Leadership Akron Announces Signature Class 35

Leadership Akron has selected a class of 40 leaders for its 2018/2019 Signature Program. With nearly 90 qualified applicants annually, the selection process is especially competitive. The class includes participants from greater Akron’s business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Since 1984, Leadership Akron has inspired participants to advance their involvement and impact as community leaders.

Over the course of the year, Leadership Akron Signature Class 35 will develop a well-rounded perspective on the Akron community, and set the stage for further involvement as civic-minded leaders. Beginning the year with a City Tour and two-day Opening Retreat, they will spend a full day each month focusing on a sector of the community, with a hands-on look at the key organizations, decision-makers, and challenges within each sector. Upon graduation, the class will be poised with new knowledge, connections, and commitments to empower their service to the Greater Akron community.

Members of the new class are:

Paul Becks

Project Executive
Welty Building Company, Ltd.

Parker Berry, II, CIC

Executive Vice President
SeibertKeck Insurance

Michelle Bisson

Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Summa Health

Daren Brake

Associate Staff Pastor
The House of the Lord

Michael Bullock

Executive Director
Tarry House, Inc.

Terri Burns

Summit County Department of Job and Family Services

Laurie Cramer

Executive Director
Autism Society Greater Akron

Sam Dankoff

Director, Premium Experience
Akron RubberDucks

Stacey DeGenaro Downing

Studio Owner

Laura Duda

Vice President, Communications,
Goodyear Americas
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Edwin Hubbard, Jr.

Senior Director, Funder Relations
Akron Urban League

Kerri Keller

Attorney – Partner
Brouse McDowell

Kenneth Klika

Sikich LLP

Scott Kolligian

Attorney – Member
Hanna Rasnick Evanchan Palmisano Hobson & Fox, LLC

Seth Kujat

Vice President, Community Impact
United Way of Summit County

Kyle Kutuchief

Program Director, Akron
Knight Foundation

Jolene Lane

Vice President for Inclusion and Equity, Chief Diversity Officer, Title IX Coordinator, The University of Akron

Dana Lawless-Andric

Associate Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Kent State University

Andre Lessears

Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Zada Lines


Joseph Luckring

Senior Vice President
PNC Bank

Tim Miller

Owner, Insurance Service Agency, Inc.
Board Member, Akron Public Schools

Joseph Natko

District Chief
City of Akron Fire Department

Jill Oldham

Director, Network Partners & Programs
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

Erin Palmer

CFO & In-house Legal Counsel
Leppo Group, Inc.

Harun Rashid

Vice President and CIO
Akron Children's Hospital

Beth Reho

Cohen & Company, Ltd.

Susan Baker Ross

Magistrate, Traffic Court
Akron Municipal Court

Shaun Schweitzer

Vice President of Audience Development & Production, The Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com

Lorrie Shaffer

SVP & Regional Director for Huntington PrivateBank
Huntington Bank

Jessica Kay Shinholster

CEO, Entrepreneur
Your Independence Inc.

LaTrice D. Snodgrass

Chief Operations Officer
AxessPointe Community Health Centers

Margo Sommerville

President, Akron City Council
City of Akron

Cheryl Stephens

President & CEO
East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation

Monica Sturgis

HR Director, Technology & Engineering
Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Julie Ann Sweet-Buntin

Vice President, SBA Sales Manager

Daniel Tompkins


Aimee Wade

Associate Director of Clinical Services, County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADM) Board

Jon Washington

Founder & Proprietor
The Innovation Garage

Ebony Yeboah-Amankwah

Corporate Secretary and Chief Ethics Officer
FirstEnergy Corp.