Person of the Year

2020 Person of the Year: Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro Perry

Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry spends the majority of her time running a city with more than 32,000 people. With such a busy profession, the mayor has become a maestro for the tasks of planning and prioritizing. She balances work and an active life at home that includes young children and is also a participant in multiple civic organizations throughout Stark County.

2019 Person of the Year | Joe Chaddock

Last school year was among the most heartbreaking and frightening nine months in Stark County school history. School leaders buried 25 students or recent graduates, including roughly a dozen of them who died by suicide. One student plotted to kill his fellow classmates before deciding to turn the gun on himself. Threats of violence bombarded nearly every local school district, and more than 1,500 Stark County children were taken to nearby hospitals for mental health concerns. School leaders and staff didn’t know what to do.