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:
Welty Building Company, Ltd.
Parker Berry, II, CIC
Executive Vice President
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Associate Staff Pastor
The House of the Lord
Tarry House, Inc.
Summit County Department of Job and Family Services
Autism Society Greater Akron
Director, Premium Experience
Stacey DeGenaro Downing
Vice President, Communications,
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Edwin Hubbard, Jr.
Senior Director, Funder Relations
Akron Urban League
Attorney – Partner
Attorney – Member
Hanna Rasnick Evanchan Palmisano Hobson & Fox, LLC
Vice President, Community Impact
United Way of Summit County
Program Director, Akron
Vice President for Inclusion and Equity, Chief Diversity Officer, Title IX Coordinator, The University of Akron
Associate Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Kent State University
Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Senior Vice President
Owner, Insurance Service Agency, Inc.
Board Member, Akron Public Schools
City of Akron Fire Department
Director, Network Partners & Programs
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
CFO & In-house Legal Counsel
Leppo Group, Inc.
Vice President and CIO
Akron Children's Hospital
Cohen & Company, Ltd.
Susan Baker Ross
Magistrate, Traffic Court
Akron Municipal Court
Vice President of Audience Development & Production, The Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com
SVP & Regional Director for Huntington PrivateBank
Jessica Kay Shinholster
Your Independence Inc.
LaTrice D. Snodgrass
Chief Operations Officer
AxessPointe Community Health Centers
President, Akron City Council
City of Akron
President & CEO
East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation
HR Director, Technology & Engineering
Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
Julie Ann Sweet-Buntin
Vice President, SBA Sales Manager
Associate Director of Clinical Services, County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADM) Board
Founder & Proprietor
The Innovation Garage
Corporate Secretary and Chief Ethics Officer