2017 Board of Directors Slate of Nominated Candidates – VOTE!

2017 Board of Directors Slate of Nominated Candidates – VOTE!

Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce
2017 Board of Directors Slate of Nominated Candidates
as presented by the 2016 Chamber Nominating Committee.
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2016 Chamber Annual Meeting/Luncheon Meeting
November 16, 2016 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Silver Lake Country Club
Nominations for Board of Directors Candidates were accepted until September 23, 2016 – 12 Noon at the CFCC Office.
Each Nominated Candidate was contacted and asked to submit a mini-bio/photo by September 23, 2016 – 12 noon.
2017 Nominations Chairperson – Christine Petroff, Peoples Bank – 2016 Board Secretary

We currently have 5 open Board seats.   Please vote for 5 Board Member candidates of your choice:

2017 Board of Directors Slate of Nominated Candidates


David Fox, National Church Residences Bath Road

I currently live in Montville Township Ohio with my wife Michelle who is employed by PNC and son Aiden who attends St. Francis Xavier in Medina and who is also a fantastic Cross Country Runner. I am seeking to be re-appointed to the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  I am employed by National Church Residences Bath Road  (Formerly Traditions at Bath Road)  I have been with the company for 11 years as the Director of Admissions and Marketing. I have served with the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the past 2 years on numerous committees and volunteered in various activities to help support and serve the Businesses and the City of Cuyahoga Falls.  The Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce Mission is something I truly believe in and feel that is a great benefit to the City of Cuyahoga Falls the Residents and Business Community.  I look forward to you re-appointing me to the Board.  Thank you for your support.


Kathy Romito, Western Reserve Hospital

Kathy Romito is currently the Community Relations Manager at Western Reserve Hospital.  Kathy is responsible for establishing and maintaining all community partnerships and facilitating all hospital charitable events. She works closely with businesses, EMS/Police, schools, churches, government and more. She currently serves as the President of the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce and Vice-President of the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she is the Cuyahoga Falls KNOW on the Go facilitator for the Greater Akron Chamber and the Director of Marketing and Public Relations Chair for the Women’s Network. Kathy has served and continues to serve on committees and local boards supporting various local non-profits.


As a member of the Cuyahoga Falls chamber, Kathy has served on the board as well as the following committees: Holiday party, Health Expo, Community Expo, Speaker’s selection, Golf, Night at the Races and is an ambassador.


Kathy earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in counseling from Kent State University, and her certificate in development from Case Western Reserve University. Furthermore, Kathy is a graduate the Stow-Munroe Falls Leadership class and is currently enrolled in the Community Leadership Institute for Women.   She is a graduate of Sandler Institute Sales Training and is a Member of the President’s Club. Recently, Kathy received an award for personal branding. Additionally, Kathy was selected as the 2015 Business Peron of Year for Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce, 2016 Volunteer of Year in Stow and the 2015 Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year.


Doug Bolin, The Marketing Department

Business Development and Marketing Professional with 25 plus years of successful Sales Management and Marketing experience. While spending time in manufacturing, IT Hardware and Software, Retail, and the service industries I have developed expertise in consulting, sales training, project management, customer acquisitions, and small business planning and execution

United States Air Force Veteran



Marie Cutlip, Better Financial Solutions, CPA

Certified Public Accountant, Personal Financial Specialist, Chartered Global Management Accountant

Marie Cutlip, founder of the CPA firm Better Financial Solutions, LLC, is an active member of the chamber and attends the weekly Goldmine at Panera.  She grew up in Akron and graduated from Walsh University, magna cum laude, she has twenty-five years of professional experience assisting businesses and individuals in reaching their financial goals. Her experience runs the spectrum from big corporate (Hoover Company and BF Goodrich), legal (Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty), closely held corporations as CFO and controller, to regional accounting firms, giving her the perfect training to pass on to clients. From start-up to selling the business, she has been part of each phase and is an advocate for clients’ success.  That is why being a part of Cuyahoga Falls Chamber is both exciting and important.

Marie currently serves on the following boards:  One Earth New Horizons – An international project in conjunction with NASA to send the ultimate message in a bottle outside our solar system,  American Marketing Association – Treasurer (from a connection from working as a CFO for an Advertising Agency) and the Crafty Mart whose purpose is to provide creative and engagement opportunities for artists.

Marie is active in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and also Financial literacy programs such as AICPA and OSCPA.  Marie is also a part of FoolProof – which is a consumer education organization founded in Holland. Marie has two daughters and two granddaughters.  Leisure activities include family time, swimming, biking, reading, gardening and travel.


Cris Drugan, Gallery of Framing

Cris Drugan is the gallery director at Gallery of Framing LLC along with his wife Lori who operates the custom picture framing aspect of the business. Cris is in charge of locating and purchasing artwork for the gallery and working with customers to obtain pieces for their collections. Cris is the representative for Gallery of Framing LLC in networking for the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce.


Cris Drugan, ISA-AM, IPAV[OS] is also the Principal of Emerald Art Services, LLC and has been an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers since 1999.  In addition, in 2013, Cris was accepted as an Overseas Member of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers in Ireland. Cris has been a General Manager, Art Restoration Consultant and Technical Director for a national art restoration company as well as a property and fine art claims adjuster for over 19 years.  Cris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Kent State University and is currently pursuing his Masters of Art, in Art History.


Cris is current on USPAP and has attended numerous onsite & online disaster recovery, restoration, fine art and wine workshops, classes, webinars, forums and symposiums through the International Society of Appraisers, American Society of Appraisers, the Foundation for Appraisal Education, Appraisal Course Associates, The University of Glasgow, FEMA and the Society of Wine Educators.


Cris was formerly the VP of the Cleveland Claims Association and President of the American Wine Society Tri-County Chapter. Cris is also a member of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, the Ohio Preservation Council, the American Historical Print Collectors Society and the International Mezzotint Society.

Professional designations include International Society of Appraisers, accredited (ISA-AM) and Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV[OS]).

Dale Hansen, Family Hearing & Balance Center

Dale has more than 20 years successful experience in customer service and support with recognized strengths in account maintenance, problem-solving and trouble-shooting, sales staff support, and planning/implementing proactive procedures and systems to avoid problems in the first place.  As a Practice Administrator and Marketing Coordinator for the Family Hearing & Balance Center, Dale works with 6 employees and 3 Audiologist in 3 office locations over 3 counties. He maintains quality control/satisfaction records, constantly seeking new ways to improve customer service.  His education includes St. Thomas Hospital Paramedic Training, ALS, BLS, CPR Instructor, Toastmasters, Computer Basics at Akron University, Social Networking Seminar at Spidercat Marketing, Linkedin with Wise Consulting, Ongoing Microsoft Management with IT Works and Computer Assembly –  PCSurgeons.


Julie McLain, Coffee News Akron

Julie McLain is the owner/publisher of Coffee News Akron.  A current Stow resident, Julie has been a lifelong resident of this area most of her life.    Seeking a small business that serves the community in some capacity, Julie became involved in her first Coffee News franchise in 2009.  Within 3 years, Julie grew this business from 1 to 5 edition areas around Greater Akron with close to 450 distribution locations.  She enjoys working with new and established small, local businesses to help them stay visible and grow in their local communities.  Julie is active in 4 local Chambers of Commerce, is a Stow Parks and Recreation Board member, a Coffee News Mentor and volunteers when she can.   Married to her high school sweetheart Jeff,  they enjoy bicycling and watching and helping their two young adult daughters, Lauren and Devon launch to independence!




Darrin Semmick, Union Home Mortgage
I started off working in a restaurant back in 2005. It was my first job and certainly fast-paced. I enjoyed the amount of responsibilities and duties affiliated with that type of work and quickly became a manager.  I spent 10 years there learning as much as I could about customer service and how to problem-solve as a team leader. Thankfully my dedication paid off when a customer walked in and noticed my abilities. I was offered a job with Union Home Mortgage and I’ve been there since January of 2013. I started off as an assistant for a top producing loan officer and I moved myself up the ladder to become a Contract to Close Coordinator within the first year. In February of 2016 I transitioned to our team’s Marketing Representative.

Some of the committees and organizations that I am involved in include The Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce, the Cuyahoga Falls YPN, BNI-Crooked River Chapter, Mid-Ohio Foodbank,  and Habitat for Humanity. I currently live in Cuyahoga Falls and have my entire life. I graduated from CFHS in 2008 and married my high school girlfriend in June of 2015. We live with our 2 obnoxious cats Jack and Sunny bear. We love traveling and attending city events. Watching our city grow has been an absolute pleasure, I look forward to increasing my role and responsibilities with our chamber.


Kassie Shaffer, Freshe Catering

Hello! I am Kassie Shaffer co-owner of Fresche Catering, a custom mobile catering company here is the Cuyahoga  Falls/ Akron area. Originally from small town Hubbard, OH, I moved out here in 2010 after graduating from Youngstown State University with a Bachelors degree in Hospitality Management. Although I had been concentrating on the hotel aspect of the degree for a total of 10 years, I decided to break loose and start our catering company with my fiance Nick Rickard. Our “Fresche Spin on Mobile Catering”  is about our clients and customizing each available option for them, using whole & fresh foods and cooking on location, so they can experience all the aromas and sensations of the kitchen! We have been in business for over two years and growing each day. We enjoy going to concerts, being outside and exploring different restaurants in the surrounding areas.



Paul Simon, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Simon & Salhany Realty

Broker at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Simon and Salhany

Cuyahoga Falls Business HQ

Local Realtor for 30 years

Past Akron Board of Realtor director

Past Cuyahoga Falls director and 2 year president

Cuyahoga Falls current residence for 30 years

Chaired many committees in our chamber

Cuyahoga Falls Chamber member for over 25 years

4 children 3 in college locally




Nate Winston, E.C.P. Auto Repair & Service

I am the owner of E.C.P. Auto Repair and Service, that was established in 2008. I have joined the Cuyahoga Falls  Chamber of commerce in 2015 and it has been a very big impact on my company and personally as well. Recently I was nominated to be on the board of the Chamber of Commerce and I was very thrilled about this opportunity because I love to help other local business grow here in the area. I have moved to Cuyahoga falls when I was 4 years old in 1990 and I had attended the Cuyahoga falls school system from Newberry Elementary to Roberts Middle school and the High School graduated in 2004. My family is currently living In Firestone Park right now but we have plans to move back to Cuyahoga Falls in the near future. I am married to my beautiful wife Sarah for 3 years and we have 2 wonderful children, Elizabeth and Isaac, in my spare time that I try and get, I enjoy doing Cross fit and go snowboarding in the winter time. We attend Parkside church in Green and love to volunteer in the children’s nursery, and also attend the young married group fellowship and learn from each other on how to raise our kids and how to grow in our marriage.  Thank you for considering me as a candidate for the board of directors.


Each Chamber Member company may submit only 1 ballot with votes and must be a member in good standing with the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce to vote.  All ballots must be filled out completely and signed to be accepted.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016 – 1 PM – Chamber Luncheon/Annual Meeting and/or Chamber Office


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