Inspiring Women in Knox County were recognized Friday at New Direction’s EmpowHER event

New Directions of Knox County hosted their second annual EmpowHER event on March 3rd to honor Knox County’s finest women. We spoke to Lori Jones-Perkins, Executive Director of New Directions about the importance of this event and get an update on the New Directions organization. Lori’s goal for this event is to have women GROW!
G = Gentle, being gentle on yourself
R = Roots, appreciate where you come from
O = Open, be open to change
W = Whole-hearted and wholehearted living

She also shared some exciting transition news for New Directions. They are moving!
Click HERE to hear from Lori.

We also talked to the winners recognized at the EmpowHER event.

Click HERE to hear from each winner! We are honored to share their accomplishments with you!

Laney Wenger is a senior at Fredericktown High School. She is the winner of a Girl Power Scholarship of $2,500! She submitted an essay based on the quote – “Women like you pave the way for women like me and for that I am grateful.” She wrote about her connection to dancing and how she is working at instilling the passion for dance in younger girls.

Gwyneth Sands is a senior at Centerburg High School but attends the Knox County Career Center. She is the winner of a Girl Power Scholarship of $2,500! She submitted an essay that shared the story of the struggles she had in her childhood. She is studying early childhood education with a passion to show love to the next generation. She got involved with ROX – Ruling Our Experiences. The ROX program is supported by Women United and allows local girls to learn confidence and healthy relationship skills with the support of ROX trained facilitators.

Allic Ashcraft is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She is the winner of a $500 scholarship. She had to write an essay based on a quote. She shared her personal experiences, how they connected to that quote and how the quote affected them. Allic shared that this process was really great self-reflection.
The other two winners of a $500 scholarship are Sophie Snively and Chloe George.

Lisa Wilson was the winner of the 2023 Vision Builder Award. She was nominated by her sister, Lori Houck. Lisa shares how she felt when she received this award. Lori shares why she nominated her and what she wants the world to know about Lisa.
Vision shapes our future. The recipient of the Vision Builder Award is a woman with less than 10 years of experience in her field who has wasted no time making an impact and breaking down barriers. She emphasizes building honest relationships, values input, has the mindset of a leader, and leads by example with an immense amount of courage. She has valued what she’s learned from her mentors and wants to pay it forward as a mentor to others. She is changing the landscape in which women serve.

Jennifer Grassbaugh was the winner of the 2023 Grit and Grace Award. She was nominated by Rachel Springer. Jennifer shares how she felt when she received this award. Rachel shares why she nominated her and what she wants the world to know about Jennifer.
The Grit and Grace Award is given to a single-parent mom who has overcome adversity and demonstrates resilience. She has transformed her life and the lives of her children with dignity and grace. She leads by example. She is a picture of selflessness and courage to all who encounter her.

Tanya Strausbaugh was the winner of the 2023 Heart Award. She was nominated by her sister, Tara Scarazza. Tanya shares how she felt when she received this award. Tara shares why she nominated her and what she wants the world to know about Tanya.
The Heart Award is given to a Front-Line worker! This award was born out of COVID19 and the need to acknowledge greater endeavors in support of our humanity with a focus on others over self. This woman has a commitment and passion for service while making an impact and leads with purpose. She has dedicated her life as a successful front-line worker. She has proven her endless dedication to her field.

Kathie Brown was the winner of the 2023 Raising the Bar Award. She was nominated by Elaine Robinson. Kathie shares how she felt when she received this award. Elaine shares why she nominated her and what she wants the world to know about Kathie.
The Raising the Bar Award is given to a Woman with 20+ years of experience in their field! The recipient of this award is an extraordinary woman who has manifested a legacy that continues to inspire others. She has dedicated her life to the advancement of those around her and paved the way for the leaders of tomorrow. She is recognized as an ambassador for women through her extraordinary dedication, personal achievements, and service to others through mentorship, philanthropy, and business. This award recognizes a woman who has spent more than 20 years in her field.

Beth Marhefka was the winner of the 2023 EmpowHER Award. She was nominated by Melissa Nowicki and Kathie Brown. Beth shares how she felt when she received this award. Kathie shares why she nominated her and what she wants the world to know about Beth.
The EmpowHER Award is given to a Woman of Inspiration! Belief is a powerful engine. This woman believes so strongly in the outcomes she seeks that her beliefs mold her path to get there. The recipient of this award champions for women in her network, workplace, and community. She is a team player and active mentor who paves the road to empowering women in leadership roles. She is a woman of inspiration that is true to herself, and her example is so noteworthy as to inspire others spontaneously. Her passion channels her actions and her voice as she strives to empower the women and girls of Knox County.

Please check out the WNZR Facebook page for an album of pictures or find it on our website –

The TAC Color for a Cause 5K 1-Mile Run/Walk is VIRTUAL this year

Join the Teen Advisory Council of Knox County (TAC)  for the 2020 Virtual Color for a Cause 5k/1m Run or Walk to have the time of your life with your family, friends and/or co-workers. 

WNZR’s Wesley Boston talked with Lindsey Lamp, Delta Coordinator at New Directions of Knox County about this great event.
Click HERE to hear their conversation.

The Virtual Color for a Cause 5k, hosted by TAC, will take place from the morning of Saturday, August 29th, to the end of the day on Monday, September 6th to complete your event.  Do it any way you want – on a treadmill, walking the dog, your usual jogging route, whatever works. This event is all about fun, family, friends, and healthy lifestyles! Join the TAC for a little exercise and lots of colorful FUN!

First 500 pre-registrations will receive a white t-shirt, a finisher medal, color packet, and Color Run Swag! You will have the option to have your packet mail to you or contactless pick up.  If you choose to have your packet mailed, our goal is to have it to you before Saturday, August 29th  so that you can do a great post-race selfie wearing them.  We will be hosting a Facebook live virtual color toss on Saturday, September 5th at 6:00pm.  We encourage you to post a video or picture to the Color for a Cause Facebook Event Page for a chance to win a door prize!

$20 Race Registration & In Person Pick Up $30 Race Registration & Packet Mailing During registration you’ll have the option to pickup your packet at New Directions Monday, August 24 – Friday, August 28 or we can mail the packet right to your door.

To register, click HERE.

To follow TAC or to join, click HERE.

KSAAT hosts their annual membership meeting

KSAAT, the Knox Substance Abuse Action Team hosted the annual membership meeting on 4/24. Tina Cockrell, Drug Free Communities Coordinator shared news of KSAAT’s upcoming events and the debut of a new video produced by the Teen Advisory Council. Tina also shared news about a new campaign called #BuildTheBond

Click HERE to hear the Tina’s conversation with WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart.

Click HERE to follow KSAAT on Facebook.

Click HERE to stay updated on KSAAT events.


New Directions hosts their annual Dinner and Celebration Benefit

New Directions, the Domestic Abuse Shelter and Rape Crisis Center of Knox County held their annual Dinner and Celebration Benefit on Thursday night, 4/11/19.

Executive Director, Lori Jones-Perkins shared how the money raised from this event will support the organization. She also shared some award winners and goals for 2019.
Click HERE to hear her conversation with WNZR’s Abigail Brown.

Several awards were given out.
Chloe Merriman, a Senior from Centerburg received the Volunteer Award for her exceptional service with TAC – the Teen Advisory Council. She has served with TAC for all 4 years of high school.

The Mary Hendrickson Award recognizes outstanding, long-term commitment to the organization and honors the late founder and director of New Directions. This year’s award was presented to Pat Keane, who has an extensive history with the organization and was part of the founding team that helped to create the outreach.

Lori shared that the top goal for New Directions in 2019 is ongoing community education.

For more information about New Directions of Knox County, go to their website,


Coaching Boys Into Men


Abigail Brown had a chance to talk with some ladies from New Directions. Lindsey Lamp is the delta coordinator of New Directions and Lori Jones-Perkins is executive director. They talked about an exciting new event called Coaching Boys Into Men. This program hopes to kick start critical conversations in raising boys. Click HERE to listen to the full conversation and HERE to learn more! As always thanks for listening!

New Directions Shelter of Knox County

16195631_1890658311177422_8147601804422870840_n-e1485520713424-657x330New Directions Domestic Abuse Shelter and Rape Crisis Center serves all survivors of domestic, intimate partner, and sexual violence in Knox County, Ohio. New Directions also strives to prevent the abuse of women, men, and children by joining with the community to build safe, respectful, and loving relationships. All New Directions services are provided free of charge.

New Directions is an amazing outreach here in Knox county, and WNZR’s Trevor Moore had the opportunity to talk with Lori Jones-Perkins, the Director at New Directions.

Lori talks about her involvement in the organization, their annual fundraiser, how people can financially support New Directions, and some of their goals/needs for 2018.

You can listen to their whole conversation here!
Learn more about New Directions here!

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