The Management Team of Hope Village
Ted St. John
Co-Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Hope Village Recovery Services, LLC.
Ted is a lifelong resident of Portage County. Ted couples his own long-term recovery with significant business experience.
Ted has extensive experience in detox, treatment, and recovery services. He served as Admissions Manager at Glenbeigh Hospital (Affiliate of the Cleveland Clinic) in Rock Creek, Ohio. He also served as the Director of Operations at First Step Recovery in Warren and Chief of Operations at New Day Recovery in Boardman.
He has led agencies in achieving required licensing and accreditations for treatment centers. He has also opened and operated several recovery houses for local agencies (over 85 beds). Under Ted’s leadership, these houses achieved and maintained accreditation through the county, state, and national standards.
Based on our community’s acute needs, including the strong demand for more services, Ted has been working to bring detox and a full-service agency to Portage County.
Ted owned and operated a health club in Beachwood in the 1990s. He was a national level bodybuilder throughout his twenties and won the Ohio State Bench Press Championship in 1997. Ted sold steel nationally for Jade-Sterling Steel in Twinsburg from 2000-09. He served on the Portage County Drug Task Force Committee and the Trumbull County ASAP (Alliance Substance Abuse & Prevention). He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served honorably as military police. In 2019, Ted was elected to the Windham Board of Education and made the decision to serve on the Advisory Board of the Portage County Dockets, Hope Court & Star Court.
Ashley Holt, M.Ed., LICDC/PCC-S
Ashley comes to Portage County after working for several years in the mental health and substance use field in Athens County, Ohio. She received her Master’s of Education in Community and Rehabilitation from Ohio University and has been licensed with the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board for 14 years and with the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 11 years. She is a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Supervising Credential. She recently received training and is a Peer Recovery Support Specialist Supervisor.
Ashley began at the Rural Women’s Recovery Program in Athens, Ohio where she started her professional journey and discovered her passion for recovery. At RWRP, Ashley initially started as a Residential Aide and worked her way up to Clinical Coordinator during her tenure, giving her operational and clinical understanding of residential services. She was inspired by working with unbelievably gifted colleagues and clients and the groundwork for her personal and professional path was laid.
In 2013, she was offered an opportunity at Ohio University’s Counseling and Psychological Services as an Alcohol and Other Drug Specialist, BASICS coordinator, and Assistant Training Director. There she provided individual, group, and outreach services focused on substance use disorder, traumatic distress, suicide prevention, and gender identity. Additionally, she served in facilitating the training mission of the counseling center by providing training and supervision to trainees, interns, and graduate assistants.
Upon making a move to Northeast Ohio in 2017, Ashley began at Kent State University and served as the Substance Use Specialist, helping to develop their Collegiate Recovery Community and working to support a thriving campus and local recovery community. In her role at Kent State, she helped to cultivate a supportive recovery community, advocate for current and potential students in recovery on campus, and train the campus to better identify, intervene, and support students with substance use disorder. In addition to coordinating the CRC, she also provided individual, group, and outreach services with a focus on substance use disorder assessment and treatment, traumatic stress, and emotional dysregulation.
Ashley was drawn to Hope Village by the mission and vision of the agency, the passion for recovery in their programming, and the commitment and spirit of their staff. She highly values the person-centered, trauma-informed, wellness-oriented model utilized through all aspects of services. Initially starting as a clinical supervisor, she provided assessment, individual, and group services at Hope Village while working to continue to advance programming and direct client care through training, supervision, and curriculum development. Currently, as the Clinical Director and Chief Program Officer, she is grateful to be able to continue to drive the mission and vision of Hope Village, support staff development, and prioritize innovative and effective client care.
At time away from Hope Village, Ashley has a sense of wanderlust that drives her to travel with her loving boyfriend. Most recently they traveled through several Appalachian Mountain states on their motorcycles and have plans to visit Tennessee and Montana soon. She thrives in nature and enjoys hiking, trail running, gardening, and all things outside. She has recently become a cat mom and takes snuggling at home with her kittens very seriously. Finally, she loves spending time with her family and makes frequent trips back to Belmont County, where she grew up, to visit her parents, sisters, and their families.
Reach for Hope
Aubrey Lattimer, MA, LPCC
Aubrey is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, born and raised in Portage County. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA before returning home to complete a Master of Arts in Education studying Clinical Counseling at Malone University in Canton, OH. Aubrey has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, residential, and working with those who have been incarcerated, and has focused on bringing hope and healing to the individuals and families she has served. She specializes in domestic violence and trauma.