Deputy Executive Director, Human Resources & Support Services
Valarie A. Nash, SHRM – SCP, CLRP, has been in the human resources field since graduating from Mount Union College (University of Mount Union) in 1993. She began her professional career in healthcare, spending a large part of her career in that arena, in addition to working in a union manufacturing environment for several years. Currently, Valarie works in the public employment sector for Summit County Children Services (SCCS) as Deputy Executive Director, Human Resources & Support Services and previously worked in the same role for Stark County Job & Family Services.
As the Deputy Executive Director, Valarie is responsible for all aspects of the Human Resources and Support Services (Labor Relations, Professional Development & Training, Client Rights and Quality Improvement, Social Service Programs). Valarie is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Job & Family Services Human Resource Association, currently serving as Vice President, Public Children Services Association of Ohio, Ohio Public Employers Labor Relations Association, National Public Employers Labor Relations Association, and Akron Area SHRM.
Valarie enjoys working in the labor/employee relations arena and is most proud of her tenure to date at SCCS she was the first HR professional to secure a Tentative Agreement with a contentious bargaining unit during the 2014 negotiations for a new three (3) year contract. In addition, she was the first HR professional to secure a successor agreement prior to the expiration of the 2015-2017 agreement for the first time in agency history. Not only did the agency avoid any discussion of a strike/work stoppage in both instances, the parties successfully navigated all issues without the input or use of a fact finder. Both of these are the first since the inception of the collective bargaining agreement at Summit County Children Services.
Valarie has presented training and provided consulting work on a variety of topics to the Stark County HR Association, Job & Family Services HR Association, Public Children Services Association of Ohio, Ohio Child Support Directors Association, Job & Family Services Directors Association, Portage County JFS, Western Reserve SHRM, Medina SHRM, Eastern Stark County Safety Council, the Employment Source (Stark County Workforce Initiative), Stark County JFS, Quest Recovery & Prevention Services, Portage Lakes Career Center, University of Mount Union, Kent State University Stark Campus, Tuscora SHRM, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, Domestic Violence Project Inc., Northeast Ohio Library Systems, and Stark State College.
Valarie also volunteers her time for various organizations in the Stark County region. Valarie recently ended her term as the Vice-Chair for the Fan Appreciation Parties for the Pro Football Hall of Fall Enshrinement Festival, and is a member of the Meyer’s Lake YMCA and St. Joseph Parish (Massillon). Valarie is married to Dave Nash of Canton. Dave works as the Youth Sports Director for the Meyers Lake YMCA and serves as the assistant varsity girls’ basketball coach at Canton McKinley HS. They have a daughter, Victoria who is currently attending the University of Mount Union and was recently awarded a research designation in her major - Neuropsychology. Valarie owns a HR consulting business, Dominick-Nash Consulting, and offers training for other organizations needing HR related assistance.