Barry C. Dunaway


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Barry Dunaway, a fourth-generation Akronite, is a graduate of The University of Akron with a B.S. degree in Business Management-Industrial Accounting. He joined The J. M. Smucker Company in 1987 and held various positions during his nearly 32-year tenure that took him to Wisconsin, the United Kingdom, and San Francisco, before retiring this past summer as the President of the Pet Food and Pet Snacks division. Since his retirement, Barry relocated to the Portage Lakes area, where he has owned a home since 2000, and joined the Leadership Akron team.

Barry has been a longtime supporter of the Akron community, where he has served on the board of the Akron Rotary Camp, Advisory Council for WKSU, and the Advisory Council for The University of Akron’s College of Business.

Kelley Ann Behrens

Program Facilitator

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Kelley grew up in Westfield Center, Ohio, and currently lives in West Akron. She attended The University of Akron and has been an active volunteer and board member in the community for over 20 years. She previously owned a Prescription Benefit Plan Company and The Pink Door, a specialty boutique. 

Kelley has a knack for event planning and enjoys entertaining, cooking, baking and playing tennis. She has a daughter who lives in West Akron and a son at High Point University in North Carolina. They love to travel together and spend time as a family with their two dogs, Midge and Louis.

Erica Konecny

administrative assistant 

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Erica provides professional administrative support to Leadership Akron. She is a native Cincinnatian and has worked in the nonprofit community in Akron as the Administrative Manager for the last 3 years. Prior to moving to Akron, she worked at the Judicial Courthouse in Hamilton County for 12 years. Erica is currently attending the University of Akron and is scheduled to graduate this coming May with a focus on Organizational Leadership.

Erica comes to Leadership Akron with great energy and insightful ideas. Having prior experience in the non-profit sector, she brings tremendous high-end executive level support. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, attending sporting events (football and baseball) and participating in community service with her family.

Susan Kosco

Director, Community Outreach 

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Susan grew up in North Royalton and has lived in northeast Ohio her entire life. She joined the Leadership Akron team in 2008 after a 10-year hiatus from the work force to stay at home with her children. Prior to this, Sue worked in Human Resources for National City Bank (now PNC) in Cleveland for 14 years. She attended both Bowling Green State University and Baldwin-Wallace College, earning a B.S. in Business Administration.

Susan's husband, Maurus, is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 22. They live in Copley and have four children ranging in age from 15 to 24.


Ericka Lessears

Program facilitator

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Ericka is an Akron native who moved back to the Akron area from Iowa in August 2016. She attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, and received her B.A. in Communications from Walsh University and her M.B.A. from the University of Dubuque, Iowa. Prior to Leadership Akron, Ericka was a Certification Specialist with Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority. 

In college, Ericka met and fell in love with her husband, Andre, who is a member of Signature Class 35. They have been married for the last 15 years. Ericka and Andre have lived in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and spent 10 years in Iowa. They currently live in Akron with their children: Mackenzie, Erik, Zoe, and Alyssa, while their oldest son, Andre Jr., is away serving in the U.S. Army Reserves. When she is not working, you can catch Ericka at her kids sporting events as they play six different sports between the four of them.




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A native of Akron, GinaKaye spent her professional career as a corporate training consultant, most recently with the former FirstMerit Bank. While at FirstMerit, she developed and facilitated the Diversity and Inclusion curriculum. Her love for teaching also allowed her to serve for several years as an adjunct faculty member of Mt. Union University, in the department of Communications Studies.

GinaKaye is a graduate of Kent State University with a Master’s in Communications, holds a professional certificate in Business Ethics Management from Bentley University, and has completed her doctoral coursework in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University. She comes to Diversity on Board having served several area organizations, including Past-President of Akron Rotary, Board of Trustees for Mobile Meals, Goodwill Industries, Cascade Locks Parks Association, and United Disability Services. She currently serves as Vice President of the Mayor’s Akron Civil Rights Commission and is Secretary for Summit County Children Services Board.  

In her spare time, she is director of music at a local church, an avid movie enthusiast, and she volunteers as a tutor in phonics and reading. GinaKaye is a graduate of Leadership Akron’s Signature Class “Lucky” 13.    

Tyler mench

Program Coordinator

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Tyler has been living in Ohio for the past 13 years after moving here from West Virginia. He currently lives in Cuyahoga Falls with his brother and has been an Akron area resident for the past seven years. He is a highly personable, goal oriented, and motivated worker with an expansive career background in a multitude of industries where he has sharpened his ability to provide customers with personal care and attention. Although his fields of work differ, the number one goal has always been ensuring customers have an elevated experience by going the extra mile to set himself above the rest.

Tyler attended college at Kent State University where he received his B.S. in Hospitality Management with a minor in Business. Before joining the talented team at Leadership Akron, he spent the past few years as a manager at the Homewood Suites by Hilton and Portage Country Club. He is excited to bring his hard work ethic and passion to Leadership Akron.

In his free time you can find Tyler playing disc golf with his friends or bouldering. He also is a passionate West Virginia University fan and watches them every chance he gets.