NAME: Jane M. Timken RESIDENCE: Jackson Township
PERSONAL: Married to Tim, two children JOB/TITLE: Attorney
CURRENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Vice chairman, Stark County Republican Party; Vice
chairman, Kent State University; Board member, Community Services of Stark County; Member,
20/20 Steering Committee, ArtsinStark; Harvard College Alumni Admissions Interviewer.
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “Stark County is a fantastic place to live and raise children. The enthusiasm and passion of the people of Stark County for their community is our unique treasure. I have great hope for the future of Stark County.”
NAME: Sue Grabowski RESIDENCE: Lake Township
PERSONAL: Married to Leonard; three children: Abbi, 14; Mitch, 11; Zane, 7
JOB/TITLE: President, Grabowski & Co.
CURRENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Pathway Caring for Children; Indigo Ink Press; Business Excellence Awards Committee of Canton Chamber; Economic Development Day Committee of Leadership Stark County.
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “I’m a proud product of this county — it’s public schools, universities and rich culture. I am committed to building a future here for my family and my business.”
NAME: M. J. Albacete RESIDENCE: North Canton PERSONAL: Married to Pat
JOB/TITLE: Executive Director, The Canton Museum of Art
CURRENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Member of Canton Rotary; Adjunct Professor at Kent State University Stark Campus; guest speaker; selection committee for ystark’s Twenty under 40; devoted to the Cultural Center family: Canton Symphony, Canton Ballet, Players’ Guild and VOCI.
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “Stark County’s potential to develop and grow rests in the hands of its citizens — our challenge is to motivate and inspire everyone to put forth the effort through superior education, community service and good will.”
NAME: Cathy L. Wyatt
PERSONAL: Married to Patrick, two children, Erin and Sean
JOB/TITLE: Owner/Operator Carpe Diem Coffee Shops
CURRENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Impact1Hundred with Community Services; Canton Palace Theatre; Aultman Hospital Women’s Board; Canton Marathon
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “Our community has so many things to do, people to meet, places to go, opportunities to help, why would you live anywhere else?”
NAME: Jacqueline DeGarmo RESIDENCE: Jackson Township
JOB/TITLE: President and Founder, Hilliard Jeane LLC
CURRENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: United Way of Greater Stark County; Walsh University; Herbert W. Hoover Foundation; Aultman Acute Care Specialty Hospital; Trillium Family Solutions; Plain Local Schools Foundation; Kent State University at Stark.
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “I was raised by the Stark County community and will always have tremendous gratitude for every lesson learned here about the power of faith, family and philanthropy. We are a people of proud memories, which makes Stark the perfect place to build new dreams.”
NAME: Robert F. Belden RESIDENCE: Jackson Township
PERSONAL: Married to Kathy, 4 children, 12 grandchildren.
JOB/TITLE: President & CEO, The Belden Brick Company
CURRENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Member, Board of Directors; Canton Central Catholic High School Advisory Board; Member, Canton Central Catholic High School Education Foundation; President, Board of Directors Canton Student Loan Foundation; Member, Board of Directors and chairman, Membership Committee; Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio; Ohio Legacy Corporation & Premier Bank & Trust, Director; Philomatheon Society, Member, Investment Committee; Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, Chairman, Board of Directors; Stark Community Foundation, Member, Investment Review Committee; Stark County Historical Society, President, Board of Directors; Walsh University, Member, Board of Directors.
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “Stark County is a great community that gets things done through incredible volunteer involvement.”
NAME: Geoff Karcher RESIDENCE: Louisville
PERSONAL: Married to Amy, six children
JOB/TITLE: President, The Karcher Group
CURRENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Canton Chamber Board of Directors; Walsh University Advisory Board; various sub-committees and special projects.
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “My wife, Amy, and I both grew up in Stark County. We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to raise our children here for many reasons. Not the least of which is the comfortable culture and the family-oriented lifestyle.”
NAME: Cindy Hickey
RESIDENCE: Massillon, Ohio
PERSONAL: Married to Mark, two children
JOB/TITLE: Director, Public Relations, Mercy Medical Center
CURRENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Swimming and Cross Country/Track Athletic Booster Clubs, Massillon Washington High School
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “As a lifelong resident of Stark County, it’s exciting to watch the growth and change within our community. What a wonderful place to live and raise a family!”
NAME: Sally A. Goodnow RESIDENCE: North Canton PERSONAL: Three children; three stepchildren
JOB/TITLE: Manager, Howard Hanna Jackson Office in Nobles Pond
CURRENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Children’s Hospital Care Fund; Coats for Kids; Sales and Market-ing Council; Member, BIA; National Association of Home Builders; Jackson Belden Chamber of Commerce.
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “The Stark County market continues to rebound with activity as new buyers realize this is a great place to live, work and raise a family. The market adjustments to home prices have created a positive atmosphere of sellers eager to move up in home size and buyers who see the value of our wonderful communities here in Stark County.”
NAME: Joseph French RESIDENCE: Plain Township
JOB/TITLE: Executive Director, Early Childhood Education Alliance, Inc.
CURRENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: United Way of Greater Stark County; Early Childhood Resource Center; Plain Local Foundation; Ohio Children’s Trust Fund; Sisters of Charity Foundation; TEACH Ohio; Early Childhood Educators Consortium; Walsh University Diversity Council; St. Anthony/All Saints Social Concern Committee; Adventure Place Advisory Board. ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “What I love about Stark County is the richness of the people and their “can-do” attitude. I have seen first hand how quickly the community can rally around a challenge and turn that challenge into an asset.”
NAME: Margy Vogt RESIDENCE: Massillon PERSONAL: Married to Joel, one son
JOB/TITLE: Graphic designer, writer, local historian, Margy Vogt Visions, LLC CURRENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Massillon Museum; Massillon Area Chamber of Commerce Board; Massillon Public Library Board; Massillon Historic Preservation Commission; Charity School of Kendal Foundation Board; Massillon City Schools Communications Team; Canton/Stark County Convention and Visitors' Bureau Tourism Advisory Committee; The QuARTer Committee. ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “Stark County is a great place to live! Anchored by our incredibly rich history, we enjoy both urban and rural settings, an array of arts and entertainment opportunities, wellness resources, dining, sports galore, a safe and friendly hometown atmosphere and a calendar loaded with diverse events.”
NAME: Stephen A. “Steve” Perry RESIDENCE: Jackson Township
JOB/TITLE: President and Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
PERSONAL: Wife, Sondra; five children, eight grandchildren
CURRENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: United Way of Greater Stark County Board of Directors, Mercy Medical Center Board of Directors, Stark Development Board of Trustees.
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “I believe that we are fortunate to live in a community with such a unique history of people who have been willing to work together on a variety of initiatives to enhance the quality of life for all residents. This includes our initiatives to enhance education, health care and neighborhoods; initiatives to care for our neighbors through United Way and social-service agencies; initiatives to support sports and recreation; initiatives to sustain the Pro Football Hall of Fame as America’s premier sports museum and showplace; initiatives to make the annual Enshrinement Festival a world class event; and many more.”