Charlie Kennedy has been a resident of Cleveland since 1982. He has had a successful career in business and is a person in long term recovery. Charlie has been given many gifts as the result, and is determined to give back to young men struggling to get and stay sober. He loves his family, golf, and travel.
Carsten McCarter is native to the Midwest, but spent 20 years in Montana and Maine treating young men with addiction. He has supervised both primary inpatient and sober living communities, and came into recovery in 1994. Carsten loves the outdoors, being a father, and helping people navigate troubled waters and difficult situations. He has two children and is married to his best friend. Carsten is an LCDC-II in Ohio.
Chas Kennedy was born and raised in Cleveland, OH. He graduated from Bay Village High School and then ran into Substance Dependency issues. Chas is humble yet proud of his recovery. After time in the finance industry, feeling like he was unfulfilled, he began working for a sober living house. Chas is passionate about recovery and has a gift for reaching young men struggling with addiction. Chas’ interests include golf, boating/fishing, and giving back to his community.
Thom Walter, MA, M.Div., LICDC-CS: is a native of Northeast, Ohio whose own mission statement is: To be a trusted advocate for and a mission to help individuals overcome addictions and mental health disparities while working to heal and strengthen families affected by substance abuse and trauma. Thom has worked as a counseling professional, clinical director and supervisor and community affiliate with over 35 years in Behavioral Health Systems. He is an inspiring leader and an established systems builder adept at developing staff, programs, while collaborating with community partners establishing effective, appropriate and inclusive policies and processes. Thom is expert at providing assessments, group and individual therapy especially with highly resistant and dual diagnosis individuals, substance abuse and forensic populations. Thom is an articulate communicator, lecturer and public speaker advocating for substance abuse treatment opportunities, families and better awareness and outreach for families in crisis.
Thom Walter MA, LICDC-CSTherapist
Anna Smycek, LPC, LICDC: Sometimes peace of mind feels so far out of reach and as much as we try, it can feel unattainable on our own. As a licensed counselor Anna is here to facilitate change, growth, and help build the confidence in each client to reach their goals together- processing these concerns in a safe, accepting environment. With a history of working with populations extending from forensic backgrounds, severe mental health diagnoses, and substance abuse disorders- Anna is well versed in multiple techniques to assist client’s in all walks of life. Focusing on the future to hope for tomorrow and hope for happiness.
Anna Smycek LPC, LICDCTherapist
Mike Beach LCDCIII is a therapist, Ohio Peer-Support Specialist and passionate scholar and teacher of 12-step recovery. As a St. Ignatius High-School alumni, He studied psychology and journalism at the University of Dayton and social work at Cleveland State University. Mike was blessed to be employed at the very place he became sober, Stella Maris. While an honored team member of Stella Maris, Mike became a case manager for Veterans and the Homeless Project Manager, as well as a Detox Counselor and supervisor of CDCA license holders. Mike is a well-known and respected member of the recovery community in the greater Cleveland area, as he enjoys loyalties with dozens of service providers in the area. Mike also prides himself as an accomplished photographer, who is passionate about the arts. Mike is a dedicated father, brother and son to Joey, Katy and Maranda, and Betty and Steve
Michael Beach LCDCIIITherapist
Dr. William Goldman went to undergraduate school at University of Georgia to major in Nutrition Science and received his BS in Family and Consumer Science. He went on to medical school at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University. He completed his residency in General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center of Akron and his fellowship in Addiction Medicine at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. Dr. Goldman is Board Certified by the American Board of Preventive Health in Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics. It is his goal to provide safe, effective medical treatment with minimal disruption to the growth and development of his patients.
Dr. William GoldmanMedical Director
Michael Fazio was born and raised in east suburbs of Cleveland, OH. He graduated from University School and went on to get his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from The University of South Carolina. Shortly after he ran into substance dependency issues and Michael found his way into the world of recovery. After a few years in the car business, Michael’s heart drove him to transition his career when he joined The River IOP team. His passion and genuine desire to help others has allowed him to be an integral part of team. Michael has gotten his life back and his goal is to help others do the same.
Michael FazioAdmissions Director
Shane Ivy was born and raised in Dallas, TX. After struggling with substance abuse issues throughout his life, Shane was given an opportunity to leave everything behind and start a new life in Cleveland, OH. Shane took a leap of faith. Fast forward and Shane is blessed to be a part of The River IOP team. He is a prime example of what a strong willingness and desire to get sober can get you. Shane is very grateful to manage the day to day operations at The River. Shane has an incredible gift of speaking to others and a strong willingness to do whatever it takes to help someone in need. In his free time, Shane enjoys spending time with his friends, riding his bike and being with his daughter.
Shane IvyCenter Manager
Sarah comes to The River IOP after many years of operations experience in the non profit world, and is excited about her new opportunity in addiction services. Her duties at the River include all things non-clinical; general office duties, human resources, book keeping, billing, and insurance. Sarah received her business degree a hundred years ago and is the mom of three grown children. Her passions align with The River’s philosophies of health and wellness physically, spiritually, and emotionally. She brings enthusiasm, support, and compassion to all who walk through our doors. Sarah is here to answer your questions and guide you through the IOP process.