Stark County’s Premiere Lifestyle Magazine
Welcome to the online home of About magazine. For eight years, About has served Stark County as its premiere lifestyle city magazine. Published monthly, About showcases readers who are living their best lives and highlights the lifestyle trends that set them apart.
Together with two sister publications, About Your Home and About Weddings, About magazine provides all of the best content for residents and visitors alike—including people and places, arts and entertainment, food and dining, life and style, events and more.
Learn more about the talented About magazine team—writers, editors, photographers and designers who craft each issue of the magazine.
Jess Bennett, Vice President
Jess Bennett leads a dynamic team in overseeing all facets of About magazine, Stark County’s award-winning lifestyle monthly, and other specialty publications. Bennett was previously the director of marketing and events for the Canton Regional Chamber, where she directed all advertising, marketing, PR and web, including promotion and publicity for more than 70 events annually. She is the founder and volunteer executive director for Indigo Ink Press, a nonprofit literary publishing house in Canton. She currently serves on the board of the YWCA of Canton, is a winner of the ‘Thrive Under 35′ marketing award and the Twenty Under 40! award, presented by ystark! and The Repository.
Kelsey Reinhart, Editor
Kelsey Reinhart is the editor of About magazine. She was previously a designer for The Repository. Kelsey loves designing, writing and taking photographs. When not working, she enjoys reading books and magazines, working out, watching sports, shopping and spending time with family and friends. She believes in living life to the fullest.
Julie Botos, Photographer
Julie Botos is a graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in Photojournalism. She has worked as a staff photographer with The Repository since 1998, where she has photographed everything from presidents to rock stars, from births to deaths, from sports to crime and from the bad in people to the amazing in people—all of which she would not change for the world. She is married to Tim and has two daughters, Claire, age 10, and Lily, age 12.
Bob Rossiter, Photographer
Bob Rossiter grew up in downtown Canton just blocks from the Palace Theatre and has spent his life in Stark County, 43 years of it as a staff photographer for The Repository. He has photographed every president from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama, every sport from Little League to the Super Bowl and World Series. Outside the office, his photography continues with weddings, travel and his two grandchildren.
Tim Botos, Writer
Tim Botos is a graduate of the University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in mass media/communication. He has worked as a staff writer at The Repository since 1999. He has won 33 first- or second-place writing awards, and one of his stories appeared in Reader’s Digest. He is married with two daughters, ages 10 and 12. Outside work, he runs a 12 and under girls travel softball team. He also serves as athletic director and pastoral designee for Catholic Youth Organization athletics at St. Paul School in Akron.
Gary Brown, Writer
Gary Brown has written articles and columns for About periodically since the publication’s inception, including pieces on books, recreational sports and historical subjects. A columnist and staff writer for The Repository, Brown enjoys such outdoor pursuits as golfing, sailing, skiing, biking and hiking. An avid student of the arts, he also uses those activities to inspire watercolor paintings.
Charita Goshay, Writer
A lifelong resident of Canton and graduate of Kent State University, Charita Goshay has been employed with The Repository since 1990. She is a nationally syndicated columnist with GateHouse News Service, and is a member of The Repository editorial board. She also is a seven-time Associated Press Best Columnist in Ohio. Charita is a founding board member of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark & Carroll Counties and is a graduate of Leadership Stark County.
Dan Kane, Writer
Dan Kane is the entertainment editor for The Repository’s Ticket magazine. He writes about theater, movies, rock ‘n’ roll, art, classical music, dance, restaurants, festivals and everything else that’s going on. Growing up in Wooster, he always thought of Canton as “the big city.”
B.J. Lisko, Writer
B.J. Lisko is a designer/writer for The Repository’s Ticket entertainment weekly. He resides in Youngstown, where he has fronted rock band Turbo Lovers for the past 11 years. When he’s not working or gigging in area dives, he usually can be found on a golf course somewhere, berating himself.
Alison Matas, Writer
Alison Matas writes for The Repository, covering Canton City Hall. She grew up in Kent and has worked for newspapers in New York, Missouri, West Virginia and Maryland—and she’s happy to call Stark County her new home. When she’s not writing, she’s usually rehearsing for an upcoming musical or choir concert, going for a run or attempting to cook.
Todd Porter, Writer
Todd Porter has been writing about Stark County since 1991 and has covered everything from Ohio State football to Stark County business dealings. He frequently covers the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Malone University graduate lives in Plain Township with his wife Colleen and their three children Dylan, Sydni and Nathan.
Kelli Young, Writer
Kelli Young is an award-winning reporter who joined The Repository in 2003 and now covers the world of education. Outside work, you can find Kelli riding her bike along the Towpath Trail, playing sand volleyball, cheering for the Indians or happily spoiling her nieces, Mikayla and Charlotte, and nephew, Walker.
About Advisory Board
They represent the best of Stark County. The eight people below were selected to be on the fourth About magazine advisory board because they are active leaders from all areas of our community who can help us better shape this magazine to reflect all of the best things about Stark County.
Day works for SoL Harris / Day Architecture. He is the chairman for the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Day drove boats in the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas while in the Navy from 1972 to 1975. He earned a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the University of Cincinnati in 1971. During that time, he gained hands-on experience with eight different co-op architectural firms, one being for the City Architect of Leeds in England for six months.
He likes to play an active role in the community and is involved with several organizations: United Way of Greater Stark County, the ArtsinStark Board, Stark Development Board and Salvation Army-Canton Advisory Board.
Michael E. Hanke retired as general manager from The Repository in 2006. In 2007, he was appointed Stark County administrator, a position he held until retiring in 2013. He currently serves as a communications consultant. Hanke is a member of the Aultman Health Foundation and Aultman Hospital boards of directors. He serves as chairman of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Shared Services committee.
He is a former member of the United Way of Central Stark County Health Foundation Board and Community Planning Committee, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year committee, the Kent State University Advisory Committee of the College of Fine and Professional Arts, the Catholic Community League board and the Canton Civic Opera board. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in journalism from Kent State University.
Shannon English Hexamer
Shannon English Hexamer is owner and president of Shannon English Marketing, a full-service advertising, PR and event marketing firm that celebrated its 25th year March 6. English Hexamer received her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism with a public relations major and business minor from Kent State University.
She currently serves on the board of Quest Recovery and Prevention Services, the Advisory Council for Junior League of Stark County, Ohio Inc., and the Capital Campaigns Committee and Advancement Committee of the Stark Community Foundation.
Judith Lancaster received her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University, a Juris Doctorate from University of Akron, School of Law, and certification in bargaining and negotiating from Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia. After graduating from law school and being admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1994, Lancaster was the general manager for the northeast Ohio division of Corning Clinical Laboratories.
She has served as special counsel to the Ohio Attorney General from 1995 to the present. Currently, Lancaster is involved with the Dean’s Leadership Committee, The Walsh University Board of Trustees, the NEOMED Foundation board, Mercy Medical Center Board of Directors, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Prescription Assistance Network, Athena International, Inc., and Canton Museum of Art Foundation Board. She is a founding member of Women’s Impact, Inc.
Paul D. Snyder is the former vice president of marketing for CSE Federal Credit Union. In 2000, he was recognized by the Ohio Credit Union League with a Marketing Brilliance Award, and in 2011, he won a national first-place Cameo Award for a credit card marketing campaign. A 1971 graduate of Malone University, Snyder served 10 years a trooper for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, served at Malone University as the director of planned giving and later as assistant to the president.
In 1987, Snyder became director of development and public relations for St. Luke Lutheran Community. He is a 2008 graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy and is a volunteer Trailblazer for Stark Parks.
Swaldo graduated with honors from Tri State College (now Trine University) with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was engineering manager with Air enterprises before co-founding American Switchgear Corp. After he sold ASC, Swaldo started Gervasi Vineyard. In less than a year, he and his family transformed the 55-acre farm into a winery, an Italian bistro, a marketplace and an outdoor pavilion.
A former member of the North Canton Jaycees and the North Canton Rotary Club, Swaldo was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International. He served as executive director and board member of the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps and served as board chairman for Drum Corps International. He was named Tri State College Outstanding Alumni in 1987 and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Drum Corps International committee.
Lisa Warburton-Gregory currently is involved with the Aultman Women’s Board, the North Canton Medical Foundation Board, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, United Way of Stark County, North Canton Alumni Association, Canton Symphony League, Shared Blessings, North Canton Hoover Lacrosse Booster Club, Stark County Republican Party, Meals on Wheels of Stark and Wayne Counties and Stark State Foundation Board. Warburton-Gregory attended Ohio State University, Kent State University at Stark andStark Technical College.
She graduated with an associate degree in medical secretarial from Stark Technical College. She worked 23 years in the grocery business. She also worked at The Repository part-time in the circulation department. She currently works at Mathie Supply doing accounts receivable.
Kristie Van Auken
Kristie Van Auken has been the senior vice president and chief marketing and communications officer at Akron-Canton Airport since 2008. She manages and directs all airport marketing and communications programs, including air service development, branding, advertising, media relations, social media, and internal and external communications. In addition, Van Auken serves on the boards of Leadership Akron, the Development Finance Authority ofSummit County and the Marketing Leadership Roundtable.
In 2011, Van Auken was recognized as a Woman of Note in Crain’s Cleveland Business magazine. She was also honored as one of the top 199 Women in Ohio Aviation by the International Women’s Air and Space Museum in 2009. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University.