The reason I do what I do is directly tied to my upbringing. I have six siblings and we have all benefited from our parents’ selfless examples of generosity and caring for others. There was no sitting around being bored.
Reaching out to others was taught to me at a very young age. I was raised in the southeast section of Canton, where everyone helped one another. My parents were very generous with what they had; they never turned away anyone who had a need.
Simply put, I love working with people. I have a passion for Stark County! It may be clichéd, but I hope that in some small way the things I’ve been a part of — and will be a part of — will make a positive difference in someone’s life.
I do what I do because I care. My community is most important to me, and the arts are the heart of a growing successful community. I hope all the hard work by volunteers will stimulate interest in companies that are looking for a place to call home and will help provide employment opportunities.
As a judge and a community volunteer, my focus is the well-being and success of our children. Having worked in this field for quite a while, experience has shown me that we are much more successful if we work with children before they get into trouble — because once a child’s life has come apart, it is very difficult to put it back together.
It’s not so much why do I do what I do, as it is how did I get lucky enough to do what I do? I always felt it was important to be a strong community supporter so the transition was easy to begin working for Leadership Stark County.
As a young child, I loved to visit the Stark County Courthouse. So started my fascination with the law and with the judiciary. By the time I entered law school, there was one ultimate goal — to be a judge.
I believe that inventors, scientists, artists and entrepreneurs do the same things. They imagine the new and then make it real. They innovate our lives. America is the world’s birthplace for new ideas and technology.