1435 W Main St B, Newark, OH 43055


Board Staff

At the Mental Health and Recovery Board, our committed staff is the driving force behind our mission to improve mental health and well-being in the community. Their passion, expertise, and dedication to service ensure that we can continue to provide high-quality, accessible, and recovery-focused care to those in need. We are proud to have them as part of our team and grateful for their unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of the individuals and families we serve.


Executive Director M. Kathryn Spergel, LISW-S
Chief Financial Officer  
Director, Our Futures in Licking County Dr. Linda Myer, Ph.D.
Clinical Director Daniel Cuciak, PCC-S, LICDC
Community Relations Coordinator Emily McConville, OCPS, RA
Fiscal Assistant Marcy Hopkins, A.A.B.
Executive Administrative Assistant Lynn Snider, BS
Administrative Assistant Jerrica Bell
Financial Consultant Jim Vehslage, C.P.A.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mental Health & Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties is to use Recovery and Resiliency Methodology to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families, and to diminish the problems caused by alcoholism, drug addiction and mental illness for the residents of Licking and Knox Counties.


Our Vision

The vision of MHR will be accomplished through cost-effective contracting with behavioral health providers who use Resiliency Recovery Methodology; and in cooperation with other local systems and citizens through the provision of quality treatment prevention and education for individuals and their families coping with behavioral health challenges.



The Mental Health & Recovery Board for Licking and Knox Counties, comprised of local volunteers and staff members, manages funding primarily from the federal government, the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), and local tax levies. The local tax levies provide portions of the funding for behavioral health services in Licking and Knox Counties. The tax levy is important because these local dollars are used to obtain additional state and federal dollars through “match programs.”