Spotlight Stark County Class Member’s Information

Fall 2017

Tuesday, September 26

  • Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • 222 Market Ave N, Canton 44702
  • Parking: Millennium Deck- off of Walnut & 2nd NE. Bring ticket in for validation
  • 4:00 p.m. Orientation & Service Projects Jenifer Hill, Program Manager, Leadership Stark County
    4:30 p.m. The Core of stark County: Then & Now Mike Gill, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
    6:00 p.m. Networking at Cultured Coffee 309 Cleveland Ave NW, Canton 44702

    Tuesday, October 10


    4:00 p.m. Discover your Strengths Part I Jenifer Hill & Stephanie Werren, Director, Leadership Stark County

    Tuesday, October 24


    4:00 p.m. Visit Canton Allison Rowe, Visit Canton
    4:30 p.m. Discover Your Strengths Part II Jenifer Hill & Stephanie Werren
    6:00 p.m. Networking at Basil 585 Market Ave N, Canton 44702

    Tuesday, November 7


    4:00 p.m. Health in Stark County Mark H. Adams, Terri Dzienis, Dawn Miller, Diane Thompson, Canton City Health Department
    5:30 p.m. Refuge of Hope Jo Anne Carpenter, Refuge of Hope, 405 Third St NE, Canton 44702
    6:00 p.m. Networking at Georges Lounge 229 Cleveland Ave NW, Canton 44702

    Tuesday, November 14


    4:00 p.m. Stark Parks Corianne Kocarek, Nick Morris, Stark Parks
    4:15 p.m. Why Volunteering? Alivia Hershberger, Simply Give & The Little Givers Club; Drew Pelger, United Way Young Leaders Society
    5:00 p.m. Development Planning Jenifer Hill

    Tuesday, December 5


    4:00 p.m. The Arts Scene Max Barton, Canton Museum of Arts; Rob Hankins, Arts in Stark
    5:00 p.m. Graduation in the Wilkof Courtyard Employers & Family invited

    Fall 2017 Spotlight Stark County Class

    John Ankerman, Agent, Van Nostran Young & Associates
    Matt Armstrong, Organizational Administrator, John Patrick Picard Architect, In.
    Mariah Aubihl, Young Adult Specialist, Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio Inc.
    Jordan Boon, Process Engineer, Marathon Petroleum
    Ryan Carrick, Architectural Intern, John Patrick Picard Architect, Inc.
    Mihaela Ciupitu, Sr. Transactional Services Analyst, TimkenSteel Corporation
    Katie Collins, Project Analyst II, Kenan Advantage Group
    Sara Ehret, Assistant Lecturer, The University of Akron
    Michael Evans, Government Relations Program Manager, Cleveland Clinic
    Angelina Gingo, Attorney, Gingo Law Office, LLC
    Lauren Grove, Human Resources Representative II, Hendrickson
    Deanna Kidwell, Client Service Representative, Schauer Group
    Mark Lindsey, Attorney, Kisling, Nestico & Redick
    Joshua Pedrozo, Account Management Executive, Employers Health
    Elissa Prazer, Event Manager, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Kayla Rankin, Sr. Sales Engineer, TimkenSteel Corporation
    Joel Rich, Strategic Product Development and Sales Support, Midlake Products & Mfg Co.
    Callie Sandholm, Technical Services Engineer, Marathon Petroleum
    Hans Sandholm, Operations Process Specialist, Marathon Petrolum
    Andrew Siekmann, Economics and Planning, Marathon Petroleum
    Tyler Stamm, HR Manager, Hendrickson
    Brian Stoner, Environmental Professional, Marathon Petroleum
    Matthew Strobelt, Consultant, CFS-Creative Financial Solutions
    Susan Stroup, Chief Officer of Social Services, Coleman Professional Services
    Brennan Ujcich, Process Control Engineer, TimkenSteel Corporation
    Kara White, Associate Marketing Specialist, Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties

    Stephanie Werren, Director


    Stephanie Snow Werren is a Certified Gallup StrengthsFinder Coach and has been presenting the StrengthsFinder training to Leadership’s Young Professionals and Government Academy programs since their inception in 2005 and 2006. In addition to being instrumental in the creation of those programs, she also facilitates many custom trainings for businesses and non-profit organizations. Stephanie has been with Leadership Stark County since 2005 and was named Director in 2015. A Canton native, Stephanie holds an MBA degree from Malone University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/International Studies from Miami University.
    Jenifer Hill, Program Manager


    As a Board Certified Executive Leadership Coach, Jenifer Haller Hill uses evidenced- based approaches to help leaders identify ways to manage and improve both personal and professional strengths. Previously with scitrain, ltd., Canton-based global leadership development consulting firm, Jenifer has provided facilitations, trainings and executive coaching to approximately 650 leaders, both in the U.S. and Europe. She joined Leadership Stark County in 2015 as Program Manager for the Spotlight Stark County, Government Academy, and Encounter Stark County programs. A Canton native, she holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development from Walsh University and a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from The Ohio State University.
    Joy Walko, Office Manager
    Leslie Hennessy, Program Assistant

    StrengthsFinder Assessment

    Please follow the instructions below to take the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and discover your strengths. Please complete the assessment by September 26, so that the staff can prepare for the session.

    1. Visit
    2. Use the access code that was in your email, click continue
    3. Follow the onscreen instructions to create a Gallup Strengths Center account.
    4. Once registered, you will be able to take the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment. Please give yourself about 30 minutes of uninterrupted time to complete it. 

    After you complete the assessment, please print the report of your Top 5 Strengths. You will bring this with you for the October 10 session.

    By applying your access code, you’re entitled to a free copy of the StrengthsFinder 2.0 e-book, which will help you understand the StrengthsFinder assessment and the 34 themes. To download the e-book, sign in to your account and click Download My E-Book on your dashboard.

    If you encounter issues with your access code, please contact me.

    Joy Walko

    Sign up for any of these projects online. Please note that are a limited number of openings for these. Sign Up

    A Community Christmas

    Community Christmas does actual face-to-face interviewing with their clients seeking Christmas assistance
    You will help individuals complete an application requesting Christmas assistance.
    You will receive a brief training at the beginning of your shift
    Park in the gravel lot and place your personal belongings in your trunk.
    Upon arrival at the front door, tell them you are a Leadership Stark County volunteer and they will guide you to the correct location/person.

    Learn more about Community Christmas or donate to community Christmas and make a difference in the lives of many in the Stark County community:

    TECH/CAMP, an apprenticeship and mentoring program, speed networking opportunity

    • Sunday, October 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Downtown McKinley Campus, Commons
    • 4 people needed

    TECH/CAMP is a group of 36 Early College students who are high achievers with wonderful personalities. These young people do extremely well in the classroom and are also dedicated volunteers throughout the city. They will graduate with a diploma and a two-year degree from Stark State in four years. You will participate in a speed networking session by coming prepared to talk about your profession. Prior to the speed networking session, we will be provided with some guiding questions. This document will include such things as education, job responsibilities, skills needed to be successful in the position, etc.

    These students will be receiving a college hoodie of their choice, encouraging them to continue their education beyond high school. If you would like to make a donation (through United Way) towards the purchase of hoodies, text PURCHASE to 41444 or at Hoodies 2017

    Trunk or Treat-Pathway Caring for Children

    Volunteers will set up their vehicles in the parking lot and pass out candy to children and teens. You are encouraged to have a theme and wear costumes such as Frozen, Harry Potter, Autumn, Halloween, etc. for your vehicle. Please choose a non-scary theme as many of these children have experienced childhood trauma.

    Refuge of Hope-Serving food and/or sorting clothes

    Refuge of Hope provides hot meals to men, women, and children in a family style setting seven times every week.
    You will be serving food, talking with guests, helping in the kitchen or sorting donated clothes for shelter residents to use
    Please wear a hat to keep hair out of the food, closed toe shoes, and a positive attitude

    Mark Adams,
    Director of Environmental Health
    Canton City Health District

    Max Barton,
    Executive Director
    Canton Museum of Art

    Jo Ann Carpenter,
    Director of Development
    Refuge of Hope

    Terri Dzienis,
    APC Administrator
    Canton City Health District

    Michael Gill,
    Vice President of Economic Development
    Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

    Robert J. Hankins,
    President & CEO
    Arts in Stark

    Alivia Hershberger,
    Founder of Simply Give

    Corianne Kocarek
    Volunteer Coordinator
    Stark County Park District

    Dawn Miller,
    Canton-Stark County THRIVE Project Manager
    Canton City Health District

    Nicholas Morris,
    Education Outreach Coordinator
    Stark County Park District
    330-409 8995

    Drew Pelger,
    Account Executive
    The Pelger Agency

    Allison Rowe,
    Marketing Coordinator
    Visit Canton

    Diane Thompson,
    Director of Nursing
    Canton City Health District

    John Werren,
    Day Ketterer Ltd.

    The Spotlight Stark County program builds proficiency in the six Leadership Stark County core competencies:

    Effective Communication

    Creates an environment of open communication by articulating authentic messages with clarity and confidence and connecting accurately while influencing and inspiring others to retain and understand the message.

    Strategic Agility

    Openly and continuously adjusts and adapts course of action in ways of thought and action in the midst of volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous circumstances, resulting in effective alternatives based on logical assumptions, facts, available resources, and constraints.


    Operating intentionally to identify opportunities for advancement, alignment, and development across organizations and/or individual parties, consequently aligning and fostering unconventional approaches with mutually beneficial outcomes.

    Innovation and Technology

    Uses a variety of innovative approaches, techniques, and multimedia in conjunction with encouragement and facilitation by providing challenging thoughts, ideas, and ways of functioning resulting in creative solutions and new ways of thinking and doing.

    Relationship Building

    Identifies opportunities and takes action to build sincere and meaningful relationships resulting in a true partnership for all parties that is grounded in openness and trust.

    Service to Others

    Behaves, thinks and implements a set of practices and philosophies that supplements the lives and passions of individuals by providing talents, support, time, resources and ultimately creates an impact to nurture an impartial and compassionate community.

    Each session will focus on several competencies.

    As you are exposed to new information, experience LSC competencies, and are educated about our community, the next level of learning is self-reflection. After each session, take the time to dig deeper into the competencies presented and answer these questions to crystallize your learnings and expand your understanding of self. Enjoy!

    Development Plan Worksheet (fillable PDF) – Individual Development Plan

    Individual Leadership coaching is available to Spotlight Stark County participants- More Information