Teresa Barry | In My Own Words

It’s a privilege to work in a community that I “adopted” after my husband and I moved here from Maryland in 1987. Serving with Meals on Wheels of Stark and Wayne Counties has given me a front-row seat to the generosity and leadership that exist in this region.

It’s a privilege to work in a community that I “adopted” after my husband and I moved here from Maryland in 1987. Serving with Meals on Wheels of Stark and Wayne Counties has given me a front-row seat to the generosity and leadership that exist in this region.

Like most nonprofits, our agency depends on volunteers. We could not deliver more than 2,000 meals a day without them, and we are grateful for their selfless service.

Our region, like any other, has tremendous needs that are met only by the work of nonprofit organizations. But those needs change over time, and our organizations must change with them. This has led to significant growth and development among our staff, whose skills and professionalism serve to further strengthen our community.

Much of the work we do in the nonprofit world revolves around families. For example, our agency doesn’t just deliver meals to individuals. We also offer peace of mind for families, because we provide daily human contact and kindness for their loved ones. Other nonprofits have similar stories to tell.

That kind of interconnectedness is vital. My family is of utmost importance to me, and I’m fortunate that my job has given me the flexibility to spend time with my husband, Keith Lindsey, and our son, Michael. In that light, it is particularly rewarding to be in a position to make a difference every day in the lives of so many people and their families.

ABOUT TERESA “TERRI” BARRY

WHO: Teresa “Terri” Barry

WHAT: Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties, CEO; Meals on Wheels Association of America, chairman

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in business administration, University of Maryland

ORGANIZATIONS: Rotary Club of Canton (past board member and Avenue chairman); Meals on Wheels Association of America, board (current chairman), 2007 Executive Director of the Year; National Association of Meal Providers (past board member); St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church (Finance Committee, Altar Guild)

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass