Meet Our Team
Chief Executive Officer
Eric joined St. Joseph Orphanage as Chief Executive Officer/ Executive Director in 2014, and has over 25 years experience in the behavioral health and educational field, primarily working with children and families. Eric started his career working as a direct care staff on an inpatient psychiatric unit, then became a teacher in the hospital’s PH program, and then a case manager in an adolescent residential treatment program. After this, he moved to outpatient treatment as both a case manager and therapist doing home and community based treatment. Eric earned his bachelors and masters degree from Olivet Nazarene University and was an adjunct professor at Olivet Nazarene University, where he won the Willis E. Snowbarger Award for Teaching Excellence. Eric has served as the Executive Director for Willapa Behavioral Health and has been a Surveyor for over 20 years for CARF, an international organization that accredits programs and agencies in 17 countries in behavioral health, aging, medical rehabilitation, and child and youth services. He now serves on multiple boards, guiding both policy and best practices in the mental health and child welfare landscape. During Eric’s tenure, St. Joseph has experienced increased growth and financial stability and surpluses.
Chief Operating Officer
Susan joined St. Joseph Orphanage in 1994 after earning her Bachelors of Arts degree majoring in Social Work from Purdue University and her Masters in Social Work from Indiana University. Susan has served in a number of roles at St. Joe’s, including Individual and Family Therapist, Admission Coordinator, Director of Admissions, and Chief Strategy Officer. Throughout her long standing career at St. Joe’s, Susan has passionately led efforts to break down barriers and ensure that children and families are able to quickly and easily receive needed St. Joe’s services. In her current role of Chief Operating Officer, Susan successfully oversees the services that comprise St. Joe’s robust continuum of innovative, client centered care. Susan is a proud past recipient of the Ohio Children’s Alliance George Stevens Award and continues to enthusiastically serve on a variety of committees that advocate for child and family behavioral health, child welfare, and education services.
Chief Financial Officer
John joined St. Joseph Orphanage in 2015 after serving as CFO and Vice-President of various companies in the Dayton area. He has served in a number of financial and operational positions and has over 25 years experience in revenue cycle and general management as well as executive financial and strategic leadership in both non-profit and for profit organizations. As CFO, he leads the financial sustainability of programs and ensures the agency has the working capital it needs to continue to grow and thrive. John earned his Bachelor’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University and his MBA from Miami of Ohio University.
Chief Development Officer
Matt joined St. Joseph Orphanage as Chief Development Officer in August 2020. Matt has over 25 years of fundraising experience between Mercy Health Partners (6 years) and La Salle High School (19 years). His primary focus as the Chief Development Officer is to engage and solicit gifts from SJO’s benefactors, corporations and foundations to support SJO’s mission of “Transforming lives with hope and healing.” He brings extensive experience in major gift solicitation, relationship management, strategic planning, event management, annual appeal programming, stewardship and programmatic support. Matt graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors in Education in Health Promotion and Exercise Physiology.
Chief People Officer
John Parran joined St. Joseph Orphanage in 2021 after serving as a private consultant and Talent Manager for Meritor, Inc. John has extensive experience leading training, culture change, and employee engagement initiatives for various private and publicly traded organizations, believing “people are at the heart of everything we do.” He has worked in sales, distribution and logistics, manufacturing, and education, giving him a unique customer-focused perspective to employee growth and development. As Chief People Officer, John leads the Human Resources and Employee Engagement functions of St. Joe’s, building upon the passion, purpose, and rich history that makes St. Joe’s a great place to work. John continues to serve on various local workforce development and career services committees, and is a featured guest speaker for local colleges and business councils. John received his B.A. in Communication from the University of Cincinnati and his M.S. in Executive Leadership and Organizational Change from Northern Kentucky University.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Rieman graduated from Capital University in 2004 and went on to Medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. While there, he won the Pediatric Student of the Year Award for his work with the local pediatric group. He graduated Medical school in 2008 and completed his internship and residency in general psychiatry at Michigan State University, and then completed his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Michigan State as well. He served as chief resident of the program in 2010 and 2011. He is board certified in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry. He has been serving as the Chief Medical Officer for St. Joseph Orphanage since January 2016, and guides our agency’s Medical Practices, including preparing for Integrated Healthcare. As part of our partnership affiliations, he also serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Children’s Home.
Jason Barkey MPA, MA
Director of Quality Improvement
Jason is the Director of Quality Improvement. He is also responsible for the Electronic Health Record and serves as the agency’s Corporate Compliance Officer and Clients Rights Officer. Jason holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from The University of Alabama. Jason believes in the value of lifelong learning and continuous growth and fosters that attitude as a peer mentor to many of his colleagues. Jason is a native of Cincinnati and enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, playing and watching soccer, the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Assistant Director of Day Programs
Dottie began her journey with SJO over 20 years ago when she first began as a Therapeutic Group Leader in our Residential Program. Over the years she has transitioned into roles serving youth in several programs including Residential, Education, and Day Treatment. Dottie earned a B.S. in Art Therapy from Bowling Green State University and has a passion for experiential learning.
Brandy Desenberg, MSW, LSW
Director of Access & Medical Services
Brandy is a graduate of Miami University and the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has been practicing in the field for 13 years, with 10 of these being at St. Joseph Orphanage beginning as a case manager and therapist. Brandy has a passion for ensuring children and families have access to high quality care at the time they need it. In her current role, she oversees the operations of the medical department and the access team. In her free time, Brandy enjoys spending time with her family and two children.
Director of Development
Joelle joined St. Joseph Orphanage in 2018 as the Volunteer Coordinator after moving to the Cincinnati area from Columbus, OH. In 2020 she was promoted to the Director of Development where she plays a key role in the advancement of SJO’s fundraising projects and cultivates relationships within the community. Joelle received her B.A. in Communication and Marketing from Bowling Green State University in 2015.
Julie Herrmann MS, LPCC-S
Regional Director-Outpatient North
Julie joined the SJO team in 2019 as one of our Outpatient Regional Directors. Julie has been in the community mental health field since 2007 and finds purpose and passion in meeting the mental health needs of children, youth, and families in our community. In addition to providing leadership to the Outpatient North team, Julie serves on the Joining Forces for Children steering committee, focusing on decreasing the impact of toxic stress and ACES.
Facilities Manager & Purchasing Coordinator
Joy joined St Joseph Orphanage in 2006 in the Finance Department with several positions including payables and budget coordinator, and purchasing. Joy became Director of Facilities in 2016. Joy’s favorite part of her work at St. Joseph Orphanage is making sure each campus has the “wow” factor when entering each facility. She takes pride in ensuring that each property runs smoothly and is safe as possible for staff and children. Joy enjoys spending time with family and traveling.
Diane King, MSML
Diane has served as a team member of St. Joseph Orphanage for over 25 years. In her current role as Data Manager, Diane supports the organization by collecting, analyzing, and publishing data in a meaningful way. Diane believes in the power of data to influence decisions, guide strategy, and produce greater outcomes. In her free time, Diane serves as a peer mentor to adult students returning to school to complete their undergraduate degrees and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Tim McCoy, M.Ed
Tim received his education from Xavier University. Education, Mental Health, and Coaching have always been a passion of his. At SJO, he gets to see remarkable professionals and strengthen lives every day! He has worked at SJO for 12 years. He is also in his 15th year as Head Baseball Coach at Roger Bacon High School.
Matt Price, LISW-S
Director of Residential Interventions
Matt began his career at St. Joseph Orphanage in 2007 as a second shift team member in the residential treatment programs. Matt has since worked in a number of roles at St. Joe’s including group leader, clinical coordinator in day programs, senior staffing supervisor, clinical director in day programs, and clinical director in the residential programs. Matt has a passion for reforms in residential treatment, serving children and youth who are involved in multiple systems, significantly increasing family involvement and engagement in behavioral health services for children and adolescents, and evidence-based practices, particularly Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Matt also enjoys being a program surveyor for CARF International. Matt received his BSW and MSW degrees from the University of Cincinnati School of Social Work and is currently pursuing a PhD from the University of Kentucky.
Kim Rehage, MS, LPCC
Central Access Manager
Kim is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio who is committed to connecting children and their families to the services they need. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ball State University and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northern Kentucky University.
Adrienne Russ, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director, Human Resources
Adrienne Russ brings 20 years of Human Resources experience to St. Joseph Orphanage currently serving as the Director of Human Resources for the agency. In addition Ms. Russ has substantial experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors with board membership on the Leadership Council for Nonprofits (current), Stepping Stones (current), and Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health (former).
Mykish Summers, MSW, LSW
Regional Director – Dayton Campus
Mykish C. Summers, is a graduate of Central State University with a B.S. in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Social Work from University of Cincinnati. She joined the SJO team in 2004 as a direct care staff member in Day Treatment programming. Mykish currently serves as the regional director of outpatient services in Hamilton and Montgomery County.
Esther Urick, LPCC-S
Director of Foster Care & Independent Living Services
Esther is the Director of Foster Care and Independent Living Services. She has created the Independent Living Program and overseen the implementation of several transition aged youth programs such as the Transition to Independence Process (TIP), Bridges, My First Place, and Journey Housing. She also oversees the foster care programs in Cincinnati and Dayton areas. She is motivated to provide children and young adults with not only safe and secure homes but also to improve their lives and instill them with hope for their futures. Esther is inspired by the youth she serves to use her imagination and find new creative ways to run programs that make a difference in young people’s lives.