Spotlight for Young Professionals


Leadership Stark County ProgramLeadership Stark County Program





Participants will identify and develop personal strengths, gain exposure to numerous community leaders and organizations, and explore issues and opportunities in our community.

For Stark County to adapt and thrive, it is essential that young professionals work, play, and stay in our community. The Spotlight program can be a key element to helping young professionals learn all that our community has to offer, make connections with a variety of people, and find their niche for meaningful service.

Spotlight Program class members will receive:

  • Personalized GallupStrengths Assessment
  • Programming founded on the six Leadership Competencies
  • Professional headshot (digital file)
  • Community service opportunity
  • Introduction to non-profit leaders and causes
  • Exposure to community arts and culture
  • Downtown development and historical background
  • Opportunities to explore local economic development initiatives
  • Diversity and inclusion-focused sessions
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded young professionals

The Spotlight Program is a great option for employers to enhance leadership potential and build competencies of young professionals. The class will meet in-person from 4-6pm on six program days, over a 12 week period, from March to May. Tuition for the six sessions is $600 per person. Scholarships may be available to non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, and/or minority candidates. Company group applications are welcome. Applications for the Spring session are due by February 27, 2023.


Spring 2022 Participants

Tomas Barrett, Assistant Professor, University of Mount Union

Michael Benevento, Investment Analyst, Beese Fulmer

Colin Campbell, Associate Professor of Physics; Data Science Program Coordinator, University of Mount Union

Jacqueline Capuano, IT Services Sales Executive, ComDoc

Megan Conkle, Director of Housing and Supportive Services ,YWCA of Canton

Morgan Craig Barth, Attorney, AlerStallings

Alysha Davis, Social Media Manager, University of Mount Union

Joseph Fisher, Licensed Professional Counselor, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health

Christopher Flounders, Accountant, Peoples Services

Justin Frazier, Collector, CSE Federal Credit Union

Emma Grantier, Sales and Marketing Operations Specialist, Employers Health

Megan James, Clinic Supervisor, Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center

Jessica Kurz, School Based Therapist, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health

Miranda McNeal, Early Childhood Mental Health Program Manager, CommQuest Services

Elena Minnick, Accountant, CSE Federal Credit Union

Jillian Morris, Strategic Sourcing Specialist, The Timken Company

Alexandra O’Connor, Project Manager, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

Matthew Patterson, Senior Sales Executive, AultCare

Stephanie Reiss, Senior Compensation Analyst, The Timken Company

Ryan Riggs, Head Wrestling Coach, University of Mount Union

Aleisha Stout, Project Manager, Strengthening Stark

Abigail Van Auken, Assistant Development and Events Coordinator, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health

Megan Vance, Site Manager, GiGi’s Playhouse Canton

Brian Veitch, Technical Service Unit Engineer/Refining Engineer 1, Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Stephanie Virgallito, Digital Marketing & Community Engagement Specialist, PBS Western Reserve

Brooke Wolters, Refinery Accountant, Marathon Petroleum Company

Fall 2021 Participants

Julie Abiecunas, Chief Executive Officer, JRC

Christopher Ady, Training and Development Coordinator Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio

Brittany Bennage, Lead Claims Specialist, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health

Marissa Cooney, Prevention Specialist, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health

Christian Duckworth, Commercial Analyst, KeyBank

Matthew Fantone, Transition Coordinator, Project Rebuild

Courtney James, Associate Marketing and Communications Specialist, Liberty HealthShare

Andrea Legg, Director, North Canton Public Library

Nathan Lex, Tech Service Engineer, Marathon Petroleum Company

Stephen McNulty, Internal Medicine Resident, Western Reserve Hospital

Jessica Minor, Customer Acceptance Analyst, The Timken Company

Jason Mogus, Owner, Center for Renewed Minds, LLC

Kayla Remark, Mortgage Consultant, Signature Mortgage

Kelly Snader, HR Generalist, Peoples Services, Inc.

Kellan Roberts, Owner, R House Home Health Care Services

Jackson Roudebush, Electrical Systems Engineer, Diebold Nixdorf

Daja Simpson, Funding and Development Chairperson, NAACP

Tiffany Skillern, Strategic Planning Consultant, Tiffany Star Skillern

Mackenzie Smith, Program/Marketing Coordinator, Girls on the Run East Central Ohio

Joey Stoffer, Business Development Executive, Employers Health

Jessica Trambley, Communications Specialist, WRL Advertising

Erika Wood, Case Management Supervisor/School-based Therapist, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health

Spring 2021 Participants

Shawn Bagley, Purchasing and Risk Manager, University of Mount Union

Daniel Brown, Process Engineer, The Timken Company

Josh Campbell, Senior Engineer, The Timken Company

Hannah Cowie, Prevention Specialist, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health

Lynn Dudash, Assistant Professor, University of Mount Union

Emma Farkas, Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health

Max Feller, Registered Representative/Financial Representative, Western & Southern

Jill Grove, Spirit Squad Advisor, University of Mount Union

Megan Huston, Licensed Professional Counselor, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health

Josh Ippolito, Senior Finance Analyst – Operations, The Timken Company

Bayley Porter, Coordinator, Partnerships and Events, Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls

Sarah Powers, Assistant Director of Academic Marketing, University of Mount Union

JoAnna Schofield, Branch Manager, Stark County District Library

Kelly Snader, HR Generalist, Peoples Services, Inc.

Alec Stuckey, Associate, GDK & Company

Jennifer Tong, Process Engineer, Marathon Petroleum

Seandra Walker, Psychologist, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health

Audra Youngen, Director of Alumni Engagement, University of Mount Union

Madison Zurakowski, Communications Coordinator, Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company

Nasheka Lemon, Program Coordinator, Bounce Innovation Hub

Brett Pinson, Client Solutions Specialist, Employers Health

Avery Roper, Diversity Recruiter, Akron Children’s Hospital