Troy resident to receive child advocacy awards


Staff Report

COLUMBUS — Ohio Senator Peggy Lehner (6th District) is one of five individuals — including a Troy resident — who will receive service awards Friday, Sept. 22, for their dedication to children who are abused and neglected.

The Ohio CASA/GAL Association will make the presentations at a noon ceremony at the DoubleTree Columbus-Worthington, 175 Hutchinson Ave., Columbus.

“CASA” stands for court appointed special advocates. CASA volunteers are specially trained to advocate in court for the best interest of a maltreated child. They are appointed by judges to gather and report information to the court.

Senator Lehner will receive Ohio CASA’s 2017 Child Advocate of the Year award. Other honorees include:

• Doug Page of Troy, 2017 Rising Star Volunteer of the Year.

• Ann Baronas of Sylvania, 2017 Attorney Advocate of the Year.

• Michelle Frohne of Port Clinton, 2017 Mary Ellen Wilson Social Worker of the Year.

• Gene Schumacher of Fremont, 2017 Pro Star Volunteer of the Year.

Ohio CASA is a statewide 501(c)(3) corporation that provides training, funding, leadership, quality assurance, and management assistance to 42 CASA programs in Ohio that serve 51 counties.

For more information, contact Doug Stephens, Ohio CASA executive director at (614) 224-2272.