The Academy is a 5-week course of leadership development promoting excellence in local governance.
- Perfect for civic-minded individuals interested in learning about our government, how to impact local issues, and the importance of service leadership.
The Government Academy will run on an as-needed basis, so please register your interest by emailing the Leadership Stark County office. Email our office
Government Academy topics include:
- Gallup StrengthsFinder for Government Leaders
- Strengths Based Economic Development and Strengths Based Citizen Engagement
- Your Role as a Government Official
- Effective Communication & Engaging with the Media
- Ethics in Government
- Successful Campaigning
- Local and Regional Shared Services
- Where can you make a difference in government leadership?
- Board Training
Tuition is $425 and Tuition assistance is available for participants from non-profits or government entities.
The curriculum is facilitated by Leadership Stark County staff, community leaders and Dr. Chet Bowling, Ohio State University Extension. The Academy is a collaboration among Leadership Stark County, Stark County District Library, the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement, and The Ohio State University Extension.
Presented in partnership with
Lisa Benton, Special Events & Marketing Coordinator, City of Massillon
Deborah Busby, Director of Membership Development, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
Nathaniel Chester III, Councilman Ward 2, City of Canton
Mark Clendenin, NE Regional Business Development Manager, Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation
Marianna DiGiacomo, Community Services Director, Stark County District Library
Grant Downes, Member, Village Council, Village of Magnolia
Jack Flinner, Owner, G and F Family Farms
Damon Gallucci, Firefighter/Paramedic, Jackson Township Fire Department
Brook Harless, Retired, U.S. Army,
Darin Hill, Parts Sales & Supervisor, Ohio Machinery Co. dba Oho CAT
Dianna Marken Morrow, Retired Counselor & Teacher,
Mark Maskaluk, Sgt.- Deputy Security Chief, Stark County Sheriff’s Office
Morgyn Miller, Student, Mount Union University
Brett Neff, Branch Manager, Stark County District Library
Ikeshia Smith, Medical Social Worker, Attentive Home Health/Serenity Hospice
Sheetal Tallada, Student, Glenoak High School
James Thomas, Attorney at Law, Gruber, Thomas & Co
Christopher Todaro, Director of Admissions/Graduate & Professional Studies, Malone University
Patrice Yacko, Program Administrator, Ohio Department of Transportation
Talia Zelle, Student, Glenoak High School