Monthly Archives: December 2019

Karen Lackey, GPS ‘Director of Community Prevention Services’ Takes Home “John Murray Award”!

The John Murray award is given every two years to a Geauga County professional and volunteer who exemplify an ongoing commitment to children, passion for their work, quiet effectiveness, and a willingness to go ‘above and beyond’. 

2019 John Murray Award Winners
Karen Lackey (Professional Award) & Trent Lamb (Volunteer Award)

“In the professional category, Karen Lackey, Community Prevention Services Director , was honored to receive the award for 25 years of service in Geauga County through Geauga ESC. Karen was nominated by Dr. Jennifer Sabol, Cardinal Schools. During Karen’s career she continues to build the Geauga Youth Led Prevention and the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), has participated on multiple planning committees and collaboratives over the years to improve outcomes for youth, and has been a featured speaker on both the state and national stages on  youth advocacy topics. She is currently the Geauga Youth Center School Social Worker and also coordinates the School-Community Forum  project, that’s goal is to improve the  mental health, wellness and future success of Geauga County Students.”

More info on the award and the work being done for families in Geauga County can be found at:

GPS Offers Exciting Internship Opportunities

Internship, Volunteer, Adult Ally and Shadowing Experiences are available throughout the school year in any of our six Prevention and Youth Empowerment programs. Our programs serve students in grades 5 through 12 in several Geauga and Lake County schools. We also host several community initiatives that serve all of Northeast Ohio.

For more information, download the PDF attachment below and contact Karen Lackey, MSSA, LISW-S at