About A.C.E, Inc.

We are a non-profit agency funded by the Tuscarawas and Carroll County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board offering peer support, self-help and educational opportunities

Our Board

Our board is made up entirely of ACE members, which meets the definition of a peer-run peer support agency.

Board Members

Nelson Freed, Board President
Matt Wyatt, Board Member
Stephanie Armstrong, Board Member
Tod Persons, Board Member
Michael Smart, Board Member

Our Staff

Todd Little

Executive Director

Todd Little has been the Executive Director of ACE since 2009. He has a degree in Psychology from the University of Akron, extensive continuing education, and additional graduate level work from Penn State University in Drug and Alcohol Prevention. His experience in social work and counseling at social service agencies and in mental health, has made him a strong supporter and advocate for those who are mentally and socially disadvantaged. He has a varied background, having worked in mental health, drug and alcohol counseling and prevention, bereavement services, child and day care provider services, services for the developmentally disabled, and has been an investigator of child abuse, neglect, sexual abuse and abuse of the elderly. His experience in providing support groups, consultation, community outreach, and individual and group services with a focus on recovery, wellness and education has been invaluable to the members and operation of ACE since he arrived.

Todd has been a sought after speaker as a bereavement consultant and has spoken at Association for Death Education and Counseling conferences, The World Gathering on Bereavement, and for the New York State Association of Cemeteries, among others. For many years Todd wrote the Grief column for the Bargain Hunter newspaper, and has been featured in national and international funeral industry trade publications. He has served and held offices on the boards of the Red Cross, Community Hospice, the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dover Youth Football, the Dover Tornado Club, the Tuscarawas County Park Department Advisory Committee, and was a founding member of the Tuscarawas Valley Heritage, Inc. He facilitated and advised the local Survivors of Suicide and prevention group, and was also the local NAMI chairperson, for many years. Todd is also the proud father of triplet sons- Andrew, Taylor and Logan. He lives with his love, Candy, their cats- Harlow and Theo, and their dog- Maggie.
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Jamie Chadwick-Walker

Program Director/Client Services

Jamie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Kent State University. She is responsible for the planning and coordination of all of ACE’s member activities, both in-house and those involving travel. She also oversees the many services delivered to our membership. She is a trained facilitator for the Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) program. Jamie is a NAMI certified Connections peer support group facilitator as well as NAMI’s Family-to-Family program, and has just taken over as chairperson of our local NAMI chapter. Jamie is also a certified Work Incentive Practitioner (WIP) which allows her to assist those on disability to rejoin the workforce. She is in the process of completing the State Peer Support Specialist certification. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her son Jaxon.

Debbie Swaldo

Creative Director

Debbie holds certifications in Peer Support and in NAMI Connections group facilitation and is on the NAMI board for Tuscarawas and Carroll County. She is a trained facilitator for the Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) program. Debbie is responsible for all art related activities at ACE. She studied with the Art Instruction Schools in Minneapolis MN. She studied at the New York Institute of Photography as a photographer and trained and managed photo labs for CPI Corporation for over 10 years. She has also attended many classes at Kent State University in upper management and administration and graduated from New Pointe Institute in Biblical Studies. She is also one of the founders and co-owners of a non-profit ministry, His Words I Speak. This all adds a special dimension to the mix of our member’s experiences here at ACE. She is the proud mother of 3 sons and 4 grandchildren. Family and relationships are at the center of her heart.

Nelson Freed

State Certified Peer Supporter

Nelson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Kent State University. He is also certified in Peer Support, and is a NAMI peer support group facilitator. In 2020, he was the recipient of the prestigious Peer Advocacy award from Peg’s Foundation (see our “Partners” page for more details). Nelson is always a top performer in our fund-raisers. He has been a full time volunteer at ACE since 2009.

Doug Boyd

State Certified Peer Supporter

Doug holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Kent State University. He is also a NAMI-certified peer support group facilitator. Doug has many years of experience in and around the mental health community in Ohio. His experience includes mental health case management, crisis intervention services, and database and report design. Doug’s position now is tapping into his lived experiences to support his peers at ACE. He lives a quiet life with his wife Tuoi and their two rescue dogs.
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Marilyn Pryor

Housekeeping and Food Services

She is in charge of all the cooking, cleaning, food organization and storage. She also keeps the building neat and clean.

Brian Dickerson

Van Driver

Brian is responsible for picking up and dropping off members for daily activities, as well as longer distance driving for special events. He has a solid background as a driver for the Dallas Airport Shuttle.

Supporting those with a mental illness.

The prevalence of mental illness nationwide is on the rise. Because isolation is so prevalent among people who live with mental illness, A.C.E. provides a unique support system which often feels like family to those who drop in regularly. A.C.E. strives to meet the mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs of its members, all under the umbrella of hope! We exist to offer hope to those who feel hopeless.

Our Vision

To create an environment that brings hope and improves the quality of life for persons affected by mental illness and substance abuse.

Our Values

Everyone is entitled to live a quality life in the community. Our services should be person centered, recovery focused, holistic and peer driven.

Mental Health Recovery & Wellness Center

The A.C.E. mental health recovery and wellness center is located in New Philadelphia, OH. We are certified by the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) to provide Peer Recovery Services and as a Peer Run Organization (PRO). A.C.E is handicap accessible and will provide assistance as appropriate to a person’s needs, and as our staff size and budget will allow.

A.C.E. provides limited transportation. Members can ride daily both to and from the center as well as various other planned social and recreational activities. Members simply need to call ahead of time to let us know they will be needing transportation on that day.

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