Qualified. Caring. Supportive. All words that describe the people who create the healing environment that is Hopewell.
This remarkable team nurtures and challenges our residents as they work together in our farm community. Hopewell's program is developed and supervised by licensed mental health providers with many years of experience in a variety of settings. Clinicians are active in resident and family counseling, case coordination, psychiatric and medication management and discharge transitions.
We are licensed and accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and licensed and certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH).
Colleen makes sure Hopewell’s day-to-day operations run smoothly and that program staff are working to benefit our residents. She has worked in the mental health field since 1996 and started at Hopewell in 2003.
An advocate of Hopewell's treatment model, Colleen believes that residents can recover. Her patient and supportive attitude helps people find meaning and motivation in their lives.
In addition to her management responsibilities, Colleen conducts our horsemanship groups and equine- assisted learning sessions. She is certified in the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) model. Horses and the farm are her passions.
As a licensed social worker and licensed professional clinical counselor, Daniel views treatment with a holistic approach. He was immediately drawn to the healing power of the Hopewell environment and program. Daniel's responsibilities as Clinical Director include overseeing Admissions & Intake, supervision of the Clinical Team, supervising counseling interns, overseeing all clinical aspects of the Hopewell program and serving on the marketing and program committees of the board of directors. Daniel also maintains a caseload of residents and provides individual and group counseling services to residents. From working in a pre-release prison program in Montana to long-term residential treatment programs in Maine to providing individual, family, and group counseling in Youngstown, Ohio, Daniel's experience brings a well-rounded perspective to his work at Hopewell. In his free time, Daniel is an artist-welder creating sculptures from salvaged steel.
Candace Carlton, LISW-S, RSP
Candace is the one who keeps us on track here at Hopewell. Using her exceptional organizational skills, she oversees our accreditations with a variety of mental health licensing organizations (CARF Surveyor) and collects our research data. Candace does double duty as a clinician, counseling residents and leading group sessions. She also is a Client Rights Officer. According to Candace, working with people in need and seeing them flourish and recover inspires her every day since she joined us in 2000. She believes in the power of Hopewell's beautiful natural setting to heal
Healing happens at Hopewell, and Laura is grateful to be part of each resident’s journey toward recovery. The serenity of the farm and the power of the community impressed Laura when, while completing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University, she first arrived at Hopewell as an intern. After finishing her graduate studies and obtaining state licensure, Laura was pleased to join the staff as a clinician. As a licensed professional counselor, Laura provides individual counseling and facilitates therapeutic groups. She believes in working with both residents and their families to cooperatively and creatively nurture personal change in a holistic manner that respects the dignity and value of each person.
Anne (Annie) appreciates the holistic approach Hopewell takes to understanding mental health. As a clinician, Annie employs this approach in her work with Hopewell’s residents as they and their families navigate their healing and recovery journeys individually and in group settings.
She achieved her BA in Psychology from Malone University and a M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University. Prior to her transition into Hopewell’s community, she worked in a community setting, providing in-home therapeutic services while working with children, adolescents, and adults. In her free time, Annie enjoys watching and playing soccer, listening to podcasts, spending time with her family and animals, and refinishing furniture.
Clare has been profoundly shaped by Hopewell’s therapeutic community as a person and a professional. She came to Hopewell as an intern while completing her Master’s Degree in Counseling & Art Therapy at Ursuline College. She now co-manages Hopewell’s art therapy program, oversees Hopewell’s Farm & Craft Market operations, and provides individual and group counseling services. She is grateful to align herself with Hopewell’s holistic and person-centered approach to treatment, to assist residents and their loved ones as they navigate this chapter of healing, and to recognize the strength and resiliency of each person who finds their way to Hopewell. In her free time, she enjoys making art, live music, and spending time with family, animals, and nature.
Cecelia, a licensed professional clinical counselor, recognizes Hopewell as a place where healing happens. Having worked in a variety of non-profit human service organizations in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and now Ohio, Cecelia’s approach to counseling is holistic, compassion-focused and person-centered. Her experiences have included working with those in violent relationships, providing support and guidance to people with HIV/AIDS, counseling individuals struggling with alcohol and other drug related issues, providing counseling to incarcerated individuals, and community work in inner-city neighborhoods.
In the Hopewell setting, Cecelia provides individual and group counseling where residents are encouraged to identify their strengths, skills, enjoyment, and dreams in order to develop a vision for their future. As this vision forms, Cecelia and a resident collaborate to create a realistic plan to help the resident achieve his or her goals for a lasting, meaningful recovery.
Cecelia and her husband enjoy traveling, spending time with children and grandchildren, and taking hikes through the woods. In her free time, Cecelia enjoys nature photography. She also practices qigong as a way to maintain balance in her busy life.
Tim Bitting is the Outreach Manager at Hopewell, ensuring the nation and community are familiar with our incredible program. Tim has his BS from Penn State University and his MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University.
Tim is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys weekend trips to his families hunting complex in the rural mountains of West Virginia. He says it is a much needed respite, a chance to unplug from technology and re-tune his inner being with the peace and serenity nature provides.
Jennifer is very interested in fitness and nutrition and how it impacts our mind and body. In 2011 Jennifer learned of Hopewell’s Farm to Table philosophy, and joined our staff. Jennifer worked here as head cook for 5 years, where she could be creative with her passion of whole nutrition and how it works to heal the mind and body.
Jennifer became Hopewell’s Food Service Manager and Wellness Educator in 2016. She is implementing more Mediterranean-style menus to Hopewell’s dining. She also brings fitness classes and nutrition advice to Hopewell residents, whether for weight loss or overall well-being.
Jennifer trained in Cleveland and earned her Personal Trainer Certification in 2007, and was recertified in 2018. She grew up in and has lived in the local area all of her life. She cannot imagine a more serene setting for a therapeutic farm than right here in Mesopotamia.
Dr. Martha Schinagle is Hopewell's psychiatrist. Martha values Hopewell's humanistic and holistic approach to treatment and feels privileged to work with our phenomenal group of dedicated clinicians. Martha firmly believes that interaction with nature is important and healing. Each week, Martha consults with Hopewell clinicians about residents' progress and medication. She spends time counseling residents who need one-on-one support. Martha also works at University Hospitals in the Mood Disorder Program as a clinician, researcher and teacher. She has 20 years of experience treating with people with psychotic and mood disorders. Born and raised in the Cleveland area, Martha received her BA from Hampshire College and her MD from Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Harvard's Massachusetts Mental Health Center training program.
Don brings more than thirty years of experience in development and nonprofit management to support Hopewell’s vital mission of service to people experiencing mental illness. A Northeast Ohio resident since 2000, Don has raised funds for several regional health and human service organizations including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the Achievement Centers for Children. He most recently served as Director of Development for Great Lakes Theater, a resident company of Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. Don remains active with several community theater groups as an actor, director and producer, winning local and statewide awards for his performances. He also practices as a professional wedding officiant, licensed by the State of Ohio. Don lives with his wife, Kate, and their twin sons Lucas and Victor in Chagrin Falls.
Darlene was drawn to Hopewell's approach of addressing mental health as a community in an agricultural setting. She has a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Education, and an Associate degree in Accounting. Prior to joining Hopewell, she was a teacher, advisor, and mentor, working with mental health issues and abuse in youth.
Rick first came to Hopewell in 2001 as an independent contractor and assumed his position as Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds later that year. He also has been Safety Officer since 2006, ensuring that Hopewell remains in full compliance with every regulatory agency. Rick staffs the Buildings & Grounds Committee of the Board. He is also a member of the staff Leadership Team, Performance Improvement Committee and Farm Committee and chairs the Safety Committee.
Dave Shute helps the Hopewell team successfully care for our residents. He has more than 25 years of experience as an executive, consultant, and trusted advisor. Dave has an MBA and an MA in English Literature, and brings extensive experience in health care and in strategy to the Hopewell team, which he first learned as a consultant at McKinsey & Company Inc.
In his free time, Dave is the author of a Walt Disney World website and guidebook.
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