One of the highlights of the 9th annual Georgia School of Addiction Studies, held in Savannah August 24-28, 2015, was the announcement of this year’s prevention award winners.
The Ray Avant Excellence in Prevention Award went to Kay Manning of the Council on Alcohol & Drugs (pictured above with Travis Fretwell, director of DBHDD’s Office of Behavioral Health Prevention).
Avant was known for his contributions to the development of prevention services both in Georgia and throughout the nation. Previous honorees include Ari Russell, Thomas Hudson, Deanne Bergen, Sue Laney, Gregg Raduka, Jessica Andrews, Vincent Vandiefriff, and Pierre Mancini.
The winner of the Prevention Ambassador Award was Elizabeth Nolan Osman, a freshman at Georgia Tech who lives in Marietta. Setting an example for her peers, Osman has led successful substance abuse prevention projects in Georgia.
Chris Wood of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice was recognized by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium as the 2015 Prevention Professional of the Year. Wood was nominated by the Prevention Credentialing Consortium of Georgia and presented with the award by Ari Russell.