About Us


Mark A. Scheffler

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A native of Dayton, Ohio, Mark Scheffler became the Executive Director of Leadership Akron in July 2005. Scheffler previously served as Director of Development at Summit Education Initiative.

Scheffler graduated from Grove City College with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics, and received a master’s degree in Public Administration from The Ohio State University. Scheffler has served on the boards of Torchbearers, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and A.M. Akron Toastmasters. He currently serves on the boards of United Way of Summit County, Akron Roundtable, and is immediate past board chair of Association of Leadership Programs. A good weekend usually means time with family, reading a biography, golfing, and attending church at The Chapel, where Scheffler is a member. Mark and his wife Bethany have two daughters, Jordan and Daniela.

Susan Kosco

Vice President, Learning Experiences
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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 ten-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 BS 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.  

Heather Flohr

Assistant to President
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Heather is originally from a small town in upstate New York.  She moved to Akron in 2014 after serving 8 years in the United States Marine Corps.  Heather is a graduate of Park University, with a B.S. in Social Psychology.  

Heather currently serves on the Board for the Copley-Fairlawn Youth Football and Cheer Organization, and is a Coach for the Cheer Program. She and her husband Ryan reside in Copley with their three children: Xzandre, Aubree, and Natalie.  Family time includes bike rides on the Towpath in the summer and viewing the foliage during the Fall Hiking Spree with the Metro Parks.

Sheri Myricks

Operations Coordinator
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Sheri grew up in Kansas City, Kansas.  She attended Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education, Social Studies.  Shortly after graduation she married Akron native, Charles Myricks, Jr. and officially became a Buckeye.

Her career path has included teaching for Akron Public Schools, serving as Office Manager and Executive Assistant for the Nashville Sports Council and Director of Marketing and President’s Hall Operations for Akron Urban League.  A passion for assisting organizations which seek to build a stronger community led her to Leadership Akron in February 2016 where she serves as Operations Coordinator. A graduate of Leadership Akron (Class 28 - 2012) and Project Blueprint (2005 - now Leadership Akron’s Diversity on Board), Sheri is no stranger to Akron’s commitment to developing vibrant, engaged leaders.

Sheri resides in west Akron with her husband and two teenage children, Kristen and Charles III.  The couple has an adult daughter, Kathryn, who resides in the Cleveland area and a dog named Icee.  The family attends Arlington Church of God. 


Kara Hauerwas

Finance Administrator

Kara is originally from the Seattle, Washington area. She earned a degree in International Business from Pepperdine University in California, and later, a degree in Accounting from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Kara has worked in financial administration for an international non-profit based in Columbus, Ohio, and for a regional non-profit in Bellingham, Washington.

Kara, her husband, and their two sons live in West Akron. They settled in Akron in 2016, and are enjoying the multitude of Akron treasures – family favorites include the Akron Zoo, the MetroParks, the Akron-Summit County Library and its programs, the Akron Children’s Museum, and Lock 3.

Shelley Koch

Graduate Engagement Coordinator
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Shelley is a proud Akron native and has been with Leadership Akron since June, 2015.  A graduate of University of Cincinnati, she has been Director of Development for Victim Assistance Program, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children in San Antonio, TX and Director of Resident Life and Volunteer Services at Rockynol Retirement Community. She has served on numerous boards as a volunteer including most recently the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Ohio Chapter and W.I.T.A.N. (Women In Touch with Akron’s Needs).

Shelley lives in Bath with her husband David. In their spare time they enjoy hiking, traveling and spending as much time as possible with their two married children who live in Chicago, Illinois and Corvallis, Oregon.  They are adoring grandparents of Miles Alexander who arrived in December, 2015 and Eliana Ley who was born in August, 2016.


Arica Leonard

Marketing & Communications Coordinator
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Arica grew up in Reynoldsburg, Ohio and moved to the Akron area to attend The University of Akron. In May 2015, she graduated with her B.A. in Business & Organizational Communication: Public Relations, with a minor in Dance.

Arica joined the Leadership Akron team in September 2014 as an intern. She continued her internship through the following summer, before becoming a full-time employee. In January 2016, Arica took the role as Program Coordinator for Leadership Akron, providing administrative and logistical support across several programs. As of June 2017, Arica has taken on the role of Marketing & Communications Coordinator, where she is excited to share her passion for Leadership Akron through another facet of the organization.

In her free time, Arica enjoys volunteering as Philanthropy Chairman for the Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta at The University of Akron, traveling with friends, and spending time with her cat, Rory Gilmore.

Kelley Ann Behrens

Program Coordinator
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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.

Janna Ford

Program Coordinator
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Janna grew up in Wichita, Kansas and has lived in Kansas, Missouri, Rhode Island and Ohio. She attended the University of Akron and has worked in Fundraising Development since 2000.

Janna’s husband Mark is the Executive Director of The Love Akron Network and a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 29. They live in west Akron and have two married children and seven grandchildren. Janna enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren who live in Uniontown and Columbus.


Kelly Plusquellic

Program Coordinator
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Kelly grew up in Tampa, Florida and moved to Pittsburgh for a sales job shortly after college. It was there that she met her husband Dave, who is an Akron native. With the expectancy of their first child, they moved back to Akron, knowing it was here that they wanted to raise their family. 

Kelly spent most of the last 10 years raising their 3 children, and when time allowed, volunteering with a few organizations that she holds dear to her heart.

With a B.A. Degree in sociology, Kelly is very passionate about people and community, and is very excited to be connecting the two at Leadership Akron.

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 ten-year hiatus from the work force to stay at home with her children.   Prior to this, she was a Human Resources Systems Liaison at National City Corporation (now PNC), and she earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace University. Susan is involved in several ministries at St. Hilary Church and enjoys biking, reading and crossword puzzles.  Sue’s husband, Maurus, is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 22. They live in Copley and have four children ranging in age from 15 through 24.
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