Donald A. Lichi, Phd

interim president

Donald A. Lichi, PhD. is a licensed psychologist and currently serves as the Interim President of EMERGE Counseling Services.  Dr. Lichi is an adjunct professor with Trinity International University (IL), the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), the Asia Theological Center (Singapore), and All Nations Theological Seminary (Malawi, Africa).  He has been a speaker at numerous conferences and workshops on pastoral health, Christian Education, parenting, marriage, and family issues.  He has published several articles on Christian mental health.  He is the co-author of the book, Broken Windows of the Soul (Moody Press).  He serves on the board of Emmanuel Christian Academy which ministers to "at risk" children in the inner city of Akron, OH.  Dr. Lichi was in private practice for over five years, taught school, and directed a school-based counseling program for six years.  He also taught for six years in the graduate school at the University of Akron.  While in the United States Air Force he served for three years in Italy and three years in Alaska.  Recent ministry has taken him to India, Brazil, Thailand, Ecuador, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Romania, China, Malaysia, Russia, Hungary, Nicaragua, and Singapore.  Best of all, he is married to Marcie and they have three adult children and seven grandchildren.

stephen w.j. dunleavey, ma, lpcc-s

director of clinical services


todd veppert

director of finance and operations

Todd came to EMERGE with over 20 years experience in Behavioral Health.  He felt called to serve at EMERGE having worked his entire career in the non-profit sector.  He is a graduate of the University of Akron where he received his BS in Finance and Associates in Accounting.  Todd also holds a Masters of Ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary.  While not at EMERGE, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys.  He also plays a large part in serving his church.