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  • Members on the Move: Jolene Colant & Kristin Selby

    Colant Selby

    Congratulations to Jolene Colant and Kristin Selby, winners of the the annual National Sales & Marketing Executives (NSME) Acheivements in Excellence Award!

    Jolene and Kristin have demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism during their careers in diverse sales and marketing roles. Winners are selected by NSME leaders, based on nominations from local professionals, questionnaire responses provided by the nominees and publicly available information. Criteria included community and civic involvement, professional experience and demonstrated performance.

    Congratulations to Jolene and Kristin! You make Women’s Impact Inc. proud!

  • Welcome Shelley Schweitzer, New Executive Director

    Shelley SchweizerWomen’s Impact has named Shelly Ann Schweitzer as executive director, a new position for the organization that works to connect and elevate women in Stark County and the region.
    As executive director, Schweitzer is responsible for managing strategic initiatives and monitoring the organization’s daily activities.
    “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity,” Schweitzer said. “I believe in this organization and its goals.”
    Women’s Impact traces its roots to 2009 and formally organized in 2012. During that period the group has expanded to more than 150 members, said Kay Feagles, chair of the group’s board and an executive board member.
    “We’ve evolved to the point where we need sustained professional leadership to augment the dedicated volunteers who continue to give so generously in propelling the organization forward,” Feagles said in a news release announcing the move.
    Schweitzer has 35 years experience in non-profit management and volunteer positions.
    Before accepting the post, she was director of strategic initiatives and adviser to the vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism, a synagogue arm for the Reform Jewish Movement. She also owns SAS Organizing Solutions, which provides professional organizing and project management services to small businesses and non-profit operations.
    Feagles said Women’s Impact directors are confident Schweitzer’s diverse background and experience will help the organization “build momentum in supporting the advancement of women in their professional and personal pursuits.”
    Schweitzer said she wants to continue promoting Women’s Impact, working to build membership and involvement.
    The organization provides mentorship for women, recognizes achievements and offers diverse activities, Schweitzer said. “It’s energizing to be with these women.”

  • Members on the Move: Judith Lancaster

    Judith LancasterThe Stark State College Foundation has named Judith Lancaster to its board of directors.

    Lancaster, of Perry Township, currently serves as special counsel to the Ohio Attorney General and has a private practice in personal injury and probate. She also was general manager for the northeast Ohio division of Corning Clinical Laboratories (now Quest Diagnostics, Inc.). Her career has included private and nonprofit hospital settings as well as corporate settings and she has owned her own clinical laboratory and established a tissue bank for the transplantation of human bone.

    She earned a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a juris doctorate from The University of Akron School of Law. She also earned certification in bargaining and negotiating at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.
    Lancaster has been a member of and held various offices with the Northeast Ohio Medical University Board of Trustees, the Foundation Board of Mercy Medical Center, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Canton Museum of Art Foundation Board, Prescription Assistance Network Board, Athena International Board of Directors, Walsh University Board of Trustees, Akron University Law Alumni Board and Women’s Impact, Inc. Board. She also was the first female Rotarian in Stark County.

  • Members on the Move: Summer Montabone

    Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 10.47.21 PMIf you know Founding Member Summer Montabone, it should come as no surprise that her business, Summer’s Fitness, has been voted as the #1 Best of 2015 for Personal Training in the Canton, Ohio area by Thumbtack, a website where people go to hire local professionals for service and contract work.  Here’s what Thumbtack CEO, Marco Zappacosta had to say about Summer’s Fitness: “The Best of 2015 is an award we give our top pros who demonstrate a consistent level of excellence in their service category. This is a terrific vote of confidence from your customers in the past year and a great way to stand out.”

  • Members on the Move: Sue Grabowski

    Sue GrabowskiIn 2015, Women’s Impact Founding Board Member, Sue Grabowski was named the Outstanding Business Professional of the Year for the Lake Township Chamber at their leadership awards dinner. Sue is the president and founder of Grabowski & Co. Her business has experienced incredible growth and accolades since the inception of Grabowski & Co. in 1997.

  • Members on the Move: Renee Powell

    Renee PowellWomen’s Impact Supporting Member, Renee Powell was one of the first seven women to be awarded an honorary membership to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St. Andrews and first woman to ever play on that time-honored course. Powell, who played on the L.P.G.A. Tour from 1967 to 1980, experienced racism and received death threats. Now she’s one of the first female members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in Scotland.

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