Stark County’s Most Eligible Singles

Let’s cut right to the chase. It’s About magazine’s third year naming Stark County’s Most Eligible Singles — and the thrill definitely is not gone.

Let’s cut right to the chase. It’s About magazine’s third year naming Stark County’s Most Eligible Singles — and the thrill definitely is not gone. It’s no secret that we love to seek out and spotlight great Stark County people — especially in such a fun way.

As in previous years, we asked the new class of singles to answer some questions about themselves. Some of their answers — in their own words and writing style — are found on the pages that follow.

Kory Miles

NAME: Kory Miles
AGE: 27
CITY/TOWNSHIP OF RESIDENCE: Canton
CHILDREN: Two girls (Zottie and Nooners)
WHAT DO YOU DO? Barber and CEO of Resurrected Praise Ministries and Live it L.O.U.D.
WHAT LED YOU TO YOUR CURRENT PATH? I have always wanted to be my own boss and start businesses. When I was a young teenager, my first business idea was a barbershop attached to a club — lol.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? Hobbies are things you do in your spare time, right? Lol — I have none, then. I like to watch movies, I love music of all kinds.
WHAT THREE SINGLE-WORD ADJECTIVES WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF? Genuine, focused, humorous.
OF THOSE THREE ADJECTIVES, CHOOSE ONE TO ELABORATE ON WHY IT DESCRIBES YOU. Focused shows the balance between all three. I love to make people laugh and have fun, but if u don’t know how to be focused, you will never be taken seriously. But because you’re genuine, you can be focused and understand when humor is needed and welcomed.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS? A God-centered marriage, raising kids in a loving home. My wife and myself both busy in our careers and involved in ministry with balance.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ENGAGED OR MARRIED BEFORE? Yes, I have been engaged.
DO YOU STAY FRIENDS WITH YOUR EXES OR SEVER TIES? Depends, some exes were never your friend. Start wrong, end wronger. lol.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT MATE. Dark chocolate skin, big beautiful white smile with full lips, long hair, petite with curves and long legs, who sees in me the things I can’t see in myself.
WITHOUT NAMING NAMES, WHAT WAS THE BEST DATE YOU HAVE EVER HAD? Can’t say that I have had one.
WITHOUT NAMING NAMES, WHAT WAS THE WORST DATE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN ON? Me: Hey, how are you? Her: Good. I just came from my boyfriend’s house. We got in a fight. Me: You don’t say! Her: Yes. I’m done. This time I’m not going back. Me: OK, cool. Well, let me use the bathroom — I been drinkin’ a lot of water. Her: OK, hurry back. I’m starving. Me: *slips out patio door to car.*
WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING DATING MOMENT? Laughing and farting. #epicfail.
IF YOUR LIFE WERE MADE INTO A BOOK/MOVIE, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHO DO YOU IMAGINE PLAYING YOUR PART? The fall and rise of Kory Miles, starring Will Smith.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION? My daughters.
IF YOU COULD MAKE THREE WISHES, WHAT WOULD THEY BE? Painless orthodontics; worldwide free shipping; that the pill from “Limitless” was real with no side effects.

Jill Brady

singles_b_jillNAME: Jill Brady-Dorsey
AGE: 38
CITY/TOWNSHIP OF RESIDENCE: Alliance
CHILDREN: Three
WHAT DO YOU DO? Registered nurse — director of emergency services at Alliance Community Hospital.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES? Member of Leadership Stark County’s 25th class, member of Safe Kids Stark County Task Force, volunteer at several human-service agencies, volunteer at school (PTO and programs/events/fundraisers), serve on the Stark County Mental Health Team and the Alliance Christmas Project.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? Shopping, softball, volleyball, photography, reading. Does skyping count?
WHAT THREE SINGLE-WORD ADJECTIVES WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF? Compassionate, fun and loyal.
OF THOSE THREE ADJECTIVES, CHOOSE ONE TO ELABORATE ON WHY IT DESCRIBES YOU. Compassionate. I will help people I love and care about in any way that I can under any circumstance. In general, it’s bothersome to me when people suffer … one of the reasons I became a nurse. I love random acts of kindness and doing the right thing when nobody is watching.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR BEST FEATURE? My smile and heart.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR WORST FEATURE? Thinking with my heart instead of my brain … sometimes.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS? Independence, whatever makes you happy, and the desire to give back.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ENGAGED OR MARRIED BEFORE? Married.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT MATE: A man who is sensitive, confident, trustworthy, spontaneous, funny, witty, creative, intuitive, smart … my best friend.
WITHOUT NAMING NAMES, WHAT WAS THE BEST DATE YOU HAVE EVER HAD? A romantic and spontaneous out-of-town trip to my favorite city — and let’s just say all my favorites were addressed.
WITHOUT NAMING NAMES, WHAT WAS THE WORST DATE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN ON? I honestly don’t have any nightmare dating stories.
IF YOU COULD SWITCH PLACES WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? I would make some changes throughout my life, but ultimately, I wouldn’t want to trade with anyone else.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION? My sense of humor.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Sushi and seafood.
IF YOU COULD MAKE THREE WISHES, WHAT WOULD THEY BE? To maintain excellent health, happiness, and success for me, my friends and my family.
WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT RINGTONE ON YOUR PHONE? I have several … it depends on who the caller is.

Kosta Koufos

singles_b_kostaNAME: Konstantine (Kosta) D. Koufos
AGE: 22
CITY/TOWNSHIP OF RESIDENCE: Born and raised in Canton, Ohio. Currently in Denver, Colo.
CHILDREN: I have no children, but when I get married I would like to have four.
WHAT DO YOU DO? I am a professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets.
WHAT LED YOU TO YOUR CURRENT PATH? I always had a passion for the game of basketball since I could remember and have been blessed with the opportunity to play professionally.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? Working out, fishing, reading about current events, learning about investments, golf, swimming, travel and going to the movies.
WHAT THREE SINGLE-WORD ADJECTIVES WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF? Altruistic, adventurous, athletic.
OF THOSE THREE ADJECTIVES, CHOOSE ONE TO ELABORATE ON WHY IT DESCRIBES YOU. Altruistic, because I believe in helping those in need and giving back to my community.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR BEST FEATURE? My smile. I always find a way to stay optimistic, no matter what life has in store for me.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR WORST FEATURE? If it doesn’t have to do with basketball, I procrastinate. I will do a lot of things last minute, but I do get the job done in the end.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ENGAGED OR MARRIED BEFORE? No, but hopefully one day I will find the right Mrs. Koufos.
DO YOU STAY FRIENDS WITH YOUR EXES OR SEVER TIES? I have tried to remain friendly with all my exes.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT MATE. Someone who is confident, articulate, intelligent and who knows what she wants in life. She has to have a great sense of humor, a kind and open heart and a strong spirituality. Being Greek is a plus.
WITHOUT NAMING NAMES, WHAT WAS THE BEST DATE YOU HAVE EVER HAD? It was the first date with this girl, and we were in the gym shooting baskets while asking questions and learning about each other.
WITHOUT NAMING NAMES, WHAT WAS THE WORST DATE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN ON? I do not kiss and tell.
IF YOU COULD SWITCH PLACES WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? I’m pretty happy with who I am.
IF YOUR LIFE WERE MADE INTO A BOOK/MOVIE, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHO DO YOU IMAGINE PLAYING YOUR PART? My Big Fat Greek NBA Basketball Career, and I would have Sylvester Stallone play the part.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION? My basketball.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? My mother’s pastichio and avgolemono soup (Greek food).
IF YOU COULD MAKE THREE WISHES, WHAT WOULD THEY BE? For my dad to be alive and to see me play in the NBA; for cures to be found for all major diseases; and to have world peace.
WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT RINGTONE ON YOUR PHONE? I just have a generic ringtone.

Kim Labriola

singles_b_kimNEWNAME: Kim Labriola
AGE: 37
CITY/TOWNSHIP OF RESIDENCE: Canton.
CHILDREN: None.
WHAT DO YOU DO? Early childhood mental health consultant.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES? Leadership Stark County (24th class), Players Guild performance “Exonerated,” “Let Your Light Shine” fundraising, fundraising for Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health’s Downtown Golf Crawl, United Way volunteer for HOF Parade, provide community training to the Early Childhood Resource Center, along with other various community volunteering.
WHAT LED YOU TO YOUR CURRENT PATH? I had known as a young child that working with young children was my calling.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? Volunteering, traveling and reading a good book.
WHAT THREE SINGLE-WORD ADJECTIVES WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF? Compassionate, loyal, outgoing.
OF THOSE THREE ADJECTIVES, CHOOSE ONE TO ELABORATE ON WHY IT DESCRIBES YOU. Compassionate. I am a problem-solver with the compassion to care about children and families. I am devoted to my clients/families that I have an opportunity to work with, along with being able to understand their concerns and daily struggles.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR BEST FEATURE? I have been told that my eyes and smile light up a room.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR WORST FEATURE? Stretching myself too thin. Not saying no.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS? Money does not define success. Success is being able to wake up every day and have the opportunity to change the direction and future for children and families.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT MATE. One who accepts me for who I am.
WITHOUT NAMING NAMES, WHAT WAS THE BEST DATE YOU HAVE EVER HAD? Many good dates, still waiting for the best.
WITHOUT NAMING NAMES, WHAT WAS THE WORST DATE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN ON? When my sister set me up with a man who had to use a step stool to get into his SUV. Anyone who knows that story still laughs.
IF YOU COULD SWITCH PLACES WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? I always think you need to be careful about wanting to be someone else. Sometimes life is about being happy with who you are and where you are in life. I try not to get caught up in wanting to be someone else or wanting what someone else has.“Bloom where you are planted” is my motto.
IF YOUR LIFE WERE MADE INTO A BOOK/MOVIE, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHO DO YOU IMAGINE PLAYING YOUR PART? “Sleepless in Seattle,” Meg Ryan
WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION? The things I love most are not prized possessions. Family, friends, Mollie my dog, and my first-born nephew, Logan.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Pasta
IF YOU COULD MAKE THREE WISHES, WHAT WOULD THEY BE? Good health to those I love. My only wish.

Andrea Winkhart

singles_b_andreaNEWNAME: Andrea Winkhart
AGE: 30
CITY/TOWNSHIP OF RESIDENCE: Navarre
CHILDREN: None.
WHAT DO YOU DO? Family nurse practitioner.
WHAT LED YOU TO YOUR CURRENT PATH? My father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when I was 6 years old, so I have been around medicine from a young age. I started to become interested in health, wellness and disease prevention, which eventually led to my career of research, nursing and today as a nurse practitioner.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? Running, traveling, yoga, skiing, spending quality time with my family and friends and babysitting my nieces and nephews.
WHAT THREE SINGLE-WORD ADJECTIVES WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF? Caring, outgoing, devoted.
OF THOSE THREE ADJECTIVES, CHOOSE ONE TO ELABORATE ON WHY IT DESCRIBES YOU. Caring. I try to be there for everyone and take extra time to make sure people know they can rely on me.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS? Loving what you do and feeling good about yourself and how you treat others at the end of the day.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ENGAGED OR MARRIED BEFORE? No.
DO YOU STAY FRIENDS WITH YOUR EXES OR SEVER TIES? It depends, but usually sever ties. They’re an ex for a reason.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT MATE. Respectful, ambitious, intelligent, supportive and equally as devoted.
WITHOUT NAMING NAMES, WHAT WAS THE BEST DATE YOU HAVE EVER HAD? Sightseeing in London, taking a train ride through the countryside and enjoying the local culture together.
IF YOU COULD SWITCH PLACES WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? I would like to switch places with any of the women on “Dancing with the Stars” because I would love to be able to dance like that.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION? My family.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Breakfast food any time of the day or night.
IF YOU COULD MAKE THREE WISHES, WHAT WOULD THEY BE? To have my student loans paid off; the Browns would win a Super Bowl; and winter in Ohio would mean only snowing on and around Christmas.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR BEST FEATURE? Trying to make my friends laugh when I know they’ve had a bad day.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR WORST FEATURE? I can take on too much at one time.

Scott Haws

singles_b_scottNEWNAME: Scott M. Haws
AGE: 34
CITY/TOWNSHIP OF RESIDENCE: Plain Township
CHILDREN: None
WHAT DO YOU DO? Project manager at Diebold Incorporated; Plain Township trustee
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES? Plain Township trustee, treasurer for Friends of Plain Township Parks, Plain Township Historical Society, ystark! member, Leadership Stark County alumnus, Stark County Township Association vice president.
WHAT LED YOU TO YOUR CURRENT PATH? I rejoined Diebold after an interim experience with Invacare Corporation. Given my previous 10 plus years with Diebold, I was approached about considering a role with the organization again and — after hashing through the details — it felt right, so thus why I am back! Politically, I have become more motivated over the last few years to become more involved in the process as I felt compelled to take ownership and stewardship of my community and the need to facilitate change. In the end, I have a passion for being involved.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? Weightlifting, running, biking, concerts and plenty of time on the Harley.
WHAT THREE SINGLE-WORD ADJECTIVES WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF? Loyal, driven, caring.
OF THOSE THREE ADJECTIVES, CHOOSE ONE TO ELABORATE ON WHY IT DESCRIBES YOU. Friends, family and co-workers who have worked with me know that I am loyal and can be counted on when they are in a time of need, regardless of circumstance.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ENGAGED OR MARRIED BEFORE? No.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT MATE. I am seeking someone who wants to live life to the max in all they do and is willing to try new things in life. I feel it’s important to have similar beliefs, as my family, friends and beliefs are very important to me. Living a healthy lifestyle with spiritual, mental and physical balance and also being able to laugh and make the best of a situation are a must.
WITHOUT NAMING NAMES, WHAT WAS THE BEST DATE YOU HAVE EVER HAD? Would have to say it was a candlelit dinner after a great walk through a park trail.
WITHOUT NAMING NAMES, WHAT WAS THE WORST DATE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN ON? Hands down, it was a blind date where conversation was like pulling teeth, and as we were splitting ways, I realized I was being followed home. Needless to say, it became a wild goose chase around neighborhoods trying to lose them until I could get home without them figuring where I lived.
IF YOU COULD SWITCH PLACES WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? It would be interesting to switch places with God, for the sake that I would then get a view of and better understand just how much others are battling in their own lives.
IF YOU COULD MAKE THREE WISHES, WHAT WOULD THEY BE? To have my grandparents back; for my family and friends to have and live healthy, prosperous, meaningful and wealthy lives; to travel the world and see all of the Wonders of the World with my closest friends and family.
WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT RINGTONE ON YOUR PHONE? Kenny Chesney’s “Living in Fast Forward.”

Mary Louise Allen-Huffman

singles_b_maryNEWNAME: Mary Louise Allen-Huffman
AGE: 43
CITY/TOWNSHIP OF RESIDENCE: Plain Township
CHILDREN: Max, 19 years old (great kid, and I’m not biased)
WHAT DO YOU DO? Psychology professor
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES? Starting Over in Stark, North Canton Jaycees, North Canton Little League, North Canton Newcomers.
WHAT LED YOU TO YOUR CURRENT PATH? Growing up in impoverished circumstances, I would sit on the roof of my house and often gaze into the neighborhood, determined to overcome the prevailing conditions. I knew that “education” was my key to escape. This revelation did take some time to accomplish, but I had a mother-in-law who was very supportive.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? Political junkie, researching/investigating, organizing and reading.
WHAT THREE SINGLE-WORD ADJECTIVES WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF? Thoughtful, resourceful, humorous.
OF THOSE THREE ADJECTIVES, CHOOSE ONE TO ELABORATE ON WHY IT DESCRIBES YOU. Resourcefulness — I’ve had numerous people tell me that I should have worked for the FBI. If a friend needs information about someone/something, just give me an hour.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR BEST FEATURE? I hate flowers and love sports. I’m someone’s dream girl.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR WORST FEATURE? Pop culture knowledge base and/or mentally correcting other people’s grammar.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ENGAGED OR MARRIED BEFORE? Married once.
DO YOU STAY FRIENDS WITH YOUR EXES OR SEVER TIES? Is there an option C?
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT MATE. Intelligent, articulate, trustworthy, humorous, self-sufficient and committed. (Is this too ambitious?)
WITHOUT NAMING NAMES, WHAT WAS THE BEST DATE YOU HAVE EVER HAD? Walking the path behind Washington Square, dining at Hartville Kitchen, and watching the presidential debate in high-definition.
IF YOU COULD SWITCH PLACES WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? George Washington Carver. He was an unbelievably intelligent, creative, resourceful, compassionate and modest person.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION? Freedom. (Thank you, U.S. armed forces.)
IF YOU COULD MAKE THREE WISHES, WHAT WOULD THEY BE? California to secede from the Union; the United States to cease all foreign aid to Pakistan; a national balanced budget.

Lisa Gissendaner

singles_b_lisaNEWNAME: Lisa A. Gissendaner
AGE: 51
CITY/TOWNSHIP OF RESIDENCE: Canton, Ohio
CHILDREN: No biological children, but I do have at least 20 that I call my own :)
WHAT DO YOU DO? I am a member services coordinator for the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio — South Service Center.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES? A member of Antioch Baptist Church, where I am a proud member of the “Mighty Alto” section; member of Stark County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; newly elected member of the Canton City Schools Board of Education; serve on Greater Stark County Urban League Board; graduate of Leadership Stark County.
WHAT LED YOU TO YOUR CURRENT PATH? I have a passion for wanting to make a difference for the youth of this community. I have a genuine concern for their well-being and their educational journey.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? I love to read, listen to music, dance, photography, traveling, watching movies, love watching the NFL, NBA, college basketball, and shopping.
WHAT THREE SINGLE-WORD ADJECTIVES WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF? Faithful, jolly, determined.
OF THOSE THREE ADJECTIVES, CHOOSE ONE TO ELABORATE ON WHY IT DESCRIBES YOU. Faithful — the word faithful truly describes me. When I think of the definition, I see myself totally. I am truly devoted to my church, family, community, my job and my true friends — faithful to the end.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ENGAGED OR MARRIED BEFORE? I was married.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT MATE: I don’t believe that there is a perfect mate, because no one is perfect, including myself. I like to be honest, and realistic. I desire to have a partner that is God-fearing. When he is God-fearing, he will love, cherish and treat me like a queen. He will be a complement to me.
WITHOUT NAMING NAMES, WHAT WAS THE WORST DATE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN ON? The one where my date was almost an hour late and did not call. I think that our time is so precious, so if you say you will pick me up at 7 p.m., you better be there at 6:45 p.m.
IF YOU COULD SWITCH PLACES WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? I would switch places with Harriet Tubman. This woman freed herself from slavery and was not afraid to go back to free her family, free other slaves — even when they did not want to become free. Her faith in God is what she held onto, and she believed that this kept her safe …Wow, what a strong, courageous, dedicated woman. I would switch places just to experience and have a better understanding of what it felt like to be totally free.
IF YOUR LIFE WERE MADE INTO A BOOK/MOVIE, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHO DO YOU IMAGINE PLAYING YOUR PART? The title of the book/movie would be,“It’s a Simple Life (Don’t Complicate It) and Alfre Woodard is the actress to play my part.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? A tie: Soul food and seafood.
IF YOU COULD MAKE THREE WISHES, WHAT WOULD THEY BE? Find a cure for cancer; financial security to purchase a home for my mother and my retirement property in Salvador Bahia Brazil; and build a multi-complex for our youth.

Josh Thurman

singles_b_joshNAME: Joshua Paul Thurman
AGE: 28
CITY/TOWNSHIP OF RESIDENCE: North Canton
CHILDREN: None
WHAT DO YOU DO? Sales for a family carpet-cleaning business, Personal Touch Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, and a server at the Barrel Room Wine and Beer Bar
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES? Volunteer with the Canton Chapter of the Foundation of Community Betterment and yStark!
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? I enjoy being outside, whether it’s playing softball and volleyball in the summer, or hanging out with friends at the pool. I work out five days a week. I enjoy playing euchre and poker, drinking wine and spending time with friends and family.
WHAT THREE SINGLE-WORD ADJECTIVES WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF? Extrovert, genuine, family-oriented.
OF THOSE THREE ADJECTIVES, CHOOSE ONE TO ELABORATE ON WHY IT DESCRIBES YOU. Genuine: I have an old-school mentality that chivalry is not dead. I open doors, I’m polite … I am a very giving person, putting others’ needs in front of my own.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR BEST FEATURE? My blue eyes.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR WORST FEATURE? Balding — but bald is sexy.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS? Success is completing the goals that you have set for yourself, whether personal or professional, through hard work.The ability to provide for myself and, in the future, my family.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ENGAGED OR MARRIED BEFORE? No.
DO YOU STAY FRIENDS WITH YOUR EXES OR SEVER TIES? Depends on the circumstances but usually sever ties.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT MATE: Someone that has a sense of humor (I can be a goofball), supportive in the good and bad times, family-oriented, and enjoys being outside on a beautiful summer day and inside on a cold, dreary day. Must be active and enjoy some strenuous activities like whitewater rafting, biking, rock climbing or kayaking.
IF YOU COULD SWITCH PLACES WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? I don’t want to switch places — I like my life. But I would enjoy living in his shoes for a day — I believe I could learn a lot from Donald Trump. He has built a name and empire through hard work and dedication. If he fails, he doesn’t let it get to him; he learns from it and figures out how to turn it into a success. I admire that and try to maintain that same entrepreneurial mindset.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION? My relationships with my family and friends.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Italian or seafood.

Rik Elliot

singles_b_rikNEWNAME: Richard Cowell aka “Rik Elliot”
AGE: Old enough to know better …
CITY/TOWNSHIP OF RESIDENCE: Akron/Goodyear Heights.
CHILDREN: One daughter, Sarah, 19.
WHAT DO YOU DO? Morning co-host at Mix 94.1 radio.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES? I like to help out the Arc of Stark County and Wishes Can Happen.
WHAT LED YOU TO YOUR CURRENT PATH? As a child, I liked to play 45 rpm records for my grandmother and her friends. I’m not sure how much they liked the Beatles, but I know they enjoyed watching me dance like an idiot when I played those records.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? I like the gym, reading, skiing when I can. I collect vinyl/records and I like to watch hockey and the Browns.
WHAT THREE SINGLE-WORD ADJECTIVES WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF? Hungry, thirsty, intense.
OF THOSE THREE ADJECTIVES, CHOOSE ONE TO ELABORATE ON WHY IT DESCRIBES YOU. I’m usually hungry and thirsty — and I give my all and more in everything I do. Friends have described me as intense. I do all things with passion. If I don’t, it’s because I’m asleep.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR BEST FEATURE? I’ve been told I have a nice butt …
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR WORST FEATURE? Probably my feet. They take a beating.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS? Happiness, contentment, being surrounded by friends and family.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ENGAGED OR MARRIED BEFORE? Married once.
DO YOU STAY FRIENDS WITH YOUR EXES OR SEVER TIES? I usually stay friends, but it hasn’t always worked out that way.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT MATE: Someone who can enjoy simple things like a quiet dinner or some TV at home, who likes music, and can have fun if we meet Adele or Slipknot backstage at a concert.
WITHOUT NAMING NAMES, WHAT WAS THE BEST DATE YOU HAVE EVER HAD? At a party with a girl I was dating, and we locked eyes in response to a conversation in the room and knew exactly what each other was thinking.
WITHOUT NAMING NAMES, WHAT WAS THE WORST DATE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN ON? I had a girl throw up on me once.
WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING DATING MOMENT? Ripping the inseam of my pants wide open after a U2 concert.
IF YOU COULD SWITCH PLACES WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? George Clooney, for the obvious reasons. He’s ridiculously handsome, and he’s living a charmed life.
IF YOUR LIFE WERE MADE INTO A BOOK/MOVIE, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHO DO YOU IMAGINE PLAYING YOUR PART? “Fear And Loathing In The Buckeye State,” starring Johnny Depp.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION? My stereo and turntable.
WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT RINGTONE ON YOUR PHONE? Mastodon “The Ghost Of Karelia.”