2010 Class of Movers & Shakers

Photos By Julie Vennitti
Meet the class

In our second year of selecting Stark County’s “Movers & Shakers,” we certainly didn’t run into a shortage of worthy recipients.

Dozens of new names were brought to the table by our 2010 Advisory Board, only to be whittled to these 10 people featured on the following pages (in alphabetical order): Barbara Abbott, Monsignor Lewis Gaetano, Mike Gallina, Lisa Warburton Gregory, Nadine McIlwain, John O’Donnell, Tom Schervish Sr., Ted Swaldo, Margy Vogt, Candy Wallace.

Meet the second class of About magazine’s “Movers & Shakers.”



EDUCATION: Akron Public Schools and the University of Akron, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in biology.

CAREER: She worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation for 13 years, based out of Quail Hollow State Park as a park naturalist and later, a naturalist supervisor. In 2005, she chose to end her working career in order to become a stay-at-home mom.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: She serves on the Board of ArtsinStark; Marketing Committee of the Canton Symphony Orchestra; Canton Chapter of the Foundation for Community Betterment board. She is a docent at the National First Ladies’ Library and a volunteer with Stark Parks. In addition, she is active with The Wilderness Center, United Way, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Canton Art Museum and the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum.

PERSONAL: She lives in Canton Township with her husband, Mike, who is president of Abbott Electric, and their son, Dominic, 4.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: My greatest achievement is living a life that is truly satisfying and rewarding.

“Stark County is diverse and vibrant. There is so much to do and see that every week, year-round, I need to select one event over another because I simply can’t be in two places at once. These activities are for all ages, interests and ability to pay.” -Barbara Abbott



EDUCATION: Our Lady of Peace and Central Catholic High School in Canton; earned a bachelor’s degree from the Athenaeum of Ohio; master’s degree from West Virginia University; doctorate from St. Mary’s Seminary in Cleveland.

CAREER: He was ordained May 18, 1973, and serves as a priest of the Diocese of Youngstown. He was named a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II in 1990. He serves as pastor and administrator of Our Lady of Peace and St. Paul’s in Canton. He has served in a variety of roles in his career: as an instructor and house spiritual director for a preparatory seminary; director of the Diaconate and Ministry Formation for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston; director of campus ministry for the Catholic Community at Bethany College; 12-year tenure as pastor of St. Agnes Church in Mingo Junction; and pastoral adminstrator of Catholic Central High School in Steubenville. He returned to Canton and served as director of campus ministry, university chaplain, associate professor and chairman of theology at Walsh University, 2003-2009.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: He is a member of the Presbyteral Council for the Diocese of Youngstown as chairman of the Justice Committee; board member for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and the Ken Hamilton Forum; a member of the Catholic Consortium of Stark County and Canton Rotary. For the past six years, he has taught theology for the religious education certification of the diocesan school principals, and during the growing season (May-September) he celebrates Mass for the Hartville migrant families.

PERSONAL: He was born and reared in Canton and North Canton, the son of the late Anthony and Gloria Gaetano. Two brothers, John and Dan, both reside in Stark County.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: At this time, my greatest fulfillment comes from having been able to come full circle — being able to return to Stark County as pastor for Our Lady of Peace and St. Paul’s — as Our Lady of Peace was my family’s home parish. What more could I want?

“Stark County is my home and the acre of God’s world that I have been called to serve as a priest, and I love what I am doing.”  -Monsignor Lewis Gaetano



EDUCATION: Minerva High School; Mount Union College; master’s degree from Ashland University.

CAREER: As the superintendent of North Canton City Schools since 2004, he oversees nearly 5,000 students, more than 550 employees and a $42 million budget. He served previously as superintendent of the Minerva Local School District, and as a teacher and a coach.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: He holds many leadership roles in the county, including seats on the boards of Aultman Hospital Foundation, North Canton YMCA, Walsh University’s Advisory Board, North Canton Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio, as well as being a member of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Education Task Force. He was inducted into the Minerva High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2005, the Minerva Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005, the Mount Union College M-Club Athletic Hall of Fame as a distinguished leader in 2007, and finally, the Greater Canton Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.

PERSONAL: Married to Lynnette Gallina for 26 years. Son, Kiel Gallina, teaches at Jackson Middle School.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Being selected as the 2009 Ohio Superintendent of the Year by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. Also, the blessing of being able to serve the staffs, families and communities of Minerva and North Canton over the course of his career.

“Stark County has a unique combination of passion, excellence and core community values. The Stark County community will stare a challenge or task in the eye and use these qualities to attack it, finding positive results each time. I am honored to call myself a Stark Countian.” -Mike Gallina



EDUCATION: Graduated from Hoover High School and Stark State College.

CAREER: She worked for 23 years in the grocery business, starting as a cashier at Hummel’s IGA, working up to accounting office manager of the Bolognue Management Co., which owned 12 stores and three distributing companies. She left the company when she got married and now works at Mathie Supply as a part-time accounts receivable clerk.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: She is serving a two-year term as president of the Aultman Hospital Women's Board and also serves on the Aultman Hospital Foundation Board and the Board of Directors of Aultman Hospital. She is treasurer of the board of Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Agency. She and her husband are the new Alexis de Tocqueville Society co-chairs for United Way. She is a member of Shared Blessings, Canton Symphony League and past member of the Museum Guild. Also, she serves as treasurer of the North Canton Alumni Association as well as the North Canton Hoover Lacrosse Boosters and is secretary of the Stark County Republican Central and Executive Committees.

PERSONAL: Born and raised in North Canton. Married to Steve Gregory, she has two stepchildren and five grandchildren. She has seven nieces and nephews with whom she is very actively involved. “And on top of that, Steve and I have two cats, three yellow Labs and two Labradoodle puppies.”

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Raising more than $430,000 for the Women's Board Compassionate Care Center of Aultman Hospital in 2008 as co-chair of the Angel Auction. The Compassionate Care Center is in the construction process and will be a 12-bed inpatient hospice unit.

I grew up in Stark County; it is my home, and I find joy in volunteering my time and resources to help improve the lives of our neighbors and future generations.”-Lisa Warburton Gregory



EDUCATION: Attended Plain Local Schools grades 1-9. Graduated from McKinley High School. Received bachelor from Malone College (now Malone University), master from University of Akron and master from Ashland University.

CAREER: Served 20 years as a teacher at Timken High School, seven years as principal at Stanton Middle School in Alliance, and two years as principal of Allen Classical Traditional Academy in Dayton, retiring in 1999 from education. She was program officer for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton from 2001-2005 and is the executive director of Coming Together Stark County.

ACHIEVEMENTS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: She received the Ohio Humanitarian Award from Ohio Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission, was inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame, has been awarded several Woman of the Year Awards, led the successful 100 in 100 campaign to restore the Greater Stark County Urban League, served as a founding member of The First Tee of Canton.

PERSONAL: Born and raised in Canton. Widow to the late Albert H. McIlwain. Married to William P. Massey, retired. Two children, Jeaneen J. McDaniels, and Floyd R. (Randy) McIlwain. Six
stepchildren, Artis Cobb, Todd Kelley, Blake Massey, Linda Burris, Cynthia Cobb and Sharon Jones.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Rearing two beautiful children, raising more than $100,000 in 100 days to restore the Greater Stark County Urban League, and receiving the Milken National Educator Award.

“Our county has come a long way in accepting diversity, but when we, as children, adults, businesses, religious institutions and governments embrace the concepts of diversity and inclusion, we will make Stark County the best place in the nation to live, work and raise a family.”                                           -Nadine McIlwain-Massey




EDUCATION: O’Donnell describes himself as a community college professional whose own career was made possible through access to affordable education. He received his bachelor in history from Queens College of the City University of New York and his masters and doctorate from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

CAREER: He has taught psychology on the associate degree, baccalaureate and graduate levels; has practiced as a counseling and clinical psychologist; and has held leadership positions in community/technical colleges. Previous positions include leadership at North Shore Community College in Massachusetts, president of the regional campuses of the New Hampshire Community Technical College System, and commissioner and CEO of the New Hampshire Community Technical College System. He became president of Stark State College on Jan. 5, 2004. During his six-plus years at Stark State, the college has experienced substantial increases in enrollment, degrees awarded, minority access, community access through satellite campuses, and corporate partnerships. Through these achievements, O’Donnell believes the college has advanced Stark County in the areas of economic development, workforce development, educational attainment and social equity.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Chair-man, United Way of Greater Stark County board of directors; chairman, P-16 Committee of the Stark Education Partnership; member, Workforce Investment Board; Stark Education Partnership board of directors; member, Executive Committee of the Stark Development Board; member, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

PERSONAL: Married to Ellen McGee O’Donnell, an attorney, who serves as a dean at a community college. They have been married for 30 years and have three children — Caitlin, Patrick and Shelagh.


“Stark County is a world-class community. It is a community of partners who truly want to get things done!” -John O’Donnell



EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, University of Detroit.

CAREER: Owner and chairman of Stark Management Services, which provides payroll and bookkeeping services for businesses. Also, he is a board member of Brewster Dairy, Center Ice Sports, and Melanda Inc., an express lube and car-wash facility in Massillon. He is the managing general partner of P.H.T. & Associates and owner and chairman of S.R.O. Co., both real-estate companies.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Board member, Canton Tomorrow, Downtown Canton Land Bank Foundation; Greater Canton Chamber of Commerce (current member of the Downtown Canton Coordinating Committee); board member, Pro Football Hall of Fame; Rotary Club of Canton; Stark Community Foundation. He has been active in successfully bringing downtown Canton back to life and says, “I have been involved in the Canton Chamber of Commerce and affiliated organizations over 35 years, working on major projects such as Market Avenue Streetscape, New Market, West Tuscarawas Streetscape, and planning various scheduled activities such as the Farmers Market, First Fridays, Vintage Canton, and Clean Up Downtown. Downtown Canton has improved dramatically over the past 35 years. Organizations such as the Architectural Review Board, Downtown Canton Land Bank, and Special Improvement District are in place to ensure continuous upgrades and growth.”

PERSONAL: Married to Angela. Son, Tom Jr., daughter, Amanda. Two grandchildren.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT:  Finding and marrying my wife and together raising two great children.

“I said this in 1975 when I received the coveted Distinguished Service Award from the Canton Jaycees: ‘Stark County is a great place to live, work, and play.’  There is no better place to raise a family.”

-Tom Schervish



EDUCATION: Hired by the Timken Co. and enrolled in its engineering co-op program with Tri State College (now Trine University). Graduated with honors in 1967 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

CAREER: In 1969, Swaldo became engineering manager with Air Enterprises of Akron. In 1976, he co-founded a new high-voltage electrical manufacturing company, American Switchgear Corp., in North Canton. Ten years after it began, the company developed a second division dedicated to the manufacture of automotive and truck water pumps, and the company name was changed to ASC Industries. It was then that he purchased the company and became its sole owner. He sold off the electrical division and focused all of ASC’s resources on the water-pump business, which became the largest water-pump manufacturer in the world. He retired in 2008. “Retirement did not sit well with me, as I quickly became bored and started looking for something to do. Four months after retiring, I started Gervasi Vineyard & Italian Bistro on the last farm in the city of Canton ... in less than a year, my family and I were able to transform this picturesque 55-acre farm with a 61⁄2 -acre lake and a bank barn built in 1823 into a vineyard, a winery, an Italian bistro, a marketplace, with an outdoor pavilion that hosts weddings and private parties.”

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Member North Canton Jaycees and North Canton Rotary Club; awarded Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary Club International; executive director (volunteer) of Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps; member of board of directors of Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps; chairman of board of Drum Corps International (DCI); Tri State College Outstanding Alumni 1987; Pro Football Hall of Fame Committee.

PERSONAL: Born in Goshen, Ohio, one of 10 children, to Mary and Eugene Swaldo. Married to high-school sweetheart, Linda Meese, for 47 years. Children, Scott Swaldo, Christi Blackerby; sons-in-law, Tom Blackerby, Jeff Hicks. Grandchildren, Austin, Lucas and Sophia Blackerby.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: “The level of success I have achieved can be divided into two categories, personal and professional. My professional achievements have always been underscored by my personal belief that family is always top priority. I am most proud of being a good husband, father and grandfather and that I have been able to carry that same ‘family philosophy’ into my businesses. Although I have managed numerous businesses and have had thousands of employees, I have always thought that no one has ever worked for me, everyone has always worked with me. Together, we have worked to improve the quality of life for all concerned. The same way families work together, I have been able to re-create this environment in the business world.

“Although not born in Stark County, 40 years ago, my wife and I selected Stark County as the place we wanted to raise our children. We have never regretted that decision. My job required me to travel the world. I have seen many beautiful and exciting locations, but none appealed to me more than where we currently reside. The quality of life is what makes this area special. That is why I have repeatedly developed new companies in this area.” -Ted Swaldo



CAREER: Formerly 26 years on the Massillon Museum staff and currently Massillon Museum public relations coordinator. She has been leading history walking tours since 1984 of historic Fourth Street, Massillon Cemetery and historic downtown Massillon.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: She is the volunteer chairwoman of the museum’s successful monthly Brown Bag Lunch series and a volunteer for its “Faces of Rural America” project and “The Big Read” project. She has served as editor of the Massillon Area Chamber of Commerce newsletter since 1984, served as chairwoman in 2007 and will return to the board in 2011. She serves on the board of the Massillon Public Library, City of Massillon Preservation Commission, Charity School of Kendal Foundation board of trustees, and the Quarter Committee (Massillon arts district). She is co-chairing the dedication of Massillon’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial Viaduct and the plaque project to honor Massillon men who lost their lives in Vietnam.

PERSONAL: Husband, Joel Vogt, mother, Isabel McFadden of Massillon, son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Amy Vogt of Brecksville.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Publication of three Massillon history books: Fourth Street: A Century of History and Design (the architecture and residents of Massillon’s finest old neighborhood); Towpath to Towpath (a hardbound comprehensive history of Massillon); Massillon: Reflections of a Community (a hardbound pictorial history of the town).

“Stark County is a terrific place to live. Built on an incredibly rich history, we now enjoy the burgeoning arts movement, the tranquil Towpath Trail, a delicious array of restaurants, sports galore, both urban and rural settings, a calendar packed with community events, and a safe and friendly hometown atmosphere.” -Margy Vogt



EDUCATION: Medina High School; bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College; RN-BSN from Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

CAREER: Worked 10 years as a registered nurse at University Hospitals in Cleveland. Served 25 years as a volunteer nurse in Stark County, working with bloodmobiles and teaching Red Cross classes.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Serves on Aultman Hospital’s Women’s Board, Plain Local Foundation, and is a Junior League of Canton sustaining member. She volunteers with Leadership Stark County, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival, Quest Cooks, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Sisters of Charity SPARK Initiative, Stark Community Foundation, Stark Education Partnership, Stark County Medical Society Auxiliary and The United Way.

PERSONAL: Moved to Stark County from Cleveland 30 years ago. Married 37 years to Dr. Bill Wallace, with four children and two grandchildren.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Leading the seven-year effort to build the first free-standing hospice and grief services building in Stark County. The Aultman Women’s Board Compassionate Care Center opens in May.

“The status quo should never be acceptable. We can always try harder, do just a little more.” -Candy Wallace