40, Director of Donor Relations, Stark Community Foundation

What is the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
The best advice I was given was to believe in myself and never give up. This advice came on the basketball court. I was an athlete growing up and was lucky to have the best coach in Stark County who taught me to push myself, practice until I couldn’t anymore and unselfishly work as a team player. These skills and lessons have shaped my work ethic.

What are your goals/plans/aspirations for the future?
I have many goals, but my top three are to be the best mom possible, enjoy life to the fullest and continue to act unselfishly. My children are the best gift I could ever be blessed with, and I cherish every day with them. I am always seeking out things to do and new places to discover—my close friends know that I do not sit still for long. And, I want to make our community better and provide for those who cannot provide for themselves.

What motivates or inspires you to better the community?
Knowing people are suffering without food, shelter, proper clothes, a support system and/or love breaks my heart. I act because someone has to, and I love helping others. Everyone deserves basic human rights, a second chance and the opportunity to succeed.

“Amy has a quiet, unassuming manner about her, but she leads and lives with great passion and motivates others to do the same. She is never one to brag about her accomplishments although we would say she has earned her bragging rights—especially at such a young age!”
-Friends of Community Betterment & Plain Township Rotary

Education
• Central Catholic High School
• University of Dayton, Criminal Justice and Sociology

In the community
• Started the Canton chapter of the Foundation for Community Betterment in 2007
• Secretary on the national board of the Foundation for Community Betterment
• Chairman on the local board of the Foundation for Community Betterment
• Volunteers for the Fair Employment Practices Board of the City of Canton and ystark!
• Volunteer basketball coach at the YMCA
• Supports many other nonprofit organizations through events and volunteerism
• Joined Plain Township Rotary and assists with its many literacy, community and philanthropic endeavors locally and internationally

Accomplishments
• Spotlight Leadership Stark County graduate
• Second youngest executive director of Stark County Hunger Task Force (at age 34)
• Spearheaded two new community events for Stark County Hunger Task Force including the Brace Against Hunger 5K and Pallet to Palette Art Auction
• Director of Donor Relations for Stark Community Foundation

Family
• Children: Kate, 13, and Jack, 10
• Parents: Dwight and Annie Rorhbaugh
• Aunt: Paula Dixon

Nominated by
• Friends of Community Betterment and Plain Township Rotary

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