Board member retires from the Counseling Center after 13 years of distinguished service to the community

Pictured (from left) Michael Pusateri and Susan Wenderoth, President, Board of Trustees, the Counseling Center (Submitted photo)

LISBON — On Dec. 5, 2018, at the monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Counseling Center, Michael J. Pusateri, Jr. was presented with a plaque and sincere appreciation for serving on the Board continuously since 2006 – for four three-year terms, plus an additional year to complete a former trustee’s final term. Mr. Pusateri also served on the Finance Committee.

Throughout his tenure, Mr. Pusateri was a committed advocate on behalf of the Counseling Center in its mission to improve the lives of individuals and families by meeting the behavioral health needs of the citizens of Columbiana County. He was involved in many Board activities that resulted in expanded programs and services. He oversaw the Center’s expansion of housing for residents with severe and persistent mental illness. This included three separate grants from The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA), and Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Cincinnati to build an eight-unit new construction apartment complex – the Hornsby House – and a new construction duplex, successfully completed and under budget that was completed in March, 2016. He also participated in the Board’s actions on grant awards to remodel seven scattered site apartments throughout Columbiana County in 2013-2015; a remodel of the Center’s homeless shelter – the Kendall Home – in 2015; and the construction of 10 new client apartments, funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and OhioMHAS, completed in 2007.

Mr. Pusateri helped the Center acquire a new building, moving its Salem office to its newly renovated office on Vine Avenue in July, 2017, which provided increased office space, parking, and expanded services and programming to the northern part of the county. He was also actively involved in the Center’s move to a new location in Calcutta to offer improved, client-centered services.

Mr. Pusateri worked very hard, starting at a young age. He has been President of Mike Pusateri Excavating since 1985 and President and Co-founder of Pipelines since 1991. He is involved in many other business ventures. He has been married to his wife, Robin for 43 years. Together, they have three children, Mathew, Jason, and Ashley and seven grandchildren. Mr. Pusateri has been a board member of the Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation since 1996. He is a lifetime member of the Sons of Italy and Ambassador of Tourism for Aruba since 2006. Mr. Pusateri loves traveling with his family, visiting his grandchildren’s sporting events, which include hockey, gymnastics, baseball, volleyball, basketball, and cheerleading. He also enjoys sports car track days.