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Jeanne Hitch, MEd, MA, LPC
Board Chairperson

Jeanne is the Project Manager for the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling Human Services and Adult Education and is a licensed professional counselor with diverse experience in many areas of education, healthcare, business, and government, in non-profit and for-profit environment. A certified health care executive, she has extensive experience working with faculty in many areas to create curriculum, and twenty years developing and implementing adult educational programs including critical skills assessments and interactive curriculum. Jeanne has developed a variety of programs for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, faculty, and residents. She has also worked as a Consulting Manager in Human Capital Services in the Healthcare and Government Business Unit creating and implementing grant-funded programs and facilitating strategic planning. Jeanne has 14 years experience administering grant funded-programs with 23 successful years initiating new programs and reinventing existing programs to improve outcomes. She is responsible for providing leadership and administration of all activities of MSSSC. She has implemented several educational pilot projects and conferences for a mixed audience of medical healthcare providers and serves on an expert panel for the Office on Women's Health. Current Projects include unique customized core preceptorship programs for medical teams with supplemental online curriculum, an innovative three-year program for family medicine residents, hospitals, outpatient clinics, home care, and nursing home and skilled facility training for medical staff.

Mark Cheren, EdD

has worked in the field of continuing medical education (continuing professional education in healthcare) for the past seventeen years, including six as Director of Continuing Medical Education at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He currently serves as president of Improvement Learning, LLC, where his work supports the improvement efforts of healthcare professionals. Mark is Editor in Chief for the web-based Healthcare Improvement Skills Center (HISC) (, and has faculty appointments at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Over the years he has also been active in the fields of higher education administration, organizational development and performance improvement. Other roles have included Administrative Coordinator (CEO), Campus-Free College, and Assistant Director, National Office of Personnel Training and Development, American Red Cross. Publications include: Learning Management, Emerging Directions for Learning to Learn in the Workplace. for the National Clearinghouse for Adult, Career and Vocational Education at the Ohio State University; A Manual for Program Advisors. for Campus Free College; and The Self-Directed Educator. for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

C. Wesley Jackson, Jr., PhD, ABPP

is a clinical psychologist in private practice and specializes in working with couples and individual adults. He has a special interest in measuring the positive behavioral changes resulting from couples therapy, and has developed a method for assessing these changes. He offers retirement issue workshops for those in pre-retirement, retirement, and of an age to retire but still working. Wes served as the Chair of GIC's Couple and Family and Small Systems Training Program for 25 years, and served as a member of GIC's Board of Governors, also for 25 years. He was a Professor of Psychology in the School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University for 10 years. He is Faculty Emeritus at GIC. Wes is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Clinical Psychology (ABPP), is a Certified Health Service Provider, Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and is a Fellow in the Academy of Clinical Psychology.

Rev. Brian T. Moore

is the CEO of Marketplace Christian Ministry Services, where he leads the vision and direction for this Christian agency that provides counseling, education, and ministerial leadership development. Reverend Moore is a licensed and ordained Chaplin. Mr. Moore is a community liaison in the city of Euclid where he links businesses, government, and church to work together on projects to improve the community. He is founder of the Northcoast Pastor and Ministry Alliance. Brian and his wife are the founding members of Kingdom Couples a marriage ministry dedicated to helping couples with maintaining their covenant of marriage. He is the Chief Operating Officer of Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc. This organization provides Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) to area businesses, facilitates counseling sessions, adolescent and adult substance abuse treatment, mediation services, and provides consultation services, it is a national organization that he and his wife began ten years ago. Brian Moore is currently attending a dual program at the McCreary Center for African American Religious Studies and Ashland Theological Seminary in preparation for his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree. Brian has worked in leadership in various non-profit and for profit organizations for the past 20 years, and brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and is an engaging and practical public speaker.

Ray Gonzalez, ACSW, LISW-S

is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Cognition and Recovery, LLC, a nonprofit joint venture of PLAN of NE Ohio, Inc. and JFSA of Cleveland, formed in September 2010. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of PLAN of NE Ohio, Inc. from May 1, 1989 until September 15, 2009. A graduate of The Ohio State University School of Social Work, he has been a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) since 1982 and a member of NAMI for over twenty years. Ray has more than 36 years of direct service, administration (including being the CEO of an Ohio Department of Mental Health Psychiatric Hospital) and program development for persons recovering from mental illnesses. He is a certified CET Coach (therapist), has co-lead four CET (Cognitive Enhancement Therapy) groups and is now focused full time on disseminating CET.

Cindy Lombardo, BA, MLS, PhD, MPA

is the COO and Deputy Director of The Cleveland Public Library and just completed the Gestalt Training Program. She is an author, has a PHD in education, masters degrees in both library science and public administration and a depth of experience in both public service and administration.

Sarah Littlefield, MEd

is the co-founder and executive director of Townsend Learning Center. Her educational and experiential background was integral to her vision for a learning center for children and adults where each person's unique gifts are recognized, where their barriers to learning are seen as opportunities to grow, to overcome, and to thrive in lifelong learning settings. In the last ten years, the highly individualized learning center programs have expanded to help disabled adults and injured workers return to challenging, high tech work environments.

Alex S Tomoff, CPA, LPC

Has wide range of experience over 30 years in financial accounting. His career includes "Big 4" public accounting and senior-level finance positions in private industry. He is a licensed professional counselor and also a graduate of the Gestalt Training Program, Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Alex has a private practice in Rocky River, Ohio specializing in nonprofit organizations and taxation.

David M. Liebenthal, PhD, JD

Dr. Liebenthal graduated from Western Reserve University with a B.B.A. in 1962, followed by graduation from The University of Chicago Law School in 1965. After working as a tax attorney for 9 years, first with a large Cleveland law firm, then at the U.S. Treasury Department, and then a large corporation, he realized that his interests were taking him in a different direction. He returned to school at Cleveland State University, picking up sufficient undergraduate Psychology classes to enter the graduate program, graduating with his M.A. degree in Community/Clinical Psychology from Cleveland State in 1976, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University in 1980. After working a few years for the Hines VAMC near Chicago, he returned to his home in Cleveland, and joined the Cleveland VAMC as Director of Group Therapies for the National Center for PTSD at Brecksville, known as the Center for Stress Recovery. In 1990 he established a program at Brecksville for patients with co-occurring disorders (psychiatric and substance use) in the Veterans Addiction Recovery Center (VARC). After a number of years, Dr. Liebenthal became a Program Manager in VARC, supervising a number of VARC's programs, both at Brecksville and at Wade Park. During that time, in 2000, Dr. Liebenthal and Dr. Christina Delos Reyes developed the first Group Therapy didactic, and the first Resident process group, for Psychiatry Residents at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. He continues with these activities as an Assistant Professor at the Medical School of Case Western Reserve University. In 2007 Dr. Liebenthal retired from the Cleveland VAMC and in 2008 joined the Department of Psychiatry of University Hospitals Case Medical Center, where he currently provides psychotherapeutic services (individual and group) to patients. He also maintains a private practice that he began in 1985.

Paul T. Hamerly

is a marketer, certified coach, entrepreneur, and father. He completed the Gestalt Coach Program in June, 2014. Paul started Novus Energy LLC in August 2014, a company dedicated to capitalizing on a high efficiency, low emission internal combustion technology. He served in marketing and strategic planning positions with Heinz, Nestle and Beecham Products. Paul started Kitchen Basics Inc. in his basement, the first ever commercial cooking stock company sold on supermarket shelves. The company was sold to McCormick, the spice company in Hunt Valley Maryland in 2011. He holds an MBA, and BA in Management Science and Math from Carnegie Mellon University. Paul played professional basketball in his Mother's native country of Belgium. Paul has three children, Katie, Andrew and Sarah. He looks forward to assisting Gestalt define and fulfill its mission.