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In October each year, since 2013, CTSC recognizes outstanding community members or organizations that make contributions towards advancing the goals of diversity, inclusion and dignity in Stark County.
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Lois DiGiacomo-Jacobson, a founding member of Coming Together Stark County.
Tiffany Williams is one of Coming Together Stark County’s Certified Diversity Executives. She has been on the CTSC Board since 2008 and is employed as a Program Manager for Basic Needs Services by CommQuest Services, Inc., formerly Community Services of Stark County, Inc. Tiffany joined the agency in 2002, and has since served as an Emergency Assistance Aide, connected at-risk youth to positive community programs and services, coordinated the Mentoring Network of Stark County (MNSC), and coordinated supportive services for the homeless. She is also a member of Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, the Homeless Continuum of Care, the Minority Health Coalition, [delete Faith Partnership], and an initiator of the Collaborative Agency Network (CAN). Tiffany was in the first Spotlight Stark County class in 2006.
Steve Okey, president of Coming Together Stark County. Outside of our organization, Steve is the president of Okey Law Firm, nationally recognized for providing clients with personal attention for 25 years.
DIALOGUE & DISCOURSE
Elizabeth Lenzy, a board member of Coming Together Stark County.
Rabbi John Spitzer, along with Ron Ponder founded Coming Together Stark County as the Stark County Town Hall on Race Relations. Rabbi Spitzer served as rabbi of Temple Israel here in Canton from 1981 through 2008. At his retirement from the pulpit he was honored as Rabbi Emeritus of the congregation. Presently, Rabbi Spitzer is an Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the Theology Dvision of Walsh University and continues to work with Coming Together in a variety of positions. Currently,he is the chairperson of the 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Conference to be held on April 13th. The topic of the Conference will be LGTBQ: Super Powers and Super Challenges.
The 2018 conference will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018.
Connie Rubin, a board member of Coming Together Stark County.
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DIVERSITY & INCLUSION EDUCATION & TRAINING
Anne Richards was named President and CEO of Goodwill of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio in June 2017. In this role, she leads one of the largest non-profit organizations in Northeast Ohio, comprised of 24 stores and mission programs that served more than 14,000 people last year alone. Anne creates and guides the strategic direction and mission for the $30M agency which currently employs more than 600 individuals in 10 counties throughout Ohio and West Virginia. In addition, she is currently serving as the Vice President of Human Resources for the agency.
Before joining Goodwill in 2012, Ms. Richards was the Manager of Health Plan Services for the Timken Company. Previously, she held Human Resource leadership roles within Timken and Detroit Diesel.
She is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at Goodwill Industries International, Leadership Stark County and Cleveland Civic Leadership. Anne earned her Bachelor and Graduate degrees from Kent State University and Walsh University, respectively. Ms. Richards and her family reside in Massillon, Ohio.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE & REFORM COMMITTEE
The mission of the Criminal Justice Reform Committee of Stark County, in alliance with Coming Together Stark County, is to serve as an advocate for those citizens reentering society from the penal system. The goals of the Committee are to reduce recidivism, to have the criminal justice system of Stark County and the State of Ohio serve as an example of policy reform and efficiency, and to make Stark County a safe and more prosperous place for all.
ANNUAL DIVERSITY AWARDS RECOGNITION
Coming Together Stark County been at the forefront tackling difficult issues and bringing them before the county in a reasoned manner. Dialogue, discourse and discussion have been the tenets to which CTSC continues to aspire.
Frank Fleischer—When Frank Fleisher sees a need, he takes action! A founding member of Coming Together, Frank also was a founder of the Prescription Assn. of America and the American Board of Certification in pedorthics (the design, manufacture, fitting of shoes/shoe-related appliances). He was also trained in hypnosis and was certified to conduct lie detecter tests. Frank is now retired from his family’s business—Fleischer Shoe Company—that was started by his father in 1920. He had stores in Belden Village Mall, Country Fair Shopping Center, as well as Dover, Alliance and Louisville. Frank has also been active in the Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Canton Retail Merchants Assn., the Mayor’s Task Force on Crime, and the Philomatheon Society of the Blind. He is currently also on the board of the Rotary Club of Canton and is co-chair of the Criminal Justice Reform Committee, another group he co-founded with the late Judge Harry Klide.
Meet Our Team!
Joanne Smith, a board member for 10 years. Mrs. Smith is married with six children and ten grandchildren. She retired from Nationwide Insurance Company. Currently, she is the president of the Allegheny Lenape Indian Council.
Rabbi Jon Adland is the rabbi of Temple Israel. Rabbi Adland was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Chevy Chase, MD. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1976 with a BA in Psychology and Jewish Studies. Since arriving in Canton, Rabbi Adland has served on the board of United Way, Coming Together Stark County, and the MLK Commission. He has worked with Thanksgiving Baskets Canton and the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, as well as Habitat for Humanity. Rabbi Adland married his wife Sandy in 1981. Her support in their life’s journey is an important part of his success. They are the proud parents of Joshua who is married to Karen and lives in Chicago, and Rachel who is married to Evan and lives in Columbus. Along with his family, Rabbi Adland’s passions are fishing and woodworking.
ANNUAL DIVERSITY & INCLUSION CONFERENCE