Michele Melaragno – Founding Director

Michele has been approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Supervising - Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the Ohio Counseling Association.  She received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2006 and her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University.  Prior to founding Spirit of Peace Clinical Counseling, she was with WellSpring Counseling for over 6 years.  Michele ...

Joe Geig – Executive Director

Joe is a Supervising Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. He is also a Certified Sexual & Relational Recovery Specialist, approved by the Compulsive Sexual Behavior & Partner Trauma Institute (CSBPTI). Joe has worked in various business venues using his organizational and people skills. ...

Jodi Schermerhorn – Clinical Director

Jodi has been approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She is also a registered Play Therapist Supervisor under the American Association for Play Therapists. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and American and Ohio Play Therapy Associations. Jodi received her Master of Education in Community Counseling degree from the University of Dayton. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Ohio Wesleyan University. She has an extensive background ...

Jeanette Manchester

Jeanette has been approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  Jeanette received her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Trevecca Nazarene University, in Nashville, TN in 2008. She also studied worship music at the Bachelor's level at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Jeanette brings to Spirit of Peace a variety of counseling and other professional experiences; including working with children who have Autism, children and adolescents who have behavioral and educational difficulties, ...

Mary Massie

Mary has been approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Supervising - Licensed Independent Social Worker. She receiver her Master of Social Work degree in 1991, from Smith College School for Social Work, in Massachusetts. Mary also holds a  Bachelor of Science degree in Family Relations & Human Development from the Ohio State University. She has extensive experience counseling individual, families, and groups, in both outpatient and inpatient mental health settings. Mary has taught in the field of Early Childhood ...

Mary T. (Terri) Johnston

Terri has been approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Supervising – Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  She is a member of the Ohio Counseling Association and the Association for Play Therapy.  She received her Master of Science in Education and Allied Professions in 2005 from the University of Dayton. Prior to joining Spirit of Peace Clinical Counseling, she was with WellSpring Counseling for over 5 years. Terri is a Registered Play Therapist, a Certified Trauma and Loss Specialist-Clinical, and has extensive training in EMDR. Contact Terri Phone: 614-442-7650 ext. 6 Email: [email protected] Clientele Children (3+) Couples Families Individual Marital Areas of ...

Jennifer Shonk

Jennifer is registered with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  She received her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in December 2013 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology/Chemical Dependency from Ohio Christian University in Circleville in 2011. Jennifer is a member of the American Counseling Association. She has extensive experience in management and much volunteer experience which includes assisting non-profit organizations, and helping with the elderly population in nursing home settings. Jennifer is also a certified clinical trauma ...

Ashley Daugherty

Ashley is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Licensed Independent Social Worker.  She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.  She received her Master of Social Work degree from Walden University and her Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Dominican University.   Ashley specializes in working with children, adolescents, families/caregivers, and adults in many areas.  Ashley has worked in the school setting with adolescents that have behavioral and educational difficulties and has extensive experience in working with trauma as well ...

Todd Warren

Todd is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Psychology from Bluffton College, a Master of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He is also a Certified Case Manager, approved by the Commission for Case Management Certification. Todd has served in a variety of roles, such as Community Based Counseling and Hospice Chaplaincy. His personal mission is ...

Shawna Blunt

Shawna has been approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary, and is a member of The American Counseling Association.  Shawna also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Science from the Ohio State University. Shawna specializes in working with children of all ages, and is excited to be working towards becoming a registered Play Therapist.  Shawna also has experience working with ...

Julie Stalford

Julie is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Licensed Social Worker.  She is a member of the Clinical Social Work Association.  Julie also holds a Bachelors in Social Work and a Bachelors in Spanish from Bradley University as well as a Master of Arts in Clinical Social Work from Ohio University.  Her Masters research included "Factors influencing Emotional Intelligence in young adults." Prior work experience includes extensive work overseas as a coordinator for Peace Corps, Paraguay in ...

Pat Scholz

Pat has been approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Supervising - Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and Ohio Counseling Association.  She received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2000.  Pat was accredited with the Association of Christian Counselors while living in England in the 90’s. Prior to joining Spirit of Peace Clinical Counseling, Pat was a counselor at WellSpring Counseling for 10 ...

Honor Worthington

Honor has been approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  She is a member of the C.G. Jung Association of Central Ohio and the Ohio Counseling Association.  She received her Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Counseling from The Athenaeum of Ohio, Mount St. Mary’s seminary of the West in 2006, and is a certified Spiritual Director.  Honor has practiced in a variety of settings, including Community Mental Health, Private Practice, and with The Counseling ...

Bethany De La Cruz

Bethany is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Bethany received her Master of Science degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from Spring Arbor University. Bethany believes that individuals can possess within themselves an ability to determine what is best for them in a given situation through God’s power and direction; this ability can be supported and grown within a safe and non-judgmental counseling ...

Heidi Walter

Heidi is registered with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Supervising- Licensed Independent Social Worker. She received her Master of Arts in Social Work from The University of Akron in 2013 and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bowling Green State University in 2011. Heidi is also a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor and has done extensive work in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. She also completed training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Contact Heidi Phone: 614-442-7650, Ext. 13 Email: [email protected] Clientele Adolescents & ...

Blake McHenry

Blake has been approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Licensed Professional Counselor. He holds a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Union Institute & University.  Blake is entering the Professional Counseling field after many years in business where he served as the Head of Human Resources for Taylor-Made Adidas Golf Company and most recently Yeti Coolers. Blake has extensive experience as an Executive Coach and brings a passion for others to the work. Contact Blake: Phone: 614-442-7650 Ext. 1 Email:

Ruth Friedman

Ruth has been approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as both a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Trainee and a Counselor Trainee, under the supervision of Michele Melaragno, MACPC, LPCC-S. As part of her clinical training through the University of Akron’s master’s program in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling, Ruth had the opportunity to work with a diverse array of couples and individuals. Additionally, she has completed Levels 1, 2, and 3 of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy training program. Prior to pursuing a career in couples and family ...

Edward Luersman

Edward has been approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Counselor Trainee under the supervision of Joe Geig, LPCC-S. Edward is completing his practicum and internship for his Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at The Ohio State University. Edward is entering the Professional Counseling field after several years working in the wholesale and retail plant nursery industry. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Plant Health Management from The Ohio State University. Contact Edward: Phone: 614-442-7650 Ext. 4 Email: [email protected] Clientele Couples/Marital Families Groups Individuals (Teens ...