Kara Hammett traces her career in cake designing and decorating back to the former West Point Market in Akron. Hammett, a 1993 Akron Buchtel High School graduate, had worked at West Point Market while she was attending the University of Akron to become a school teacher.
Mike Sturdivant quickly learned that he doesn’t do quarantine well. The 2001 McKinley High School graduate is used to be being busy. For six years, he was the regional manager for Hattie Larlham and served as the nonprofit’s representative on the executive boards of several community organizations, including Compassion Delivered Inc., Gigi’s Playhouse, Love the Children’s Ministry and P.A.L. Mission.
Kourtney Hill didn’t get the job she initially applied for at Stark County Job & Family Services. But she must have made a good impression because the agency called her to see if she would be interested in another position in the agency’s adoption division.
James Fye took his first drink of alcohol around age 13. He took his last drink on December 24, 2010, at age 38. Fye, the director of nursing for CommQuest Services, now uses his experience during all those hazy years of alcoholism to help others with their recovery and to change misconceptions of what it means to be an alcoholic.
Destinee Stark can’t wait to explore her new neighborhood. She moved to Plain Township with her husband, Aaron Jackson, a 2007 GlenOak High School graduate, in December. By March, they were sheltering in place with the rest of Ohio and haven’t really gone out much since.
A blog post about local restaurants is what led Collyn Floyd to the dream marketing job she didn’t know she wanted. Floyd, a Missouri native who came to Stark County in 1999, had been co-authoring a lifestyle blog about all of her favorite places for food, fun and funky finds when a representative from Team NEO, a regional business development organization, asked her to write a post for its regional tourism site.
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.