STAFF

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Kelley M. Long, MBA

Executive Director

Kelley joined OPHP in 2006.  She is responsible for implementing the organization’s strategic plan.  She oversees business and clinical operations of the organization as well as the fund development staff.  She facilitates communication between officers and the organization’s Board of Trustees and staff.  She prepares all reports for the organization including OPHP’s major funding entities, and provides communication to stakeholders and regulatory agencies.  Kelley is also responsible for financial record keeping, billing services, operational plans, and all budgetary information.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Capital University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Ashland University.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs' (FSPHP) and is a member of the FSPHP Finance Committee, Funding Development Committee, and the FSPHP Performance Enhancement Effectiveness Review Committee.

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Richard N. Whitney, M.D., FASAM

Medical Director

Dr. Whitney joined OPHP in 2021 as Medical Director and provides leadership to the organization, oversees the monitoring program and all clinical services.  Before joining OPHP, Dr. Whitney practiced Addiction Medicine at Shepherd Hill, the Behavioral Health Department of Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark, Ohio and served as Medical Director of Addiction Services from 2001 until 2018.  He is a frequent course instructor for the American Society of Addiction Medicine as well as a lecturer for a variety of professional and community organizations. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.  Dr. Whitney has also been certified by examination by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and was elected a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.  He was also certified by examination by the American Academy of Pain Management.  

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Nelson H. Heise, MA, MS, PCC-S, LICDC-CS

Clinical Director

Nelson joined the staff in 2014 and is OPHP’s Clinical Director. His duties include facilitation and oversight of activities involved in participant monitoring and compliance.  He is responsible for processing all intake calls and coordinating appropriate assessment, treatment, or community referrals.  He supervises all daily clinical activities as well as the monitoring and advocacy program services.  Nelson received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Ohio University.  He is graduate of the Hazelden Graduate School where he received his Master’s Degree in Addictions Counseling.  He also has a Masters of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University.  Nelson is a licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor as well as a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.

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Shirley Eiland, M.Ed, LSW

Case Manager

Shirley joined the staff in 2021 as an OPHP Case Manager.  Her duties include facilitation and oversight of activities related to healthcare professionals participating in OPHP's Monitoring & Advocacy Program.  She has extensive clinical and educational experience working with a diverse population in the area of mental health and substance use disorders. She has worked as a Licensed Social Worker for several health and social services systems/agencies in the Northeast OH area as well as worked in the managed care industry providing case management, quality assurance, and utilization review management services. Shirley is also an Adjunct Professor for Lakeland Community College within the Department of Human Services. Shirley has a Bachelors of Art's Degree in Social Work from Cleveland State University and a Masters Degree in Health Education & Promotion from Kent State University. 

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Rosalie S. Hemphill, MSW, LSW

Case Manager

Rosalie joined the staff in 2020 as an OPHP Case Manager.  Her duties include facilitation and oversight of activities related to healthcare professionals participating in OPHP's Monitoring & Advocacy Program.  She has extensive clinical experience working with professionals with mental health and substance use disorders. She has worked as a Case Manager for the Physicians Health program in Florida and currently is doing research at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and medical Center, Department of Psychiatry. Rosalie has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from College of Charleston and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University. 

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Dawn M. Riegel, MS, LPC, LICDC

Case Manager

Dawn joined the OPHP team in 2021 as a Case Manager.  Her duties include facilitation and oversight of activities related to healthcare professionals participating in OPHP's Monitoring & Advocacy Program as well as management of an anonymous suicide prevention survey for Ohio's medical community.  She has significant experience working with children and adults with mental health and substance use disorders. Dawn received her Bachelor's Degree from Wright State University in Psychology and her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor.

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Micah D. Wright, LCDC III

Case Manager

Micah joined OPHP in 2019.  His duties include facilitation and oversight of activities related to healthcare professionals participating in OPHP's Monitoring & Advocacy Program.  Micah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Kent State University.  As a student at Kent State, Micah assisted in psychological assessment research for three years.  Micah has experience of both inpatient and outpatient treatment, completing substance use disorder assessments, and developing treatment plans.  He also has experience in facilitating professionals relapse prevention groups. Micah is licensed as a licensed chemical dependency counselor.

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Jill K. Aitcheme, MPH, CDCA

Compliance Coordinator

Jill joined OPHP in 2014.  As a member of the clinical team, she works with the Medical Director, Clinical Director, and Case Managers to support the delivery of all services of OPHP's Monitoring and Advocacy Program. She coordinates all daily clinical processes and clinical duties of the organization – adhering to established policies. She provides support for all program participants as well as the organization’s extensive monitoring network throughout the state.  She is responsible for the compliance reporting of all program participants. Jill has a Bachelor’s Degree in international studies from the University of Kentucky and is a Chemical Dependency Counselors Assistant.

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Molly G. Upton, CDCA

Clinical Coordinator

​Molly joined OPHP in 2020. She works with the Clinical Director to assist practitioners enrolling into OPHP's Monitoring and Advocacy Program. She also oversees treatment provider updates and status reports from all of OPHP's network of treatment providers. She manages the organizations internal review and quality assurance measures.  Molly holds a Bachelor's Degree in Neuroscience from The Ohio State University and has a background in working in clinical environments with individuals in recovery. She is licensed as a chemical dependency counselor assistant.

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Samantha L. Kinser, CDCA

Program Assistant

Samantha joined OPHP in 2020.  She is the Program Assistant and provides administrative support to all aspects of OPHP's clinical services, including the Monitoring and Advocacy Program. She coordinates daily clinical processes and handles all incoming clinical correspondence. She supports the Compliance Coordinator with activity related to OPHP's toxicology testing program. She maintains OPHP's electronic database and oversees all aspects the organization’s extensive monitoring network throughout the state. Samantha is a Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear Specialist in the Ohio Army National Guard. She is pursuing her Bachelor's Degree from The Ohio State University as well as her license as a chemical dependency counselor assistant.

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Sarah J. Thompson

Outreach and Communications Director

Sarah Thompson returned to OPHP as the Communications and Outreach Director in 2021.  Sarah has spent the last six years as the Executive Director of the Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery (OCAAR).  During her time at OCAAR, she advocated for the crucial services needed for people to enter and sustain long-term recovery.  Sarah actually began her career in the nonprofit sector with the OPHP in 2012.  In a way, she feels as though she is back home. Sarah is responsible for all communications and outreach with stakeholders across Ohio, planning and coordinating the educational outreach programs, and helping develop a comprehensive approach to building relationships. Sarah studied Public Affairs' at The Ohio State University with a specialty in Non-Profit Management.

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Sydney B. Gale

Marketing and Development Associate

Sydney joined OPHP in 2017.  She is responsible for implementing a comprehensive marketing and development initiative.  She works with the Executive Director to develop marketing materials such as annual reports, newsletters, e-newsletters, and brochures.  She is responsible for maintaining relationships with current donors, cultivating new donors, and establishing relationships with community stakeholders.  She manages OPHP's Educational Outreach Program, coordinating events through the state of Ohio and all social media activity for the organization. She has a Bachelor's Degree from The Ohio State University in Communications.