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.
Lois is a founding member of Coming Together Stark County and playwriter for Rainbow Repertory Productions.
Anne 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.
Joanne has been 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 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 Division 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.
Outside of our organization, Steve is the president of Okey Law Firm, nationally recognized for providing clients with personal attention for 25 years.
Angela is from Dayton, Ohio. Mrs. Barwick relocated to Canton seven years ago and married her high school sweetheart, Scott Barwick. She has been with CTSC since March of 2014. Angela is the proud parent of three children, two who reside in Dayton, Ohio, and one here in Canton. Angela loves dogs and staying active in the community.
Elizabeth is the CEO of Lenzy Family Institute.
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.
Tiffany 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.