Nichole Cardinale has been in the promotions and sales business since she was in high school. She was the first business manager for Tallmadge High School’s newspaper, selling ads for the paper that her class created. As a student at the University of Akron, she sold advertising for the university’s student-run radio station, 88.1 WZIP.
Maria Heege isn’t eager to talk about her accomplishments. Heege, the president and CEO of United Way of Greater Stark County, is one of this year’s Women’s Impact award recipients. She’s quick to point out that she doesn’t work alone. The community is full of amazing women.
Allyson Bussey embraces the role of being Stark County’s cheerleader. As the president of Visit Canton, Bussey uses her energetic personality, her love of history, marketing and people, as well as her more than 15 years in the travel and tourism industry, to be Stark County’s megaphone for all places, people and attractions that lure tourists to visit Stark County and may encourage residents to explore more of their hometown.
I’m not a huge fan of soup, except for tomato, and really only when it’s being delivered on the receiving end of a grilled cheese sandwich. But given the opportunity to cast my vote in a crowd-funding project—designed to select the recipient of much-needed funds from a stable of four worthy, creative and forward-thinking do-good contenders—and there just so happens to be soup on the menu, you can count me in.
When Maria Heege retires—someday—she wants to live on a boat, making jewelry. Until then, though, she is thoroughly enjoying the career she has chosen, servant leadership, which makes her one of Stark County’s most influential people.
United Way of Greater Stark County honored caring community volunteers and workplaces in front of a full house during its Annual Meeting Breakfast and Campaign Awards celebration at Kent State at Stark’s University Center in April.