Telebehavioral Health Providers

Jeff Allen, LISW-S, LICDC-CS:
Mr. Allen has thirty-one years of experience in the behavioral health field, beginning as a Crisis Hotline volunteer. 
Mr. Allen was assigned to HQ USAREUR & 7th Army, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence in Heidelberg, Germany.  He subsequently served in the Ohio National Guard, 2nd of the 107th Armored Cavalry Unit.  Mr. Allen is a graduate of the 7th Army Non-Commissioned Officer (Bad Tolz, Germany), NIATx, and Zero Suicide Academies.    

Mr. Allen holds a Masters of Social Science in Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cleveland, Ohio.  He is licensed as a LISW-S and LICDC-CS in the state of Ohio.  Mr. Allen has received specialized training in Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment, Drug Courts, Mobile Response Stabilization Service (MRSS), Assertive Community Treatment, and Motivational Interviewing.  He served as an instructor for Social Work classes at Stark State College in North Canton, Ohio and has experience in public speaking and training. 

Mr. Allen has a broad array of experience providing direct service in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse arenas, leading performance and quality improvement initiatives, and serving in various leadership roles of increasing responsibility.  He orchestrated the design and implementation of a prison diversion program and was a member of the design and implementation team for an adult drug court in Stark County, Ohio and a juvenile drug court in Medina, Ohio. 

Mr. Allen led the design and implementation of the countywide 24/7 Adult MRSS program in Stark County, Ohio in May 2016 in collaboration with the Stark County Sheriff’s Department and StarkMHAR.  The service expanded to the 21 law enforcement agencies in the county, and the program added a Youth MRSS Team in October 2017.  The Ohio Attorney General recognized the program in June 2018.  Mr. Allen has served as a MRSS consultant for the Center for Innovative Practices and OhioMHAS.  
Mr. Allen currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer with Alternative Paths, Inc. in Medina, Ohio.  He is an Eagle Scout recipient and two-time Ironman Triathlon finisher. 

Ron Blue, LPCC-S, CDCA: 
Ron Blue has been a mental health therapist since 2009, beginning as a night shift emergency services counselor for Alternative Paths in Medina County. Mr. Blue then served the Medina County Common Pleas Court as the Mental Health Court Clinician for the Honorable James L. Kimbler for 6 years. Mr. Blue served as a community based therapist at Lodi Hospital and in the Buckeye School system in Medina County. Currently Mr. Blue is Licensed by the state of Ohio as a LPCC-S and CDCA. He specializes working with pre-adolescents and adolescents and their families who experience mental health issues and substance abuse problems.  Ron’s main areas of focus includes post-traumatic stress disorder, mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders and chemical dependence disorders. 

Ron is certified to teach Mental Health First Aid (certified by the National Council for Behavioral Health) and QPR, our Question, Persuade and Refer (in SAMSHA’s National Registry of Evidence Based Practices and Policies). Ron is an advocate for Mental Health support and speaks frequently at the local High School and Middle Schools on related topics.

Prior to beginning his career in counseling Ron served as a helicopter pilot in the 2nd Armor Division at Ft Hood Tx, US Army. He has 11 years experience working in Corporate America and 10 years experience working as a Pastor to Families and Youth at a local church in Medina. Ron received his clinical training at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. When he is not doing counseling he enjoys spending time with his family, working with his dog and experiencing nature.

Krystal Gesicki, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC-GAMB, CCTP:
Krystal is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervisory Designation and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor with Gambling Endorsement in the state of Ohio. Additionally, Krystal has completed the training requirements and earned certification as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Krystal has completed extensive training in dialectical behavior therapy. In 2014, Krystal graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Master of Science in Social Administration with a focus in adult mental health.

Krystal has extensive work in individual and group counseling, providing substance use disorder, mental health and dual-diagnosis services. Krystal has experience in providing counseling to the specific needs of women. Combined with motivational strategies, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapy, Krystal provides and individual-centered counseling approach.

Krystal has been with Alternative Paths since April of 2017, serving in the role of substance abuse counselor and mental health day treatment coordinator.  Currently, Krystal serves as the Clinical Director of Alternative Paths.

Shannon Holb, LISW-S:
Shannon joined Alternative Paths in May of 2017. She is a licensed independent social worker with a supervision designation. Shannon received her bachelor's degree in Social Work from Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey, and her master's degree in Social Work from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Shannon's professional work history includes working as a counselor in the public and private school environments, community mental health, and private practice working with clients in all stages of life. Professional specialties include EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), trauma, family systems theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, ego state work, depression, anxiety, adjustment concerns, and personality disorders.

Samantha Kost, LISW-S:
Samantha Kost has eight years of experience in the behavioral health field, beginning as a school-based social worker.
Samantha holds a Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Akron, in Akron, OH. She is licensed as an LISW-S in the state of Ohio.  Samatha has received specialized training in trauma-informed care, yoga, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and suicide and risk assessment.

Samantha has a broad array of experience providing direct service in the fields of mental health and substance abuse. She has worked in youth residential treatment, schools, and an outpatient counseling setting with both adults and youth.

Samantha currently serves as a school-based mental health therapist with Alternative Paths, Inc. in Medina, Ohio.  She provides mental health services to the youth in Cloverleaf Local Schools.  She also works with both youth and adults in the Alternative Paths, Inc. outpatient office in Lodi, Ohio.  Samantha enjoys practicing yoga and spending time with her family on their homestead.

Eric Steiner, LISW-S:
Eric M. Steiner, is a Licensed Independent Social Worker – Supervision Designation, CSWMF Board State of Ohio.  He is employed by Alternative Paths, Inc.  He has previous experience with all facets of mental health and substance abuse interventions with 40 + years of a broad range of experience. He is also accredited in Cognitive Behavior Therapy at the Feeling Good Institute as a Level 1 TEAM Therapist.  His treatment philosophy is to validate each person’s individual needs and assist them in deciding what problems they want to address and providing them different ways to explore their thinking and path of recovery.

Forensic Team

Gail Houk, LPCC-S
Krystal DeVore, LISW
Kimberly Kremieniewski, LISW
Lauren Rohal, LISW
Alexis Lee, LISW