“I found my people” thought Kathy Yaros when she attended her first Women’s Impact event.
“We lift each other up. We come from all different professions and walks of life to affirm and enjoy each other,” adds Kathy, a newly elected member of the board of directors, and member of the golf league and book club.
Kathy is well-connected in the community through her career and as an avid volunteer. From 1994 to 2018, she worked as marketing and communications director of the North Canton YMCA. Today, she is a family support specialist in the Jackson School District through the Stark County Educational Service Center.
“I help students and families find solutions to non-academic barriers to education. We connect them with community agencies and advocate for them to get services they need,” explains Kathy, who recently earned a Life Coaching Certification from New Skills Academy.
After launching her own coaching business, Kathy shifted to helping students and realized, “God made me a life coach – just in a surprising way.”
Whole Latte Love Café is one of Kathy’s passions because it provides employment training for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Kathy serves as board vice chair, alongside fellow Women’s Impact members Beth Humbert, founder, and Lyn Sabino, board chair. The café is at 1308 South Main St. in North Canton.
The North Canton Community Garden, located behind the North Canton Middle School, is another of Kathy’s passions. It provides fresh food to the Stark County Hunger Task Force with support from garden clubs, scouts and others.
Kathy was one of the founders with a close friend who dreamed of starting a public food garden. “I am not a gardener,” laughs Kathy, “but I do know how to organize non-profits, raise funds and handle publicity. That was my part.”
Kathy also finds time to teach meditation and art at Inner Whisper Studio and will soon rejoin the Canton Symphony Chorus when in-person rehearsals start.
Kathy has been married to Joe for 40 years and they raised two sons: Jay, age 32, who is an upholsterer, and Christian, age 27, who is an electrician, both in Canton.