Red Oak currently employs more than 140 individuals, with more than 100 direct service staff providing therapy and case management services.
All of our therapists are clinically trained and are educated at a master’s level. Whether you are a client of Red Oak within a local school, a senior living community, or a patient at the Barbara M. Vassel Comprehensive Care Center clinic, you can be assured you are working with a qualified and caring team.
“I have a passion for building and developing people, igniting new ideas and talent, and leaving the world better than I found it.”
Megan Kleidon has been a leader in the nonprofit and healthcare sectors since 2002 and has served as the CEO of Red Oak Behavioral Health since 2018. She has a master’s degree in community counseling from Towson University, is a member of Leadership Akron’s Signature Class 37, and chairs the Ohio Council Youth and Family Services Policy Committee. The proud mother of two boys, Megan loves Starbucks and exploring the trails in the Summit Metro Parks.
Kim Ventresca, LISW-S
Chief Operating Officer
“I knew when I was in high school that I wanted to help people heal from traumatic life experiences. I had a college professor who steered me towards social work as a way to achieve that goal and I’ve never looked back.”
Kim Ventresca has been in the social services sector since 2003 and joined Red Oak Behavioral Health in 2019. She has a Master of Science degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervisory Designation. Kim, her husband and son all play instruments and love family karaoke nights!
Michael Burke, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
“My goal is to give back to our clients and provide them with the opportunity to reach their potential.”
Michael Burke has served in the non-profit sector since 1999 and joined Red Oak Behavioral Health in 2019. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from The University of Akron and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has two grown sons, both of whom were born in Rwanda.
Ann Robson, LPCC-S
Director of Clinical Services
“I do this work because I believe in the strength and resilience of individuals, families and communities. I believe therapy provides us with a safe space to work through challenges and provides us with opportunities for change.”
Ann Robson has worked in the mental health field since 1986 and joined Red Oak Behavioral Health in 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, both from the University of Louisiana. Ann loves to read, travel adventurously, and spend time with her family.
Jennifer Puglia, LPCC-S
Director of Quality Improvement
“I was first drawn to working in mental health because I wanted to be a helper. After being in the field for many years, I stay because there is still so much more we can do to help people reach their goals and live their best lives.”
Jennifer Puglia has worked in the mental health field since 1998, and joined Red Oak Behavioral Health in 1999. She has a master’s degree in education in community counseling from Youngstown State University and holds a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with supervisory designation. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, and practicing yoga.
Jonathan Greer, OCPSA
Director of Mentoring & Prevention
“I believe that every person deserves equitable opportunities in life that propel them forward in the next steps of their journey.”
Jonathan Greer has been in the field of youth mentoring programs and services since 2002. An Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist Assistant (OCPSA), and author of two certified mentor curricula, he joined Red Oak Behavioral Health in 2019. Jonathan is an active gardener with skills in woodworking and welding.
Renee Richardson, SHRM-CP
Director of Human Resources
“My work provides me the opportunity to make a difference and be part of a lasting impact on our community.”
Renee Richardson has been in the field of human resources since 1995, and has been with Red Oak Behavioral Health since 2020. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Hiram College, and is certified by the Society for Human Resources Management as a HR Certified Professional. Renee has five beautiful daughters, and enjoys working on home projects, gardening, and spending time with her dogs.
Director of Health Informatics
“I have a passion for improving the lives of others by leveraging supportive technologies, especially in the area of behavioral health. We are changing lives every day!”
Robert Cassill has worked in Healthcare Information Technology since 1994 in both for-profit and nonprofit leadership roles and joined Red Oak Behavioral Health in 2019. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in technology from Bowling Green State University. Robert has a passion for learning and believes there is no growth inside the comfort zone. He is always challenging himself – most recently by beginning the study and practice of Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate.
Director of Development & Marketing
“I do this work at Red Oak because our children deserve a chance to be happy—to understand that life can be what you make of it and to know they have a place to always come to for safety and love.”
Stacey Giammarco has been working for corporate and non-profit organizations since 2001, and joined Red Oak Behavioral Health in 2018. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University with a major in public relations. Stacey is the mother of three beautiful children, a coach’s wife, and an avid Peloton enthusiast.
Revenue Cycle Manager
“I believe in the mission of Red Oak and the outstanding services we provide to our families and our community.”
Lesli Eisenhart has worked in Practice Management & Revenue Cycle Management since 1992 and joined Red Oak Behavioral Health in 2013. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Akron and is a former instructor in their Department of Allied Health. Lesli has played in a handbell choir for 19 years, and co-chairs a performing arts program at her church that provides community outreach in partnership with Akron Public Schools and the KSU Academy of Performing Arts at Firestone CLC.
Cindy Smith, LPCC-S
Manager of Therapy Services
“Turning away from someone’s need is fundamentally in opposition to everything I believe. I am incredibly fortunate to have found a home at Red Oak with like-minded people who make a difference every day.”
Cindy Smith has been in the field of mental health since 2003, joining Red Oak Behavioral Health in 2013. She graduated from Cincinnati Christian University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. Cindy played the trombone starting in 5th grade and continuing through college – that’s actually how she met her husband!
Intervention Services and School/Community Relations
“I love the City of Akron and want to see it thrive. I have seen firsthand how our collaborative approach to mental health works for our kids, and our team of therapists and case managers inspire me on a daily basis and bring hope to our community.”
Jaclyn Flossie has been working in community relations since 2007, and joined Red Oak Behavioral Health in 2010. She has a bachelor’s degree in public relations and communication from The University of Akron and is a Bridges out of Poverty Lifetime Certified Trainer. Jaclyn serves on the Downtown Akron Partnership Board and the Akron Woman’s City Club, and is also proud to be a part of the Flossie Football Family!
Vassel Practice Manager
“I love to help others and see people do well and be well.”
Shealanda Lewis has been in the healthcare sector since 1998, and joined Red Oak Behavioral Health in 2019. She has degrees in Business and Organizational Supervision and Healthcare Administration from the University of Akron. She also has a Certificate of Office Communication and Management from the University of Akron and a degree in Medical Assisting from Southern Ohio College. Shealanda loves watching sporting events and says she has been removed from a few due to her passion for the sport!
“I use my skills to help the community, helping those in need the best way I can.”
Michelle Woodard has served as an office assistant since 2005 and has been with Red Oak Behavioral Health since 2015. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bowling Green State University and is a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Michelle loves traveling and her favorite place is in the mountains.