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Akron minority leadership program graduates inaugural class

Nov 15, 2016

Diversity on Board, a program sponsored by the United Way of Summit County and Leadership Akron to prepare minority leaders for service on nonprofit boards, graduated its inaugural class on Thursday, Nov. 10.

The class of 21 spent nine months attending workshops and coaching groups so that they could prepare to serve on the area's nonprofit boards, according to a news release. The coaching groups were led by area community and business leaders and helped participants connect with local nonprofits and their leaders.

At the time of the unveiling of the program, Jim Mullen, United Way of Summit County president and CEO, said, "Creating a more diverse pool of nonprofit board members will strengthen the leadership of many of the causes we support, and will enhance the impact of our community investments."

Graduates of the inaugural class are

  • Sharonda Armour, FirstEnergy Corp.
  • Celena Collins, Summa Management Services
  • Judy Dawson-Jones, Akron Children's Hospital
  • Rosheadra Edwards, FirstEnergy Corp.
  • Eric Fletcher, Ohio State University
  • Crystal Gary, ACCESS
  • Summer Hall, United Insurance Co. of America
  • Kimberly Huff, Greater Akron Chamber
  • Jordan Jenkins-Stephens, G. Stephens Inc.
  • India Kaczmarek, GDP Group
  • Jerome Learson, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
  • Brant Lee, University of Akron School of Law
  • Leia Love, Leia Love Hair and Nail Salon
  • Dominic Moore-Dunson, Inlet Dance Theatre
  • Billy O'Quinn, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
  • Erirk Shaw, FirstEnergy Corp.
  • Tai Stephens, HPM Partners
  • LaShawn Terrell, Akron Digital Academy
  • Kelli Thomas, FedEx Custom Critical
  • LaToya Wells, Signet Jewelers
  • Sonya Williams, Kent State University