Program Director:

Karen Lackey MSSA, LISW
Email: karen.lackey@geaugaesc.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 Geauga County Educational Service Center, where she has served for over 20 years.

Instructors:

Holly Jacobson, M.Ed., OCPC
Email: hollyjacobson14@gmail.com

Holly is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant and Adult Ally 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 Geauga County Educational Service Center. When she started there were not any youth led prevention programs or groups and she has grown the program to nine youth led prevention chapters in 2 counties.

Jennie Canganelli, M.Ed., OCPS-RA
Email: jennie.canganelli@geaugaesc.org

Jennie Canganelli is a Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Instructor working primarily with seventh and eighth graders 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.

Billy Jelenic, B.A.
Email: billy.jelenic@geaugaesc.org

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 the Digital Media Coordinator and a School-Based Prevention Educator at the Geauga ESC.