelings validated.

At A Glance

  • Began internship with January of 2017
  • Hired as Behavior Intervention Specialist in August 2017
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Youngstown State University
  • Licensed Social Worker
  • Working toward Master’s in Social Work from Youngstown State University graduating in May 2021

I provide a therapeutic environment for my clients to feel comfortable to engage in therapy. In addition, I complete daily notes as well as conduct supervision with my team to ensure all treatment plans are up to date. I also contact parents to check in and address their concerns.

Why My Work Matters

“YIS has a diverse team of both individuals with counseling and social work backgrounds which provides us and our clients with a more well-rounded view of how services should be implemented.”

“YIS is a growing agency with the ability to meet the needs of a diverse population.”

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Ashley Frankos

Residential Therapist

Youth Intensive Services enables counselors to be their best by providing them with any training or supplies needed to provide the best possible services to clients. There is no limit to what Youth Intensive Services will do for their employees and clients.

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services for one year
  • Education: Master of Social Work (MSW) and Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Youngstown State University
  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

Ashley provides group and individual mental health counseling to at-risk youth and completes therapeutic documentation.

Why My Work Matters

“I find that enabling youth with traumatic backgrounds to thrive and succeed in life is most rewarding. Many of my clients have never trusted someone, especially an adult, and I enjoy being that person for them.”

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Darren Griffith

Residential Clinical Director

Working with children allows to the opportunity to observe real and dramatic change in the wellbeing of the children we serve on all levels. I enjoy seeing the growth and transition in the children I serve and admire the resilience of children in treatment.

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services just under two years
  • Education: Master of Social Work from Case Western Reserve University, Bachelor of Psychology from Thiel College
  • Certifications: TF-CBT, Grief Counseling, EMDR

Darren’s primary responsibilities are to oversee daily clinical operation of the residential facility including group and individual therapy as well as programming offered to the children.

Why My Work Matters

“Youth Intensive Services has, at its core, owners and an administration that truly care about the welfare of children and clients over quotas and profit margins.”

“YIS has been built from the ground up to help others and that has remained the steadfast mission from the beginning.”

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Faith Hall

District Lead

The most rewarding part of my work is seeing the students “catch on” and run with the vision independently and becoming successful on their own.

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services for two years
  • Education: Associates Degree in Biblical Counseling from The Ohio State University and Zoe Bible College
  • Certifications: Certificate of Ordination, Certificate of Ministry License

My day-to-day includes communicating with students, teachers, and families to develop and implement treatment plans that offer support and guidance in the area of behavior.

Why My Work Matters

“Youth Intensive Services provides resources to meet individual common human needs and demonstrates valuing an individual’s capacity for change by transmitting professional skills and knowledge to others.”

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Alex Hines

Case Manager/Visitation Coordinator

My goal for every client is to help them leave YIS with a new mindset and skillset that will help them become successful throughout the rest of their lives.

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services for three years
  • Education: Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Sociology from Thiel College

My primary day-to-day duties include providing services for clients such as scheduling medical appointments, attending court hearings to discuss progress in treatment, facilitate meetings with the clients’ support systems, and update on progress/regression in treatment. I act as an ongoing advocate for our youth. In my visitation coordinator role, I schedule legal-guardian-approved guest visits for clients.

 

Why My Work Matters

“The most rewarding thing about my job is that I can help change the outlooks on future and life that our youth may have. Guiding them to change behaviors and work through their experiences that landed them with us. I strive to push them hard, while having empathy for everything they have been through.”

 

“We are family-oriented and we do our best to show our clients they are part of that family atmosphere. We work to show that we truly care and this is not just a job, but we do it because we love and care.”

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Miquita Hosey

Medical Director

“One of the most rewarding aspects of working with children is saving our own future.”

At a glance

  • Started at Youth Intensive Services in 2016
  • Education: Doctor of Medical Science from Lincoln Memorial University; Master’s degree in health science from Cleveland State University; Bachelor’s degree in allied health from Youngstown State University
  • Certification: Physician Assistant

Miquita’s role as medical director is to assess the medication needs of our clients and safely prescribe based on an individual’s needs.

Why my work matters

I believe YIS is in touch with the needs of our community, honest with our clients and provides proven results.

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Karen Kocis

Program Director

“One of the most rewarding things about working with children is watching them grow and develop the skills they need to be successful in life.”

 

 

At a glance

  • Started at Youth Intensive Services in 2014
  • Education: Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Western Kentucky University
  • Certification: licensed behavior specialist

Karen’s day-to-day responsibilities revolve around maintaining and growing our school-based programs, including staffing, oversight, data collection and analysis, training, and interfacing with school administrators.

Why my work matters

“I believe that our innovative and creative approaches, along with adaptability, truly separate us and allows us to have the best interests of the child in mind.”

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Mark Jones

Clinical Director

The most rewarding part of the work we do at YIS is providing a service to the community, which the community has shown to appreciate.

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services less than one year
  • Education: Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Social Work from Youngstown State University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

In Mark’s role as Clinical Director, he oversees all clinical services and partakes in all community outreach opportunities.

Why My Work Matters

“YIS provides person-centered and family-centered therapeutic approaches that empower our families to be the leading property in collaborative treatment. Allowing the client or family to be the lead person when prescribing treatment strengthens the therapeutic alliance, enhancing higher success rates.”

“The SNAP group (Strengthening Needs, Abilities, and Parenting) aims to empower our community parent alliance while providing resources and content to enhance families’ well-being. SNAP provides the opportunity and space to ask concerning questions for families and to receive situational consultation.”

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Shanice Lockhart

Mental Health Counselor

Children have a perspective that amazes me because they have so much to offer the world.

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services since 2019
  • Education: Master of Arts in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Malone University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Youngstown State University

My primary day-to-day responsibilities include providing individual counseling, family counseling, and conducting diagnostic assessments.

 

Why My Work Matters

“In my adolescent years, I always wanted the youth voices to be heard. Now as an adult I want to be an integral part of the support system that listens to the children and helps them thrive.”

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Tanya Masters

Office Assistant/Respite

We want to help you succeed in being the best version of yourself that you can be.

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services since July 2015
  • Education: Associates in Business from Bryant & Stratten

I run the front office. I am the first friendly voice and face to greet you at YIS!

 

Why My Work Matters

“What makes my work with children so rewarding is watching them learn new things and grow as individuals as they open themselves up.”

“I have so much respect for the owners of YIS. Their vision, knowledge, and heart are what motivates us all. We truly function as a family unit and take interest in one another’s well-being.”

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Loganne McGowan

Case Manager

One of the most rewarding aspects of working with clients at Youth Intensive Services is you get to see them make progress towards their treatment goals and become invested in improving their behaviors so they can return to their families.

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services since September 2020
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Westminster College
  • Attending Youngstown State University pursuing a Master of Social Work

On a day-to-day basis, I meet with residents to assess treatment needs.  I also aid in developing, monitoring progress, and evaluating treatment plans; and take them to any necessary appointments. I act as an advocate for my clients on my caseload.

Why My Work Matters

“It is rewarding to follow up with clients after their discharge and ensure they are maintaining their progress in their home environment.”

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Kyle Moore

District Lead of Youngstown Community
Previous Role(s): Behavior Intervention Specialist

The most rewarding part about working with children is seeing the difference from when they first enter the program and when they come to the end of their time in the program.

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services since 2018
  • Education: Bachelor’s in Communications, Minor in Marketing from Youngstown State University
  • Certifications: PBIS Training

In my current position I am responsible for data entry for Youngstown Community such as Disciplines, Attendance, and Ohio Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths. I also communicate with parents to schedule assessments in order to enroll students into our school-based program. I am also responsible to conduct sessions with students in order to help them

Why My Work Matters

“Being able to see children recognize their progress as they go through the program is so important. I want to be able to see kids 10 to 15 years from now doing well and using some of the skills I helped them develop.”

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Michele Reynolds

Residential Group Living Manager

“The most rewarding part of my work is seeing the change in youth who have experienced emotional, physical, and mental abuse.”

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services since September 2020
  • Education: Master of Social Work and Licensed Social Worker from Youngstown State and Cleveland State Universities

I oversee the daily operation of the residential facility.

 Why My Work Matters

“The staff at YIS is professional, creative, and always looking to serve our clients with innovative ideas.”

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Della Rivers

VR/Admin/Outpatient Case Management/Respite/Wraparound

What sets Youth Intensive Services apart from other agencies in the area is the heart that goes into the treatment.

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services for under 3 years
  • Education: Graduate of National College
  • Certifications: RBT, Wraparound

I work with clients to assist in achieving pre-determined treatment plan goals.

Why My Work Matters

“Our clients know we are here for them and care about their outcomes.”

Lynndy Sharisky

Lynnda Sharisky

District Lead, Hubbard Exempted Village Schools

“Having the ability to watch as they grow emotionally and mentally towards no longer requiring services is amazing.”

At a glance

  • Started at Youth Intensive Services in October 2014
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in psychology from Youngstown State University

I have been employed at Youth Intensive Services since October 2014 and currently serve as the district lead at Hubbard Exempted Village Schools. I also was a behavior intervention specialist at Hubbard prior to my current role.

I attended Youngstown State University where I majored in elementary education, with a minor in psychology. 

My primary responsibilities include one-on-one interventions with clients, receiving referrals from the school and following up with intakes, scheduling assessments, etc.

Why my work matters

I thoroughly enjoy watching the growth that our clients make.

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Sarah Sittig

District Lead, Girard School-Based Program
Previous Role(s): Behavioral Intervention Specialist

The most rewarding part about my work with children is the relationships and trust that we build with our clients.”

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services since July 2018
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts is Psychology from Youngstown State University
  • Currently pursuing a Master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Austin Peay State University

My day-to-day responsibilities are to maintain communication with other YIS staff, family members of our clients, and the school district to make sure the counseling and behavioral interventions we provide are effective and efficient.

Why My Work Matters

It is rewarding to be able to watch our relationships develop, but to truly see the progress the children can make with just a little extra love and attention that makes it all worth it.”

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Corey Strozier

Vocational Rehabilitation Program Manager

“One of the most rewarding things about working with children is having the opportunity to provide clients and families with positive male role-models, which are often missing in the youths’ lives.”

 

At a glance

  • Started at Youth Intensive Services in September 2014
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Youngstown State University

In his role, Cory supervises the day-to-day operations, as well as the staff of four YIS programs. His daily focus is on program development, program implementation, service delivery and client/consumer/staff satisfaction.

Why my work matters

“I believe Youth Intensive Services genuinely cares about our clients, consumers and families we work with. We focus on the quality of services versus the quantity of services across our programs. As an agency, we realize the importance and significance of forming and building relationships in regard to providing services.

“Youth Intensive Services prides itself in the courteous, caring and professional manner in which its employees conduct themselves and interact with consumers and stakeholders throughout the community.”

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Desirae Thompson

Chief Operating Officer

“We strive to provide and maintain a very family-oriented agency that is innovative with our service delivery.”

At a glance

  • Started with Youth Intensive Services in June 2009
  • Education: Master’s degree in community counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Youngstown State University
  • Certifications: certified Ohio behavior analyst, board certified behavior analyst, chemical dependency counselor, licensed behavioral specialist, licensed professional clinical counselor supervisor

Desirae oversees the day-to-day operations of the entire agency.

Why my work matters

As an agency, we understand that one service doesn’t fit all. We go above and beyond to meet the needs of our families, providing individualized treatment.

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Deymonne Winford

District Lead, Brookfield School District
Previous Role(s): Behavioral Intervention Specialist

 

“’Be the change you want to see.’ Children are impressionable. They need to see that they are here for a purpose. They are loved despite their mistakes

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services for three years
  • Attended Central State University and Youngstown State University majoring in Elementary Education

My daily duties consist of ensuring that staff properly service our clientele. I am also responsible for maintaining good working relationships with school administration and teachers.

 

Why My Work Matters

I am making a difference in the lives of children every day.”

Shawn Hunter-Little

Counselor

Integrity is a characteristic exhibited throughout Youth Intensive Services to provide strong moral principles to meet the needs of the individual in their care.”

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services since September 2014
  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Community Ministry from Geneva Bible College, Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary, Associates in Applied Science from Youngstown State University
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • National Board of Certified Counselors

My responsibilities include providing mental health services to adolescents through individual and family counseling.

 

Why My Work Matters

“I find it rewarding when the adolescent begins to realize the potential, they have inside of them to make positive changes in their life for life.”

“I believe YIS really cares about the individual and tries to ensure that the best all-around care is provided. They care about not just mental health, substance abuse, and schooling, but also independent life skills, social interaction, and the opportunity to experience outside activities from the residential facilities such as trips to galleries, museums, and prom.”

Pamela Rhodes

School-Based Counselor/Outpatient Mental Health

Youth Intensive Services operates from a strength-based approach and embraces diversity and inclusiveness.”

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services since August 2019
  • Education: Master of Arts in English from Youngstown State University, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from University of Akron
  • Licensed Social Worker

My responsibilities include providing counseling to clients, assisting them with dealing with trauma and processing difficult emotions. I also focus on helping clients build positive coping skills and identify their strengths to help them improve self-esteem and feel confident that they can face future challenges successfully.

Why My Work Matters

“Through the initiatives at YIS, clients feel seen, understood, and empowered to become the best version of themselves.”

Rochelle Robinson

Respite Services/Vocational Rehabilitation Services/Case Manager/Co-Facilitator of SNAP Group

Youth Intensive Services (YIS) is a family-centered and family-focused organization. YIS understands and embraces the concept “it takes a village.” When working with a client, YIS provides support for the family entity.”

At A Glance

  • Employed with Youth Intensive Services since November 2020
  • Education: PhD in Human Services specialization in Social and Community services from Capella University, Master of Business Administration from Youngstown State University

I work with youth and young adults as they build social and/or educational training skills to meet and achieve their goals.

 

Why My Work Matters

“Youth Intensive Services (YIS) goes that extra mile for clients and their families.  I know first-hand of the care and dedication YIS provides. YIS provided services for my family before I began employment with the organization. At the time, we were receiving services from several agencies.  I was impressed with the services provided by YIS. The quality of care my family received was the leading factor in my choosing to join this team.”

Contact one of our staff members at 330-318-3436.