Wed. 10/19
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Chamber Event
Join everyone at La Pizzaria
3656 Dressler Rd NW
Canton, OH
Questions? (330) 456-7253


Join us for the October AultCare QuickConnect Networking Luncheon featuring John Richard, Ed.D. and Christine Schafrath from Stark Education Partnership.  

Topic: "Pathways to Opportunities: Connecting Workforce and Education"

About the luncheon:

Quick Connect attendees have the opportunity to obtain business leads through enjoyable networking activities at an event that has built a reputation as one of the most energetic lead producing sessions in Stark County. You’ll hear compelling speakers, meet new business contacts and enjoy a delicious lunch.  As a member, if you bring a door prize valued at $15 or more, you’ll even star in your very own 30 second commercial to promote your business!

Featured entree: Chicken Parmesan, red skin potatoes and Italian green beans or Chicken Chef Salad.

BIO: John Richard, Ed.D., President of Stark Education Partnership

John became president of the Partnership in 2021, leading the organization through a strategic planning process. Before joining SEP, he served as Deputy State Superintendent at the Ohio Department of Education for five years, previously serving as a senior executive director and associate superintendent for the Department. He was the Associate Executive Director for OASSA overseeing professional development of principals across Ohio and served as Superintendent of Perry Local Schools from 2005 until 2013. He also has been a part-time instructor at the University of Akron in the principal licensure program. 

The long-time education leader is enthusiastic about increasing capacity for quality leadership to prepare students for their next step after high school and is an experienced speaker and facilitator, effectively working with diverse groups. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mount Union, a master’s degree from Cleveland State University, and earned his doctorate at the University of Akron.

BIO: Christine Schafrath, Director of Talent Development

Christine joined the organization in 2022 and serves as the Partnership’s Director of Talent Development. Previously, she was employed by Reynoldsburg City Schools as a high school social studies teacher and adjunct professor for the College Credit Plus Program at Columbus State Community College. While there, she provided deeper learning opportunities for her students by using inquiry- based strategies, problem-based learning, and service-learning projects. She is using this background in her role at SEP to create student pathways to careers by connecting workforce leaders with Stark County’s education community. 

Christine earned her master’s degree in American History and Government from Ashland University (AU) in 2014 as well as a bachelor’s with a dual major in Political Science and Religion from AU in 2001. More recently she has engaged her passion for learning by taking graduate courses in Educational Leadership at the Ohio State University as well as being selected for competitive professional development opportunities by The Bill of Rights Institute, National Constitution Center and