John Affleck-Graves is a professor of finance in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He has been on the faculty of Notre Dame since 1986 and served as Executive Vice President of the University from 2004 to 2019. Prior to joining Notre Dame, he was on the faculty in the Department of Mathematical Statistics and the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town from 1974 to 1986. He has served on the boards of several public companies, as well as several nonprofit boards.
Dr. Larry Anthony
Dr. Anthony currently sits on the board of the Crossroads treatment center as the chair of the evaluation and performance committee. Dr. Anthony was the Director of the Addictions Studies Program at the University of Cincinnati, where he coordinated both a graduate and an undergraduate program in Addictions Studies and was responsible for staffing 40 adjunct faculty. He developed and facilitated certificates in Addictions Studies Counseling, Domestic Violence Counseling, Child Abuse Recognition and Addictions Studies Prevention. Before his tenure at the University of Cincinnati, between 1977 and 1997, Dr. Anthony was the Program Coordinator and Drug Treatment Specialist for the Federal Courts in the Southern district of Ohio, where he did counseling and contracting with addictions and mental health programs for the Federal Courts and Federal Probation clientele.
M. Kay Brown, M.Ed. LISW-S
Kay was the Coordinator of the Regional Autism Advisory Council (RAAC) of Southwest Ohio for nine years. She has nearly fifty years’ experience working for children and families within the child welfare, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities, and mental health community. Her work has included developing, implementing, and administering services for a multi-system service delivery system for children with intense needs, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her special interest is in dual diagnosis (developmental disabilities/mental health). Much of Kay’s experience has been in developing collaborations with public and private systems to better serve children and families in the Hamilton County, Ohio community. She was the parent of an adult son with multiple disabilities and an adjunct instructor at the University of Cincinnati School of Social Work on disability issues. Although retired, she remains active on several boards and committees.
Honorable Cheryl D. Grant
The Honorable Cheryl D. Grant, retired Judge of the Hamilton County Ohio Municipal Court (2017), served 20 years in the Judiciary and a total of 48 years in the legal and criminal justice professions. She has a rich history, passion, and experience serving, ministering, and representing people and organizations in the behavior health and criminal justice communities. She is an Associate Minister of the Zion Baptist Church and since 2018 an active member of The Crossroads Center Board of Trustees.
Bob Mecum served as CEO of Lighthouse Youth and Family Services for 41 years, and is now an organizational consultant, working with non- profit organizations. He served The Crossroads Center as its Interim CEO and served as Interim CEO of the Center for Addiction Treatment. Bob and his wife Mary Kay are the happy grandparents of six grandchildren.
Dr. Steven Patrick
Dr. Patrick is a four-time graduate of the University of Cincinnati, holding degrees in Criminal Justice and Mental Health and Substance Abuse counseling. He has worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse since 1999. Serving as a member of The Crossroads Center Board since 2018, he has had the opportunity to be a part of the recent transition and growth of The Crossroads Center. A lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Dr. Patrick continues to be engaged in areas of board service, community crisis intervention services, community mental health, and holds a position as an assistant professor in academia. When time allows, he enjoys spending time working in his small farm where he works toward developing a more sustainable living experience with Sarah, his best friend and partner of 20 years, and 3 dogs Artimis, Grover, and Marley.
Dr. Babette Plummer Craig
Dr. Babette Plummer Craig is a native Cincinnatian. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1974 and her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 1989. Her years of clinical training included work at the Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati, the Pauline Warfield Lewis Center (formerly, Longview State Hospital), The Millcreek Psychiatric Center for Children, the Court Psychiatric Center of Hamilton County, and the Rollman Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Craig retired, in 2012, from the Cincinnati Veterans Medical Center after more than twenty-three years of employment. In her semi-retirement, Dr. Craig continues to work in private practice at Legacy Psychological Services in North College Hill. She treats persons with mood disorders, trauma issues, substance abuse problems, family discord, and cross-cultural issues. Dr. Craig has held professional memberships with the American Psychological Association, the Ohio Psychological Association, the Association of Black Psychologists, the Cincinnati Psychological Association, and the Cincinnati Association of Professional Psychology. An advocate of strong families, Dr. Craig has served on various boards in the community focusing on issues of children’s advocacy and domestic violence. Some of the boards have included Women Helping Women and the Citizen Advisory Committee of Wyoming, Ohio. Dr. Craig is an active member of Zion Baptist Church and serves in various ministries, such as the Trustee Board, the Usher Board, Sunday School Ministry, ZBC Memorial Scholarship Committee for high school graduates, and chairperson of ZBC Health and Wellness Ministry. Dr. Craig is married. She is the mother of two sons and three grandchildren.
Over 25 years of grant oversight targeting Ethnic minority and disparate populations (research, program(s), etc., Trauma Informed Care and evaluation). Certified Trauma Responsive Care Specialist. Collaborate with funder, fiscal administrator, and evaluator to maintain integrity of the project. Cultural relevance, Founder of Maintaining African American Traditions (MAAT) Africentric Mentoring Curriculum. Founding member of POCWA, Recipient of Nefertiti Award of Excellence for Outstanding African American Women.Walter Corbean Award for Outstanding Black Alcoholics and their families, Martin Luther King Jr., Humanitarian and the Rob Portman Leadership Award.
Jean Sepate LISW-S has been a social worker for over 40 years and she was the chief operating officer at Lighthouse Youth Services for 30 years. In addition to many years of mentoring and supervising social work students, she taught at the UC School of Social Work. In retirement she continues to be involved in the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and serves on other nonprofit boards in addition to community volunteer work.
Dr. Jeannette Taylor
Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Jeannette Taylor is retired professional social worker in the areas of clinical, community organization and administration practice. She has been a member of the Crossroads Center Board of Trustees for more than fifteen years, serving as Vice Chair and, more recently, Chair of the Board. Dr. Taylor is also Professor Emeritus from University of Cincinnati where, in addition to her faculty role, she served as Director of the School of Social Work’s Masters in Social Work; social work field instructor for University of Cincinnati, Atlanta University and the Ohio State University. In addition, Dr. Taylor is the former Dean of the College of Evening and Continuing Education where the State of Ohio’s first Addictions Studies degree programs were created under her leadership.