Stephanie Werren | In my own words

It’s not so much why do I do what I do, as it is how did I get lucky enough to do what I do? I always felt it was important to be a strong community supporter so the transition was easy to begin working for Leadership Stark County.

Why do you do what you do?

It’s not so much why do I do what I do, as it is how did I get lucky enough to do what I do? I always felt it was important to be a strong community supporter so the transition was easy to begin working for Leadership Stark County. Volunteering is something that comes naturally for me, and working with other community leaders that want to make a difference inspires me. I enjoy doing what I do because it allows me to continue learning and asking questions about my community along with making an impact in the programs I’m involved with.

As the development director and new program coordinator of Leadership Stark County, I get to work with people every day that are committed to making our community a better place to live. Having grown up in Canton and spending the majority of my adult years here, I have always known Stark County is a great place to live and work, but to actually see it firsthand is quite unique. I get excited when I can show someone who has lived in our area their entire life a different side of the county they haven’t seen before. I take pride in the fact that people look differently at our population after they have been involved in Leadership’s poverty simulation.

I think it’s great that more young professionals are getting involved in our community after participating in Spotlight Stark County’s speed-boarding process. I’ve always been an involved community member whether it’s speaking my mind or saying “yes” to a request for help. I want to be a part of change or improvement. I want to try new ideas and move organizations forward. I get excited when the committee I’m working with tries an “Arts Amore” night at school for the first time and parents actually show up. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time or be in front of a crowd. It can be as simple as sorting sweat shirts for a school team, to organizing a food drive, to serving on a board. It’s not how important the job is but that I am doing any job that is asked of me. I enjoy being part of the community building process and the end result keeps me coming back.

I think all of us want to leave a better society for our future residents. I hope that I have been able to instill in my children, as my parents did for me, the need to serve others.

What is on your bucket list:

Visit all the National Parks with my family
Read all the “top pick” books for a year
Spend a day with Oprah Winfrey
Run a half-marathon (after seeing what fun the Canton Marathon was for everyone!)

What’s on your mind:

How do we ensure a quality education for all … and how will local oil and gas drilling affect our community?

ABOUT STEPHANIE

Who: Stephanie Snow Werren.
Personal: Married to Curt Werren; three children: Jack, Grace and Hannah.
What: Development director/new program coordinator, Leadership Stark County.
Education: Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University, Master of Business Administration degree from Malone University.
Community boards: Stark State Advisory Board, Plain Local Schools Foundation, Oakwood Middle School PTO president, Monticello Homeowners Board, Affinity Medical Women’s Advisory Board, Camp Wakonda auction chairman and committee member.