Meet ystark! YP: Sara Heckert


Sara Heckert



Occupation/Title/Place of work:

Board President, GiGi’s Playhouse Canton

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

I’d love to promote GiGi’s and services for individuals with disabilities as well as encourage YPs to get involved in the community, on boards, and increase their awareness of other industries in the area.

What would you share to encourage other people to join?

You really can very easily make a difference here!

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

Yep! Perry High School graduate. Class of 2001.

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

Our family is here and they offer great services available here for people with disabilities.

What do you like MOST about Stark County?

That its reasonable cost of living, everything I want and need is here.

What would you change about Stark County if you could?

Improve run-down areas and increase opportunities for lower income folks. Lessen the gap. Reduce ALICE families.

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?

Stark County has it all. Just a mini-version of most other big cities.

What would attract more YPs to Stark County?

Opportunity to make a difference and grow as a person - both as a professional and personally.

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

First Friday, movies, dinner out, dinner home, Cleveland Indians games, Akron Rubber Ducks games.

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