Vice President

Thomas D. Stuber

Thomas D. Stuber is the President and Chief Legislative Officer of The LCADA Way and an Adjunct Professor of Addiction Counseling at LCCC and Ashland University. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Wright State University and an MBA from Ashland University. He completed post-graduate training at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and The Johnson Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tom holds professional licenses as an LPCC-S, LICDC-CS & SAP. He has been happily married to his wonderful wife, Susan of 43 years and they have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Tom started his career in Addiction in 1980 at The Lakeland Institute and has remained for 38 years always working to do himself out of a job by finally resolving the impact that addiction has on individuals, families, and the community.  Obviously, the job is not yet done. He left and returned to Lorain County to head up The LCADA Way in 1999. During his tenure as President and CEO, he has taken the Agency to a higher level of customer service to ensure our customers don’t feel like they are “less than” just because they suffer from the disease of addiction. The LCADA Way currently provides treatment services in Lorain, Erie, Medina, and Cuyahoga counties.

Tom is always looking for innovative ways to provide cutting-edge programs and services that meet or exceed industry standards to help our customers achieve lifelong sobriety. Since the onset of the Opiate Epidemic, Tom has been focused on developing effective services and models of care to address the unique needs of those addicted and their families.  These services include the first Ambulatory Detox Programs, the use of the Bridge, Medication Assisted Treatment, Opiate specific research-based curriculums, and through partnerships with Recovery Housing with Day Treatment Programs. Tom is a sought expert in the field of addiction, speaking to community organizations, hospitals, churches, schools/colleges, police departments, etc.

Tom’s passion for ensuring that treatment services are available for those seeking help for their addiction is evident in everything he does. From his work on the state level influencing lawmakers to change policies and allocate funds that will assist those struggling with addiction. Tom spearheaded a campaign that lasted fourteen years to get the IMD Rule lifted, which limited residential treatment facilities to only 16 beds. This Rule has been around for 53 years. This was a huge victory for those waiting for residential treatment. To being a counselor, a leader, a friend, and a true advocate for people and their families who have been hit hardest by the Opioid epidemic.

Tom is a Big Brother and is a former Big Brother, Big Sister Board member. He currently serves as President, OARP (Ohio Alliance of Recovery Providers). He sits on the Advisory Boards of Lorain County Recovery Court and Lorain County Veterans Court.

Positions Held: Lakeland Institute: Director of Inpatient Services; Laurelwood Hospital: Director of Addictive Disease and Dual Diagnosis Programs; Recovery Resources: Chief Operating Officer; The LCADA Way: President and Chief Executive Officer (current)

Past Board Member of The Lorain County Children’s and Family First Council, Lorain County Academy Advisory Board, ADAMHS Board of Lake County, Oesterlen Services for Youth, Hitchcock Center for Women, Tom was also Clinical Standards Chair for the Target Cities Project of the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County.  Tom was also one of the original members of the Cleveland Treatment Directors Association, The Cleveland Treatment Directors Association developed the Clinical Protocols now used by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Past Committees:  Managed Care Committee of the Federation of Community Planning, Multiple Committees of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services including; Tele-Health Committee, Adolescent Treatment Advisory Committee, Outcomes Committee and Trainer, Rules, and Policy Committee, just to name a few.

Awards Personal and Agency:

2019 Difference Makers Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Leadership ● 2017 Cleveland Clinic Avon Community Service Award ● 2015 Community Organizer Award – Lorain UMADAOP ● 2013 Difference Makers Award – Organization ● Board Chair Award – Main St. Elyria ● United Way Pillar Award ● City of Elyria Martin Luther King Jr. Award

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