Stephanie Werren Vice President & Director of Leadership Stark County

Stephanie Werren has been a key member of the Leadership Stark County team since 2005, where she currently serves as the Vice President of Development and Leadership Programs. With over 15 years of experience in the department, she has held several roles, including Development Director and Assistant Director, before being promoted to Director in 2015.

Alongside her leadership duties, Stephanie is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach and conducts training and facilitation for individuals and groups on Strengths Finder. She is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations discover and leverage their unique strengths. Her engaging coaching style has helped countless clients increase engagement, build stronger relationships, and enhance their overall performance.  She has worked with diverse clients, from Fortune 500 companies to solopreneurs and frequently speaks on strengths-based leadership and employee engagement.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/International Studies from Miami University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Malone College. She was named the Malone University Graduate School Alumna of the Year in 2009 and is a ystark! Twenty under 40! recipient. She is actively involved in the community and currently serves on North Canton City Council as vice-chair, the Stark Housing Network Advisory Board, and a NEOHIO Western Reserve Board member.

She and her husband, Judge Curt Werren, reside in Canton and are exceptionally proud of their 24-year-old triplets. Grace is serving as a logistics officer in the Marines, Hannah is a consultant for Mercer in Los Angeles, and Jack is a business analyst working with Kalypso, a division of Rockwell International.

Kristina Belliveau Assistant Director

Kristina Belliveau is an accomplished professional with a diverse background in finance and change management. Throughout her 24-year career, she has worked with both corporate and nonprofit clients to implement process improvement and create positive and productive work environments. Her goal has always been to help employees connect with their workplace mission and achieve their full potential.
Kristina’s previous roles include working in the public accounting sector and serving as the Finance Director for the Canton Museum of Art. These experiences gave her a strong foundation in financial management and a deep appreciation for the power of art and culture to enrich people’s lives.

Currently, Kristina serves as the Assistant Director for Leadership Stark County, where she is a community advocate and creator of strengths-based programming. She helps professionals tap into their personal strengths and connect with the community, nonprofits, and other networks. Kristina’s work is a natural extension of her passion for helping individuals learn, grow, and find fulfillment in their daily work while strengthening their communities.

Kristina was born and raised in Stark County and holds a B.A. in Accounting from Walsh University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She is a proud member of the 33rd Leadership Stark County Signature Class and a 2021 recipient of the ystark! Twenty Under 40! award. Kristina is also a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and has served as Treasurer for both TomTod Ideas and Canton For All People.
When she’s not working, Kristina enjoys spending time with her family and friends, coaching her son’s t-ball team, and exploring art galleries and restaurants. She is a true foodie at heart and loves discovering new flavors and cuisines.

Kristina Belliveau’s commitment to excellence and her passion for helping others make her a true asset to the community. Her work has touched many lives, and her leadership and dedication continue to inspire others to strive for greatness.

Kelly Klein

Kelly Klein is the Director of Youth Leadership for Leadership Stark County. She is a lifelong NE Ohio native, passionate about education, community development, and seeing the neighborhoods and communities Mister Rogers and MLK dreamed were possible come to life.

Kelly grew up in Hartville, Ohio, before moving to Southeast Canton after graduating from Malone University with a degree in Communication, specializing in Public Relations. For ten years, Kelly served as the Director of Development and Communication at the Lighthouse, a local nonprofit that provides year-round education and mentorship programming for children in grades K-12 living in the southeast neighborhood.

Kelly is a Twenty Under 40! award recipient, a graduate of the 34th Signature Class of Leadership Stark County, a founding committee member of Stark SOUP, and is currently honored to serve on the boards of She Elevates, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls ages 8-14 through mentorship and business building programs, and Camp Luz, a nonprofit located in Kidron, Ohio.

Kelly’s absolute favorite thing to do on the planet is to spend time with her foster daughter traveling (they just got back from England!), going to concerts, and kayaking and tubing together on the river. Kelly also loves being the official photographer for the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Downtown Canton Partnerships, helping care for the chickens, bees, and fish that live next door in the Lighthouse’s Outdoor Classroom and Garden, and spending time with the good folks at First Mennonite Church of Canton.