noun. 1. One who wields power and influence.
noun. 2. People who get things done.
However you define a “Mover & Shaker,” Stark County has a lot them worthy of recognition. The task of selecting just 10 of Stark County’s power players was given to the About magazine Advisory Board.
An initial brainstorming session with the Advisory Board netted a hefty 50 or so nominations for the honor, with several additional names added in the days after the meeting. A secret voting process later narrowed the list to only 10, six men and four women.
Those 10 people are featured in the following pages — spotlights that can give only a tiny glimpse into the busy lives of Stark County’s Movers & Shakers. Their résumés and lists of accomplishments are long — and it is evident that their passion for the community runs deep.
About magazine’s Movers & Shakers are (in alphabetical order): Steve Coon, Janet Weir Creighton, Richard Jusseaume, Geoff Karcher, Judith Lancaster, Stephen Perry, Allen Schulman, Jane Timken, Tim Timken and Dr. Teresa Wurst.
So what is a ‘Mover & Shaker’? Here are definitons from About’s advisory board:
“A ‘go-getter’; influential; perhaps motivating in some way; somebody who others want to emulate.”
“An individual with a strong sense of pride in the community; who not only promotes growth, but acts as a relentless catalyst for change and evolution for the betterment of others, someone who is driven and passionate in what they believe.”
“A person or organization which creates efficacy (the power to produce results) by their involvement in community projects or processes, be those civic, governmental, educational, or philanthropic in nature.”
“…Someone that has the natural ability to bring together others to accomplish a goal taking into consideration the needs of everyone involved… a “Mover and Shaker” must believe in what they are trying to accomplish and realize that it takes a “team” of believers to really move things forward… not just one person.”
A “Mover and Shaker” in the community is person who has earned high respect from the community leadership over time for their investment into the community and their continued drive to make the community a better place to live and work.”
“A mover and shaker is someone who cares so passionately about a particular cause — be it their profession, their community, their favorite charity — that they go to extremes to share their zeal through hosting/initiating events, pulling the right people together to move a cause forward. This is someone who is known and respected by many individuals from all circles of life. A “Mover & Shaker” is seen at numerous events throughout the community. This is someone who is successful in either their personal or professional life who will go to bat to make things happen.”
PRESIDENT OF COON RESTORATION & SEALANTS, PRESIDENT OF NORTHMARK PROPERTIES
“I always tell my kids you’re either part of the problem or part of the solution. I really try to make a difference in a positive way, no matter what I do. So being involved in a lot of things in the community allows me to follow my beliefs.”
EDUCATION: Louisville High School
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Board of Directors for the Special Improvement District in Canton; Board of Directors for the Downtown Canton Land Bank; Board of Directors for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors for the Louisville Community Foundation; Board of Directors for Heritage Ohio; Board of Directors Architectural Review Board of Downtown Canton; Board of Directors Canton Preservation Society.
PERSONAL: Married to Jenny, with 3 children.
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “Stark County is the heartland of America. I said it and I believe it, and I’m glad to call Stark County home.”
JANET WEIR CREIGHTON
FORMER MAYOR OF CANTON
“The communities where we grow up in significantly characterize our lives. I am proud to be from Stark County. The wealth of knowledge, strong work ethic and positive family values in this community prepared me to meet and exceed many personal goals and expectations. I give back to the community so that others may meet and exceed their own.”
EDUCATION: Canton Lincoln High School, attended Ohio University.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: (prior to a year-and-a-half hiatus to serve as deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs in the George W. Bush administration): Board of Trustees Stark County Library Foundation, Board of Directors of Mental Health & Recovery Services, Daughters of the American Revolution, Leadership Government Academy, Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Committee, General Chairman Alumni Association and Canton Lincoln Alumni Assoc., Westark Republican Women.
PERSONAL: Husband, Bill; 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: Citizens of Stark County are committed to quality education, state-of-the- art hospitals and health care facilities, continuous promotion of business and industry, to diverse religious and multicultural communities and to inspiring each of us through history and the arts. In addition, our community is rich in ethnic festivals, fairs, concerts, parades, Chamber of Commerce events, car shows, sporting events and more! These are what give life and stability to Stark County, and none would be possible without the contributions of each of us. I choose to be involved in my community because I believe in the positive impact of genuine public service.
PRESIDENT, WALSH UNIVERSITY
“I chose to be involved in the community because I believe we have a responsibility to give back — not just take. We must live what we advocate to the next generation.”
EDUCATION: Walsh University; University of Detroit, Cornell University and Kent State.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Knights of Columbus, St. Michael’s Parish, the Chamber of Commerce and the board of Family Services. He also is a member of the Walsh University Athletic Wall of Fame.
CAREER: He returned to Walsh in 1972 as dean of student affairs. After serving in the dean’s position a second time (from 1979 to1984) under President Br. Francis Blouin, Jusseaume entered the corporate world, taking on various administrative roles at Graphic Enterprises, Inc. in Canton. Seven years later he became CEO of the firm, a position he held along with president and chairman of the board until his retirement in May 2001.
OTHER: Was previous Walsh University board of trustees vice-chairman, and also served two terms as the university’s dean of students. Jusseaume worked for 17 years in education and has more than 15 years’ experience in the corporate environment.
PERSONAL: Wife,Terie, and five children.
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “Stark County is a remarkable place. The support for five colleges is tremendous. The hospitality and acceptance of people — I’m a New Englander! — is outstanding.”
OWNER OF THE KARCHER GROUP, A LOCAL WEB DESIGN AND SEARCH MARKETING COMPANY
“Our community and clients have been very good to us, and I believe that TKG’s been blessed to be here. Giving back to our community is important because it’s returning a little of what we have been given.”
EDUCATION: University of Akron, GlenOak High School
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Canton Chamber Board of Directors; Canton Chamber Education Committee; Walsh University Advisory Board; Catholic Charities Board of Directors; Active member of the Canton, JBCC, North Canton, Green and Akron Chambers of Commerce; 2009 American Heart Association Heart Walk participant; 2009 MS Society Walk participant; Active member of Little Flower Catholic Parish; Little known fact: Karcher was part of the YStark! championship dodgeball team in 2009!
PERSONAL: Married to Amy, five children (with another on the way in the spring.)
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “Having lived in Stark County most of my life, I’ve always felt that this is a great area. This community has provided me with an excellent education and a great place to run my business and raise my family. Hopefully, my contributions will go a little way toward helping others enjoy similar advantages.”
PRIVATE PRACTICE ATTORNEY; SPECIAL COUNSEL TO THE OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL; PRINCIPAL AND PRESIDENT OF GLOBAL MANAGEMENT GROUP
“I believe that each of us has been put on this earth to fulfill a purpose in life. I believe that it is important to give back to the community in which we live and work.”
EDUCATION: Kent State University, University of Akron School of Law. Also attended Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Akron University Law Alumni Association, Walsh University Board of Directors, Arts & Sciences Board at Kent State University, Vice Chair of the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (appointed by Gov. Strickland in January),Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Mercy Medical Center, Second Vice President of the Canton Museum of Art, member of the Kent Area Chapter of the Links and a member of the Stark County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
PERSONAL: Three children, six grandchildren.
OTHER: Law is a second career for Lancaster. Prior to becoming an attorney, she had a career in health care in both the private, nonprofit hospital setting and the for-profit corporate setting. She served as director of clinical laboratories at Doctors Hospital in Massillon, founded Mid-America Tissue bank for the transplantation of human bone, and owned a free-standing clinical laboratory with two other pathologists and served as vice president of operations of that laboratory. She entered law school at age 50, after her youngest child had finished college. After law school, she served as General Manager of the Northeast Ohio Division of Quest Diagnostics, Inc. Judith left corporate America to concentrate on building her own law practice and the development of Global Management Group, Inc., a sports and entertainment company where she is a principal and president.
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “Stark County is a great place to live and work. The people are friendly; there is a lot happening in our communities, and if we want more, we drive about 10-15 minutes to our convenient and efficient airport and board a plane for New York or anywhere else in the world. No matter where we go, it is good to come home to Stark County.”
PRESIDENT/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
“I have always believed that residents of Stark County, or any community, are the beneficiaries of the good community assets and quality of life that has been established by previous generations of residents. As a result, we have a responsibility to get involved in making the community an even better place for our families and neighbors as well as the future generations of residents to live, work, play and raise their families.”
EDUCATION: St. Paul’s Catholic Elementary School; Timken Vocational High School; University of Akron; University of Michigan; Stanford University
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: United Way of Central Stark County Board of Directors; Mercy Medical Center Board of Directors; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Kappa Tau Chapter; Former member of Ohio Board of Regents, general chairman of the 1999 Greater Canton Chamber of Commerce Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Committee; former chairman, United Way of Central Stark County Annual Campaign.
OTHER: Formerly employed by The Timken Co. (1964-2001), where he started as a Stationery Stockroom clerk and worked his way to senior vice president of human resources, purchasing and communications; Appointed by President George W. Bush (2001-2005) as the 17th administrator (CEO) of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA); former Director of the Department of Administrative Services for the state of Ohio (1991-1993)
PERSONAL: Wife, Sondra, five children, eight grandchildren.
TRIAL LAWYER, CANTON CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT
“I love our community. It’s down now, but we will recover. We are fighters.”
EDUCATION: Miami (Ohio), University of Akron School of Law
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: President, Canton City Council
OTHER: Founder and first president of the Stark County Association for Justice, an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of Stark County families; Inducted into the International Society of Barristers, International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates; former trustee of the Ohio Academy for Justice; selected as one of the “Top 100” lawyers in Ohio by Super Lawyers, 15 consecutive years as one of the “Best Lawyers In America” and the highest rating (AV) accorded by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell legal rating company. Certified as a civil- trial specialist through the Ohio Supreme Court and the National Board of Trial Advocacy (fewer than 2,000 attorneys in the United States have been granted this certification in civil law and only two attorneys in Stark County hold this certification).
PERSONAL: Wife, Christine, one daughter.
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “A great place to raise a family.”
“I am passionate about the arts and education. Seeing first-hand the transformation of a few small artist studios in downtown Canton into a thriving and growing Arts District has made me see that with dedication and determination — and a little luck — we can transform a city.”
EDUCATION: Harvard College; The American University, Washington College of Law
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Member of board of directors of Arts in Stark and has served as chairman of the board; held a leadership role in presenting “Kimono as Art, The 20th Century Masterworks of Itchiku Kubota”; member of Kent State University board of trustees; served as a member of the board of directors of the Community Mediation Center of Stark County, Trillium Family Solutions, the Center for Grief Counseling & Education, the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation and the former Unizan Bank; chaired the academic work group of the Northeast Ohio Universities Collaboration and Innovation Study Commission.
OTHER: Law practice with Soles Law Offices, Jane devotes a substantial portion of her time to civil matters, business and construction-related concerns. She has served as a magistrate and law clerk in the Stark County Court of Common Pleas. She began her legal career with Black McCuskey. Jane is a member of the Stark County, Ohio State and American bar associations. She has been a member of the Litigation and Employment Law committees of the Ohio State Bar Association.
PERSONAL: Husband,Tim, and two children.
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “I am proud of Stark County. We are a talented and dedicated community with a bright future.”
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, THE TIMKEN CO.
“Our family has always believed in making your community a better place through direct engagement and generous financial support. I am involved personally because I want a vibrant, safe and prosperous place to work and live. From a business perspective, creating healthy communities allows us to attract and retain talent. At the end of the day, everyone wins when people get engaged to make a difference.”
EDUCATION: Georgetown University; Darden School at the University of Virginia
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Member of the board of directors of Pella Corp.; American Iron and Steel Institute (past chairman); National Association of Manufacturers Executive Committee; the Ohio Business Development Council; Ohio Business Roundtable Executive Committee; Team NEO; Stark Development Board, Firestone Country Club, the Timken Foundation and the Timken Charitable Trust.
CAREER: Tim was elected to the board of the Timken Co. in 2002 and later served as vice chairman before being named chairman in 2005. He previously served as president of the company’s Steel Group. His other positions at the company included key postings in Europe and Latin America in the 1990s. Before joining the Timken Co. in 1992, he opened and managed the Washington, D.C., office of McGough & Associates, a Columbus, Ohio-based government affairs consulting firm.
PERSONAL: Wife, Jane, and two children.
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “Having lived on both the East and West coasts, as well as overseas, I choose to call Stark County home because of the sense of community that one experiences here. The quality of life, the availability of outdoor activities and the friendliness of the people all combine to make the region a special place to live, work and raise a family.”
MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THE HARTVILLE MIGRANT CLINIC; ASSISTANT CLINICAL DIRECTOR, AULTMAN HOSPITAL
“I feel like doing this work is my true mission in life and a way to give back to the community with the gifts God has given me. The number of uninsured patients in our county and throughout this country is staggering. I feel we all need to do our part to volunteer in our own communities to help wherever we can with the talents we possess.”
EDUCATION: Hoover High School; Walsh University; NEOUCOM
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Serves on Migrant Council for Hartville Migrant Ministries; chairman of the Aultman Foundation; member of St. Paul’s Church in North Canton.
OTHER: Hartville Migrant Clinic is free clinic for migrant farmworkers in Hartville. The collaborative organization runs with assistance from Aultman Hospital, Kent State University, North Canton Medical Foundation, Malone University, the Stark County Health Department, and others. The clinic also offers English as a second language classes for the Spanish-speaking migrants, a legal clinic, computer classes, free child care for infants through middle-school-age children while the parents are working in the fields, clothing, shoes, personal care products, and other commodity sales, free transportation to some appointments and translation services.
PERSONAL: Husband, Chris, and two children.
ABOUT STARK COUNTY: “I was born and raised in Stark County. I live with my family in North Canton. We are blessed to live in such a friendly and safe city with some of the best schools in the state. This is truly a family-friendly and family-oriented community. I am excited about the movement to improve community involvement in downtown Canton with great restaurants, art galleries (including the First Friday events), outdoor concerts, and many others. My husband is an artist, so this has been a very exciting time for him as well. We are both able to do what we love most right here in Stark County. “