Our Team

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.


We are currently accepting applications for children’s counselors. If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter and resume to info@groundworkplaytherapy.org

Karla M. Kirtland-Schweyer


As Executive and Clinical Director, Karla oversees our Counseling and Case Management programs for adults, children, and adolescents, as well as the general administration of the agency. She has over 18 years of experience as a counselor and play therapist, being one of the few Registered Play Therapists in the area. Her exceptional application of classical and play therapy methods have made her services very sought after in the community. She continues to maintain counseling clients despite her role as Executive Director.

Tabitha Maneese


Tabitha is motivated by a desire to help children whose experiences impair their ability to grow. She is a Registered Play Therapist, using play as a means to process and resolve whatever is diminishing her client’s daily functioning.  A child’s past and future are deeply dependent on the influences in their life. For this reason, Tabitha is adamant about including parents/caregivers as participants in treatment.

Bob Buford


Bob joined us as an adjunct adult therapist in 2017 to help serve clients in our growing adult counseling program. Since that time, he has been invaluable for his specialty in depression, anxiety, anger management, and marriage and family counseling. He is a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary, where he earned a master’s degree in clinical counseling as well as a master’s degree in Spiritual Formation.

Jennifer Killby

MA, LPCC-S, CPST Supervisor

Jennifer Killby brings a wealth of experience and clinical expertise to her position as a play-based therapist. She has spent time in some of Ohio’s most daunting communities and offers knowledge and guidance to the families she serves, as well as her fellow colleagues as they assist others. She has trained search and rescue dogs in recent years, and has also trained GWPT’s first therapy dog, Peanut Butter, a loving and gentle golden retriever.

Heather Dillon


Heather has several different areas of specialty. Having a special needs child of her own has helped her understand and navigate the difficulties many parents face with schools and doctors. Heather also has many years experience in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) and is a Registered Behavior Technician. She enjoys connecting with children of all ages and helping the entire family make improvements in their daily functioning.

Amy Kucscik


Amy has been teaching yoga since 2012 and joined us in 2018. Her work has evolved to focus on healing the body and spirit though body work with gentle yoga flow and restorative practice, as well as trauma informed yoga to compliment talk therapy.  Amy offers services with one on one and group appointments in conjunction with your counselor. Amy also serves on the GWPT board, assisting in the decisions and support of the agency, as well as boldly filling the role of Compliance Officer.

Mary Volkmer

Operations Administrator

One of the organization’s original employees with Tabitha and Karla, Mary has been reliable and dedicated to the foundation for GWPT’s growth over the years. Mary also performs all tasks associated with insurance, billing, and accounts receivable. In addition, Mary has served on the organization’s Board of Directors since its inception. On the organization’s administrative side, Mary works largely behind the scenes managing the organization’s operational tasks.

Arielle Dienstberger

LSW, Scribe, Administrative Assistant

Arielle started in April of 2017 as an Administrative Assistant and has been an enormous help to both our clinical and administrative personnel as a scribe and clinical support. She has a degree and license as a social worker and that expertise has made her an invaluable connection between the clinical and administrative worlds. She is often answering calls, contacting clients for scheduling, and completing intake paperwork with new clients. She brings warmth, enthusiasm, and humor to all that she does.

Jennifer Blackledge

Financial Analyst, M.Ed

Jennifer comes to us with a diverse background in education and finance. She has worked in the community for over 20 years as an educator (and continues to serve), and 8 years previously as an accountant. She graciously serves Ground Work Play Therapy as a Financial Analyst, maintaining the financial bookkeeping, assisting with applications for grants, and communicating with the local accounting firms that file returns and provide yearly audits.

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