Jerry has 28 Years of Mental Health experience working in a variety of settings including inpatient, partial hospitalization, outpatient and EAP settings. Jerry graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary in 1992 with a MA in pastoral counseling. He became a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in 1996. Dr. Strausbaugh has worked at Appleseed Community Mental Health Center since 1999 and became the executive director of Appleseed in 2005. In 2006 he completed the “Mental Health Executive Leadership Program” at Case Western Reserve University. In December of 2013 Jerry Received an Ed.D. in Leadership Studies from Ashland University. His research focused on the developmental process of community mental health center executive directors who began their careers as clinicians.
Jerry is a graduate of Leadership Ashland, board member and past-president of the Ashland Rotary Club and member of the executive committee for the Ashland County Family and Children First Council. Jerry is a board member for the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers along with the Ohio Behavioral Health Provider Network. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of mental health leadership, stress management, and personal development. On a personal level Dr. Strausbaugh has been married to Jane for 29 years and is the father of three adult daughters. Jerry and Jane are active members of Grace Church in Ashland. As a couple they enjoy hiking and visiting family and friends.