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Our friendly staff is dedicated to helping you recover

Emily Goodyear, LPC, ATR-P, CCTP


My name is Emily Goodyear and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Art Therapist and Clinical Trauma Practitioner. I am very passionate about my career and have spent the last 4 years working with adults battling chronic mental illness and substance abuse. I received my undergraduate education at Bowling Green State University and my Masters degree at Adler University.

I currently reside in North Canton with my husband, Brett, and our dog Benji. I prefer to spend my free time being active outside but also love to get lost in a good movie or book.

Sports: Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers & Chicago Blackhawks

Hobbies: Outdoor Activities

Quote: “Three things make life harder: not loving ourselves; refusing to grow; and not letting go”

Joe Rifici

Associate Clinical Director

My name is Joe Rifici, and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (with supervision designation). I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Education degree in Community Counseling from The University of Akron. I have been providing chemical dependency and mental health treatment services since 2009. I have particular skills in suicide assessment/intervention, motivational interviewing, and trauma informed care, and received specialized training from the Beck Institute in the provision and supervision of cognitive behavior therapy. I also have experience supervising therapists, clinical directing, and managing electronic health records.

I live in Cuyahoga Falls with my cat, Charlie, and enjoy spending time with family, friends, and neighbors. I like to spend spare time reading, playing games, watching Netflix, listening to music, and being outdoors.

Sports: Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians, Browns, and The Ohio State Buckeyes

Films: The Godfather I and II, anything Marvel, The Dark Knight

Quote: “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

Gina Skolosh, CDCA II

Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant

Gina Skolosh is a CDCA II for Arrow Passage Recovery. She is a full time grand-mommy to her ten year old grandson. She is also a full time student at Grand Canyon University, pursuing her masters in Professional counseling. She has her bachelors in Psychology with emphasis on addictions.

She is pursuing her dream of helping others who suffer from addiction. She is in recovery now for 20 years and wants to give back what has been given to her. She is married to who she calls her best friend for 12 years.

Movie: White Oleander and Girl Interrupted

Sports: Denver Broncos

Hobbies: Raising her grandson and School

Quote: “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination”

Barbra Kates, LPC, AT


My name is Barbara Kates. I am Licensed Professional Counselor and an Art Therapist. I earned a Master’s degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Ursuline College and and two Master’s of Education degrees at Kent State University.

I love learning new things! Prior to coming to Arrow Passage Recovery, I worked with people with severe mental illnesses. My background also includes family and individual counseling, drug and alcohol counseling and education.

Sports: I look forward to watching amazing athletes qualify for Olympics in skiing, figure skating and gymnastic competitions.

Hobbies: I like to play with my many pets. I have six dogs, nine cats and three parrots! I also love to quilt and paint. In the summer

Quote: “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

Emmanuel Turner


Emmanuel was born in Alliance, Ohio and raised in Canton, Ohio. He worked his way up in Arrow Passage from being a peer support technician to the director of admissions. Along with that, he is also an ordained elder and youth pastor and has been married for 10 years (November 28th) to his lovely wife, Kristy, and together they have one child, a daughter, Anaiya.

Sports: Dallas Cowboys, University of Michigan Football, Duke University Basketball

Hobbies: Traveling around the state and across the country advocating for suicide prevention and awareness.

Quote: “You are perfect, you are worth it, and you have purpose”.

Samantha Whitmer , CDCA

Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant

My name is Samantha Whitmer, born and raised here in Canton, Ohio. I have my degree in Human and Social Services: Chemical Dependency. I am a mother of 3 boys and a step-daughter, they make me a better person everyday. “Pick your head up and keep smiling”, is what I use as a affirmation everyday. Life isn’t always easy, most days are harder than most and sometimes there isn’t anything we can do about it everyday- all we can can do it try our best and keep our heads up and keep pushing forward.

Movie: Dirty Dancing

Sports: Softball

Hobbies: Hanging out with my family and friend

Quote: “Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person”

Amanda Demattio

Office Manager

I`m from New Philadelphia. I attended the University of Mount Union and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree.

Movie: Lion King

Sports: Cleveland Indians

Hobbies: Playing with my Dogs

Quote: “It`s not where you`re at, it`s where you want to be and what you`re willing to do to get there.”

Melissa Printz


I started working at Arrow Passage Recovery over a year ago, I also am a phlebotomist for the company, i am currently working on my CDCA I really enjoy working an helping others, I love working with people and seeing the outcome and the impact I make on the clients life, I enjoy working with a great team.

Sports: Cleveland Cavaliers & Ohio State Buckeyes

Hobbies: Kayaking & Traveling

Quote: “Don’t regret the past, just learn from it.”

Shetoria Allen , LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

Shetoria Allen, LPN was born and raised here in NE Ohio. She is married with two children, and loves being the grandmother of two beautiful girls. She has spent most of her life locally, but also resided in Virginia Beach, VA where she received her education in practical nursing from Medical Careers Institute, one of the top leading technical schools in the Tidewater area.

Movie: The Big Blue

Sports: New England Patriots

Hobbies: Spending Time with Family, watching TV, and learning how to create wigs and hair pieces

Quote: “Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” – Maya Angelo

Joeseph Turner


Hello, I am Joe Turner. I am the Case Manager as well as the Alumni President here at APR. I am a proud High School graduate from The Canton McKinley Bulldogs. I have my Associate’s degree in Human and Social Services from Stark State College. I have both my Bachelor’s degree and Master’s Degree from the University of Akron. I spent 18 years in the Juvenile Justice Field and just recently transferred over to adults with addiction. I am currently an Adjunct Instructor at Stark State College where I teach Substance Abuse, Human Behavior, Social Welfare, and Social Work Practice. I am also one of the associate Ministers at First Church of God in Christ.

No Matter where I am, or what I am doing, my passion is to help. I am a firm believer in as long as you are alive, you have hope. That is why I enjoy going above and beyond to help because sometimes people just do not see the potential they have to overcome life’s struggles.

No Matter where I am, or what I am doing, my passion is to help. I am a firm believer in as long as you are alive, you have hope. That is why I enjoy going above and beyond to help because sometimes people just do not see the potential they have to overcome life’s struggles.

Sports: McKinley Bulldogs, Indianapolis Colts, and THE Ohio State Buckeyes.

Hobbies: Basketball, Family Time.

Quote: “If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you’re right.” Man is what he believes.

Courtney Butterfield


Courtney’s mission in life is to share her gifts with other people, and to show them how great they can be. She feels beyond blessed for the moments shared with her clients over the years, and realizing nutrition is only a part of their journey. The counseling Courtney shares encompasses cognitive behavior therapy- making sustainable positive lifestyle changes and eliminating ‘diet approach’ thinking to eating. Her heart is full when clients discover parts of themselves they didn’t know were there. Courtney’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Akron, completion of the Coordinated Internship Program through Akron, Certified Sports Nutritionist, and Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise.

Sports: Favorite Team – Cleveland Cavaliers

Quote: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” romans 12:2″.

Sarah Nelson

Outreach Coordinator

Sarah Nelson currently holds a CDCA certification from the State of Ohio Chemical Dependency Board and is a proud member of the Arrow Passage Recovery Admissions Team. Sarah stumbled upon her calling in 2012 when she began a career in community mental health and addiction services.

In 2013, Sarah completed the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) training and was certified to practice as a Recovery Coach in the mental health addiction recovery field. In 2015, Sarah attended a Town Hall meeting that called for more drug and alcohol prevention and education within her community. Responding to the demand, alongside of her police department, Sarah formed a grassroots community coalition that addressed the specific needs of community residents.

Under Sarah’s leadership, In 2016, the coalition was awarded the Hope Award for Innovation through the Stark County Mental Health Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR) along with being recognized by Ohio Governor John Kasich for their community dedication and involvement. Also in 2016, Sarah along with a member of the coalition completed The National Coalition Academy through Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and was recognized in Washington DC for this achievement. Sarah was married in 2018 to a wonderful man who is pursuing his calling in ministry and has a teenage son who is the center of her heart.

Sports: Cleveland Monsters and Cleveland Indians

Hobbies: hiking, reading, movies, and family time.

Quotes: In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. -Matthew 5:16

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