Meet ystark! YP: Jeananne Wickham


Jeananne Wickham

Occupation/Title/Place of work

Associate Attorney at Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd.



Why are you interested in Stark County’s Young Professionals initiative?

I was part of the Spotlight Program during Spring 2020. While more than half of our sessions were done virtually, I believe that our group had a relationship with one another that was built quickly. Getting to know other young professionals and learn more about Stark County was beneficial both professionally and personally.

What would you share to encourage other people to join?

That you shouldn't be afraid or nervous to join or participate in other Stark County events. It's low pressure and people want to get to know you. It's also a great networking opportunity!

Did you grow up in Stark? If so, where? If not, where did you move from and why?

No, I grew up in the Akron area. Although I don't live in Stark, I spend the majority of my days there while at work, but also spending time (pre-COVID) at Stark County businesses.

Why do you stay in Stark County, from both a personal and professional point of view?

In my time at Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd., I've come to learn about how well-respected the firm is in the community and how much everyone cares about Stark County. There's so much that Stark County has to offer and once it becomes safe to do so, I want to continue exploring and learning about it, including how to also give back to the community.

What do you like MOST about Stark County?

It's like a not-so-hidden gem. There are wineries like Gervasi, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the Arts District. There's no shortage of interesting and fun things to do and see.

What would you change about Stark County if you could?

I wouldn't change anything about Stark County itself. Instead, I would want to put Stark County at the forefront when people think of places to go for fun.

What do you see as valuable opportunities for YPs in Stark County when it comes to career opportunities, cultural access, leadership or community involvement opportunities?

I definitely think the Signature Program and Spotlight Programs are amazing opportunities to develop leadership and foster community involvement. There are also a number of businesses that provide great opportunities for careers and advancement. And the Arts District provides valuable opportunities for cultural access.

What would attract more YPs to Stark County?

I think more areas to walk around with local shops would be a great attraction for YPs.

What do you do in the evenings or on the weekends for fun in Stark County or NE Ohio?

I like going to Gervasi or shopping at Belden Village Mall.

Could you see yourself spending your lifetime in Stark County and if not, what would cause you to leave?

I could definitely see myself spending my career in Stark County.