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Karen Lackey MSSA, LISW




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Karen is an Independently Licensed Social Worker with over 30 years in professional practice.  She completed her graduate degree in Non-Profit Management from Case Western Reserve University with a specialization in Child and Family. She currently oversees the Youth Led Prevention and Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) programs for ESC, and is also the school social worker at Geauga Youth Center residential facility.  She can be reached at


 Jill Maiorca, LISW


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Jill received her masters in social work from The Ohio State University with a specialization in School Social Work. She has been certified by the Department of Education to do social work in the schools and has earned her LISW. Jill has a background of working with children and families in a variety of settings. She has been working in the Geauga County Schools for nearly 10 years. She can be reached at

Kathy Schmelzer, LSW, OCPS-II
Gaitway High School

Kathy has over 27 years of experience delivering social work services in the schools. She has been with GCESC for the past 10 years. Kathy has been a member of the Lake-Geauga Training Committee for the past 13 years and provides professional development & training in the following areas: drug and alcohol prevention, therapeutic interviewing, paraprofessional skills, group facilitation, and parenting. She can be reached directly at 440-313-4426 or  
Donna Fischer, MAAT, PC
Donna Fischer is a licensed counselor who received her masters in Art Therapy Counseling from Ursuline College. She is currently seeking her independent clinical license and Trauma Informed Care Certification. She has been working with children and families for 10 years. She began her career as an intensive family therapist and for the past 8 years has worked exclusively in the school setting.  She can be reached at 
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