Executive director at The First Tee of Canton

Q: What motivates or inspires you to better the community? 
There is nothing like the satisfaction of giving back to the community that you live in. … There is a personal reward to volunteering, but to me, it is much bigger than that.  It’s about impacting those that may not have the opportunities that I have had. 

Q: What is the best career advice you ever have been given? 
Don’t burn bridges. That intern working for you today could be your boss tomorrow. You aren’t going to like everyone you work with, but always show respect.  

Q: What advice would you give the younger generation when it comes to advancing in their careers or strengthening Stark County? 
Don’t expect anything to be handed to you, and don’t be afraid to fail. You need to learn to fail so you can learn how to be successful.    

Q: List three to five things people might not know about you. 
Since 2000, I have moved 10 times and to four different states. My first major in college was criminal justice because I wanted to be a criminologist and work for the FBI. I played on a rec softball team with country singer Vince Gill when I lived in Nashville. 

“Always looking for ways to improve herself and those around her, Angela has proven to be a great mentor …” —Matt Molde


• Bachelor of sports sciences from Ohio University
• Louisville High School


• Inaugural STAR recipient in 2008
• 2009 inaugural Scholar Player of the Year
• Youngest general manager at Kent State when hired and one of only four female general managers
• Managed the Kent State IMG Sports Network and the MAC IMG Sports Network

In the Community

• Serves on the Women’s Board of Aultman Hospital and the steering committee for Leave a Legacy Stark County
• Association of Fundraising Professionals of NE Ohio board member
• American Legion Post #548 member and volunteer of Junior Achievement


Married to Anthony, and they have one son: Luca, and she has two stepsons, Angelo and Mario

Nominated by

Chad Gerrety, Associate Athletic Director at Western Carolina University; Laura Jo Hawk, director, Akron General Foundation and president, Association of Fundraising Professionals at Cleveland Clinic Akron General; Matt Molde, general manager at IMG College; Nicholas Perini, vice president/portfolio manager at Beese Fulmer Private Wealth Management

Nicholas Perini says

“Angela is a fantastic person that we are lucky to have in Stark County. She touches many lives and has an incredibly bright future.”

“Angela is a role model to many and is actively engaged in the civic, social and service fabric of the community where she lives, works and volunteers.” —Laura Jo Hawk


TwentyUnder40-01Twenty under 40! recognizes young professionals across various sectors of the business, civic, government, arts, education and non-profit communities, including consideration in the following areas: Arts/Entertainment, Business, Community Services/Nonprofit, Corporate, Education, Financial Services, Government, Hospitality & Tourism, Legal Services, Manufacturing, Medical & Health Care Services, Other, PR/Advertising/Marketing, Real Estate, Retail, Social Service, Students (College), Technology

Nominees were selected based on career acumen, community service and trusteeship, and personal and professional achievements. The Twenty under 40! selection committee is comprised of diverse business and community leaders representing a range of industry sectors from around Stark County.

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