2019 Women’s Hall of Fame
Join us for this year’s Women’s Hall of Fame Luncheon on Tuesday, June 18th at the Courtyard by Marriott Canton
Since 1990, the YWCA has honored 180 Stark County women and exceptional female high school students. This year’s class of inductees will be recognized and honored at the Annual Women’s Hall of Fame Luncheon and added to our Hall of Fame at the YWCA Canton.
These women are rare gems who serve our community with no expectation of reward or recognition but out of the kindness of their heart.
We are so proud to share with you the 2019 Class of Inductees:
- Michelle Cordova, Juvenile Division Chief Prosecuting Attorney, Stark County Prosecutor’s Office
- Brook Harless, VP, SAM Center
- Alivia Hershberger, Founder, Simply Give
- Constance Rubin, President, Coming Together Stark County
- Mary Lynne Zahler, Wellness Manager, Akron Children’s Hospital
- Christine Lawver, teen inductee, Sandy Valley High School
PNC Financial Services Group
Community Christian Church
The Canton Repository
Michelle Cordova, Juvenile Division Chief Prosecuting Attorney, Stark County Prosecutor’s Office
Michelle Cordova is outstanding in her profession and a vital asset to her community. She embodies the phrase, “if you want something done, ask a busy person.” Whether it’s through mentoring young lawyers, coaching Girls on the Run, or raising money and volunteering on campaigns, Michelle champions other women in their endeavors. As an assistant prosecuting attorney, Michelle has been chief of the Juvenile Division for over 15 years, overseeing the department and implementing creative programming. Michelle is a true woman of achievement and an inspiration to all who know her.
Brook Harless, Vice President, SAM Center
Brook is an accomplished individual from meaningful community volunteerism to raising her young family. Her work ethic and drive for excellence are evident in everything she does and has done. She not only possesses the drive but the passion to help others. This is a characteristic not easily taught; nevertheless, it is central to who she is. Her interest in her community shows good citizenship and forward thinking. She works daily in volunteering and that is what she always feels has been her calling.
Brook works to be present in every situation she feels she can make a meaningful difference with her volunteerism especially as it relates to serving our veteran population. She exhibits great desire to learn and an ample ability when it comes to applying knowledge gained. As a veteran herself, Brook has experienced many obstacles and has been diligent about working to change those circumstances for others. Brook has been a tireless advocate for causes in our community she deems worthy of her time and service. She asks for nothing in return. Brook always says she is happiest when she can help someone get on their feet.
Alivia Hershberger, Founder, Simply Give
She has a passion for people and giving to others. She is a stay at home Mom and runs Simply Give, a non-profit she started 5 years ago. She has a passion for people and is an inspiration to show people how to love MORE! She believes that love starts at home and that love will extend to the whole community. Alivia is the perfect example of how we all have time in our busy lives to help those in need. She is a role-model to women on how to impact your community and be confident. She is empowered from her passion for people and that has created an environment where women can come together and support different causes. Not only is she an example to the adults in the community, but she also has inspired our children. She has created the “Little Givers Club.” Their goal is to teach children that “It’s nice to be nice.” Little Givers Club encourage kids to reach out to their community and to do random acts of kindness! Alivia is an awesome example of what an empowered woman is and teaching both the adults and children in our community to “simply give” and love one another!
Constance Rubin, President, Coming Together Stark County
Connie has been an active volunteer since arriving in the Canton area in 1973, focusing on empowering all citizens with the ability to make informed decisions at the ballot box and in their doctor’s offices. Her last 16 years of employment were with the Stark County Park District, where she served as volunteer coordinator initially and later as public relations coordinator and grant writer to expand build more than 80 miles of hiking & biking trails, to preserve natural areas for people and animals, and to encourage healthier lifestyles. Connie’s life has been a varied and rewarding combination of volunteerism and activism on issues she holds dear, for which she is very grateful. Most recently Connie became President of Coming Together Stark County, a non-profit that has promoted diversity for all people in Stark County for 20 years, and is looking forward to new opportunities to fight prejudice and embrace inclusion in the years ahead.
Another new initiative that Connie am working on is assuring that our county has a year-long celebration of women’s right to vote in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that finally allowed women to vote in Presidential, Congressional, and statewide elections.
Mary Lynne Zahler, Wellness Manager, Akron Children’s Hospital
Mary Lynne has made so many extraordinary contributions to her family, workplace and community. She is a wonderful wife of 30 years and loving mother to a beautiful eleven-year-old daughter. She is a passionate community volunteer and a hardworking, tireless employee. Mary Lynne has truly dedicated her life to the advancement of health education, prevention and wellness. Mary Lynne is a natural born leader and she has exhibited this quality her entire life. She has held many leadership roles including being the founder and first President of several different professional groups/community coalitions related to wellness. She has always been an influential leader because she is compassionate, dedicated, hardworking, and she perseveres even in the face of daunting challenges. Employees, co-workers, and colleagues admire this, and they also are inspired and motivated by her ongoing passion for health, fitness, and wellness. There is no one as ethical, caring, and genuine as a leader than Mary Lynne, and when it comes to wellness, she is the ultimate wellness champion, ever since the 1980s when she first got her degrees and began her career in the field of health and fitness. Mary Lynne believes that service is the most important aspect of being a leader from the heart and she exemplifies this every single day in her professional work and volunteer work as well.
Mary Lynne is very committed to and passionate about her work, the community, and her family. She lives what she teaches too, and she truly exemplifies how one person can make an impact and difference by working in collaboration with the community, workplaces, and many other local organizations to improve the health, fitness, and all-around well-being of all its community members, young and old, male and female alike!
Christine Lawver, teen inductee, Sandy Valley High School
Christine Lawver is an extraordinary young lady, who is warm and welcoming towards all. She always has a smile and treats everyone with respect, regardless of background or “clique.” She is a leader in the Sandy Valley High School’s Social Justice program, whose aim is to break down barriers and emphasize our relationships. She is also a Cardinal Ambassador in our Guidance Office. As an Ambassador, one of her roles is welcoming new students to Sandy Valley and doing orientation with them, so they can successfully transition.
Jennifer Fox, Director of Client and Community Relations, PNC Financial Services Group.
Jennifer is the Director of Client and Community Relations for the PNC Financial Services Group. Through her work at PNC, as the Director of Client and Community Relations, Jennifer works tirelessly to improve the early learning experiences of children in underserved communities in Stark and surrounding areas. She has not only made a difference in the community through her work, but also in the lives of all the people around her. She is on the Great Start for Great Futures Early Childhood Education committee, the Early Childhood Advantage: School Readiness Symposium, and event planning committee, and she also volunteers regularly at our very own YWCA Early Childhood Learning Center.
Judi Krew, Self-Employed Artist
Judi has made a significant, unique, and lasting volunteer contribution through her volunteerism at Boy Scouts of America. Actively serving in the Buckeye Council for over 15 years, Judi has exemplified leadership and creativity.
She has helped pave the way for women to be more active in their sons’ lives, while helping raise area boys according to the Scout Law: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent”. In addition to her accomplishments with Boy Scouts of America, Judi has been an active member of Aultman Women’s Board since 1994, where she has chaired committees for both the Angel Auction and Fashion for a Cause. Judi has also volunteered her time and talent to various art projects at Aultman Hospital including Cancer Survivor’s Day and the Compassionate Care Center.
Judi has been a volunteer for the Jackson Band Boosters, Massillon Museum, Arts In Stark, Jackson Local Schools, Lakewood Junior Women’s Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Pro Football Hall of Fame Fashion Show and Snarky art… the Studio. She has also donated artwork to dozens of area agencies including the Domestic Violence Project, Inc., Humane Society, Rainbow Women’s Support Services, J.R. Coleman Center and Stark County Job and Family Services, just to name a few.
Kristen Moore, Magistrate for Stark County Court of Common Pleas
Kristen exemplifies professionalism, intelligence, volunteer and commitment and overall impression in our community. Much of Kristen’s volunteer work has been centered on educating the public about our court system, serving the Magistrate judges of Ohio to continually promote efficiency and public confidence in the judicial process, and advocating for the advancement of women.
As a young attorney, Kristen sought out organizations to connect with other professional women. She joined the Steering Committee for workshop luncheon collaboration between United Way and the Ohio Women’s Bar Association, and out of that effort the concept for the Women’s Impact, Inc. was born. Kristen has been a part of and has served on their Executive Board since its inception.
Kristen is actively involved in a lot of public outreach to better educate our community about her role as a Magistrate and the role of the Court. Kristen serves on the Aultman Women’s Board, and is a Board Member for TomTod Ideas. She has previously served as the past President of Malone University Young Alumni, former legal advisor for the McKinley High School Mock Trial Team, and former Co-Director at Kingdom House Ministries, to name a few. She takes great pride in her work. She is committed and loyal to the betterment of our community and professionally distinguished.
Michelle Mulally, President and CEO of the Canton Symphony Orchestra
Michelle Mullaly has demonstrated in her seven years as the President and CEO of the Canton Symphony Orchestra that she is deeply committed to raising and sustaining the presence and value of music for all people in the region around Canton, Ohio.
She and her staff have increased participation in all symphony events, expanded programs for schools and the general public in libraries, hospitals and other public venues, tripled the number of students in youth orchestras, and expanded the program venues to offer free concerts in public parks and other easily accessible locations. In addition to Michelle’s tireless work toward maintaining the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s presence in the community, including spearheading a 5.4 million dollar campaign to build the Zimmerman Symphony Center, she volunteers her service working with many community service groups including The Leadership Stark County Alumni Board, The Friends of the Summit (91.3 FM) and the Rotary Club of Canton, where she currently serves as President. She is also a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Malone University.
Personally, she is a devoted mom, whose three sons are obviously proud of who she is and what she does. Michelle balances her full schedule to make sure that she is available and present for her family’s celebrations and for the normal family times that are so important. Michelle has great friends and many excellent business connections. She is a talented and skilled CEO who knows the value of family and friends as well.
Mandy Altimus Stahl, Archivist, Massillon Museum
If ever there was a woman able to marry her career interests with her passions, and to engage others in her adventures merging the worlds of art and history, it is Mandy. Mandy is devoted to making not only Massillon, but Stark County, a better place to live, through both artistic and humanitarian efforts. As a photographer, she has enlisted the help of hundreds of fellow artists and community members in large-scale photo story projects, which have been exhibited throughout the state, and in Pennsylvania.
Everything from fantasy, to history, and investigating the issue of hunger in our community has been addressed through her photography. She is a founding member of the improvisational comedy group, Scared Scriptless. She was an active member of Voices of Canton, Inc., for many years, and serves on the City of Massillon’s Historic Preservation Committee and Charity Rotch School of Kendal Board of Directors.
Always eager to help a coworker, or friend, Mandy adds vim and vigor to all projects in which she is involved. She is a true treasure to our community, a woman of much knowledge, many interests, an abundance of talents and a great deal more to accomplish.
Sadie Owens, Teen Inductee
Sadie is a truly wonderful young lady. Academically, she is a stellar student. She is also a leader amongst her peers and for the community involved in numerous extra-curricular activities.
Some of Sadie’s leadership activities include being selected to represent Canton South High School during the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference this past year. She was selected to represent Canton South as a Girls State representative. Sadie is her Senior Class President, Modern Music Masters (Tri-M) President, Speech & Debate captain and student leader of Canton South’s social justice team. Sadie has organized multiple student led rallies to show support of recent school tragedies. These events were peaceful, impactful, and showed a level of maturity that is not seen in many students. Sadie was also selected as one of the students that got the chance to sit down with our State’s School Superintendent to discuss our current education system. She has a passion for the English language and speaks with a poise that is far beyond her years. Last Spring, she competed in an English competition at Malone and won first place in the poetry section. She won a $1,000 scholarship and was asked to sit in on some of the English professor’s classes because he was so impressed with her ability. Outside of the classroom Sadie is involved as a member of student leadership, NHS, Key Club, Sound of South, and the Canton South drama club.
2017 Award Recipients:
Teen, Sarah Meade
2016 Award Recipients:
Judith Barnes Lancaster
Elaine Russell Reolfi
Corey Minor Smith
Teen, Kim Kettering
2015 Award Recipients:
Barbara Ewing Cockroft
Judge Chryssa Hartnett
Teen, Kaela Brown
2014 Award Recipients:
Cathy Catazaro Perry
Beth Anne Clark Thomas
A. Darlene Moss
Lucia M. Pileggi
Teen, Jenna Mari Humphries
2013 Award Recipients:
Teen, Megan Rush
2012 Award Recipients:
Judge Dixie Park
Teen, Madison Weber
2011 Award Recipients:
Teen, Bethany Dill
2010 Award Recipients:
Dr. Grace Hofsteter
2009 Award Recipients:
Dr. Martha Magoon
Teen, Alyson Sliman
2008 Award Recipients:
Teen, Elizabeth Burton-Jones
2007 Award Recipients:
Teen, Kaley Hanenkrat
2006 Award Recipients:
Teen, Melissa Cyperski
2005 Award Recipients:
Teen, Kellyn Moran
2004 Award Recipients:
Teen, Kristen Stryker
2003 Award Recipients:
Teen, Abbey Hodakievic
2002 Award Recipients:
Teen, Katie Magoon
2001 Award Recipients:
Dr. Marie Keener
Teen, Linda Nader
2000 Award Recipients:
Teen, Erin King
1999 Award Recipients:
Women’s Hall of Fame was not held this year
1998 Award Recipients:
Emma Brown Malone
Marilyn Thomas Jones
Dr. Willia Nwa
Teen, Ellen Giordano
Teen, Erin Kienzle
1997 Award Recipients:
Sally Reed, M.D.
Teen, Amanda Copeland
1996 Award Recipients:
Charee Francis- Vogelsang
Teen, Jill Lombardi
1995 Award Recipients:
Dr. Audrey A.P. Lavin
Teen, Cali Benson
1994 Award Recipients:
Teen, Kelly High
1993 Award Recipients:
Lynne S. Dragomier
Diane Stevens Robinson
Teen, Mary T. Meese
1992 Award Recipients:
Patricia Z. Parker
Teen, Martiza Sanchez
1991 Award Recipients:
Dr. Martha Cook
Dr. Patricia Long
1990 Award Recipients:
Nelle Frease Harris
Dr. Norma Marcere
Mrs. Levi Miller
Teen, Jodi Brewster