Our Staff


Director of Community Prevention Services:

Karen Lackey MSSA, LISW-S
Email: klackey@escwr.org

Karen is an Independently Licensed Social Worker with 30+ years in professional practice. She completed her graduate degree in Non-Profit Management from Case Western Reserve University in 1989 and has worked in multiple service sectors including prevention education, mental health treatment, youth residential services and juvenile justice. Karen is also trained in Youth Led Programs by the Ohio Youth Led Prevention Network, Adult Allies Learning Community. Karen is currently the Community Prevention Services Director for Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve, where she has served for over 20 years.

Coordinator, Youth Led Prevention:

Holly Jacobson, M.Ed., OCPC
Email: hjacobson@escwr.org

Holly is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant and Adult Allie to many young people in Geauga County. She completed her graduate work in School Counseling from Kent State University in 2010. Holly has worked to create a comprehensive youth led program to empower the young people in Geauga County to create school and community level change over the past several years. She has been a part of the Ohio Youth Led Adult Allies training through Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services, The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University, and Prevention Action Alliance. She has been working in the prevention field since 2012 and is currently in her 5th year as the Geauga Youth Led Prevention Coordinator for Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve. When Holly started at the ESC, there were not any youth led prevention programs or groups and she has grown the program to 12 youth led prevention chapters in 2 counties. Holly is also a Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) trainer.

Instructor/Prevention Specialist:

Jennie Canganelli, M.Ed., OCPS-RA
Email: jcanganelli@escwr.org

Jennie Canganelli is a Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Instructor working with students in Geauga County schools. Jennie graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Social Work (B.S.S.W.) and worked for over ten years as a Licensed Social Worker in various social service agencies. Jennie earned her Masters of Education Degree (M.Ed.) in School Counseling from Cleveland State University. Jennie strongly believes in the importance of prevention education and utilizes her previous work experience and coursework in her current role as a TPP instructor. Jennie currently lives in Mentor, Ohio with her husband and two children.

Instructor/Social Media Specialist

Billy Jelenic, B.A.
Email: billyjelenic12@gmail.com

Billy is a graduate from Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School in Geauga County. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a focus in Business from Cleveland State University. He started his own graphic design and apparel business and coaches basketball in the area. Billy is currently a TPP Instructor and Social Media Specialist of the Prevention Department at the Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve.