2014-2015 Board of Trustees
Todd Porter, Special Projects Editor, The Repository
Heather Guarnieri, Assistant Director for Academic Advising, Kent State University at Stark
Dennis Kelley, Partner, HFS Wealth Advisors
Matthew Halter, COO, Solmet Technologies, Inc.
Barbara Ewing Cockroft, State Support Team Region 9, State Department of Education
Darren J. Faye, Vice President, Leonard Insurance Services
Todd S. Bundy, Partner, Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh, LPA
Tyler Converse, Superintendent, City of Canton
Jack B. Cooper, Member, Day Ketterer Ltd.
Barbara Ewing Cockroft, State Support Team Region 9, Ohio Department of Education
Pete Fierle, Chief of Staff & VP of Communications, Pro Football Hall of Fame
Joseph R French, CEO, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health
Gregory T. Harbert, Vice President Commercial Banking, FirstMerit Bank, NA
Michelle Henry, President, Center for Marketing and Opinion Research, LLC
Julie Jakmides, Alliance City Council, At-Large, City of Alliance
Automn Lowe, Vice President, District Manager, Huntington
Chad Luxenburg, CEO, scitrain ltd.
Stephanie Maier, Director-Organizational Advancement, TimkenSteel Corporation
Tonja Marshall, VP of Marketing & Communications, Visit Canton
Gretchen Plewak, Human Resource Manager, Marathon Petroleum Company
John Santora, President, C.R. Kurtz, Inc.
Mark Shaffer, Director, Technical Support, Time Warner Cable
Thomas A. Starek, Technical Sales & Application Engineer, Ametek Precision Motor Control
Julie Szendrey, Professor of Business, Walsh University
David Talenda, Director, Cohen & Company
Nancy Varian, Director, Center for Professional Development, Malone University
Tena Wilson, Executive Director, Stark County District Library
Patrick Wyatt, Senior Investigator, Nationwide Insurance
Strategic Plan Statements of Intent
The Strategic Plan summarized here was originally adopted in 2004, and was updated in 2010 by the Leadership Stark County Board of Trustees. The five Statements of Intent are listed here:
- Leadership Stark County prepares and challenges leaders to address emerging and existing Stark County issues and needs.
- Leadership Stark County is financially stable and positioned for future growth.
- Leadership Stark County seizes market opportunities to partner with others in meaningful and productive ways to achieve our purpose.
- Leadership Stark County actively pursues the participation of all segments of the community.
- Leadership Stark County’s alumni are actively involved.
Strategic Plan with Objectives and Action Steps
Most of the original action steps have been completed to date.
Leadership Stark County prepares and challenges leaders to address emerging and existing Stark County issues and needs.
- Add the skill of fund raising to a program day.
- Increase connectedness between program day committees
- Offer advanced learning opportunities for alumni and existing leaders
- Involve alumni in Regional Programming
We are financially stable and positioned for future growth.
- Raise Tuition by $150 to $1850.
- Assure that scholarship funds assist needy applicants
- Begin to use accumulated earnings
- Consider other sources of earned revenue (cross ref: statement of intent III).
- Establish solicitation plan for corp/ind/foundation donors
We seize market opportunities to partner with others in meaningful and productive ways to achieve our purpose.
- Investigate feasibility of youth training in partnership with local organizations, school systems, colleges – Freshman Academy Bus Tour (with statement #1)
- Develop a strategy to access and implement new opportunities
- Investigate the history of LSC partnerships
- Identify past partnerships successes
- Assess LSC capacities and leadership needs in the community
- Reevaluate information gathered from focus groups, reconvene focus groups
- Develop a Leadership continuum
- Develop a program for increased civic involvement with elected officials in partnership with Chambers and Ohio State U.
- Assess evaluate and recommend strategies to determine future plans
– Encounter Bus Tour
– Local Government Academy
We actively pursue the participation of all segments of the community
- Compile and review lists of minority organizations
- Identify and contact key individuals and organizations
- Develop a list of minority presenters and engage them for program days
- Interact with program day committees and chairs
Our alumni are actively involved
- Continue or initiate service projects
– Salvation Army Kettle Drive
- Track Participation in Community Affairs
– surveys, email links
- Alumni will be involved in program days
- Encourage participation in pre-site visits, program days, board service
- Involvement with Annual Fund Drive
– Establish Golf Outing
- Use Ribs Burn Off earnings for scholarships
- Establish a firm alumni calendar
- Access options to showcase leadership in Stark County
Leadership Stark County Board By-Laws
Adopted 1987, last review accepted June 27, 2007
The Leadership Stark County Board of Trustees will be maintained at no more than 30 trustees. The terms will run from July 1 to June 30 of each year. Terms will be for three years, with an option to continue for a second three years.
Responsibilities of Board members include the following: attendance at quarterly board meetings; contribution to and assistance with the LSC Fund Drive; recruitment of candidates for class participation; service on a LSC standing committee or sub-committee; participation in other special community activities related to LSC as requested; acting as a public relations agent for the program; and, availability as a resource for program development and activities. A member missing two meetings in one year shall be contacted by the (chair and director) to determine continued membership on the board.
MEETINGS: The Board of Trustees shall meet quarterly, at time and place determined by the board. The board shall be polled at its third quarterly meeting, and set the next year’s meeting dates no later than June 30 of each year.
SPECIAL BOARD SEATS:
The chairs of all standing committees shall be Board members for the length of their tenure as chairs. No chair may hold that position for more than 2 years. A graduate of the previous year shall be nominated for one three year term; he/she is then eligible to serve a second three year term if so nominated. As the program is to represent the diversity of the area with regard to geography, gender, age, culture and socio-economic characteristics, so shall the Board.
The Immediate Past Chair shall serve on the Board for one year following his/her term as Chair. This seat is in addition to the 30 trustees slated for the Board.
There shall be the following officers: Chair, Vice Chair, Recorder, and Treasurer. Each officer shall serve a two year term. The Vice Chair automatically succeeds to Chair. Expiration of a Board term will not affect the ability of the Chair or Vice Chair to complete his/her term as an officer.
The Chair will be responsible for running board meetings, working closely with the Executive Director on all major policy decisions, and being a primary spokesperson for Leadership Stark County. The Chair will be an ad hoc member of all committees and will advise the Program and Finance Committees.
The Vice-Chair will be responsible for assisting the Chair as needed, may attend any committee meeting as an ad hoc member, will work closely with staff and will advise the Community Awareness, Selection and Alumni Committees.
The Recorder will be responsible for all minutes at board and executive committee meetings.
The Treasurer will chair the Finance Committee and will oversee the LSC Fund drive. He/she will maintain a clear understanding of the finances of the program and work with the Chair and Executive Director in developing and/or implementing a long-range funding plan.
There shall be the following Standing Committees: Finance, Program, Selection, Community Awareness, Alumni Association, and Executive Committee*. Ad Hoc committees shall be appointed by the Board and Executive Committee as deemed necessary. Nominating is an ad hoc committee.
The Finance Committee is responsible for the general oversight of the finances of the program and the Fund drive. It will work closely with program and Chamber staff to develop the yearly budgets and financial reports. It shall be comprised of the Executive Committee.
The Program committee shall be responsible for participating in the development of each aspect of the program and assuring that it meets the mission and objectives of Leadership Stark County. Members are responsible for the ongoing evaluation and enhancement of the program, making sure it meets community needs and expectations. The committee is comprised of program day chairs. The Program Chair shall work with the Executive Director in overseeing the development and implementation of the program activities from the orientation retreat to commencement. This person is responsible for working with the Chair and Executive Director in selecting chairs for each program day.
The Selection Committee is responsible for working with staff in the selection of each class, always keeping in mind the goal of having a diverse class. The committee will evaluate on an ongoing basis the definition of diversity as well as the selection process and will make sure it reflects the needs and make-up of the community.
The Community Awareness Committee will develop a public relations plan and coordinate program efforts in recruitment, media relations, market research, and internal and external publications.
The purpose of the Leadership Stark County Alumni Association is to support the concept of the LSC program. The Chair will be an elected official of the Alumni Association and will serve as the official liaison between the Alumni and the Leadership Stark County Board.
The Executive Committee shall appoint a chair for each standing committee; that individual shall serve a two year term.
The Executive Committee will be comprised of the Chair, Vice Chair, Recorder, Treasurer and the Chairs of the Finance, Program, Selection, Community Awareness, the Alumni Association Committee and Fund Drive. Additional members, not to exceed three may be appointed by the Chair to maintain diversity. Program staff is expected to participate in the Executive Committee.
The Nominating Committee, appointed by the Chair of Leadership Stark County, will be comprised of one alumnus, one current board member, and one community representative (non-board). The Nominating Committee shall be responsible for the nomination of board members and officers. They will present the nominees in writing to the Board at least 15 calendar days before the last scheduled board meeting of July 1 in each year. Elections will take place at the last scheduled board meeting before July 1 in each year, by a majority of those present.
The Fund Drive Committee is responsible for the oversight of the annual fund drive. It will work closely with the Executive Committee and Board to set the fundraising goal for the next year’s campaign by June 30 of each year.