Kristina Port, MPA – Chair
Kristina finished the Leadership Geauga County program in 2003, and was seeking a board position that matched her skill sets within healthcare, and leadership experience in her professional life. Since 2003, she has served on the Board of Directors as an officer of the executive committee. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a Masters in Public Administration with a focus in Healthcare Administration. She has a passion to give back to the community; she serves as an elected township trustee and is a neurodiagnostic technologist who’s cared for many patients over the years.
Her personal reason for wanting to serve Ravenwood; the recent suicide of a family member. Knowing this individual’s intent, motivation, state for self-harm, did not stop this suicide. Of course one always replays in their mind: “Did I try to convince them life is worth living? Did I reach out to their family and other mental health agencies to try and enlist aid? Is there some way that I could have prevented this?” These are all questions that many clients ask in their journey to both physical health and mental health. Kristina is not alone in noting Ravenwood’s myriad of services provided by counselors in guiding answers to questions posed. The agency demonstrated the depth and scope of an individual needing mental health services and Kristina has the energy to advocate on its behalf. Kristina knows that the questions raised are common, and that Ravenwood Health has teams and programs in place to address the best environment for providing hope and healing to those in need.
Community involvement of note include serving on the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) Government Advocacy Committee 2005-2016, JoAnn Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute graduate (2008), and serving as an elected official in Russell Township (2008-2012, 2020-2024). Kristina is a first-time grandmother and cherishes what the future holds for her grandson.
Mary Beth O’Neill – Vice-President
Mary Beth O’Neill serves as Board Vice President. Her sister was diagnosed with Schizophrenia when she was 14 years old and her parents took on the mental health cause serving with NAMI in Buffalo, NY for over 35 years. Mary Beth joined the Ravenwood Board because of her family’s dedication as well as her desire to give back.
She also serves on the Development Committee and helps with fundraising and planning events. She serves as the Secretary, Development Committee Chairperson and is the Chairperson for the annual Twilight Soiree for the Foundation for Geauga Parks, which supports the parks throughout the county. Additionally, she is on the Advancement Committee for Leadership Geauga and is a Leadership Geauga Class of 2008 graduate.
Mary Beth is a real estate agent with over 20 years experience throughout NE Ohio. Prior to that, she was in retail management traveling throughout the U.S. for 25 years. She enjoys establishing relationships with people, especially throughout Geauga County to help promote Ravenwood Health’s causes. She is passionate about Geauga County and all that Ravenwood does to help Geauga Countians and is always amazed with Ravenwood’s staff and their dedication to help those who need mental health and addiction services.
Brian Jones, CPA – Treasurer & Secretary
Brian Jones serves as Board Treasurer and Secretary.
Matthew Jacob Shupe, JD
Matthew J. Shupe is a resident of Geauga County who joined Ravenwood Health’s Board of Directors to support his neighbors. He was raised in an environment with people struggling to manage their own addiction and mental health problems. Matthew’s goal is to “pay it forward” after he personally benefited from community mental health services such as those offered by Ravenwood Health. He has served as Ravenwood Health’s Treasurer being responsible for accounting for Ravenwood Health’s funds, and for observing proper meeting formalities and records of all Ravenwood Health Board of Director meetings.
Matthew is a practicing attorney who has the privilege of representing Ohioans living with physical and mental impairments before various federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs. This grants him insight into the signs, symptoms, and course of treatment of people living with addiction and other mental health impairments. Because applications for disability take months if not years to process, he also has ample experience connecting clients to vital community resources such as those provided by Ravenwood Health.
Matthew is a founding member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Social Security & Disability Section where he has served as an officer since 2017. He also interviews law students preparing to sit for the Ohio bar exam as a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Bar Admissions Committee. Matthew is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars organized by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Ohio Association for Justice. He has spoken on panels regarding federal court litigation, lobbied on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. for the rights of the disabled, and appeared on TV and radio to discuss current issues in disability law.
Heather Argenti currently participates in the Fundraising & Marketing committee, aids in website and online marketing initiatives and also provides introductory support for individuals interested in joining the Ravenwood Health Board of Directors. The mission of Ravenwood Health as well as the services offered are very important to Heather on a personal level. Like so many, her family has been impacted by mental health and addiction in profound ways.
Having services available for those in crisis, and continued support for patients and their families’, is critical. Not knowing where to turn in a time of need or crisis is excruciating, and when the opportunity presented itself to learn about and ultimately join the Board at Ravenwood Health Heather knew it would be a wonderful opportunity. Fast forward a few years and she is on her second term, and continue to strive to provide meaningful contribution to ultimately aid Ravenwood Health in reaching those in need as well as sharing the information and support that is out there and available in the community.
Professionally Heather’s background is focused in helping small businesses and nonprofit organizations with their websites and online marketing initiatives. She works with a variety of small businesses in Northeast Ohio, and also volunteers services for a handful of local nonprofit organizations. One of her great passions is animal rescue, and for the last five years Heather and her husband have volunteered with a local rescue group to foster and rehabilitate dogs. To date they have had 35+ dogs come through their home!
Ruth Ann Gingerich
Ruth Ann saw the need for help in mental, drug and alcohol addiction services in the Amish Community and decided to come forward as an advocate. She has friends affected with these challenges and saw the opportunity to get involved with Ravenwood Health as a beneficial impact.
Ruth Ann’s role is raising funds to help with mental health and addiction needs, focusing on wellness and helping people be their best selves! She truly enjoys helping others, also volunteering her time at The Geauga Amish Historical Library, as well as teaching others how to earn residual income on a regular basis.
Being on the board of Ravenwood Health has given Ruth Ann the opportunity to help address the need for help with mental health, drug and alcohol addiction within the Amish Community.
Ruth Ann looks forward to serving not only the Amish Community but the Community of Geauga County!
Tony Glauser joined the Ravenwood Health Board because he believes in the mission and has seen what a difference proper mental health care can make in a person’s life. His role is overseeing the organization in its mission with a specific concentration on the finance and accounting side.
Mr. Glauser serves as Chief Financial Officer of NeoGraf Solutions, a manufacturer of specialty graphite materials. Prior to joining NeoGraf, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Fives North American Combustion, a French owned producer of industrial combustion equipment and systems serving customers globally. He has also served as Chief Financial Officer of General Aluminum Manufacturing Company, a supplier of aluminum castings primarily for the automotive industry. Earlier in his career, Mr. Glauser worked for Keycorp, Ferro Corporation, and Avery Dennison in various finance roles. Mr. Glauser received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Kent State University and his Master of Business Administration from John Carroll University.
Mindy C. Hughes, MSSA, has dedicated her career to working with children, youth, and families in Northeast Ohio and values Ravenwood’s commitment to the health, healing, and empowerment of individuals, families, and our community. As a Ravenwood Health Board Member, she uses her experience to support Ravenwood’s mission and the exceptional work of Ravenwood Health and its employees.
Mindy C. Hughes, MSSA, works at Lake County Job & Family Services, Caley Home Program Manager. Having worked for Lake County since 2001, Ms. Hughes has worked in the field of child welfare since 2004. Prior to her current role managing the county’s group home for youth in foster care, Ms. Hughes focused on preparing vulnerable teens and young adults for independence and adulthood after foster care. In addition to direct practice experience, Ms. Hughes offers lessons learned through her participation on numerous local, regional, and statewide collaborations dedicated to best practice in serving children and families, including the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services the statewide Advisory Council for the implementation of Bridges, extending housing and other essential supports necessary for emancipating foster youth to achieve self-sufficiency. Ms. Hughes serves on the Lake County Workforce Development Board Youth Council and as the board chairperson for One Step at a Time, Lake County. Prior to coming to the field of child welfare in 2004, Ms. Hughes received her master’s degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences with a concentration in Community Development and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Heidelberg University.
Janice Katz has been a Board member since 2014, having joined Ravenwood Health’s Board of Directors because she has been impressed with the programs at Ravenwood for a number of years. As a retired clinical psychologist, she is passionately committed to supporting positive mental health efforts and believes in the mission of Ravenwood to empower individuals and families in that endeavor. Her role on the Board is to support Ravenwood leaders in their efforts to execute the mission of the organization.
She had 42 years of clinical experience prior to her retirement. She worked with children, adolescents and adults in every mental health diagnostic category. She started a program called BART’s Place for children of hospitalized psychiatric patients to help them understand their parent’s illness and clarify they were not responsible for mom or dad’s going to the hospital. She has also made many presentations at meetings and was on local television regarding mental health.
In the greater community, she has had 3 therapy dogs who “worked” at area hospitals. She is an avid animal photographer and enjoys “shooting” dogs in their homes and close ups of water lilies. She is known for her quirky sense of humor!
Sylvia Mustonen, DO, FACOFP, AHRMQR
Dr. Sylvia Mustonen’s personal affinity for mental health and substance abuse disorders, as well as her professional experience in treating both situations led her to Ravenwood Health. She provides clinical expertise and viewpoints to pertinent issues that come before the Ravenwood Board. She is a retired Family Physician, member emeritus of the Federation of State Medical Boards, Adjunct Clinical Professor Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Mustonen engages in the community and enjoys duplicate bridge, gardening, visits to the Cleveland Science Center and Cleveland Museum of Art, and enjoys periodic golfing.
Erika Kura joined Ravenwood Health as a Board Member in May of 2018 and serves on the Development Committee. She is responsible for guiding the nonprofit in its mission along with aiding in fundraising and marketing efforts. She has over 10 years of marketing experience and owns a digital marketing consulting business. Ravenwood and its mission are important to her because mental health and addiction impacts everyone. Additionally, she understands the importance of community outreach, access, and resources for those in need and she has a passion for improving community health. Erika is currently studying Public Health (MPH) and Social Work (MSW) at Case Western Reserve University. She is heavily engaged in prevention work, public health promotion, and is a member of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR), The Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence (OAESV), and the American Public Health Association (APHA).
Valerie Rutherford, MSW, BA, ADN, LISW-S, RN
Valerie Rutherford decided to join the Ravenwood Health Board of Directors because she is passionate about mental health, and she values giving back to the community. It is important to her personally to work toward destigmatizing mental health and addiction. Mental health conditions and addiction do not impact individuals alone, but instead have a ripple effect on families, friends and communities. She believes every person should have access to comprehensive, affordable services that are tailored to their needs. She aligns with Ravenwood Health’s vision and mission and is proud to be affiliated with an organization that values mental health and addiction services.
Valerie is an independently licensed, Master’s level clinical social worker who has been practicing in the field of mental health since 2004. Throughout her career, she has provided clinical counseling and clinical supervision in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. She is currently a Counseling Specialist at Kent State University, Geauga Campus and is a Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
In general, her role as a Board Member involves advocating for mental health and addiction services by supporting the mission of Ravenwood Health. More specifically, it is her responsibility to contribute by providing direction for the organization through the development of goals and a strategic plan that act as a guide in meeting the needs of the community.
Interested in becoming a Ravenwood Health Board Member?
Join a team of mental health and addiction services professionals by volunteering your time as a Member of the Ravenwood Health Board of Directors. We are seeking local professionals and individuals who have talent and time to share.
On any given day, we service many different clients—children, youth, adults, and families—with approximately 4,000 individuals embracing our services on an annual basis. Often in our offices, we also visit a client at their home, within a school, or even community centers. Our clinical and administrative team has grown to over 160 employees with an annual budget of over $9 million.
Board Members meet the last Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm, at a centralized Ravenwood Health facility. Frequently, we meet for an hour and a half, eight times throughout the year. Members are encouraged to contribute individual gifts, discuss corporate grants with their employers, and influence inner circles to share in their generosity as appropriate.
The Board votes on policy issues that cover a broad spectrum of topics and approve the agency budget and financials. Our maximum Board membership is fifteen. We are seeking a broad representation from residents of Geauga County as well as contiguous counties and communities, which Ravenwood also serves.
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