Board of Directors

United Way of Greater Stark County is a volunteer-driven organization. Its Board of Directors is composed of knowledgeable community leaders is representative of the entire Greater Stark County area and the communities we serve. The Board establishes policy and allocates resources to assure that United Way is properly managed. Volunteers who serve on Impact Councils determine how funds will be invested into health and human service programs. These volunteers are people just like you. Those volunteer groups, which include people with expertise in each area, make recommendations on priorities, identify programs that will help our community reach those goals, and even recommend partnerships or changes in public policy that should be adopted to influence change. Based on community needs, Impact Councils allocate funds to programs that work to address the root causes of those issues. United Way's Board of Directors makes final funding decision approval. United Way has a group of dedicated staff members that oversee the day to day operations of the organization.
Chair of the Board
William R. Cook*    
Senior Vice President, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Vice Chairperson
Philip L. Francis*    
Vice President and Trust Officer, Huntington National Bank
2nd Vice Chairperson
Michael L. Howard*
Judge Retired, Stark County Family Court
Mark Sterling*
President & CEO, The Beaver Excavating Company
Corresponding Secretary
Geoff Karcher*
President, The Karcher Group
Rabbi Jon Adland        
Rabbi, Temple Israel
Elsa Cave
Principal Supplier Quality
Development Engineer, Diebold
Jacqueline L. DeGarmo
President & Founder, Hilliard Jeane LLC
Linda M. DeHoff
Chair, Nominating Committee
President, DeHoff Realtors
Ken Douglas, CPA
CPA Assurance, CliftonLarsonAllen
Robert B. Fernandez
Chair, Income Impact Council Special
Projects Director, Stark County Family Court
Randy Frame
Regional President, Ohio Edison
Derek Gordon
Owner Representative, Stark County District Library
Cindy Hickey
Vice President, Public Relations & Marketing, Mercy Medical Foundation
Richard Kyle
President & CEO, The Timken Company
Carrilyn E. Long
Chair, Education Impact Council
Community Volunteer
Brad McKain
Refining General Manager, Marathon Petroleum Company LP
Karen McQueen
Chair, Human Resources Committee
Director, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffith & Dougherty Co., LPA
Eric Murray
Education Impact Council & Human Resources Committee
VP-Total Rewards, TimkenSteel Corp.
James Porter
Publisher/CEO, The Repository
Todd Pugh
Owner & Founder, Enviroscapes
Sandy Rapp
Vice President & Chief Information Officer, The Timken Company
Christopher E. Remark*
Chair, Strategic Planning Oversight Committee
CEO, Aultman Hospital
Mark Schwerdtfeger
VP Communication & Government Affairs, Shearer’s Foods, Inc.
William C. Shivers
President Greater Akron/Canton & Mahoning Valley Regions, Huntington Bank
Mark Sterling
President & CEO, The Beaver Excavating Company
Linda Smith*
2017 Campaign Co-Chair
Licensed Agent, Sirak Financial Services
Kevin Smith*
2017 Campaign Co-Chair
President, PPI Graphics
Scott Swaldo
General Manager, Gervasi Vineyard
Ted Swaldo
Founder, Gervasi Vineyard
* Executive Committee member