The Team

Brian Bailys, Founder, is in recovery from substance use disorder. He has been a certified public accountant since 1983. In 1993, Brian formed The Bailys Group, a consulting firm, to provide tax and financial planning services. Brian also has been involved in many aspects of private equity, including investment analysis, due diligence and transaction structure.


Alice Iden
, Project Manager, is COO of New Directions and Crossroads, a $12 million behavioral health organization in Northeast Ohio. She is an experienced leader in strategic planning and operational management. Her expertise includes information technology, human resources, and facilities management and fundraising operations.


Susan W. Tager
, MA, LSW, LICDC-CS is the Director of Performance Improvement and Outpatient Services at New Directions, Inc. In that role, she ensures quality and safety within the organization as well as the day-to-day management of the outpatient area. During her 15 years at New Directions, she has been a primary counselor and program manager for the female adolescent residential program. Prior to her work at New Directions, Ms. Tager spent 10 years working with children, adolescents and adults in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings.


Darrell Long
, IT Director, began his career as director of information systems for New Directions and Crossroads in Northeast Ohio in July 2014. He manages the implementation and operation of all information technology resources within the organizations. He brings nearly 20 years of experience designing, implement and managing technology solutions for business, government and education.

 

Nick Corrao, Director of Growth and Development, wears many hats at Ascent and is dedicated to the growth and development of the organization.  He is also an individual in long-term recovery who wishes to give back all he has been given in his recovery.  Nick has an extensive history of leading rapidly growing organizations and bringing businesses to scale for success.


Wade Foley,
Marketing and Social Media Manager, graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2011 with a degree in journalism and marketing. He has experience with marketing, advertising, social media, event planning and operations. He has spent time with The Columbus Dispatch, NetScouts Basketball and TPG Sports Group. Wade has also managed multiple freelance projects over the past few years and has experience working with startups.


Jody Morgan,
Implementation Manager, is also a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Ohio Peer Supporter. Her previous work experience has been in statewide behavioral health organization, programming and development and she has dedicated a majority of her career to working with organizations that provide assistance to those with behavioral health diagnoses.
Ms. Morgan is a facilitator for Trauma Informed Care, Mental Health First Aid, Get Connected and Chronic Disease Self-Management. She has presented at local and national conferences/symposiums on topics such as non-profit board development, health and wellness, peer support, advocacy and health care reform.


Shawn Pasch,
Peer Recovery Support Supervisor, is in long-term recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Mental Health Disorders (MHD). He has completed the Peer Recovery Support training for SUD and MHD, as well as obtaining his Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant certification.

 

Dwight Otto, Accountant, has 19 years of accounting experience and is in recovery. Living in recovery has given him the opportunity to realize that no challenge in life is too big to overcome. Each day he is alive, he can choose to be part of the solution by reaching out to others and sharing the gift of sobriety.