To mark the occasion of Leadership’s 30th year, we salute thirty graduates of our Leadership programs for their contributions to Stark County. The Thirty Faces of Leadership Stark County represent the face of Leadership Stark County, people who are seen in the community as difference makers. They represent ALL of our alumni, Leadership Stark County graduates who are living the mission of commitment to our community!
Katrina M. Barton, General Manager, Belden Village Mall, Signature Program Class 21, Government Academy
Katrina is not only the general manager of the area’s largest retail commerce entity but she is truly embodying Leadership Stark County’s mission of commitment to community trusteeship. She is an active member of the community, sitting on several boards, and also serves as an elected official on the Jackson Local School Board. Not only does she commit herself to as a trustee to our community but she also encourages her staff to do so. In many of her daily decisions, she considers the community and finds ways to make the community succeed with her.
Elected – Jackson Local School Board
Visit Canton Board
Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
Jackson Local School Foundation
Memberships and Volunteer Roles:
International Council of Shopping Center
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
Blue Storm Athletics
ystark! Twenty Under 40 class of 2010
Kathy Catazaro-Perry, Mayor, City of Massillon, Signature Program Class 23, Government Academy
Kathy Catazaro-Perry was elected Mayor of Massillon in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. Prior to election to mayor, she served as a city council representative for eight years. Prior to her political career, Kathy was an active leader throughout her former career as a registered nurse. She co-founded the Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children where she also served as Executive Director for Operations and Medically Fragile Care. Kathy is also the founder of the American Elites “American Idols,” which is a special needs cheerleading team, where she also coaches. As Mayor, Kathy created the Diversity Committee, the Commission on Disabilities, and was instrumental in making Massillon a Blue and Gold Star Community.
Kathy’s leadership roles include:
Community Health Foundation of Massillon
Stark County Library Foundation
Stark Development Board of Trustees
Massillon Quota International
Massillon Homeless Task Force
The Stop Heroin from Killing Committee
Affinity Medical Community Leadership Council
Aultman’s Woman’s Board
Walsh University Women’s Committee
Joel Daniel Harris, Executive Dreamer, TomTod Ideas, Signature Program Class 26
Joel is truly a new kind of social entrepreneur. He is ambitious and persistent in his dream of empowering middle school students to launch absurd ideas that enhance the common good, the mission TomTod Ideas was founded on and remains committed to. Who would have thought to leverage the resources of middle school students in order to respond to social needs? This combination of Joel’s imagination and compassion has made lasting impacts on the students, teachers, and parents of Stark County. Joel’s efforts are helping give middle school students the best possible start to develop to their fullest potential, be better prepared and ready to learn when entering high school and occupy their time in a productive way to develop lifelong leadership skills.
Joel has the leadership skills to inspire others to join his cause. He not only is a motivated leader with a lifelong commitment to community trusteeship, he works to mentors others to become leaders.
Some of Joel’s leadership roles include:
Steering Committee Member for the United Way of Greater Stark County’s Young Leaders Society
Chair of Stark SOUP
Chair-Leadership Stark County Asset Building Day steering committee
Mentors a group of young men through a program at Lehman Middle School
2015 ystark! Twenty under 40
Friends Action Board
ystark! Perplexcity Chair
330 Youth Leader Network Leadership Team
Candidate for Canton City charter commission
Chair-Leadership Stark County Human Services Day steering committee
Gregory Luntz, Commercial Real Estate Agent for NAI Spring, Signature Program Class 2
Greg is a pillar of the community. Reading through his list of accomplishments is exhausting and inspiring all at once. He’s very active in the community serving on boards, he attends networking events to tie businesses together and he volunteers and participates in many fundraising events. He has cheerful attitude and is one of the friendliest folks you’ll meet. He leaves a positive impact on everyone who encounters him.
Board member or chair
Stark Community Foundation
Downtown Canton Land Bank
Arts in Stark
YMCA of Greater Stark County
Leadership Stark County
He has further led the community by being an active Rotary member and through leadership positions in his families’ various local businesses.
Lucia M. Pileggi, Private Banking Executive, Eastern Ohio Market, KeyBank, Signature Program Class 26
Lucia is an active member of the community, serving as a board member with such organizations as Stark/Wayne American Heart Association, Greater Akron Musical Association, Mahoning Valley Economic Development Committee and Stark County Italian American Festival Foundation. She is a member of Leadership Stark County’s 26th Class, the Women’s Board of Aultman Hospital and the Junior League of Stark County. In 2014, she was inducted into the YWCA Women’s Hall of Fame, and has been a past board member or member of the About Magazine Advisory Board, Arts in Stark Board, Mercy Medical Center Fund Development Committee and Junior Achievement.
She received the 2016 Volunteer service award for the Italian Festival
Shelley Schweitzer, Founder, SAS Organizing Solutions, LLC; Executive Director, Women’s Impact, Inc., Signature Program Class 4
The word “no” is not in Shelley’s vocabulary. Being raised in a family who believed in, and encouraged, community stewardship she was set on the path to giving back and give back she did and still does. In fact, Shelley received the YWCA’s Women”s Hall of Fame Award for her dedication to community.
Shelley’s contributions are significant. She has volunteered for or held Board positions for
Canton Symphony Orchestra
Temple Israel-Board president
United Way of Central Stark County
First Ladies Library
Leadership Stark County
Canton Advertising Federation
National Association of Organizers