Meet the Executive Staff

Roy 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.

Janet Johnston, Director of Client Services

Since November 2016, Janet Johnston has been responsible for clinical oversight of service delivery, which includes reviewing clinical services at the group homes and overseeing case managers at Housing First properties and the Opening Doors and Supporting Living Programs.

Ms. Johnston has a breadth of experience in behavioral health, starting in case management and therapy, then progressing into direct service and private practice. Before joining PLACES, she worked four years for Butler Behavioral Health Services as a crisis counselor and program manager. She has also served as a therapist at Beckett Springs, an emergency room counselor for Miami Valley Hospital, an adjunct instructor for Cincinnati State, and a supervisor of Masters-level counseling students at Xavier University. She started her career with Community First Solutions in Middletown, where she spent four years in various clinical counseling roles.

Ms. Johnston received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Miami University in 2006 and her Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Xavier in 2009. She is a supervising licensed professional clinical counselor and supervising independent chemical dependency counselor.

“Throughout my career, I’ve wanted to work for organizations that emphasized compassion and respect for the individual, both the clients and staff,” Janet said. “I found what I was finally looking for at PLACES.”

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 Graham, PHR, SHRM-CP, Human Resources Specialist

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 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.

David Nuscher, Accountant

David Nuscher joined PLACES in 2014 as the accountant. He is responsible for:

  • Presenting an accurate and timely account of the organization’s financial position
  • Maintaining financial records for PLACES
  • Participating in the financial management of the corporation
  • Supervising the accounting clerk

Before joining PLACES, Mr. Nuscher was an accounting and business management consultant and served in management at several organizations in Ohio. He was the CEO of The Alpha Group of Delaware, a nonprofit serving individuals with developmental and physical disabilities; CEO/executive director and chief financial officer of Integrated Youth Services, a behavioral healthcare organization in Greene County; director of finance for CareView Home Health, a subsidiary of Middletown Regional Hospital; and operations director of Nova House Association, Inc., a long-term chemical addiction treatment program in Dayton.

He holds a bachelor of science in business administration with a major in accounting from Wright State University.

Mr. Nuscher says he appreciates the help and support PLACES provides to individuals with life challenges. “Through my financial position, I can indirectly contribute to the excellent mission at PLACES,” he says.

Barbara Stokoe, Program 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.”