Stephanie & Curt Werren | Books of My Life

Stephanie Werren has been with Leadership Stark County since 2005, first as development director and then as assistant director and as director since 2015. Stephanie is also a certified Gallup Strengths Coach and leads many training and facilitations for individuals and groups on Strengths Finder.

Stephanie Werren has been with Leadership Stark County since 2005, first as development director and then as assistant director and as director since 2015. Stephanie is also a certified Gallup Strengths Coach and leads many training and facilitations for individuals and groups on Strengths Finder.

Stephanie is a 2008 recipient of the ystark Twenty under 40 award for volunteerism and was named the Malone University Graduate School Alumna of the Year in 2009. Her current community involvement includes North Canton City Councilwoman, BBB Charitable Foundation Member, Stark Housing Network Advisory Member, Monticello Homeowners Association Committee Chair and Chamber of Commerce Education Committee along with other volunteer commitments throughout the year.

A Canton native, Werren holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Malone College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science/international studies from Miami University. Stephanie resides in Canton with her husband, Judge Curt Werren. They have 20 year old triplets, Grace and Hannah who attend the United States Naval Academy and Jack who attends The Ohio State University.

Before becoming a municipal court judge, Judge Curt Werren served as a judge for the Stark County Court of Common Pleas.

Judge Werren grew up in Canton, graduating from McKinley High School. After graduating from Ohio State’s law school, he returned to Canton to begin his legal career at Stark County’s oldest law firm, Day, Ketterer. After practicing almost 20 years there, he transitioned to part-time employment with the law firm so that he could become the executive director of the Stark County Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross.

He has been active in many community organizations. He sits on the board of the McKinley Presidential Library. In the past, he has been active with the Stark County Safety Council Steering Committing, the Stark County Board of Mental Health Services and Recovery Board and has served as a president of the Canton Rotary Club. He also co-chaired a capital campaign to raise money for the Community Campus at Goodwill.

Curt’s answers:

What is the book that shocked you the most?
“Dreamland” by Sam Quinones (442 pages, 2015). It was an in-depth exploration of what led to the opiate problem in Ohio.

What is the last book you read?
“Black N” by Ricky Conlin (416 pages, 2017). It’s a fictional intrigue about the United States Naval Academy, where my girls attend.

Do you have a go-to book for vacations?
Mysteries, thrillers, spy novels. The problem is I get very involved in them and end up not being too social on vacation.

Who is your favorite author and why?
Carl Hiaasen, interesting stories such as the “Skinny Dip” series and “Hoot” (306 pages, 2002) with a bit of wackiness.

What is the book you always come back to?
“Ohio Criminal Law Handbook” by Lexisnexis Law Enforcement (new editions regularly). It helps me uphold the law in my current job as a judge.

What is a classic you tell people you’ve read but really haven’t?
I don’t really tell anyone about books I’ve read but I would like to have read “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville (378 pages, 1851) but still have not. It’s on my list.

What book have you read that you think the movie is better?
I thoroughly enjoyed “The Hunger Games” series (2008), but I would say the movies were equally as good.

Stephanie’s answers:

What book got you interested in your career?
“7 habits of highly successful people” by‎Stephen R. Covey (381 pages, 1989), “Strengths-Based Leadership” by Barrie Conchie and Tom Rath (288 pages, 2009) and “StrengthsFinder 2.0” by Tom Rath (175 pages, 2007). After reading the Strengths Finder books, I became a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, which I facilitate throughout leadership programming.

What is the last book you read?
“Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson (212 pages, 1999). It was about a student in high school who had been assaulted and the struggles she faced in overcoming the assault.

What book have you read more than once because you love it so much?
If I read it more than once, I probably wouldn’t remember it these days. I have read “Night” by Elie Weisel (141 pages, 1956) a number of times.

What is the last book that made you laugh out loud?
“Bossypants” by Tina Fey (207 pages, 2011)

What section of the library or bookstore do you visit first?
I look at the best sellers or New York Times top picks.

Do you have a go-to book for vacations?
Typically something someone else has recommended. My friend Valerie Anderson is an avid reader so I read her seconds. I’m usually up for anything.

What is next up on your reading list?
“From Sand and Ash” by Amy Harmon (372 pages, 2016). It’s a story about war and the resilience of the human spirit.

What is the first book you remember reading?
“Are you My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman (24 pages, 1960) with my grandmother. We read it so many times. I loved that little bird.

What do you tell people you’re reading? But what are you actually reading?
I would like to say I’m always reading about innovative ways to lead or teach leadership skills and practices, but typically I’m reading a fiction or nonfiction book about a period of time during war.

What book have you read that you think the movie is better?
I honestly can’t think of any. I typically get much more out of the books I’ve read, maybe “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks (229 pages, 1996).

What book did you have the idea for but somebody beat you to it?
When my children were young, I thought I had good advice on raising triplets, but it had been done many times. I think I offered a humorous take.

What is the last book that made you cry?
“Be Safe, Love Mom” by Elaine Brye (196 pages, 2015), which is about parents who have children in the military, and “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman (368 pages, 2012), which is about an older man who loses his wife and how he navigates his life after she is gone.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass