L’Italien honored for longtime service

Pictured (from left): L’Italien, retiring Board of Trustees Vice President; Susan Wenderoth, Board of Trustees President, and Roger Sikorszky, Executive Director, Counseling Center. (Submitted photo)

LISBON — At the bi-monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Counseling Center, Shawna L. L’Italien was presented with a plaque and sincere appreciation for serving on the Board continuously for four three year terms (12.5 years altogether), since 2005. She served as Board President from 2012 – 2016 and Vice President from 2007 – 2011. She was re-elected Vice President through 2017. This is the longest continuous period of time that the bylaws allow a Board member to serve.

Throughout her tenure, Ms. L’Italien was a committed advocate on behalf of the Counseling Center in its mission to improve the lives of individuals and families by meeting the behavioral health needs of the citizens of Columbiana County. She was involved in many Board activities that resulted in expanded programs and services. She oversaw the Center’s expansion of housing for residents with severe and persistent mental illness. This included three separate grants from The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA), and Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Cincinnati to build an eight-unit new construction apartment complex – the Hornsby House – and a new construction duplex, successfully completed and under budget that was completed in March, 2016. She also participated in the Board’s actions on grant awards to remodel seven scattered site apartments throughout Columbiana County in 2013-2015; a remodel of the Center’s homeless shelter – the Kendall Home – in 2015; and the construction of 10 new client apartments, funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and OhioMHAS, completed in 2007.

Ms. L’Italien was instrumental in helping the Center acquire a new building, moving its Salem office to its newly renovated office on Vine Avenue in July, 2017, which provided increased office space, parking, and expanded services and programming to the northern part of the county. She was also actively involved in the Center’s move to a new location in Calcutta to offer improved, client-centered services.

She is a partner with the law firm of Harrington, Hoppe and Mitchell, Ltd. in Salem, and a member of its Management Committee; she is Chairwoman of the firms’ Associate Development Committee. She received the Athena Leadership Award from the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and the Vindicator in May, 2010; the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley’s 40 Under 40 Shining Star MVP Award in 2009; and the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s 2011 Community Service Award for Lawyers 40 and Under for District 13 and Statewide. She received the Volunteer of the Year Award this year from Community Legal Aid through its Volunteer Legal Services Program. She is a member of the Community Advisory Committee of the Charitable Foundation of Salem Regional Medical Center, having served as its initial chairperson; she was a past Board member for nine years and a Treasurer for the Board of the Salem Regional Medical Center. She is a member of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee; a member of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber Ambassadors; a member of the Board for the Sustainable Opportunity Development Center (“SOD Center”) and currently serves as its President. She is also a member, former Board Member and Past President for Salem Kiwanis. She recently joined the Board for Leadership Columbiana County. In addition, she is a United High School Wall of Fame Inductee, 2011.