Wes Fair, Ph.D.
Wes is our Executive Director. He has been with Shelter Care since 1991, serving as the Director and Therapist of the Boys’ program and also as a respite parent. Wes has a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Akron in Counseling, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family. His commitment to Shelter Care is based upon his Christian faith and his desire to provide quality leadership to a program that is designed to meet the needs of the many troubled children, youth and families in our community.
Joe Rizzo, Ph.D., PCC-S
Joe is responsible for supervising all of Shelter Care’s residential programs. Joe began his career at Shelter Care in 1996 as an intern. Following his internship he worked as a counselor in the Shelter Home program before becoming the director of Safe Landing for boys. Joe has a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A.Ed. in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Ph.D. from the University of Akron in Counselor Education and Supervision.
Joanna Brown, M.S. Ed., PCC-S
Director of Residential Services
Joanna began her career in the social services field at Safe Landing Youth Shelter for Girls in 1995. She has a B.S. in Child and Family Development from Bowling Green State University, and a M.S.Ed. in Community Counseling from the University of Akron. At Safe Landing, she has served as Group Life Supervisor, Counselor, and Director.
Mike Johnson, M.A. Ed., PCC
Boys Shelter Home Program, Case Manager and Therapist
Mike began his experience at Shelter Care as an intern in 2001. Following his internship, he worked at Safe Landing Youth Shelter from 2001 to 2005 as a Group Life Supervisor. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2003. Mike received his license as a Professional Counselor in September, 2006.
Nancy Hawkins, M.S. Ed., PCC-S
Boys/Girls Shelter Home Program, Case Manager and Therapist
Nancy earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1978 from the University of Akron and then a Masters degree in Education in Community Counseling in 1999 also from the University of Akron. While earning her counseling degree Nancy facilitated both an Offenders Domestic Violence group and a DUI school in Medina County. In 1999 as an Outpatient Counselor, Nancy began her career on the Early Childhood and Trauma teams at Child Guidance & Family Solutions. At CGC&FS, Nancy created the Little ONES group to support very young children with physical and sexual trauma. She engaged the Summit County mental health community to start TABS which was a collaboration of professionals who assisted with training childcare workers to positively support emotionally challenged preschoolers in a day care setting. From 2000-2010, Nancy contracted with the Children Who Witness Violence Program to provide ongoing in-home trauma counseling to children and families who have witnessed or had been a victim of domestic violence. Nancy also facilitated The Parent Project group for CGC&FS and Summit County Juvenile Court for several years. In 2003, Nancy went to work for the Education Alternatives in Cuyahoga Falls. Her work at the day treatment program included crisis de-escalation, mediation, individual, group, and family counseling. She provided consultation, mediation and de-escalation training to the EA education and behavior staff. In 2006 Nancy became the Director of Treatment Services for the EA Cuyahoga Falls building. Along with the additional responsibilities of that position, Nancy continued treating her clients and their families. Since beginning her counseling career, Nancy has had extensive training on reactive attachment disorder, trauma, developmental trauma, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, depression and/. anxiety, ADHD, and spectrum disorders. In 2010 Nancy was involved with creating REACH, a non-profit outpatient counseling agency in Cuyahoga County. Her current practice at Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre, LLC includes working with individuals, couples, and families. She holds a license as a Professional Clinical Counselor with a Supervision designation. Nancy resides in W. Akron with her son Scott. Her daughters Carly and Holly are also in the area. Nancy has 4 grandchildren
Su Hunt, M.A. Ed., PCC-S
Director, Safe Landing Youth Shelter for Girls
Su has been with Shelter Care since 1983, serving first as a therapist, and then the director of Safe Landing Shelter for Girls. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Ohio University, and a M.A.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Akron.
Ashley McGuinness, M.A., LPC
Counselor, Safe Landing Youth Shelter for Girls
Ashley started her tenure at Shelter Care in 2018.
Dan Tousley, M.A. Ed., PCC-S
Director, Safe Landing Youth Shelter for Boys
Dan has been employed at Shelter Care since 2007 serving as a counselor, before becoming the director at Safe Landing Youth Shelter for boys. Dan has a B.S. in Youth Ministry from Valley Forge Christian College and an M.A.Ed. in Community Counseling from Malone College.
Richelle Setordzie, M.A., LPC
Counselor, Safe Landing Youth Shelter for Boys
Richelle joined the Safe Landing Youth Shelter staff in 2016. She graduated from Kent State University in 2006, earning a B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies with a concentration in Family Life Education. In 2015, Richelle received her M.A. from Ashland Theological Seminary in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Breana Frano, B.A.
Director of Development
Bre joined the Shelter Care team in 2017 and currently serves as the organization’s Director of Development. She has a B.A. in English, from John Carroll University, with a focus on Professional and Creative Writing, as well as Philosophy.
Mary Kay Dotterer, M.A. Ed., PCC-S
Director, The Highlands Teen Pregnancy Shelter
Mary Kay has been employed by Shelter Care since 1984, serving as a direct care staff and therapist at Safe Landing Youth Shelter before becoming the director of The Highlands in 2005. Mary Kay has a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Akron and an M.A.Ed. in College and Community Counseling from the University of Akron.
Carri Sensius, M.A., PCC-S, NCC
Respite Coordinator; Counselor, The Highlands Teen Pregnancy Shelter
Carri has been employed by Shelter Care as a full time counselor at The Highlands Teen Pregnancy Shelter since 2005. Carri received a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Akron and an M.A.Ed. in College and Community Counseling from the University of Akron.
Prior to her Shelter Care employment Carri worked as a drug and alcohol addiction therapist. Additionally, Carri is a National Certified Counselor.
Kim Polatas, MBA
Street Outreach Services Program Director
Kim joined Shelter Care as the Program Director for Street Outreach Services in the fall 2017. She has a wide variety of life and professional experience that gives her a breadth of knowledge in running the SOS program. Most recently she served as Director of Care and Outreach at her church in Kent. Kim studied at the University of Akron earning her BA in 1991 and MBA in 1995.
***Please note that the counseling staff is licensed by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & Marriage and Family Therapy Board.
PC– Professional Counselor
PCC – Professional Clinical Counselor
PCC-S – Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor
NCC – National Certified Counselor
MSW – Master of Social Work
LSW – Licensed Social Worker