Mental health and addiction services for children and adults.

Rev. Dr. Byron Arledge, PC

President/CEO

The Rev. Dr. Byron Arledge, president and CEO, is a licensed counselor and author. His impressive education and work experience have culminated into the visionary leader he is today, growing PCS from a small venture into a prominent non-profit, which now serves more than 4,000 individuals in the greater Akron area.


Marvin Sharpless, CPA

Senior Vice President

Marvin Sharpless oversees the operational and financial aspects of PCS. A certified public accountant and previous PCS board member, he brings a rich, business-minded perspective as a result of more than 30 years of experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.


Ann Robson, PCC-S

Vice President of Clinical Services

Ann Robson manages all aspects of mental health services and interventions for PCS. Ann has been with PCS since the inception of the school-based therapy program. She is responsible for ensuring all programs have a strong clinical base and fostering the team of professionals in the field.


Kaleista Lagarde, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Director of Human Resources

Kaleista Lagarde is responsible for implementing human resource management strategies and policies that enable PCS to recruit, train and retain a high-performing and motivated workforce that meets the agency’s business objectives. Kaleista has 20 years of senior management experience in both the private and public sectors from industries such as healthcare, financial services, retail, higher education and manufacturing.


Jennifer Puglia, MSEd, LPCC-S

Director of Quality Improvement and Compliance

Jennifer Puglia has a rich history with PCS, beginning in 1999 as a therapist, a supervisor since 2003, and in 2014 as a member of the compliance department. Now as director of quality improvement and compliance, she uses her direct-service experience to serve as an advocate for PCS staff and clients, focusing on what is important for the agency as a whole.


Kemp Boyd, MAOM, BL

Director of the Vassel Comprehensive Care Center

Kemp Boyd developed, opened, and now oversees operations of the Barbara M. Vassel Comprehensive Care Center, PCS’s outpatient mental health clinic. With more than a decade of leadership experience in the cultivation and motivation of staff and clients, Kemp empowers those around him to reach their potential, including the kids at Kenmore High School where he serves as head football coach.


Amy Wagner, LISW-S

Electronic Health Record Clinical Director

Amy Wagner ensures compliance standards are met through accurate documentation while focusing on continuous process improvement. With her 17-year history with PCS as a therapist and co-creator of a suspension program, Amy’s passion for helping children motivates her to enhance the efficiency of PCS employees, maximizing their time in the field.


DeAnna Christian, LISW-S

Director of CPST Services

DeAnna Christian has contributed to the success of PCS since 2004, first as a therapist and now as director of all case management services. With a clear vision of how to meet the needs of the children she serves, DeAnna creates and brings to life innovative initiatives such as the suspension program and the Summer Group Program.