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Summit County
Children Services

264 S. Arlington St.
Akron, OH 44306
Phone: 330.379.9094
Fax: 330.379.1901
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Board Meeting Schedule
Board of Trustees

 

(NOTE: All appointments are made by the Summit County Executive unless otherwise indicated).

ANNA M. ARVAY, CPA, Board Chair

Anna M. Arvay, CPA, specializes in not-for-profit and governmental accounting and auditing services, including governmental Single Audits and consulting specialty services. Ms. Arvay has been involved in public accounting for 28 years, 19 of those years involved with not-for-profits and governmental entities. She spent 16 years working for local firms and formed her own firm in February 1997. She graduated from The University of Akron in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1986. For eight years, Ms. Arvay served on the board of trustees of the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Board (ADM Board) where she chaired the Finance Committee. In 2006, she was appointed to the County of Summit Regional Arts and Cultural District Board of Trustees where she is currently a member. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA). She is a Past President of the OSCPA-Akron/Canton Chapter and has also served as treasurer on the boards of trustees of various other not-for-profit organizations.

Ms. Arvay was appointed by the County Executive in 2009. Her term expires in 2020.

ANNE M. CONNELL-FREUND, Vice-Chair

Anne M. Connell-Freund is the Executive Vice President of Operations for Oriana House, Inc. Oriana House is a private, non-profit organization that operates community corrections and chemical dependency programs. Ms. Connell-Freund is responsible for the overall operation and management of residential, non-residential and diversionary programs, cognitive skills and treatment programs, as well as developing and implementing new programs. In addition, she supervises grants administration, project construction and research. Her successful career with Oriana House began in 1989 as a caseworker coordinator and progressed to her current position. Ms. Connell-Freund received a Bachelor of Science degree followed by a Master of Science degree in Technical Education from the University of Akron.

She served in active duty for the U.S. Army from 1977-1981, and worked as a Military Intelligence Analyst during her career as a Reservist from 1985-1992, when she left the service as a Captain. Ms. Connell-Freund is currently serving a two-year term as President of the Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections (OJACC). OJACC is an umbrella organization that pulls together many diverse groups to improve adult and juvenile community sanctions as an alternative to prison. She is also President-Elect of the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) and Past President of the Ohio Community Corrections Association (OCCA). Ms. Connell-Freund is also a member of numerous statewide coordinating and collaborating committees in the field of community corrections and criminal justice initiatives.

Ms. Connell-Freund was appointed by the County Executive in 2006. Her appointment expires in 2017.

GINAKAYE MADDOX, Secretary

GinaKaye Maddox was appointed to the Summit County Children Services Board of Trustees in 2004. Ms. Maddox has a Master's Degree in Communications from Kent State University and most recently served as corporate trainer at FirstMerit Bank.
In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, she is active in the Akron Rotary Club, a trustee of the Cascade Locks Parks Association, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Ms. Maddox also served on the PARC Committee which conducted a study of the agency and provided a report to the Summit County Executive.

Ms. Maddox was appointed by the County Executive in 2004. Her term expires in 2019.

OMAR BANKS

Omar S. Banks An Akron native, Omar S. Banks currently works as an Assistant Director of Food Service for the John S. Knight Center. Additionally, Mr. Banks serves as the Union Steward at the Center and Business Agent for Local B-148 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

Mr. Banks is a member of the Tri-County Regional Labor Council and has served on the United Way of Summit County’s Board and Executive Board. He is active in the community and the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church where he serves as the Director of the Youth Choir. He is committed to working each day to better the community in which he has chosen to live and raise his family.

Mr. Banks and his wife, Daleena have 3 children: David; Marleena; and Chloe. Mr. Banks is a graduate of Akron East High School and has completed coursework at The University of Akron.

Mr. Banks was appointed by the County Executive in 2013. His term expires in 2016.

REV. DR. LUTHER C. COOPER

Rev. Dr. Luther C. Cooper of Akron was appointed to the Summit County Children Services Board of Trustees by the Summit County Executive in 2009 to fill the unexpired term of Pastor Knute Larson who left the board upon his retirement from The Chapel.

Dr. Cooper was licensed and ordained at the age of 16 by the El Bethel Baptist Church in Columbus, Miss. He served several congregations, including Mt. Garland Baptist Church in Bumpas, Va., First Baptist Church in Mannix, Va., Shiloh Baptist Church in Akron, and most recently was the pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he spearheaded the construction of both a new educational facility with classrooms to accommodate a growing student population as well as a new sanctuary with a seating capacity of 1,200.

Dr. Cooper has both a Doctor of Ministry degree and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Virginia Union University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy from Malone College.

Dr. Cooper holds a Certificate in Pastoral Clinical Training from the Western Reserve Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center and Northeast Clergy Training Institute and is also a licensed chaplain in the State of Ohio. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Graduate Chapter, Eta Tua Lambda.

Pastor Cooper was appointed by the County Executive in 2008. His term expires in 2019..

NANCY L. HOLLAND

Nancy L. Holland is an attorney with a private practice focused in the area of civil rights, particularly employment law. Ms. Holland received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Akron and is also a cum laude graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. Born in Akron, Ms. Holland attended Akron and Hudson Public Schools. Her professional history includes service as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C. and as Assistant Chief of the Civil Rights Section, Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

An active member of the Akron Bar Association, Ms. Holland serves on the Certified Attorney Grievance Committee. Ms. Holland is the founder of Free Akron Yoga, a free community yoga practice bringing yoga to hundreds of area residents while raising money to fight hunger in our community. Ms. Holland is also a Certified Yoga Teacher, and is the owner/Director of Blue Hen Yoga offering group and private yoga instruction throughout Summit County. Ms. Holland is the mother of three children.

Ms. Holland was appointed by the County Executive in 2011. Her appointment expires in 2018.

MONTRELLA JACKSON

Montrella Jackson serves as the Chief Administrator for the Akron Municipal Court since November 2012. She graduated from The University of Michigan in 1994 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with extensive study in international politics and Japanese language and culture. After working for two years in Japan as an English Instructor/Sister City Ambassador for the Takasaki Board of Education, she attended The University of Akron School of Law where she graduated in 1999. Ms. Jackson was an in-house attorney at Summit County Children Services from 1999 to 2012.

Ms. Jackson was the President of the Akron Barrister Association, a local group of minority attorneys, from 2001 to 2005. She served on the Akron Bar Association Board of Trustees from 2006-2008, the Finance Committee, Judicial Commission and previously chaired the Professionalism, Diversity and Government Law committees. She served on the Board of Directors, Audit Committee as Chair and Public Policy Committee for the Ohio United Way from 2006 to 2015. She is currently the President of the Good Samaritan Hunger Center Board on which she has served since 2006. Since 2007, she has served on the Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates which reviews legislative proposals throughout the State of Ohio. She also has served on the Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio Board since 2012, elected as Secretary and Board Development Committee Chair for the non-profit Board of Directors. Ms. Jackson is also a 2017 candidate for Certified Court Manager designation through the Ohio Supreme Court.

Ms. Jackson was appointed by the County Executive in 2017. Her appointment expires in 2020.

BETH KUCKUCK

Beth Kuckuck, LISW-S is the Children’s Program Coordinator for the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board (ADM Board).  She has more than 20 years of post-Masters experience in social work in Northeast Ohio.  She has worked for both public and private organizations in the areas of mental health, addictions and child welfare.  Some of her past roles include; investigating child abuse and neglect, working in foster care and adoption and providing social work supervision.  Beth has provided individual counseling for children and adults and served as a clinical supervisor at a private practice.   

Beth has a B.A. in Sociology from Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. and a Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.  Most recently she was awarded the 2015 “Social Worker of the Year” in Region II by the National Association of Social Workers.  She is a graduate of the Child and Family Leadership Exchange.  and is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor.  Some of her time at the Summit County ADM Board involves facilitating collaborations including; the Summit County Young Adult Transition Team, the First Things First Behavioral Health Committee, co-facilitating the Summit County Maternal Depression Network, serving as a cluster representative for youth involved with multiple systems and serving on the Summit County Children Services Citizens Advisory Committee.

Ms. Kuckuck joined the board in 2015 by virtue of her election as chair of the agency’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

 KEITH G. MALICK

Mr. Malick is an attorney with the firm of Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLP. He has been with the firm since 2010 and devotes his practice to litigation of personal injury, wrongful death, personal and commercial insurance coverage, bad faith, and class action claims.  Mr. Malick began his legal career as a law clerk in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas and he also clerked at the Akron firm of Grisi & Riegler.  Prior to joining Kisling, Nestico & Redick, Mr. Malick worked for the First American Title Insurance Company and also worked for the Summit County Prosecutor's Office. While with the Prosecutor's Office, he held several positions including Administrative Hearing Officer and Assistant County Prosecutor, and worked with Summit County Children Services staff in the handling of abuse, neglect and dependency cases.  Mr. Malick received his J.D. from The University of Toledo and his Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University.

Mr. Malick was appointed by the County Executive in 2014. His term expires in 2017.

DIANE L. MILLER-DAWSON

Diane Miller-Dawson Is the city’s Director of Finance. A lifelong resident, Diane is an alumna of Buchtel High School. She attended the University of Akron, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in management. She later returned to the university to pursue a Master’s degree in business administration, which she received in 1994.

During college, Diane began her career with the City of Akron, her first job working in the recreation division. She has held various other positions in the city, including operations research analyst, operations research manager and deputy finance director. In January 2004, Diane was named finance director.

The Finance Department includes the divisions of Audit and Budget, Purchasing, Accounting and Payroll, Taxation, Treasury and Management Information Systems (MIS).

Diane is very active in the Akron community. Some of her volunteer activities include member of Class 16 of Leadership Akron;  Trustee of Cleveland Clinic Akron General Health System Board; member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority , Trustee of Akron Summit Solid Waste Authority – Reworks and Member of the Joint Board of Review.

Ms. Miller-Dawson was appointed by the County Executive in 2017. Her term expires in 2020.

KATIE STOYNOFF

Katie Stoynoff currently serves as the Assistant Director of the English Composition Program at The University of Akron. She is a graduate of The University of Akron, holding a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management-Human Resources and a Master of Science in Secondary Education. Mrs. Stoynoff began her career at The University of Akron in 1997 in the Office of the Registrar. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she transitioned to the Office of Human Resources as a compensation analyst. When she left The University of Akron to become a stay-at-home mom, she was an employee trainer. In 2006, upon completion of her master’s degree, Mrs. Stoynoff returned to The University of Akron as a lecturer in the Department of English. Coupled with her administrative work, Mrs. Stoynoff teaches courses with a focus on first-year composition and business writing/communication. She is a member of the Akron-AAUP (American Association of University Professors).

Mrs. Stoynoff was elected to the Green Local Schools Board of Education in 2013. In 2014, she served as the Board’s delegate to the Ohio School Board Association, as the Board’s liaison to the Green Schools Outreach Network, and as a member of the Policy Committee.

Mrs. Stoynoff was appointed by the County Executive in 2015. Her term expires in 2018.