FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAKE-GEAUGA RECOVERY CENTERS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, LARRY KAPPLER, ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT; KERRI LUCKNER NAMED AS SUCCESSOR
Mentor, OH, September 18, 2020: Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers, Inc., an area leader in the treatment of substance use disorders, announced the retirement of Larry Kappler, MPA, LICDC-CS, chief operating officer (COO), and the appointment of Kerri Luckner, LPCC-S, as the organization’s new COO starting October 1.
“Throughout his tenure, Larry was instrumental in achieving unprecedented growth and client care while improving operational efficiency and promoting innovation,” said Melanie Blasko, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers. “With a career that spans 4 decades in healthcare, Larry’s leadership contributed significantly to Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers’ success. We thank him for his loyal service to the organization and wish him the very best as he retires.”
“I have never in my long career worked with a more committed and passionate organization than Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers,” Kappler said. “One that is dedicated to their mission of promoting lifetime recovery from addiction. I truly feel blessed and fortunate to have been a part of this mission.”
Kappler added, “As Kerri transitions from Outpatient Program Manager to COO, I am confident the Centers’ forward momentum will continue as she works with our skilled counselors and staff to build upon a strong foundation of success.”
Luckner offers over 16 years of healthcare experience, most recently serving as Outpatient Program Manager in the Centers’ Chardon and Painesville offices. Additionally, Luckner served in various healthcare roles for Portage County Department of Job and Family Services and Recovery Resources. She earned a bachelor’s degree from The College of Wooster and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University.
“We are very pleased to welcome Kerri as our new COO,” Blasko said. “With her diverse background in healthcare operations, Kerri’s depth of experience, breadth of knowledge and proven leadership ability will advance our position as the premier and comprehensive provider of prevention and treatment services for alcohol and drug abuse, problem gambling, and co-occurring disorders in the area.”
“I look forward to the challenge and opportunity as the new COO at Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers as we continue to deliver the highest level of quality care and client services in the industry,” Luckner said.
For more information about Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers please visit our website at www.lgrc.us or call 440-255-0678.
Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers is a private, nonprofit agency providing continuous service to the community since 1971. Services at Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers are made possible due to the generous support of the Lake County ADAMHS Board, the Geauga Board of MHRS, and United Way of Lake & Geauga Counties.