People To People Staff

Alicia or one of her staff can work with any type of consumer, Adult Child, Individual, Family or couple. We can assist with any concerns or behaviors. All master level therapists with over 75 years of combined experience.

Office-185 Alicia Amato, LISW-S - Executive Director
Alicia W Amato is a Licensed Independent Social Worker Supervisor with over 15 years of experience.  Specializing in working with women, children & families.  Generalist and Specialist skills. My areas of expertise are strategic planning, administrative tasks, play therapy, PTSD, mental health assessments, Photo Therapy and EMDR.  Q-SAP for ODOT.
Office-158 Laurie Belus - Billing Specialist
Employed with People to People for over 3 years, handling all aspects associated with the billing office. I am proud to be a part of the People to People family because of the difference it makes in the community. Extensive career in the Medical Office field during my 25 years spent in Columbus, Ohio. Born & raised in Cambridge, Ohio, I currently reside here with my husband, Mark, of 30 years.
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Paula Powers, LPC - counselor
My name is Paula Powers I am primarily from Ohio and I have been in the area for 14 years. I have a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling, Crisis Management and Response. I am a state licensed therapist who has experience in and enjoys working with children, adolescence, and adults. My areas of clinical concentration are anger management (Anger Management Specialist Certification), and addiction and adjustment issues. I work with a person centered belief that everybody holds the key to their own success.


Cherry Nelson, PC - counselor
Cherry Nelson, Licensed Professional Counselor – Clinical Resident, is fairly new to the mental health field. She spent 31 years in the United States Army, some as a Reservist and some on Active Duty. She became interested in mental health as a result of her own challenges following a deployment to Iraq. Her primary mental health interests are trauma and mood disorders. She has also worked with people with autism and anxiety issues. Cherry is married and has two grown children. Her hobbies include hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding.


Maryellen Schleappi, MSW, LSW - social worker
Maryellen has worked for People To People for the past 5 yrs. Prior to coming her she was employed at Marietta Memorial Hospital  as therapist on the psychiatric unit, and did crisis work in the emergency room.  She has also had experience in working with adult and juvenile sex offenders.  Maryellen's back ground has been in nursing prior to returning to college for her master's degree in social work, from Ohio State University.  Her primary focus is working with people with mood and anxiety disorders, traumas, death and dying issues.  Maryellen also supervises case managers.   She is married and has two adult children.

Office-110 Melody Richardson - case-manager
Melody has 15 plus years of experience in field case management ,  providing community support , access to resources , as well as crisis management. Experienced in facilitation of groups and other supportive interventions , advocacy and assistance with daily living skills . Certified in disaster management and therapeutic program worker II as well as in house and  hospital unit experience.