Team Members

Amy D. Frankel, PhD, LPCC


Amy specializes in anxiety and panic, depression, grief, divorce, gay/lesbian issues, co-dependency, and couples.

Etta Brooks, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC

Administrative Team, Board of Directors, Therapist

Etta specializes in counseling couples, families, co-dependency, grief, dependency and addiction, anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, women's issues, gay/lesbian issues, step-families, and adjustment issues.

Joyce Giovannelli, PhD

Administrative Team, Board of Directors, and Therapist

Joyce specializes in Asperger's, high functioning Autism, counseling children, adolescents, families and couples, women's issues, depression and anxiety.

Kristen Krivach, MA, LPCC


Kristen specializes in anxiety, trauma, depression, ADHD, grief and bereavement, chemical dependency, expressive/art therapy, adjustment issues, and LGBT.

Michelle N. Gary, MA, LPCC


Michelle specializes in trauma, family systems, counseling children, sexuality, anxiety and depression.

Ashley Holbert, PhD

Administrative Team, Board of Directors, Therapist

Ashley specializes in counseling adults, couples, depression, anxiety, forensic issues, psychological assessments & testing and substance abuse.

John Hovan, MA, LPCC-S, LICDC


John specializes in anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, ADHD, PTSD, adolescents, marriage and family, personality disorders, grief, trauma, spiritual issues, substance use and behavioral issues (gambling, sexual, gaming).

Karen Cimini, PhD

Clinical Director, Board of Directors, and Therapist

Karen specializes in relationship and family therapy, sexual function and dysfunction, LGBTQ issues, divorce recovery, dependency and addiction, adjustment disorders, mood disorder, chronic illness and grief.

Mandy Kirsch, MA, LPCC-S

Administrative Team, Board of Directors and Therapist

Mandy specializes in family issues, depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, self-harm, LGBTQ, adjustment disorders, women's issues, and mood disorders.

Sheri Walters, MA, LPCC


Sheri specializes in anger management, co-dependency, boundary issues, communication skills, PTSD, issues of grief and loss, mood disorders, and women's issues.

Beth Palmer, M.Ed., LPPC-S, CDCA


Beth specializes in depression, anxiety, stress management, adjustment disorders, grief, anger management, trauma, and communication skills.

John Leedy, D.Min, LPCC

Chief Operating Officer, Board of Directors

John joined Akron Family Institute as a therapist 35 years ago and became a part of the Administrative Team at its inception. He is now retired from therapy.

Kristen Hamilton, M.Ed, LPCC


Kristen specializes in families, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, co-dependency, ADHD, stress management and spirituality.

Matthew Montagner, LISW, LICDC


Matt specializes in anxiety, depression, PTSD, chemical dependency, co-occurring disorders, LGBTQ+ issues, anger and stress management, couples and family therapy.

Tari Ann Riley, MS, LPCC


Tari specializes in counseling adolescents, couples, families, step-families, co-dependency, divorce, gay/lesbian issues, chemical dependency, grief, women's issues, anxiety and PTSD.