Tuscora Park Foundation Awards Nursing Scholarships

Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation hosted their annual Nursing Scholarship Awards Luncheon at Summa Health System, Barberton on Monday, August 19, 2019. Six students were awarded a total of $22,000 from the Foundation. Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation is proud to invest in the education of future nurses and in projects that promote health and wellness in our community.

The luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate the students, recognize their families, and meet the Foundation’s board of governors and scholarship committee members.

Dr. Douglas A. Gormley, chair of the Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation, said, “It was really a pleasure interviewing the students. As a whole this is the best group of students that we’ve had. We were really impressed.”  Dr. Gormley announced each recipient and presented them with their certificate.

Renee Andrews received the Kovalchin Memorial Scholarship. Renee is a Junior in Ohio University’s nursing program. She is studying to become a registered nurse. She hopes to become a nurse practitioner, and would like to work with children.

Madeline Gay received a Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Nursing Scholarship. She is beginning her freshman year at Malone University and is studying to become a registered nurse. She said she has always liked helping people, and hopes she can help people each day as a nurse.

Heidi Hartzler received the Carol A. Storad Nursing Excellence Scholarship. She is attending the University of Akron, and this will be her first year in the nursing program. She is a graduate of Barberton High School’s Career and Technical Advancement to Nursing program, which she said gave her a lot of valuable opportunities and experiences, and has prepared her for her degree.

Tyler Mitchell received the Scholarship in Memory of Emma Rist, RN. Tyler is going to be a freshman at the University of Akron in the fall. When he was 12 years old he knew he wanted to be a nurse, and would like to work in the ER.

Kaylyn Patterson received a Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Nursing Scholarship. This fall is her final semester at Ashland University, and she is also working as a nurse technician at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. She is working in the acute cardiology department now, and would like to move into trauma once she has more experience.

Jillian Semonin received a Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Nursing Scholarship. She expects to graduate from the University of Akron in May, 2020. She is currently working at Cleveland Clinic Akron General with their medical/surgical team. She would like to work with the intensive care unit once she graduates.

Four students, Jillian, Kaylyn, Heidi, and Tyler all attended Barberton High School’s Career and Technical Advancement to Nursing program. The program aims to prepare students for careers in nursing, by giving them hands-on experience. Barberton teachers Cindy Boswell and Debbie Ritz were present to congratulate their students.

Barberton Community Foundation is the administrator for Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation. From everyone at Barberton Community Foundation and Tuscora Park, we say, “Congratulations students!”

(L-R) Dr. Douglas A. Gormley, Kaylyn Patterson, Heidi Hartzler, Mary Jo Goss, Jillian Semonin, Diana Stevenson, Renee Andrews, Tyler Mitchell, Mike Moldvay, Madeline Gay

Barberton Community Foundation Announces New Director of Community Impact

Barberton Community Foundation welcomes Carrie Herman as the new Director of Community Impact.

Carrie will manage the implementation of the Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs. She will also be responsible for advancing initiatives for the Foundation’s mission, building relationships with community stakeholders, and working to identify community engagement opportunities that will lead to positive and lasting change.

“We are so happy to welcome Carrie to Barberton Community Foundation and to introduce her to the community,” said Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Allen. “She will be working closely with our nonprofits and donors to help us Build a Better Barberton.”

Carrie has over 30 years of experience in the social services sector and has successfully served as a leader and convener in Akron area organizations. Professionally, she was the executive director of Women’s Network for 13 years, coordinating and collaborating on economic development, as well as strategic issues and opportunities. Most recently, she has served for 19 years as the Business Development Group Manager for United Disability Services (UDS) in Akron, creating and implementing UDS’s social enterprises, as well as partnering with internal and external stakeholders to further the mission of the organization.

Carrie is one of the co-founders of the Women’s’ Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation and has spent 14 years on the grants committee.  Her volunteer work extends to Akron ATHENA’s Board of Trustees and Master Gardeners of Summit County.  Past volunteer commitments include Friends of Main Library Board of Trustees for the Akron-Summit County Public Library, and the Ohio Women’s’ Business Resource Network, where she served as treasurer.  Carrie was named one of YWCA’s 100 Women of Distinction, one of the 500 Most Influential Women in Northeast Ohio by Northern Ohio Live Magazine, and was the Women’s History Project Woman of the Year in 2006.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling and gardening, for which she has earned the designation of Master Gardener.

BCF Hires Director of Marketing

Kate DeAngelis joins Barberton Community Foundation


(July 1, 2019, Barberton, Ohio) – Barberton Community Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Kate DeAngelis as the new Director of Marketing. Kate will be responsible for coordinating marketing initiatives, maintaining key community relationships, and communicating the overall mission of the foundation.

“We are excited to welcome Kate to the Barberton Community Foundation,” said Executive Director Suzanne Allen. “Her background with the Barberton community and her passion for community service makes her an excellent addition to our team.”

Kate has six years of nonprofit marketing and communications experience, previously working as the Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Neighborhood Development Services. In her time there, she contributed to many Barberton related projects, including Barberton Better Block, Kave Coffee Bar, the Barberton Walk of Fame, and the Barberton Arts and Entertainment District. From 2012-2016 she worked as the Public Relations and Marketing Associate at the Barberton Public Library. While working at the library, Kate became a Friend of the Foundation, and found her passion working closely with the Barberton community.

Kate is a native of Norton, Ohio, and currently lives in Akron. She graduated from Ellet High School, and attended Ohio Northern University, receiving a BA in Professional Writing. She is excited to be working in Barberton again and shared that it feels like coming home.






About Barberton Community Foundation

Established in 1996, the Barberton Community Foundation has awarded over 3,400 grants and scholarships totaling more than $89 million since its inception and invested over $12.5 million more to promote job creation, neighborhood improvements and educational opportunities within Barberton. The Foundation strives to improve, now and forever, the quality of life for Barberton residents by providing leadership on vital issues, fostering collaboration, and creating a legacy of giving to do good. The Foundation strengthens the community for current and future generations by proactively directing its grant dollars to the community’s greatest needs. To read more about the Barberton Community Foundation visit or follow us on Facebook at




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