Chairman of the Board
Neil McKinnell, the founder and Chairman of the Board for Evoke Wellness, has over 25 years of experience creating and leading successful businesses in e-commerce, real estate, manufacturing and distribution, and healthcare. As a seasoned executive, Neil’s ability to balance strategic decisions, financial discipline and a hands on approach to leadership has markedly helped Evoke Wellness establish a concrete foundation needed for its earned success.
Executive Director LISW
James Cody Bothe is an LISW who has been in the addiction field for over 10 years. Cody is from West Palm Beach Florida and went to Florida Atlantic University where he received his master’s degree in social work. Cody chose to work for Evoke Wellness because he shared the same vision on client care and culture. Cody believes in client care over anything else and utilizes a client centered approach when treating anyone that is struggling with substance use or mental health issues. Cody’s primary goal is to help people believe in themselves so that they can live the life that they deserve.
Clinical Director, MS, LPCC-S, CCATP
Katie was born and raised in Northwest Indiana. She went to Valparaiso University before moving to Wyoming for her first job. She obtained a masters at the University of Wyoming and stayed there to run an Outpatient clinic. Her role was the director of mental health services for athletes and teams at the University of Wyoming. It was hard for her to leave the tight knit University focused community, but she moved to Ohio in 2021 to be closer to family. The pandemic had left her to re-evaluate her values and future and her husband’s family lived in Hilliard, Ohio. She wanted to be able to take care of the family and be present in their lives.
Katie has worked in the Substance use field since 2002. She started working with young men that had criminal and drug charges that were incarcerated. Her role was to help re-acclimate them to society, stay clean, and make a positive impact on their communities. She started her own outpatient, drug court program, and integrated care with individuals and families with SUD and MH needs. Then, she started a behavioral health program at the NCAA division 1 University providing holistic services to student-athletes and joined a private practice before joining Evoke.
Katie says she loves what she does because this work has been a driving force in her professional career. Once the fire was lit, to serve the underserved, she was driven by a passion to help others heal. The “The purpose I feel, and the impact we have, continues to be at the forefront of my focus. Being trusted to care for people in their darkest of days is driven by an attunement to humankind and a connection to our own vulnerability. Opportunities to motivate change, show compassion, and connect with people have created an intense dedication to helping others find their value and strength.
Director of Nursing BSN, RN
Shawnese was born and raised in Sharon, Pennsylvania. She has been a resident of Columbus, Ohio for two years now and is loving it. She came to expand her career opportunities as a nurse. This is her first position as a nurse in the substance use field. She has a history of working with mental health, intermediate, and ICU patients. To Shawnese, nursing isn’t just a profession; it is a passion for caring for people.
When caring for a client and witnessing their recovery from beginning to end, the results are so rewarding. She remembers her grandmother telling her, “People never forget how you make them feel,” and in this line of duty, it is essential to let the patients know you truly want them to feel like themselves again.
Director of Admissions
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Staci recently transferred to Hilliard, Ohio to work with our amazing team doing what she loves. Staci is a motivated, empathetic, goal-driven, and strong communicator. She has worked in the substance use field for 4.5 years.
“I have this unique opportunity to encourage and empathize with clients who are engaging in a monumental, life-changing experience. Meeting them on their level and ensuring everyone receives the best client care possible that is tailored to their specific needs.”
Director of Human Resources and Recruiting
Born and raised just outside of Baltimore, Maryland, Megan moved to Westerville, Ohio for college in 2004 and has been in central Ohio ever since. Megan can best be described as Empathetic, goofy, resilient, creative, and motivated. This is the first time she has worked in the substance use field but has been in recovery for over 14 years.
“I love being an HR professional and leader because I get to work with a diverse population of employees, and I get to use my technical skills and knowledge to help an organization grow and develop. I love working at Evoke Wellness because I get to do all of these things in a recovery and cause-driven setting.”
Director of Business Development
Cody was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He has over four years of experience in the substance use field and knows the Ohio area very well. Cody can best be described as Persistent, motivated, sociable, reliable and friendly. As someone who is personally in recovery, he loves doing what he does because it allows him to give back to the community that he once took so much from.
Director of Operations
Travis was born in New York City and raised in sunny Tampa, Florida. Travis graduated from Gulf High School. After high school, he attended South Florida University studying arboriculture. Travis’s training from South Florida University prepared him for his job as a certified tree climber, which he did for 10 years. Travis got his career in substance use as a behavioral health technician at Waves Recovery in Ft Lauderdale, Florida.
From waves, Travis continued working as a BHT until he landed at Evoke Wellness at Miramar. Travis began his career with Evoke as BHT and quickly became the Lead BHT. Travis continued his journey moving to Massachusetts Evoke Wellness as the operations supervisor, promoted to operations manager and has been promoted to the director of operations. He has a strong work ethic and enjoys being a part of the Evoke family. In his free time, Travis likes to fish, grill, hike, go to the beach, or anything involving the outdoors.
Registered Nurse, ARNP
Jaime has been a Registered Nurse for 16 years. She graduated with her master’s degree in Nursing, as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2013, from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Cincinnati, with a post-master’s certificate, as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been working in Addiction Medicine for the last 5 1/2 years. Jaime loves what she does because she believes in helping people recover, and in living their best life. Her passion is treating people with addiction and mental health issues, because it is a vastly underserved population. She believes in treating people with respect, kindness and compassion. She enjoys working, but in her spare time, Jaime likes to shop, travel, and spend time with my family and friends. “I’m happy to be part of such a great place to work, and to continue to make a difference in my patients’ lives.”
Clinical Therapist BSW, CDCA
Paige has a bachelor’s degree in social work and graduated from Ohio University in 2019. She completed her CDCA upon graduating and is currently working towards her LSW. Outside of work she spends her time at the gym and eating all the food. She enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors, with her dog and with her nieces and nephews! Paige has a passion for this population as it hits home. She enjoys helping others and being part of their recovery journey aiding and advocating. She has been engaged in the field since 2018 and initially worked in outpatient/sober living, then transitioned into detox and inpatient once she began working at Evoke Wellness.
Clinical Therapist MSW, LSW
Charlotte is a Licensed Social Worker and therapist. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University in Child and Youth Studies, and her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver.
She grew up in Columbus, Ohio but has just returned from Denver, Colorado where she lived for the last three years. She has a miniature Dachshund named Simon and got married this year! She loves hiking, cooking, traveling, music, watching movies, and spending time with loved ones.
Charlotte loves being a social worker because it gives her the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life. She loves being a therapist because she gets to know people and connect with them in a way that allows them to feel heard, seen, and safe. This is especially important to her. She worked at a counseling agency for substance use for a year in Denver in 2019 and since then has worked in schools and residential eating disorder facilities. She is incredibly happy to be returning home to gain more experience in the substance use field.