A seven-member board governs Stark DD with each member serving up to three four-year terms. Monthly meetings are typically held the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Cohen Room of Whipple-Dale Centre.
There are no meetings in July and November. All meetings are open to the public.
Daniel Sutter, President, was appointed to the Board by the Stark County Commissioners in January 2013. Suttter is the General Manager-Marketing and Business Development for Timken Steel Group. He volunteers in the community through Special Olympics, United Way and Habitat for Humanity. Sutter’s daughter, Alyssa, attends day programming in our community.
JESSICA FALVO LANG
Dr. Jessica Falvo Lang is a physician with over twenty years of experience. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Akron and her Medical Degree from Wright State University. Dr. Falvo Lang is on the medical staff at Aultman and Mercy Medical hospitals. She is also an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the North East Ohio Medical University, a member of the American Medical Association, and a Diplomat for the American Academy of Family Physicians. She notes, “As a physician serving a number of people with disabilities, I want to be able to provide them with the most optimal services, benefits, and opportunities available. More importantly, as the mother of a child with profound disabilities, I want to be able to advocate for all children and adults in our community with special needs.” She and her husband, Chris, are the parents of four children: Connor, Olivia, Jackson, and Ronan.
Roger Gines, Recording Secretary, has been with the Board since January 2009. He has worked as a senior product development analyst at the Timken Company for 35 years. His son, Paul, works through the Supported Employment program at Stark DD. Roger volunteers with Special Olympics track, softball and basketball teams and Adult class “A.”
Carlene Harmon, began her term in January 2010. Harmon is a business owner and retired IT director from the City of Canton. Harmon’s son was critically injured in a motorcycle accident at the age of 30 causing a visual impairment and brain injury. Harmon wants to resurrect the TBI support in Stark County and help families get to the right agencies.
Carmelita Smith was appointed to the board in 2017. Smith is an employee of the Stark County Family Council as the System of Care Family Engagement Coordinator for the Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery. Additionally, she is a parent of two sons; Jeremy, an Art student and Graduate of Cal Arts in Southern California, and Timothy, who has Cerebral Palsy, seizures, narcolepsy and high functioning Asperger’s Syndrome. He is working and living independently.
Maria Heege was appointed to the Board in October 2016. She has over 37 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She is the President & CEO of the United Way of Greater Stark County and has been with the United Way for over 35 years. With a lifetime commitment to community service, Maria has been actively involved in volunteerism, not only locally, but also nationally. She is the guardian for her adult-aged sister, Chris, who receives support from the Board.
Rebecca Stallman began her term with the Board of DD in 2013. She retired as principal of Rebecca Stallman Southgate School in 2004 after serving more than 38 years with Stark DD. Stallman was named Teacher of the Year and Professional of the Year by the Arc of Stark County. Her name also appears on the Stark County Wall of Fame due to her positive influence on the Stark County community.