Leadership Akron Announces Diversity On Board Class 4

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

On July 24, 2019, Leadership Akron announced its class of 21 individuals for its 2019-2020 Diversity on Board program. Diversity on Board, presented in collaboration with United Way of Summit County, provides leadership development, education, and board matching services to advance minority representation on nonprofit and public boards.

For more than 35 years, Leadership Akron has inspired participants to advance their involvement and impact as community leaders. Its graduates share a common commitment to serving the community and working together to strengthen the Akron area.

Selected members of the new class include:

• Rana Amawi, Nurse Practitioner
Cleveland Clinic -Akron General Medical Center

• Whittney Brandon, Manager of Diversity Inclusion
Signet Jewelers

• Tara Costa-Martin, Associate Business Analyst
FirstEnergy Corp.

• Gabrielle Daniel, Executive Administrative Assistant, and Registration Coordinator
Rubber Division ACS

• Glenn Daniels II, Processing and Extrusion Department Manager
Mid-West Forge

• Marion Foster, Family Preservation Social Worker
Summit County Children Services

• Taranna Francisco, Protective Supervisor
Summit County Children Services

• Hanne-Lore Gambrell, Associate
Brouse McDowell LPA

• Devy Grant, VP Portfolio Risk Manager
The Huntington National Bank

• Rosemary Hickin, Senor Web Technologies Analyst
Summa Health

• Ammar Husein, CEO
Premium New York Style Pizza

• Toni Johnson, Interim Program Director
Akron Urban League

• Andrew Leask, Manager, Communications
United Way of Summit County

• Rhonda Mallard, Service and Support Administration Coordinator
Summit DD

• Kendra McMichael, Manager, Workforce Development Transmission Training
FirstEnergy Corp.

• Maria Moses, Associate Business Analyst
FirstEnergy Corp.

• Vickie Person, Director of Education
Akron Urban League

• Janice Radl, Librarian
Akron-Summit County Public Library

• Christa Smith, Credentialing Coordinator III
Summa Health

• Shaleeta Smith, Manager, Maternal Child Health
Summit County Health Department

• Amy Wynn, Business Insights Specialist
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

In 2014, using the framework from United Way’s Project Blueprint, Leadership Akron and United Way re-designed the program as Diversity on Board. The goal of the program remains the same, to develop more diverse talent for service on nonprofit and public Board of Directors through a program of leadership development, education, and service.

In addition to Diversity on Board, Leadership Akron also offers its Signature Program, Junior Leadership Akron, NEXT, and other Community Leadership Institutes.