About GASP

Our Mission

GASP (Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a safer environment for children through modern and effective programs designed to prevent encounters involving dangerous situations, sex offenders, abuse and abduction.

Our History

GASP was founded in 2006 in response to the increasing number of child abductions, offenses and abuses, and the 2005 abduction and murder of Jessica Lunsford in Florida. Originally named Grandparents Against Sex Predators, our initial goal was to provide trained volunteers to participate on search teams for missing persons. Since then, we have grown to provide a wide array of child safety services led by our specially-trained volunteers who bring these programs to the community at the request of law enforcement, schools, specialty groups and other organizations throughout Summit County and beyond.

Our Leadership

Board of Trustees

Elizabeth England – President
Bob Haren – Vice President
Lynne Ternent – Secretary
Jessica N. Szydlowski – Treasurer
Roberta Hopkins
Marilyn Keith
Judge Katarina Cook
Hugh Ternent
Bonnie Wachter
Debbie Reiss, Director

Advisory Board

Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh
Jean Buehrle
Karen Cheung
Fred Gissendaner
Erwin Greenblatt
Florene Haas
Inspector Bill Holland
Nick Kostandaras, Sr.
Michael Neumann
County Executive Ilene Shapiro
Sylvia Trundle