Meet the Executive Staff

Roy CraigRoy Craig, Executive Director

Roy Craig, who has worked in behavioral healthcare since 1981, has been the executive director at PLACES since 1998. His experience includes alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention and mental health services. For the last 20 years, Mr. Craig has worked in program evaluation, management and administration.

During his tenure as executive director, PLACES has:

  • Remained mission-focused
  • Strengthened its business functions and practices
  • Doubled its revenue and staff by expanding case management services and implementing a new service line, the Housing First Program
  • Diversified its revenue stream
  • Implemented an endowment program to help ensure the organization’s long-term viability
  • Continued to grow at a sustainable pace

For many years, Mr. Craig served as president of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio (ADAPAO) and helped position the organization to be a viable, statewide advocacy organization for alcohol and other drug abuse prevention.

Before joining PLACES, Mr. Craig was manager of quality improvement for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board for Montgomery County; evaluation coordinator for the ADAMHS Board; intervention/prevention coordinator at Mad River Local Schools; and health educator for United Health Services.

Mr. Craig earned a master of arts in clinical psychology from the University of Dayton and a bachelor of science in psychology from Muskingum College.

Brian WlodarczykBrian Wlodarczyk, Director of Clinical Services

Brian Wlodarczyk is a Licensed Independent Social Worker-Supervisor (LISW-S) who earned his Master's Degree from the University of Kentucky in 2001. Since that time, he has worked in outpatient settings with children, adolescents, families and adults with a variety of issues, yet specializes in severe and persistent psychiatric disorders. He has served as an Executive Director of a local community mental health and chemical dependency treatment agency; conducted professional trainings; and remains a long-term associate of UC Health where he served as a member of the Mobile Crisis Team, Inpatient Psychiatry, Psychiatric Emergency Services, and currently serves with the Office of Decedent Affairs. His professional goal is to enhance behavioral healthcare delivery through respect, integrity, teamwork and excellence; and motto is to be the best part of someone's worst day.

Brian's areas of focus are Thought Disorders, Mood Disorders, Cluster B Personality Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, Vicarious Trauma, Grief and Bereavement, Crisis Management, and Diagnostics.

Alexis MooreAlexis Moore, Clinical Services Coordinator

Alexis Moore is a Licensed Social Worker who earned her Bachelor's Degree from Wright State University. Alexis has clinical and case management knowledge from working with clients experiencing severe behavioral health challenges and homelessness. Along with a passion for working closely with vulnerable populations, she previously served as a case manager supervisor where she developed a passion for agency and staff development. Alexis works with a trauma-informed lens with both clients and staff to effectively build relationships and enhance service delivery.

Jeffrey Stokoe Jeffrey Stokoe, Residential Services Coordinator

Jeffrey Stokoe joined PLACES in November 2016 , where he is responsible for leading 18 staff and 12 substitutes in the provision of effective, high quality services to residents at four adult care facilities and four Permanent Supportive Housing facilities.

Before joining PLACES, Mr. Stokoe served as a pastoral counselor at SouthBrook Christian Church in Miamisburg and director of operations and quality improvement for GLAD House in Cincinnati. Before that, he served nearly nine years as chief operating officer for the Alcoholism Council of the Cincinnati Area, which he joined as director of quality assurance in 2003.

With a long career in behavioral healthcare, Mr. Stokoe was drawn to a job that focuses on hands-on service to a vulnerable segment of the population. “I’m excited about helping staff members build their capabilities to provide service that is second to none,” he said.

Mr. Stokoe earned a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Psychology and a Masters of Divinity degree in Pastoral Care and New Testament from Anderson University in Indianapolis. He is the husband of program manager Barbara Stokoe.

Stacy GrahamStacy Graham, PHR, SHRM-CP, Director of Human Resources

Stacy Graham, who joined PLACES in 1996, manages all facets of human resources for the 80-plus employees at PLACES. She handles compensation, health and welfare benefits, workplace safety, employee relations, recruitment and hiring, records management, training and development, and labor relations. She received certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) in 2012 and her SHRM-CP in 2015.

Before being named human resources specialist in 2005, Ms. Graham served as assistant coordinator and then coordinator for the Residential Adult Care Facilities program. Before joining PLACES, she was an investigative worker at Shelby County Children Services.

Ms. Graham holds a bachelor of arts from Wright State University with a major in social work and a minor in community-based corrections. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Miami Valley Human Resource Association.

About working at PLACES, she says, “I like that PLACES is client- and employee-centered.”

Kathy NickellKathy Nickell, Office Manager

Kathy Nickell – one of the first employees at PLACES – joined the organization in 1991 as a receptionist and became office manager in 2004. Today she is responsible for:

  • Maintaining day-to-day office operations
  • Managing databases
  • Billing for all client services
  • Supporting the executive staff
  • Supervising the receptionist
  • Providing fundraising support

She also has had training in numerous computer programs, supervisory skills and fundraising.

What does Ms. Nickell like most about working at PLACES? “It is very rewarding, especially seeing the accomplishments of the clients. I am very proud to be a part of such a wonderful company,” she says.

Mary Ellen Berens Mary Ellen Berens, Director of Finance

Mary Ellen Berens joined PLACES as Accounting Manager on September 30, 2019. Prior to coming on board, Mary Ellen was employed as the accountant at RG Properties, a position she held for more than six years.

Mary Ellen earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Wright State University and has worked as an accountant at various companies in the Dayton area. She and her husband have lived in Centerville for many years.

Barbara StokoeBarbara Stokoe, Accounting Assistant/Grant Manager

Barbara Stokoe, who has been program manager since 2004, joined PLACES in 2002. She not only handles grant management but also is a payroll clerk and an accounting clerk.

Before joining PLACES, Ms. Stokoe was a receptionist at Signature Technologies and also served in several roles at Englewood Manor Nursing Home including receptionist, accounting clerk, payroll clerk, human resources and supervisor for housekeeping/laundry services.

She has an associate’s degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix.

About working at PLACES, Ms. Stokoe says, “I like interacting with the residents and seeing them make progress in their lives as a direct result of the involvement with PLACES. I enjoy the camaraderie with the staff – the staff is supportive of each other. I also have been fortunate to grow in my role here at PLACES.”