Volunteer Spotlight: Tonya Wright

Over the past year, many people have asked me what it’s like to chair United Way of Greater Stark County’s annual fund-raising campaign. They are interested in why I got involved and wonder what I do. Honestly, I say…. I get to wake up every day and work alongside the most passionate and hardworking people I know, the people at …

Volunteer Spotlight: Philip Francis

Phil has served as Chair of the Finance Committee, and as Treasurer, Vice President and currently as President of the United Way of Greater Stark County Board of Directors. “My background in finance and investments has helped me provide guidance and suggestions to the Finance Committee and the Board. That has, in time, resulted in more dollars being invested in …

Volunteer Spotlight: Retired Judge, Mike Howard

Mike has been a long-time supporter of United Way of Greater Stark County and serves as an inspiration for us all. We appreciate your dedication and are very lucky to have you as a donor and volunteer. You are an important part of our organization! Why did you start volunteering at United Way? I have always believed that prevention was …

Volunteer Spotlight: Pamela Reese Valentine

Pamela has been involved with United Way since 2007, when she was working in North Canton with the Girl Scouts. “One year they had me come and speak to Women United about Girl Scouts. They asked me to get involved with the Girl UP program as a volunteer and I did that, then became more involved with Women United from …

Volunteer Spotlight: Diane Pete

United Way of Greater Stark County Volunteer – Women United Steering Committee & 2019 Campaign Cabinet member Diane and her husband started volunteering for United Way of Greater Stark County because of an invite from Mark and Tonya Wright, 2019 United Way Campaign Co-chairs. Education is one of the three impact areas for United Way programs and it resonates strongly …

Volunteer Spotlight: Amy Mast

I first joined the steering committee for United Way of Greater Stark County’s Women United (formerly Women’s Leadership Council) in January 2014, and in April 2019, I became chair. While serving on the steering committee, I assisted with creating a new strategic plan for Women United. We revised our mission to: “Women United engages women in creating opportunities for supporting …

Volunteer Spotlight: Bob Fernandez

As a life-long Stark County resident, Bob Fernandez wanted to give back to his community from an early age. “I had parents who had a great deal of pride in Stark County, and they instilled that in me,” said Fernandez. “I always had an eye on the vitality and health of the community. When I reached an age where I …

Chris Remark

Volunteer Spotlight: Christopher Remark

When Aultman Hospital CEO Christopher Remark first began supporting United Way of Greater Stark County, he knew it played a vital role in the community. But it wasn’t until he joined the organization’s board of directors in 2011 that he fully appreciated its impact.   “When I started giving nearly 25 years ago, I knew [United Way of Greater Stark …

Courtney Johnson-Benson

Volunteer Spotlight: Courtney Johnson-Benson

Courtney Johnson-Benson has a passion for education. As Senior Assistant Director of Admissions for the University of Akron, she helps students pursue their dreams of higher education, while navigating them through the complexities of the college admissions process. When she joined United Way of Greater Stark County’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) in 2016, the organization’s focus on education seemed like a …