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ADAPAO Awards

History

Since 1988, ADAPAO has presented annual awards to honor excellence in and commitment to prevention in Ohio. The awards are presented in recognition of dedication to advancing prevention across the state. The award categories have evolved since their inception and currently include a variety of opportunities to acknowledge and recognize exceptional individuals and organizations (including non-member eligibility for some awards).

As has been the case since 1988, ADAPAO members are solely responsible for nominations. Our members nominate prevention professionals, community advocates, coalition members, business leaders, public servants, and others they believe are deserving of recognition for their prevention efforts.

The ADAPAO Awards are presented at the luncheon of the ADAPAO Annual Conference, held in May. In addiction to the honor of public recognition, award recipients will also receive a commemorative plaque.

2016 ADAPAO Award Recipients

The 2016 ADAPAO Award recipients featured honorees from four areas of Ohio, representing leadership and contributions in settings ranging from county government and community coalitions to neighborhoods and high schools. The following join an illustrious list of ADAPAO members and other prevention advocates who have advanced prevention in their communities and throughout the state.

ADAPAO Visionary Award for exemplary efforts to advance alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention across Ohio 
L. Craig Comedy, CPC; Executive Director, Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program of Franklin County
Comedy was honored for his leadership in ensuring prevention is a priority in behavioral health services in Ohio. Comedy serves on the Prevention Committee of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board and is a charter member of the ADAPAO Think Tank, a collaborative of some of Ohio’s most experienced prevention professionals. “Craig is constantly and consistently advocating for prevention in his back yard and all over Ohio,” said Aimee Wade, president of ADAPAO. “He drives others to make prevention a priority in behavioral health, benefiting all of Ohio.”

ADAPAO Community Champion Award for going above and beyond expectations to advance prevention within their community
Michael Schoenhofer, LISW; Executive Director, Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize & Hardin Counties 
Schoenhofer was recognized for championing the role of prevention in the workplace. He launched the We Care At Work program, a training and policy development initiative that creates drug-free workplace programs in his three-county region and links employers to the behavioral health sector for both prevention and treatment services. “Mike has embraced the role of workplaces as ground floor for prevention for adults,” said Aimee Wade, ADAPAO president. “His efforts ensure that thousands of adults receive prevention education for themselves and their families and are encouraged to make healthy choices.”

ADAPAO Community Champion Award for going above and beyond expectations to advance prevention within their community
Max Doll, High School Student Leader; Perry Local High School
Doll has been a leader in youth-led prevention in Stark County, serving on the Youth Council of Drug Free Stark County, the local community coalition, and motivating his school to maintain youth-led prevention programs. He has also served on the Youth Council of the Ohio Youth Led Prevention Network, a statewide youth-led prevention group. Doll is the first high school student to receive an ADAPAO Award in the nearly 30-year history of the honors. “Max is the epitome of youth-led prevention,” said Aimee Wade, president of ADAPAO. “He demonstrates that youth are pivotal in preventing substance abuse among their peers and within the whole community.”

ADAPAO Advocate Award for exemplary efforts in advancing the mission of ADAPAO: employing the power of dialogue, networking and advocacy to amplify a unified voice for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention in Ohio
Christi Valentini-LacknerCPS; Project Director, Coalition for a Healthy, Safe & Drug Free Greater Hamilton 
Valentini-Lackner has become one of the strongest prevention advocates in Southwest Ohio, engaging adults and youth in conversation, cooperation and action to prevent substance abuse. She is a recent graduate of the ADAPAO Mentoring Project, a professional development initiative for Ohio’s most promising prevention specialists. “Christi is an energetic, intelligent, and skilled prevention advocate,” said Aimee Wade, ADAPAO president. “She is a terrific ambassador for community-based prevention.”

ADAPAO Member of the Year for exemplary contributions to ADAPAO and its membership through service to or on behalf of ADAPAO
Frances Gerbig, MPH, CPC, Assistant Executive Director, Prevention Action Alliance 
Gerbig plays a pivotal role in ADAPAO’s advocacy efforts, bringing her expertise and insight to several ADAPAO committees and actively applying ADAPAO tools and resources to her local area. She also recruits members to the association and supports events, including the ADAPAO Garden Party and the ADAPAO Annual Conference. “Fran is one of our most dedicated members,” said Aimee Wade, president of ADAPAO. “Her contributions to ADAPAO are innumerable, and our association and all our members benefit significantly from her commitment to prevention.”

2015 ADAPAO Award Recipients

ADAPAO Visionary Award (for exemplary efforts to advance alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention across Ohio)
Mary F. Haag; RN, OCPS II; President and CEO, PreventionFIRST!
Mary Haag is honored for her actions to ensure all Ohioans understand and prioritize prevention. She serves on the Prevention Committee of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board and is a charter member of the ADAPAO Think Tank, a collaborative of some of Ohio’s most experienced prevention professionals. “Mary recognizes that prevention must come first,” said Bobby Persinger, president of ADAPAO. “She consistently motivates individuals, communities, and Ohio’s prevention advocates to achieve that goal.”

ADAPAO Community Champion Award (for going above and beyond expectations to advance prevention within their community)
Nettie Ferguson, OCPS II; Community Engagement and Prevention Coordinator, Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board of Franklin County
Nettie Ferguson is a veteran prevention professional and a charter member of the ADAPAO Think Tank. She has been instrumental in the development of the Franklin County Urban Coalition, including advocating for cultural competent prevention initiatives. “Nettie is one of the most well-respected, veteran prevention professionals in Ohio,” said Bobby Persinger, ADAPAO president. “She is a key champion for prevention in Franklin County.”

ADAPAO Community Champion Award (for going above and beyond expectations to advance prevention within their community)
Barbara Adams Marin; Prevention Program Supervisor, Solutions Community Counseling and Recovery Services
Barbara Adams Marin has changed how Warren and Clinton Counties view prevention, expanding services beyond the local schools to include community-based initiatives and systems change. She has also played a key role in the adoption and implementation of a youth survey in Clinton County. “Barbara has been a change agent in southwest Ohio, championing state of the art prevention strategies in Warren and Clinton Counties,” said Bobby Persinger, president of ADAPAO. “Her motivation and diligence are an inspiration for prevention professionals throughout Ohio.”

ADAPAO Advocate Award (for exemplary efforts in advancing the mission of ADAPAO: employing the power of dialogue, networking and advocacy to amplify a unified voice for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention in Ohio)
Bobbie BoyerLISW-S, LICDC-CS, OCPS II; Training Manager, Institute for Human Services
Bobbie Boyer has spearheaded a statewide effort to increase behavioral health training, including prevention, for Ohio’s child welfare system. Her commitment will ensure caseworkers and foster and adoptive parents garner additional prevention tools. “Bobbie’s commitment will increase prevention approaches for some of Ohio’s most vulnerable children and families,” said Bobby Persinger, ADAPAO president. “This initiative is just one more shining example of linking systems, people and services that defines Bobbie’s career.

ADAPAO Member of the Year (for exemplary contributions to ADAPAO and its membership through service to or on behalf of ADAPAO)
Darryl Brake; Executive Director, Community Partnership of Summit County
Darryl Brake is an active member of the ADAPAO Education & Training Committee and the ADAPAO Advocacy Committee. He contributes to the planning of ADAPAO’s annual conference and the association’s community prevention advocacy initiatives. “Darryl is a valued member of ADAPAO, providing ideas and critical thinking to some of our most important projects,” said Bobby Persinger, president of ADAPAO. “We are a stronger association and better prevention advocates because of Darryl’s contributions.”