A message from Board Chair Darren Faye
It is with mixed emotions that I report that Fran Wells is stepping down from her position as Director of Leadership Stark County. Fran is looking forward to spending more time with her family (and grandson)!
Fran has been part of Leadership for over 15 years and was part of the 14th Signature class, so it’s hard to image anyone knowing more about Leadership Stark County than Fran. Fran’s commitment to Leadership Stark County and the larger regional community has been exemplary. Under her leadership, she has been able to raise the bar of our Signature class making it the sought-after program for local leaders. She was instrumental in expanding the programs that we offer including the Spotlight program, Government Academy, and the more recent Custom Programming. In fact, Leadership programs around the country (including Akron and Medina) have modeled some of their programs to mirror what Fran is doing right here in Stark County.
I am sure that Leadership alumni and staff share my best wishes for Fran as she embarks on a new chapter, spending more time with her family. We will surely miss her and the insight and excitement she brings to Leadership Stark County.
In cooperation with the management team at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, of which Leadership Stark County is a department, the current staff and Board will work through the leadership transition and continue to build upon what Fran has envisioned for our organization and meet and exceed the needs of our community.
A graduate of the 18th Signature Class, Darren is the current chairman of Leadership Stark County Board of Trustees and has served a number of years on the Board in other capacities. He is Vice President of Leonard Insurance Services.