Leadership Geauga Announces Recipient of 2022 Emerald Leader Award Andrea Pollock is Recognized for Dedicated Community Service 

Since 2001, Leadership Geauga County has honored outstanding community leaders whose dedicated  volunteer service has significantly enhanced Geauga County’s quality of life, by recognizing each with the  organization’s Emerald Leader Award at its gala event, the Emerald Ball.  

The Emerald Leader Award is given annually to an individual, a business and/or a non-profit agency that  exemplifies outstanding leadership by positive contributions to Geauga County through volunteer service,  philanthropy, or innovation. 

We are proud to announce that Andrea Pollock will receive the 2022 Emerald Leader Award on  Saturday, March 5 at Leadership Geauga County’s 2022 Emerald Ball. 

When asked to comment on being named as the 2022 Emerald Leader, Andrea quickly responded, “I, like  most others, do not experience success alone. It takes a strong and dedicated team of people with similar  goals to accomplish anything meaningful. I have been blessed with jobs and opportunities that I love  throughout my life and amazing family, friends and coworkers who have supported me along the way.” 

Susan Kruger, president of Leadership Geauga’s Board of Trustees, has known Andrea through her work  with Next Step and 100 Women of East Geauga. She commented, “I nominated Andrea because of her  selfless devotion to the individuals she has helped through Next Step and The Chagrin Falls Park. When  

she shares her desire to help our homeless youth it pulls at your heart and compels you to join in. Andrea  is a small but mighty presence in our community, providing an incredible amount of good for those less  fortunate.” 

About Andrea Pollock 

Andrea Pollock has been active in Geauga County life for over forty years, including service as a Township  Trustee, over 15 years as a teacher in the Cardinal School District, and 15 years in local non-profit social

services organizations serving teens and young adults. She is currently the Director of Next Step, a  program that provides community-based stable housing and individualized services and support for young  adults, ages 18 through 24. Focus is placed on young adults aging out of foster care and/or finding themselves homeless. She tirelessly seeks funding for the program, creates assistance programs and  provides needed emotional support to these at-risk youth. Andrea also serves as the Program Director at Chagrin Falls Park Community Center. 

Andrea was instrumental in creating, with Sara Shinegar, 100 Women of East Geauga, an organization that brings together 100 women every quarter to collectively support a designated charity. Through that  collaboration, over $65,000 has been shared with 26 non-profit organizations in a most effective and  efficient way. Finally, Andrea has volunteered to coordinate efforts that provide food and clothing to  homeless and low-income people in downtown Cleveland and on its Near West Side for over 25 years. 

My greatest strength, I believe, is knowing what I don’t know and reaching out to those  who do for help and support.” (Andrea Pollock) 


The public is invited to honor Andrea Pollock by attending Leadership Geauga’s annual Emerald Ball, an  evening of leadership recognition and philanthropy, on Saturday, March 5, 2022. Tickets will be on sale  January 1, 2022. 

For further information on purchasing tickets, program advertising, event sponsorships, or donating a prize, call 440-286-8115 or visit the Leadership Geauga website at leadershipgeauga.org 


Founded in 1995, Leadership Geauga County is a community-based 501c3 nonprofit organization working to develop and encourage current and future leadersfrom a cross section of Geauga County. The organization builds bridges between the public, private, and non-profit sectors with annual programsthat inform, educate, connect, and inspire the county’s seasoned and future decision-makers to serve as catalysts in building strong organizations and vibrant communities. LGC programsinclude the summer Youth Leadership Institute, the Signature Adult Program, and the new Heritage Program for adults at or approaching retirement. Each is a unique combination of relationship building, leadership development, personal and professional growth, and outstanding community education. 

For further information on Leadership Geauga, please call 440-286-8115 or visit the Leadership Geauga website atleadershipgeauga.org 


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