We are a non-profit agency funded by the Tuscarawas and Carroll County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board offering peer support, self-help and educational opportunities
Debbie holds certifications in Peer Support and in NAMI Connections group facilitation and is on the NAMI board for Tuscarawas and Carroll County. She is a trained facilitator for the Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) program. Debbie is responsible for all art related activities at ACE. She studied with the Art Instruction Schools in Minneapolis MN. She studied at the New York Institute of Photography as a photographer and trained and managed photo labs for CPI Corporation for over 10 years. She has also attended many classes at Kent State University in upper management and administration and graduated from New Pointe Institute in Biblical Studies. She is also one of the founders and co-owners of a non-profit ministry, His Words I Speak. This all adds a special dimension to the mix of our member’s experiences here at ACE. She is the proud mother of 3 sons and 4 grandchildren. Family and relationships are at the center of her heart.
Nelson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Kent State University. He is also certified in Peer Support, and is a NAMI peer support group facilitator. In 2020, he was the recipient of the prestigious Peer Advocacy award from Peg’s Foundation (see our “Partners” page for more details). Nelson is always a top performer in our fund-raisers. He has been a full time volunteer at ACE since 2009.
Doug holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Kent State University. He is also a NAMI-certified peer support group facilitator. Doug has many years of experience in and around the mental health community in Ohio. His experience includes mental health case management, crisis intervention services, and database and report design. Doug’s position now is tapping into his lived experiences to support his peers at ACE. He lives a quiet life with his wife Tuoi and their two rescue dogs.
The prevalence of mental illness nationwide is on the rise. Because isolation is so prevalent among people who live with mental illness, A.C.E. provides a unique support system which often feels like family to those who drop in regularly. A.C.E. strives to meet the mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs of its members, all under the umbrella of hope! We exist to offer hope to those who feel hopeless.