Project Blueprint Aims to Increase Diversity in Board Leadership

Nonprofit boards throughout Greater Stark County have historically lacked diversity. So in 2019, United Way of Greater Stark County launched a program that aims to change that. Project Blueprint is designed to recruit, train and connect diverse volunteer leaders to policy-making roles and enhance the effectiveness of nonprofit agencies throughout our community. “We feel like diverse representation is important because …

Isabel Lombardi – Inspired Youth 2020 Award Winner

 “Isabel has been a part of several service projects for the needy, including making blankets, creating snack bags and collecting donated toys. She also does service projects through St. Michael School and her Girl Scout troop,” says her nominator Bob Humphries, President Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre Associate Professor of Psychology at Walsh University. “Isabel’s latest project, Totes of Kindness, …

Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Goff

Chris Goff will chair this year’s United Way of Greater Stark County’s campaign. Goff, CEO & General Counsel of Employers Health, has been an avid supporter of United Way corporately and personally for many years. Chris and his wife Michele, a pharmacist at Absolute Healthcare, are members of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society; Michele is a member of United Way’s …

Volunteer Spotlight: Gary Schumacher

How did you get started in volunteering? My dad was very big into volunteering when I was young. He was involved in Louisville Knights of Columbus, Junior Achievement (JA) advisor, Chaired Louisville Bicentennial-Silverama Celebration and helped organized building Louisville football fields. While doing all this, my dad Paul co-founded H-P in Louisville, along with my Uncle Harold. It’s one of …

Alex Nicholis Coon – DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist 2020 Award Winner

DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist Award will be presented to Alex Nicholis Coon. Alex partners with the Soroptimist International of Canton/Stark County and chairs the Celebration of Women. Recently, she helped connect the Massillon Purse Project with DVPI and Soroptimist, and assisted with planning and executing the Clothing Swap in conjunction with Soroptimist and PATHS, to shed light on human trafficking in …

Jacqueline DeGarmo – Gold Key Service 2020 Award Winner

Jacqueline DeGarmo is the president and founder of Hilliard Jeane, an International Analyst at Intelligent Community Forum, a member of the governing Board of Stark County Educational Service Center, founder of First Promise, and director at both Aultman Health Foundation Board and Aultman Alliance Hospital Board. She is the former Superintendent of Plain Local Schools and a past president of …

Amy Mast – Gold Key Service 2020 award winner

Amy Mast is highly involved in United Way’s Women United donor network group, chairing the Steering Committee and leading the Advocacy Committee. She also serves on the United Way Community Investment Committee, which oversees three Impact Councils. Amy has been actively involved over the years in several United Way programs which help prepare women and young ladies for higher-paying jobs: …

Mike Patterson – Gold Key Service 2020 award winner

Mike Patterson is the former editor at The Review and continues to be involved in the news through sharing community happenings and tips. He now volunteers full-time at Alliance Community Pantry and Alliance Kiwanis Club, helping to deliver crucial services in the Alliance area. Mike actively recruits volunteers to help him deliver these services. “I am incredibly impressed by his …

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 …