36, Assistant Director, Stark County Hunger Task Force
What motivates or inspires you to better the community?
The people! Stark County has the most amazing people. Whether it’s the pantry and Backpack volunteers I interact with at Stark County Hunger Task Force or my fellow North Canton Jaycees, the energy and drive they have to create positive change in the community inspires me to dive in, do more and find solutions. Our people are the greatest asset we have in our community.
What advice would you give the younger generation when it comes to advancing in their careers or strengthening Stark County?
Volunteer. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to develop skills you may not be able to obtain in the workplace. I broadened my skill set and had mentors through my volunteer experiences that set me on my current path. You learn so much about the community and its people through service efforts.
List three to five things people might not know about you.
1. I once did voter registration in Downtown Canton with Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy.
2. I met Tate Donovan, who was the voice of Hercules. We sang “Go The Distance” together.
3. I have a cardboard cutout of Joe Biden that I dress up for celebrations and holidays. It’s a long story, but the real former Vice President Joe Biden is aware of this and is amused.
“Stephanie’s passion and commitment to Canton and Stark County knows no boundaries. Selfless service is her motto—her focus and energy are geared toward helping others. She is a true role model for our entire community—children through seniors.”
• Louisville High School
• Kent State University, bachelor’s degree in Child Development
In the community
• In 2017 with assistance from the North Canton Public Library, she began a business clothing drive on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor Dr. King’s legacy and call to service. Both last year’s and this year’s events were very successful.
• Serves on the yStark! board
• Assists Pitties and Kitties, a local nonprofit that specializes in pet rescues
• Gives tours for Canton Food Tours
• Honor graduate of the Leadership Stark County Class of 2016
• Previous field organizer with Organizing for America
• Previous teacher at Head Start
• Previous executive assistant with the Canton YWCA
• Current President of the North Canton Jaycees(with numerous individual and chapter awards) and has been a member since 2014
• Vice president of the Stark County chapter of the Kent State University Alumni Association
• 2018 Management Development vice president with JCI Ohio (Ohio Jaycees)
• Parents: Jim and Vera Sweany of Louisville
• Siblings: Rachel and Jenn
• John Alge, retired/volunteer, Stark County Hunger Task Force