Prevention Projects Director Wins State Award

by Public Relations | Jan 10, 2017

Jan. 9, 2017

Donna Kean and Adrienne Gavern-TomlinsonDonna Kean, executive director of the Saint Vincent College Prevention Projects, was presented with the 2016 Maggie Marcopul Award for Service to the Substance Abuse Prevention Field in Pennsylvania.

The award, the highest honor in Pennsylvania prevention services, was presented by Adrienne Gavern-Tomlinson, education and outreach services director of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia, at the statewide Commonwealth Prevention Alliance Conference held in State College recently.

The award is given in memory of Maggie Marcopul, a prevention professional who influenced the prevention field in Pennsylvania for more than three decades. She served as a trainer, board member, officer and advocate as part of the Pennsylvania Prevention Certification Board and the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance.

Nominees for this award must have made a significant contribution to the Pennsylvania field of prevention through service, leadership, political advocacy and education. They must also exhibit professionalism, values and a commitment to the field of prevention, have a  minimum of five years of experience in the field, be active in the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance organization and working in prevention services in Pennsylvania.

“Like Maggie, Donna has worked tirelessly to fill gaps in prevention through her leadership, dedication and innovation of services,” her nomination commented.  “Donna has remained passionate to the field of prevention and as a result was nominated for the award by her peers and colleagues from across Pennsylvania.”

The following is a synopsis of her nomination rationale: “It is with great respect and admiration that Donna Kean be nominated for the Maggie Marcopul Service Award. Donna is a professional who is truly committed to making long-term environmental changes in the prevention field. She has worked in the prevention field for over 35 years. She began working with Saint Vincent College Prevention Projects more than 27 years ago and has steered the program as executive director since 2002. Kean’s resume is long, having worked with:  CSAY (Coalition on Substance Abuse and Youth Advisory Committee) as sub-committee chair; Westmoreland County Tobacco Free Coalition as chair; Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP) as a member and former board member; PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports Trainer); Olweus trainer; Power of Parents trainer; CPA (Commonwealth Prevention Alliance) member for 25 Years; Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force; Truancy Elimination Task Force; Monessen Communities That Care Coalition board member; Pennsylvania Prevention Directors’ Association assistant treasurer; Sage’s Army; Monessen Tobacco Free Coalition; Westmoreland County Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) liaison; Southwest Regional Tobacco Free Coalition; PROSPER committee member; Workforce Investment Board; and Youth Council Board. Donna was nominated not for her long list of professional affiliations but for her ability to utilize those affiliations to make a difference in the prevention field. She uses her professional connections partnered with community involvement to affect long-term sustainable change through advocacy, education, and commitment. On any given day, you may find Donna wearing the B. Cool costume (Prevention Projects program mascot) in a Red Ribbon Parade or the Latrobe 4th of July Parade, or sitting at a statewide directors meeting.  She is the first to arrive and the last to leave.  Donna is tirelessly available to anyone from a concerned parent to a state representative.  Donna uses these opportunities to educate, mobilize and implement. She would never ask anyone to take on a task that she herself is unwilling to do.  Donna Kean sees herself as a change agent.  She utilizes her role to advocate for the prevention field to create long-term and effective change in Pennsylvania. Her work with organizations, grassroots community groups, local coalitions and social service agencies, faith-based groups, school and political groups has purpose. Donna’s vision is to parlay her efforts into a unified front to combat drug and alcohol abuse. In short, Donna Kean, without regard to personal gain, advocates for everyone. She is a professional, a leader and a deeply committed advocate who consistently pushes the prevention field forward. It is with great pride that Donna Kean is nominated for the 2016 Maggie Marcopul Award.”

Donna’s nomination was reviewed by her peers and the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance and was accepted as the honoree for 2016.

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Photo: Donna Kean, left, executive director of the Saint Vincent College Prevention Projects, was presented with the 2016 Maggie Marcopul Award for Service to the Substance Abuse Prevention Field in Pennsylvania. The award, the highest honor in Pennsylvania prevention services, was presented by Adrienne Gavern-Tomlinson, right, education and outreach services director of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia, at the statewide Commonwealth Prevention Alliance Conference held in State College recently.

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