Matt Kreitzer

Your role on the board: I am part of the group (board) that helps govern and oversee the UWGSC operations. Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the United Way has adequate resources to advance its mission. 

Tell us a bit about your background: I grew up primarily in Minerva with my mother, stepfather, brother and sister. My family was reliant on public assistance as a child and faced all the struggles that a low-income family faces. This is part of the reason I have a passion for helping families in need. 

What do you/did you do for work? I am the Chief Magistrate of the Stark County Family Court. 

How did you come to join the United Way board? How long have you been on the board? I came to the United Way because I was looking for a way to try to give back to the community. Judge Michael Howard, who has been involved with the United Way for many years, recommended that I join. I have been on the board of directors since 2021. 

Briefly explain your work on the board: As a board member, I regularly attend meetings and help with decision making regarding the way that United Way will carry out its mission. 

Describe your involvement with United Way prior to joining the board: As a Magistrate of the Stark County Family Court, I have referred people to services offered by United Way and/or the organizations it helps to support. In addition, my family took advantage of services supported by the United Way as I was growing up.  

What community partners or volunteer programs are you most passionate about supporting? Why is United Way’s work important to you? Please explain. 

Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, AVO Behavioral Health, CommQuest, Domestic Violence Project, Inc., En-Rich-Ment, Project Rebuild, SAM Center and Save22. In my role at the Stark County Family Court, I see how mental health issues affect so many people and families. The listed organizations all, through their programming, help to address mental health and well-being of persons receiving their services. The United Way supports many of the mental health providers in our community, as well as service providers that help with basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and safety for those in need.   

If you could share any piece of advice with the children of Stark County, what would it be? Make sure to get your education.  A high school education is the foundation for future employment and further educational opportunities. Having good attendance and grades shows that you are responsible and can be relied upon. 

What do you like to do in your down time? Hiking and camping are my favorite things to do.  Just being out in nature, relaxing and cooking over a fire. 

Is there anything else you would like us to include in your bio? I am grateful for the opportunities I have been blessed with to be in a position, both at the Family Court and at the UWGSC, to be able to help children and families.

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