Angela Perisic

Your title: President & CEO 

Tell us a bit about your background: I have worked at United Way of Greater Stark County since 1997 serving in a variety of roles with the majority in the resource development space. 

When did you join the team at United Way of Greater Stark County? February 1997 

Briefly explain your role at United Way: I serve as the visionary for the organization. I spend my time talking with people and using those conversations to develop ideas about how things can be done differently, better and more efficiently. I get to share my ideas with my teammates who either tell me, “Yeah, that won’t work because …“ or they create the process to make the idea happen. I also spend a lot of time sharing what United Way is doing and why with donors and the community. 

What do you enjoy most about your work at United Way? I love imagining what could be and inspiring others to get excited about doing things differently, but what has continued to motivate me for my 26 years here is knowing that I am part of a team that comes to work every day with the goal of helping people reach their fullest potential – and that feels great, even on the most difficult days. 

What community partners or volunteer programs are you most passionate about supporting? Please explain. I don’t have one partner or program that I am most passionate about because I am most passionate about what can be accomplished when we bring our partners together to address a challenge because most of the time a problem is much more complex than one issue. 

What do you like to do outside of work? I love reading books about people and events from American history, trivia, hanging with my dog, listening to podcasts and spending time with the people I love. 

If you could share any piece of advice with the children of Stark County, what would it be? Even if it takes you twice as long as someone else to reach your goals, even when it seems impossible, don’t give up because you only fail if you quit. 

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