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Meet Our Team

Megen Simpson, M.Ed, LPC – Director

Megen SimpsonMegen Simpson joined The MetroHealth System in the spring of 2016. Simpson earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from The University of Mount Union and an M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Akron.

She is currently an active Licensed Professional Counselor through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage Family Therapist Board.

Vanessa P. Ho, MD, MPH – TRC Medical Director 

Vanessa HoDr. Vanessa Ho joined the MetroHealth system in January 2018 as an attending surgeon in the Department of Surgery Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Acute Care Surgery, and Burns. 

Dr. Ho earned her MD from Northwestern University in 2005 and her Masters in Public Health from Columbia University in 2010. Dr. Ho completed her General Surgery training in New York City at Weill Cornell Medical College and a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School in 2013.

Dr. Ho has a passion for supporting individuals who are affected by emergency surgical diseases and trauma.

Sarah E. Benuska, M.S., Ph.D. -  Counseling Psychologist

Sarah BenuskaSarah E. Benuska (she/her) completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Family Medicine Integrated Health with The MetroHealth System in the spring 2017 and began a faculty appointment (CWRU affiliated) in Psychiatry and Family Medicine that fall.

Dr. Benuska earned a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2009, and (master’s and) doctoral degree(s) in Counseling Psychology through The University of Akron in May 2016. She has training and leadership roles in psychology, psychiatry, and integrated primary care.

Her formal connection with TRS began in the fall of 2021. Dr. Benuska’s interests include direct service provision, training, and program development of Trauma-informed Care, Trauma-focused Care, LGBTQ+ and Person-affirming Care as well as provider Compassion Satisfaction, Wellness, and Resiliency.

Shanell Harris, MSSA, LSW – Lead Trauma Recovery Coach

Shanell HarrisShanell Harris joined the MetroHealth System in November of 2020.

Harris earned her Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Ursuline College, as well as her Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve Joseph, Jack, and Morton Mandel School of Social Science. 

Sarah Pawlaczyk, LSW - Trauma Recovery Coach 

Sarah PawlaczykSarah Pawlaczyk joined The MetroHealth System in November of 2020. Pawlaczyk has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Middle Childhood Education from John Carroll University as well as Masters in Applied Social Sciences from Case Western Reserve University.

She holds an active Social Worker license from the Ohio Counselor, Social Work, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.

Marlon Leek, MSW - Trauma Recovery Coach 

Marlon LeekMarlon Leek joined The MetroHealth System in the spring of 2020.

Leek earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology as well as a Master’s in Social Work, both from Cleveland State University.

 

Toni Zingale, LSW – Trauma Recovery Coach

Toni ZingaleToni Lea Zingale returned to The MetroHealth system in June of 2022. Zingale obtained an Associate of Applied Science at Cuyahoga Community which allowed her work as a Medical Team Assistant at MetroHealth from 2013 to 2017.

Zingale then earned a Bachelor and Master of Social Work Degree from Cleveland State University. She is currently an active Licensed Social Worker from the Ohio Counselor, Social Work, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.

Yvette Nosal, EDS., LPCC-S, ATR-BC, CDCA, CCTP- Clinical Counselor VIP/VOCA 

Yvette NosalYvette Nosal joined The MetroHealth System in the spring of 2021. Yvette earned an Educational Specialist in Counseling Degree from Kent State University, a Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling from Ursuline College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Kent State University.

She is currently an active Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Supervision designation through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage Family Therapist Board and an active Board-Certified Art Therapist through the Art Therapy Credentials Board.

Yvette has also earned additional credentials as a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant in the State of Ohio and as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

Stephanie DeLuca, MSHRM - Operations Coordinator

Stephanie DeLucaStephanie DeLuca joined The MetroHealth System in the spring of 2019.

DeLuca earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree’s in Criminology and Sociology as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University.

She also earned Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Franklin University.

Mark Kalina Jr. - Senior Analyst

Mark Kalina JrMark Kalina Jr. joined The MetroHealth System in the fall of 2017.

Kalina earned an Associates of Science degree from Cuyahoga Community College. He currently is pursuing a Bachelors degree in the IT field.

In 2019, Mark Kalina Jr. was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business as a Forty under 40 honoree.

Monica Lee, LSW - VOCA Social Work Coordinator

Monica LeeMonice Lee joined The MetroHealth System in the spring of 2016.

Lee earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree of Social Work from the University of Toledo.

She is currently an active Licensed Social Worker through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board.

Amy Reinker – Trauma Recovery Assistant

Amy ReinkerAmy Reinker joined the MetroHealth System as an intern for the Trauma Recovery Center in 2019.

Reinker has since been brought on to the Trauma Recovery Center’s team as an assistant in January 2022.

She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration from Bowling Green State University.