Executive Board

President – Deanna Parks*
President Elect – Jen Barone*
Community Council Vice President – Jen Barone*
Finance Council Vice President – Melinda Willard*
Sustainer Council Vice President – Kari Willoughby*
Training & Development Council Vice President – Crystal Apgar*
Secretary – Stephanie Harding*
Treasurer – Stephanie Hand-Cannane*
Treasurer Elect – Sarah Lambos*

Community Council

Stephanie Stuck* – Vice President

Community Impact Committee:

Sara Ehret – Chair

Junior Leaders Grant:

Megan Pellegrino – Chair

Strategic Planning/Transformation Roll Out:

Cara Beisert**(s) – Membership Transformation Roll Out Chair
Jen Barone** – Community Impact Transformation Roll Out Chair

Finance Council

Melinda Willard* – Vice President


Teresa Fout – Chair
Sara Ehret – Chair Elect

Sustainer Council

Kari Willoughby* – Vice President

Women of the Year:

Cara Beisert**(s) – Chair
Nancy Platek (s) – Co-Chair Elect
Meredith Bailey (s) – Co-Chair Elect

Training and Development Council

Crystal Apgar* – Vice President


Kim Wells – Chair

Leadership Placement:

Stephanie Helline – Chair

Public Relations:

Stacey Leath – Marketing/Social Media

Current Major Project
JLSC has entered in to a multi-year collaboration with the Martin Center, a downtown Canton community center serving young adults.

Done In A Day Projects

In addition to our Community Impact Project, the League participates in many one day projects. Although planning and preparation may take longer, the project itself is completed in one day. Done In a Day (DIAD) projects for the 2016-2017 league year have not yet been finalized. Previous partners include the Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center, Alliance for Children and Families, and Stark County Hunger Task Force.

Provisional Project

Each year our Provisional Class of new members brainstorms, selects, and executes its own project during the admission year. The 2015-2016 Provisional class has worked extraordinarily hard collaborating with The Martin Center. The center currently has a predominantly male attendance and wishes to bring in girls so they can enjoy the amenities as well. In order to do this the Provisional class decided to provide a prom experience for a set of 15 carefully selected girls from McKinley High School who were seen as having a bright future and needed some financial help. They were given the opportunity to pick out a prom dress, shoes, jewelry and a hand bag at no cost. A sit down dinner, corsage, photographer, make-up and nails were also offered at no expense. This pre-prom party took place on April 30th and was full of laughs, love, and memories. This year’s class will select its project in November.

Past Projects

Since 1937, the Junior League of Stark County has completed projects in the Stark County community affecting children, women, senior citizens, the urban and natural environment, education, cultural arts and healthy families. Below is a summary of our projects over the past few years.

2009-2010 League Year

Major Community Project

The Junior League of Stark County, Ohio, Inc. collaborated with the Stark County Hunger Task Force (SCHTF) to improve and expand their Senior Pantry Program and Backpacks for Kids Program.

2010-2011 League Year

Major Community Project

The Junior League of Stark County, Ohio, Inc. collaborated with Pathway Caring for Children to host a Prom event for teenage foster children, plus monthly classes on topics such as budgeting, “dressing for success”, interview skills, dance lessons, and restaurant etiquette.

2011-2012 League Year

Major Community Project

The Junior League of Stark County, Ohio, Inc. collaborated with the Canton YWCA to improve relationships between parents and their children via the YWCA Kids Connect program.

2012-2013 League Year

Major Community Project

The Junior League of Stark County, Ohio, Inc. collaborated with Solid Rock Therapeutic Riding Center to research the implementation of a sensory room for children with Sensory Processing Disorders. In addition, members provided many items to be included in the room itself. JLSC members also hosted a successful roundtable event for Stark County educators and professionals featuring guest speakers, as well as the presentation of information that had been gathered throughout the project.

2013-2014 League Year

Major Community Project

The Junior League of Stark County, Ohio, Inc. collaborated with the Boys and Girls Club of Massillon to bolster their “Be Great:  Graduate” program.  Throughout the year, members presented workshops on skills to help with college preparation, interview skills, networking, options for life after high school, and “what not to wear”.  Additionally, members were able to serve as trusted, caring adults to the program’s students.

2014-2015 League Year

Multiple Done In A Day Projects, Community Research, & Junior Leaders Grant

The Junior League of Stark County, Ohio, Inc. collaborated with several local agencies to plan and facilitate four fabulous Done In A Day Projects. In the fall, members transformed a conference room at Habitat for Humanity’s headquarters in to a children’s library and play room, for kids to utilize while their parents are in the building working through classes for home ownership. Later in the year, JLSC hosted a Cookies and Cocoa with Santa and Mrs. Claus event benefitting military families, and a Night at the Museum event benefitting the Girl Scouts. This spring, we got our hands dirty cleaning out and preparing the community garden at the Martin Center. In addition, the Strategic Planning Committee re-evaluated our project selection process, assessed community needs, vetted possible partners, and presented the info to members, resulting in a plan for a multi-year collaboration with the Martin Center. We also introduced the “Junior Leaders Community Service Grant” initiative, and awarded 2 grants totalling $5000 to 2 young ladies from Stark County. Both girls’ projects are benefitting YWCA of Canton.