Forty-one area leaders have been selected for the 29th Signature Program Class of Leadership Stark County, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber. Selected from an exceptionally competitive field, the 29th Class will explore over the next 10 months Stark County's current issues, assets, and local and regional resources. 
The group begins with a two-day retreat in September, then a one-day tour of Stark County in October, as well as one full day each month on some aspect of the community including economics, social services, government, education and justice, among others. Specific training towards non-profit board service and the opportunity to interview with non-profits for board positions leads class members directly to significant community involvement. A hands-on project designed to develop community assets completes the experience.
These community minded individuals have been charged to work together to make a lifelong commitment to Stark County. The class includes: Lisa Aurand, Fraud Training Leader, Synchrony Financial David Booth, Distribution Systems Supervisor, American Electric Power Lindsay Bowman, VP, Relationship Manager, Private Bank, KeyBank Andrew Brickley, Director of Sales, Mercy Medical Center Tammy Brown, Civil Rights Manager, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority - SARTA Harold Carter, College Pathways Coordinator, Canton City School District Jonathan Crawford, Executive Director, The Timken Family LLC Casey Davis, Associate Attorney, Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs LLC Julie Elkins, Executive Assistant & Grants Coordinator, North Canton Medical Foundation Melanie Elliott, Marketing Manager, Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems Joseph Ellwood, Sales Executive, Huntington Insurance Sarah Fearon, Missions Director, Faith Family Church Collyn Floyd, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Lisa Frank, Owner, SOL Pie Pizza (Formerly Ermanno's Legendary Pizza) Stephanie Galbraith, Contract Billing/Flex Billing Admin, ComDoc Katherine Gessner, Sales & Marketing Manager, MCTV Chryssa Hartnett, Judge, Stark County Common Pleas Court Richard Hawkins, VP Information Technology, Timken Jonathan Heckert, Payroll Manager, The Will-Burt Company Dana Heffner, Manager, External Affairs, FirstEnergy Nicole Herrera, Assistant Professor, Stark State College Donald Hester, Engineering Manager, Hendrickson Jenifer Hill, Program Manager, Leadership Stark County Alex Hoce, Firefighter/Paramedic, Jackson Township Fire Department Michael Impagliozza, Director of Operations, V101 Management Services Bernadine Jenkins Snell, President, Bernie Jenkins, Inc. William Kusmits, Engineer, Marathon Petroleum Jennifer Linn, Manager, Risk Management, FedEx Custom Critical Darlyn McDermott, Sr Client Executive, Oswald Companies Kimberly Nidy, Director of Instruction, North Canton City Schools Darin Nissley, Executive Director, Lighthouse Ministries Matthew Onest, Associate Attorney, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. Emily Provance, Resource Development Coordinator, Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County Jason Rebucci, Purchasing Manager, Timken Matthew Ritzert, Director, Cardiovascular Business Operations, Aultman Hospital John Santora, President, C. R. Kurtz, Inc. Scott Schrader, Engineering Manager, LuK LLC Todd Shaffer, Operations Manager, Stark Parks Maureen Tate, Assistant Director, Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties Donna Valentine, Vice President of Sales, GateHouse Ohio / The Repository Whitney Willits, Attorney, Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh The class represents 14 Stark County school districts, reside in 11 different towns and cities, and range in age from 26 to 58. They are almost equally split between men and women, and about one third of the class work for some type of non-profit, educational, or government entity. For more information about this and other Leadership programs, visit