This gives me an opportunity to get involved and help somebody who otherwise might not get that help. It’s a good thing to give — for the receiver as well as for the giver.
The idea of putting others first is something I learned at home and at church while growing up — in particular, my involvement in Boy Scouts as a young man. The Scout Oath taught me “to help other people at all times.” Also, my father always was involved in sharing his leadership, public relations and fundraising skills. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Serving on community boards and committees also gives me the opportunity to develop friendships with other members who share similar values. I feel privileged to live and work in an area where people have deep roots, a strong work ethic and a sincere concern for their fellow citizens.
This is why I’m drawn to get involved and share my time and talent with the diverse nonprofit organizations that serve Canton area residents.
EDUCATION: B.A. in journalism with honors, Ohio State University.
COMMUNITY BOARDS: Marketing Committee, Buckeye Council, Boy Scouts ofAmerica; board member, Smile for a Lifetime Foundation; past board member, Star Academy Foundation;past Public Relations Committee member, American Heart Association Heart Gala, United Way and Mental Health Association of Stark County; past team worker, United Arts Fund Drive; past president and board member, Canton Advertising Club.
OTHER: Rod and Kathie, his wife and business partner, have been married for seven years and have a blended family of five grown children.