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HAVE YOU EVER ASKED, “What is Leadership Stark County doing?” LEADERSHIP STARK COUNTY’S mission is to provide “training in leadership skills and education about the community.” As such, LSC does not usually attach its name to specific community projects and services, prompting some in the community to ask “What is Leadership Stark County doing in the community?” Numerous Leadership graduates are serving as chairs of non-profit boards in Stark County and there are many dozen more serving on those boards that are involved in improving every aspect of the county from how we take care of the least advantaged to how we provide access to the arts for eve ryone.

These Stark County non-profit boards are headed by Leadership Stark County graduates: A.B.L.E. Inc., Barbara Currence, 14th Class Aultman Hospital Center for Compassionate Care, Candy Wallace,6th Class Alliance Rotary, Steve Young, 18th Class Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, Richard Dinko, 17th Class Canine Education Association,

Fred Piansi, 14th Class Canton City Schools Foundation,

Samuel Dorto, 3rd Class Canton Jewish Community Federation,

Greg Luntz, 2nd Class Canton Montessori Association,

Bobbi Beale, 20th Class Canton South Rotary,

Marty Bowe, 17th Class

Canton Student Loan Foundation,

Mary Beth Reynolds, 11th Class Canton YWCA, Ellen McNally, 1st Class Community Harvest,

Judith Cohodas, 7th Class Community Treatment and Correction Center, Robert L.Thompson Domestic Violence Project,

Kathy Rainieri, 13th Class Early Childhood Educator’s Consortium,

Joe French, 14th Class Early Childhood Education Alliance, Inc.,

Carol Canavan, 18th Class Families First of Stark County,

David Wills, 15th Class Friends of Massillon Community Hospital,

Wendy Blosser, 18th Class Greater Stark County Urban League,

Mack Smith, 8th Class J. Babe Stern Center, Brian Woit, 19th Class

“What is Leadership Stark County doing?” JR Coleman Outreach Services,

Scott Dodds, 9th Class


Project Rebuild Inc.,

Andy Leach, 15th Class

KidsSummit Against Drugs,

Marlin Smith, 20th Class

SPARK Advisory Board,

Candy Wallace, 6th Class

Mentoring Network of Stark County,

Rick Addis, 19th Class

Stark Arts Coming Together,

Barbara Rosenberg, 2nd Class

Mount Union Alumni Council,

Stark Community Chorus,

Scott Zurakowski, 17th Class

Lori Bernhardt, 17th Class

Multi-County Juvenile Attention Center,

Susan Kunkle, 9th Class

Stark County Italian American Foundation,

Michael Shreffler, 18th Class

Northeast Ohio Trade & Economic Consortium, Ron Debarr, 13th Class Paul and Carol David YMCA,

Eric J. Johnson, 17th Class Pathway Caring for Children,

Pat Fehlman, 11th Class Perry Township Rotary,

Catherine Toth, 8th Class

Stark County Prescription Assistance Network, I n c. , Scott Sandrock, 6th Class Stark Development Board,

Doug Sibila, 6th Class Stark State College Alumni Advisory Council, Nancy Michel, 4th Class The Workshops Inc.,

Tom Schmidt, 15th Class

Plain Township Rotary,

Pat Fehlman, 11th Class

Be sure to let us know of your board involvement!

Spotlight Stark County 2007 Class Slated

ENCOUNTER Stark County!

Leadership Stark County’s newest program, for young professionals is now taking applications for the 2007 session.

Do you think you know all there is to know about Stark County?

Go to to apply before the September 14 deadline. The six weekly sessions will introduce participants to the key issues, leaders, and places shaping our community, through tours, presentations and networking.

2007 PROGRAM CALENDAR Thursday, October 11 Thursday, October 18 (Optional Encounter Bus Tour) Monday, October 22 Monday, November 5 Monday, November 19 Monday, December 3, (Closing celebration) Programs are from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. unless indicated Program tuition of $425 includes all materials and refreshments. For more information, please contact Stephanie Werren at 330-458-2095 or

If you said yes, let us prove you wrong in one day and over 100 miles of villages, cities, farms, universities, industrial parks, museums and much, much, more! If you said no, the Encounter Bus Tour is a must for new to Stark County business associates, new employees and spouses. “We used this for all of our full time employees to give them more community context. It worked great” Katie and Josh Harris, In The Round Productions. Thursday, October 18 2007, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Travel by deluxe motor coach, gourmet lunch included. Cost: $45 per person For reservations call 330-458-2095 or email

Ribs Burn-off August 1-3!

2007 TANF Volunteers

Serve up Beverages to Serve Stark County Thank you to the following alumni for volunteering to staff the TANF Town simulation at Fairless Local Schools. Joseph R French (14th) Lada Gibson-Shreve (18th) Dwan Gordon-St. John (19th)

Help Leadership Stark County earn tuition assistance dollars. Volunteer to sell beer or pop at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Ribs Burn-off Wednesday, August 1 through Friday, August 3 at the Stark County Fairgrounds. Be a team leader and get your classmates to cover a shift together!

Thomas Haswell (18th) Tony Peldunas (17th)

Have fun and enjoy the festival atmosphere, music and food with your Leadership class.

Gloria J. Pope (13th) Stephanie Snow Werren (19th)

Call Joy at 330-458-2095 to volunteer.

Leadership on the Links Golf Outing Wednesday,August 29 at Tam O’Shanter golf course See which Leadership class can have the most foursomes! $240 per foursome ($60 per person) includes 18 Holes of Golf & Cart, Cook-out at the turn, Beer, Soft Drinks & Water (on course), Awards, & Door Prizes 10:00 a.m. Shot-gun start • Volunteer to be on the committee or sponsor a hole! Watch for details in your mailbox. Corporate Sponsor: Time Warner Cable

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Corporate and business involvement in Leadership Stark County is vital to LSC’s mission of developing leaders committed to strengthening Stark County and improving quality of life. For some companies, charitable giving dollars are being stretched to accommodate the increasing needs in the county. Fortunately, Leadership Stark County’s development director, Stephanie Snow Werren can tailor a plan to maximize your charitable dollars and support the programs of Leadership Stark County. Fund Drive donations are a customary way to give to Leadership, however, corporate sponsorships are increasing in popularity. This plan enables support of LSC from advertising and marketing budgets, and provides the sponsor special benefits and positive recognition in the community for being associated with LSC. Sponsor opportunities vary from sponsoring a publication such as newsletters to supporting a program throughout its duration, such as the Signature Class. Cost of sponsorships generally range from $100 to $5,000. This newsletter is the first piece in a new “Faces of Leadership Stark County” theme for reaching all aspects of Stark County. To be a part of this exciting new concept or to support a program, please call Stephanie at 330-458-2093.

Leadership Link-2nd Qtr 2007  

Preserve, Richard Dinko,17th Class A.B.L.E.Inc., Barbara Currence,14th Class Judith Cohodas,7th Class Bobbi Beale,20th Class Joe French,14th...