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Third Quarter 2010 • This issue is sponsored by:

WELCOME 24th Signature Class! The 24th class of Leadership Stark County’s Signature program has been selected and has begun their leadership journey with the opening retreat at Westview Conference Center. The 24th class is an extraordinary representation of Stark County. Their professions are as varied as their neighborhoods and their ages range from the twenties to mid-fifties. The 24th Class resides in Alliance, Canton, Massillon, Navarre, North Canton and nine other cities. They have in common a link to Stark County through their residence or workplace and a desire to serve this community. The diversity of this group will create lively discussion, expanding vision, challenging perspectives, and wonderful friendships. Thank you to the selection committee of community members and LSC alumni who helped create this dynamic group!

Key Program Dates

SEPTEMBER 19-21 24th Class Opening Retreat

SEPTEMBER 30 Spotlight Stark County Orientation

OCTOBER 21 Encounter Bus Tour

DECEMBER 7 S. Franklin Arner, Partner, Hall Kistler & Co., LLP Bryant Bartolone, Manager, State & Local Tax, The Timken Company Jacquie Batchelder, Development Director, American Red Cross Stark County Chapter Julie Bland, Outreach Program Coordinator,The Corporate University Kent State University at Stark Myrna Blosser, Principal-Southgate School, Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Bryan Bowman, Human Resources Technician, 1-145th Armored Regiment

Spotlight Stark County closing program

William Burgess, Public Information Officer, Stark County Department of Job and Family Services Al Carranza, CEO & Founder, Al’s Property Management & HCC Solution Kirt Conrad, CEO, SARTA Benjamin Cook, Dentist, Canton South Dental Laura Cowles, Firm’s Executive Officer/Interiors Consultant, John Patrick Picard Architect, Inc. more on page 7 >

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New Board Matching process update! Recently we reported on the collaboration with Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU) of Cleveland to initiate a process in Stark County to place ‘NonLeadership Graduates’ on local non-profit boards. Twenty-four non-profit agencies participated in a ‘needs assessment’ session conducted by BVU staff along with Stephanie Snow Werren or myself. Two executive directors share their thoughts.

Urban League exists in the community, how we intend to operate in the future and where we have shortfalls and obstacles. . . . It would have been an excellent opportunity for the entire board to go through and to give their perspective together.

I wish there had been a tape recorder in the room so I could replay the questions they asked and the answers I gave. . . . The BVU staff then put me through a short, “One “My initial impression of the BVU presentation at the Minute Manager” session to point out some quick fixes to Timken Company was one of surprise and inspiration: such some fundamental problems or potential problems. I have a project should have been initiated many years ago. . . . attended a lot of management training, team building, and BVU is determined not merely to fill board positions, but board development training sessions; few of them gave me to assure that the newcomers are adequately prepared as much practical suggestions as did this one.” to assume their board responsibilities. . . . Their in-depth ‑ Vincent E. Watts, Interim President/CEO, Greater Stark County questions stimulated a profound exploration of issues and Urban League problems with the various boards in my own experience, and their obvious determination to place individuals capable Next steps include the referral of individuals to the agencies. of finding solutions. . . . It was a fabulous experience for me!” Let us know of your questions, comments and interest in ‑ M. J. Albacete (1st), Executive Director, Canton Museum of Art learning more about this process for your business or organization. “The session with the BVU staff was an opportunity for me to check for clarity in the reasons the Greater Stark County Fran Wells, Director

Thank you Ribs Burn-off Volunteers

Thanks to everyone who participated, especially our volunteer coordinators, Elizabeth Inkinen-Juergensen (22nd) and Lisa Leech (10th) for the hours spent phoning volunteers, mailing reminders, and checking in volunteers. Please let us know if we’ve forgotten anyone. Some of our volunteers pictured above: front, Sharon Simon (8th), Robin Dave (23rd), back, Dustin Hennessey (23rd), Cindy Close (23rd), Todd Tolson (23rd), Ken Huot (23rd), Chris Harris (23rd)

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Mike Abbott Ronald Balyint William M. Bell Melissa Belser Brian Berrey Theresa Blanchard Wendy Blosser JoAnn Breedlove Steven J. Burger Veronica Kay Callahan Andrea M. Capuano Lori Carle William Cline Cynthia Close Lisa Codispoti William R Cook Jack B. Cooper Monique Cox-Moore Kevin Curry John Dascenzo Robin Dave John D’Egidio, Jr. Carla Louise Derr Mary M. Dunlap Matthew J. Ellis Stephanie Fakelis Andrea R. Finley

Joseph R French Glenn Gamber Aaron Geh Susan Grabowski David L Griffing Melanie Griffith Christopher Harris Scott Haws Dustin Hennessy Craig Henzel Ken Huot John Kaminski Melissa KandelNichols Debra Kennedy Jeffery LeBeau Jeffrey J. Lechak Danette Lund Jennifer Lyles Barbara J. Maceyak Louise Mahoney Richard Mayle Sherri McKinneyFrantz Richard L McLaughlin Laurie A. Mickley Marcas Miles

Robert Mullen Kenton Oliver Todd Osborn Angela Parker Tony Peldunas Gretchen Plewak Gloria J. Pope Raymond C. Poynter Larry Ray Brenda Raye Tracy Sabo Melissa Schrader Sharon S. Simon Melissa Smith Todd Tolson Thomas F. Turner Jeffrey Ury Susan Verble Michael Walpole Clishawn West Derek Williams Ryan Wilson Brian Wymer Javan L.Yoder Lauren Zink

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Kimberly Davenport, Director of Human Resources, Shearer’s Foods, Inc. Cynthia Dutton, Administrator, Altercare of Alliance Domenic Ferrante, Vice President, SoL Harris/Day Architecture Kristin Hackenbracht, VP, Banking Office General Manager, Huntington National Bank Matthew Halter, Vice President, Solmet Technologies Christopher Hunt, Associate Attorney, Krugliak,Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Richard Jackson, Director of Multicultural Student Affairs, Mount Union College Tracy Jeffries, Director of Institutional Development, Canton Symphony Orchestra LeeAnn Klein, Grants Coordinator, Stark Community Foundation Kimberly Labriola, Early Childhood Consultant, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Michael Lemon, Account Executive, Aultcare Matthew Leuenberger, VP, Premier Bank and Trust James Lindesmith, Director of Information Technology, ComDoc

Kimberly Mason, Trust Officer, Keybank Glen Maurer, Operations Manager,Vasco Asphalt Co. Jennifer McNemar, Director, Accounting & Financial Reporting, Kenan Advantage Group, Inc. Nichole Nichols, Treasurer, Stark County Area JVSD Nichole Oocumma, Department Chair, Stark State College Geneva Parker, Elementary Guidance Counselor, Canton City School District Todd Porter, Sports Writer/ Columnist,The Repository Dora Silvis, VP of Accounting & Administration, Alliance Petroleum Corporation Terry Smith, Compliance Auditor, Aultman Health Foundation Steven Strawbridge Jr., VP Merchandising & Licensing, Pro Football Hall of Fame Lorie Travaglino, Director of Impact Councils, United Way of Greater Stark County Carolee Vanicek, Unit ManagerRefining and Casting, The Timken Company Barbara Vaughn, AVP/Branch Manager, Charter One Bank Barbara Yingling, Assistant VP Nursing, Mercy Medical Center

Our Mission

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To develop a core of motivated leaders with a lifelong commitment to community trusteeship through training in leadership skills and education about the community.


2010 Leadership on the Links

Thank you Major Sponsors:

Thank you Hole Sponsors: Brewster Cheese Abbott Electric Canton South Dental Hampton Capital Management Harold for Auditor Harris Battery Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Thanks also to the committee chair Jason Haupt

MANY THANKS! Thanks again to PNC Bank for their generous support of this issue of the Leadership LINK. Fran Wells, Director Stephanie Werren, Development Director Joy Walko, Managing Editor Sarah Bhatia, Graphic Designer a publication of Leadership Stark County

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This issue sponsored by:

Recent sponsors 23rd Class Citizenship Day

The time to give is NOW Please support the Leadership Stark County 2010 Annual Fund.

23rd Class Graduation

The Annual Fund Drive 2010 is closing in on its goal of $50,000. With your support in the final stretch I know we can reach our goal and continue to meet the needs of Stark County. LSC continues to provide a core of motivated leaders with a lifelong commitment to community service through training in leadership skills and education about the community in our 5 programs. • We have graduated over 700 community minded individuals from the Signature Program.

2010 Leadership on the Links

• We have raised the level of awareness of Stark county assets and needs. • We have developed a Spotlight Stark county Program for younger professionals. • We have become the “go-to” agency for local non-profit board placement. • We have kept tuition affordable and increased scholarship assistance.

23rd Signature Class sponsor

Please support Leadership Stark County this year. Go to www. or call 330-458-2095 to make a pledge and help us get to our goal by the close of the Fund Drive on September 30.

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Leadership Link-3rd Qtr 2010  

24th Class Opening Retreat Key Program Dates Spotlight Stark County closing program S. Franklin Arner, Partner, Hall Kistler & Co., LLP...

Leadership Link-3rd Qtr 2010  

24th Class Opening Retreat Key Program Dates Spotlight Stark County closing program S. Franklin Arner, Partner, Hall Kistler & Co., LLP...