October 13, 2022
Ashley Mariano, Prevention Coordinator; Family and Community Partnership Liaison at the Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio, was recognized as the Support Staff of the Year by the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board for service to a local district, its students, and community.
After tragedy struck at Lowellville Local School District in May, the Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio (ESCEO, formerly Mahoning County ESC) immediately became engaged to support the district, with Prevention Coordinator; Family and Community Partnership Liaison Ashley Mariano coordinating the response.
“Ashley was instrumental in responding to the crisis situation with a team of mental health professionals, including school and local agency personnel,” says Dr. Traci Hostetler, ESCEO Superintendent. “Throughout the process, she connected students, family, and staff to appropriate providers for additional support and resources.”
Mariano worked with staff, law enforcement, and other key county agencies to develop a re-entry plan for students, families, and staff, including developing a tiered counseling support plan based on individual needs.
Mariano was recognized for her service and support at the Mahoning County Mental Health Recovery Board’s Annual Recognition Luncheon on September 23, 2022 in Youngstown.
"This award is such an honor,” says Mariano “I am fortunate to get to work my dream job, supporting educators and helping professionals to provide the best care for our students and our community. "
“Ashley takes her role and responsibilities to heart and is dedicated to her vocation,” says Hostetler. “She is always willing to go above and beyond and is very passionate about wanting to help others.”
The ESC of Eastern Ohio (then Mahoning County ESC) introduced the role of Prevention Coordinator with the onboarding of Mariano in August 2020 and saw her role expand with the addition of the Family and Community Partnership Liaison role in December 2020. Her services provide mental health and wellness support and connections for educators, families, counselors, and students, especially those most vulnerable.
The prevention and teaching and learning teams at the ESCEO provide several professional learning opportunities to educators in the area to support student and staff wellbeing, to foster a safe and secure learning environment, and to improve student success.These resources, tools, and training opportunities are available at no cost to more than 20 districts serviced by the ESC of Eastern Ohio in Mahoning, Columbiana, and Trumbull Counties. Resources and tools for families, educators, and counselors available through the ESCEO can be found on their website, www.esceasternohio.org