(Lisle, IL) — Peter Palanca, executive vice president and chief operating officer for TASC, has received the George Schwab Distinguished Service Award, which is presented annually on behalf of Illinois leaders in the field of substance use prevention and treatment.
Palanca received the award on September 9 at the annual conference of the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) held at the Hilton Hotel Lisle Naperville. The award is given in memory of George Schwab, president of IADDA from 1979-1980, who symbolized the sacrifice and commitment of professionals in the alcohol/other drug field. Recipients are selected based on their service to IADDA and the field, including leadership and expertise in the development of public policy.
“As Peter’s friend and colleague, it is rewarding to present this prestigious award to him,” said TASC President Pamela Rodriguez. “Peter cares deeply for people and families affected by addiction, and has dedicated his career to promoting the value of prevention and the healing power of recovery.”
Palanca has been a leader in the alcohol/drug prevention and treatment field for more than 30 years. He is current chairman of the board of IADDA, and is one of 12 individuals appointed to the Children’s Mental Health Partnership, the policy guiding group for children’s mental health issues in Illinois. He is vice chair of the board of directors for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, and is also an advisory board member of Prevention Partnership, a non-profit prevention and health promotion agency located in Chicago.
A lifelong teacher and mentor to many, Palanca serves as chairman of the advisory board of the Governors State University Addictions Studies and Behavioral Health Department and holds a faculty appointment as senior lecturer of Addiction Studies in the College of Health and Human Services.
Established in 1967, IADDA is a statewide advocacy organization that represents more than 50 substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery organizations across the state. TASC is a member agency of IADDA.