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 September to November. Tuition for the six sessions is $625 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, 2024.


Spring 2023 Participants

Tyler Adams, Director of Corporate Partnerships, Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio

Rick Bailey, Assistant Professor of Sport Business, University of Mount Union

Shane Bakovich, QMHS and Peer Support Supervisor, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health

Amanda Beaver, Community Wellness Coordinator, Aultman Hospital

Paris Brasill, Trauma Informed Day Treatment Therapist

Will Brienza, Creative Coordinator, Visit Canton

Brandon Brooks, Accountant, ICAN Housing

Andrew Burwell, Teacher, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health

Natalie Clickett, Training Manager, Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company

Maggie Collins, Admission Counselor, University of Mount Union

Austin Decker, HR/Payroll IT Business Lead, TimkenSteel

Dr. Mike Desposito, Vice President & Clinical Director, The Wellife, LLC

Kayla DeVitto, Lead Story Guide, TomTod Ideas

Travonte Fields, Pretrial Release Officer, Stark County Family Court

Kelsey Fockler, Principal External Reporting Analyst, The Timken Company

Dr. Katie Gamby, CEO and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor

Megan Ging, Human Resources Business Partner, Marathon Petroleum Company

Grant Goff, Business Development Executive, Employers Health

Paige Hamsher, Regional Workforce Development Director, VANTAGE Aging

Lindsay Hodgkiss, Human Resources Business Partner, Marathon Petroleum Company

Courtney James, Marketing Manager, Login VSI

Faith James, Young Adult Coordinator, NAMI

Kearnan Kulow, Industrial Hygienist, Marathon Petroleum

Natalie Mashchak, Marketing Specialists, Stark Community Foundation

Taylor Pugh, Rural 1st Loan Officier, Rural 1st (Farm Credit Mid-America)

Nate Rowley, Service Delivery Manager, CMIT Solutions

Harrison Saler, Executive Assistant, JRC

Cecily Taylor, Marketing Manager, Arrowhead Talent Solutions

Natalie Thouvenin, Client Technician, Employee Benefits, Schauer

Ben Truax, Manufactured Components Controller, TimkenSteel

Kelsie Watson, HR Generalist, Peoples Services, Inc.

Christina Williams, Supervisor of Security, Goodwill Industries

Fall 2022 Participants

Andrea Barker, Operations Supervisor,  Akron Children’sPediatrics- Massillon

Nicole Barone, Qualified Mental Health Specialist, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health

Luscious Baskin, Rapid Re-Housing Case Manager, YWCA Canton

Mitchell Baxter, Marketing & Development Specialist, CommQuest Services, Inc.

Zita Blile, Sports Sales & Service Coordinator, Visit Canton

Abigail Chance, Client Manager, Schauer Group, Inc.

Anthony D’Antonio, Counselor, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health

Adam Dietrich,   Supply Chain Associate, Marathon Petroleum Company

Bridget  England , Associate Director, Degree Completion and Graduate Program Enrollment, Walsh University

Madison Evans, Associate Counsel, Employers Health

Charmaine Gamble, Medical Assistant, Akron Children’s Hospital

Anthony Garcia, Supply Chain Operations Manager, PepsiCo

Kenneth Hill, Vice President, Integrity Accounting Service, Inc.

Rachael Hock, Assistant Administrator, St. Joseph Senior Living

Daniel Hottois, Senior Process Engineer, The Timken Company

Marcus  Huerta, Marketing Manager, Pro Football Hall of Fame

Ashley Johnson, Senior Project Manager, Innis Maggiore

Sankalp Kota, Principal Materials Engineer, The Timken Company

Leslianne Lake, Sales Manager, Visit Canton

Ashley Light, Account Development Specialist III, FedEx Custom Critical

Gregory Marchand, Principal Casting Engineer, TimkenSteel Corporation

Amber Nash, QMHS, Child And Adolescent Behavioral Health

Courtney Storey, Marketing Coordinator, Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company

Tayler Strait, Account Executive, WRL Advertising

James-John Sutton, Refining Engineer II, Marathon Petroleum Company

Ronnie Turpin, TANF Coordinate, Alliance for Children and Families

Danselle Williams, Substitute Teacher, Canton City Schools

Jamar Williams, Mission Outreach Coordinator, Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital

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