Meridian Program Coordinator Earns Vanguard Award

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Stephanie Geer, coordinator of Meridian HealthCare’s problem gambling program, was honored this week by the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board at its annual community recognition event.

Geer received the 2020 Vanguard Award, which recognizes a front-line worker who goes above and beyond for their clients.

“Receiving this award is such an honor,” she says. “There are so many individuals who work in our field that are deserving of this award and I am beyond honored that I was the one selected.”

Geer has been a part of the problem gambling program since 2015 and transitioned into the coordinator position a few years ago. In addition to seeing patients, she provides professional trainings, speaks at local universities, attends community events, and provides community presentations on responsible gambling .

She participates in the Coalition for a Drug-Free Mahoning County, Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, Coalition for Health Promotion, Mahoning County Financial Stability Partnership and the Problem Gambling Advisory Board. Geer is the secretary for the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio, and has been involved with Ohio Problem Gambling Conference as a speaker and volunteer.

“Stephanie’s passion for the work she does and the patients she serves is commendable,” says the CEO of Meridian Healthcare, Larry Moliterno. “We are so proud to have her as part of our team.”

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