Congratulations – 2017 Board Members Elected by Membership

Congratulations – 2017 Board Members Elected by Membership

Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce
Congratulations – 2017 Board Members Elected by Membership

Congratulations Stars

The 2017 Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce Board Member nominated slate with 11 Board Member Candidates were presented to the membership for a final vote at the November 16, 2016 Luncheon/Annual Meeting at Silver Lake Country Club.  There were 5 open seats to be filled by election from the Chamber Membership.
Nominations for 2017 Board of Directors Candidates were accepted until September 23, 2016 – 12 Noon at the Chamber Office.  Each Nominated Candidate was contacted and asked to submit a mini-bio/photo by September 23, 2016 – 12 noon.

2017 Nominations Chairperson was Christine Petroff, Peoples Bank, Board Secretary. The 2017 Nominations Committee was made up of Angela Colecchi, Neoshred, Allen Mangus, Riverfront YMCA and James “Moses” Stein, Minnesota Insured Title.

The following Chamber Members were elected (for 3 year terms beginning in 2017) by the general membership to serve on the 2017 Chamber Board.  They will be officially sworn in on December 1, 2016 at the 2016 Holiday Party by Mayor Don Walters.


Re-Elected Board Members – 3 year term/2017 – 2019
 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.


Newly Elected Board Members – 3 year term/ 2017 – 2019
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.


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.


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.



Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce
151 Portage Trail, Suite 1
Cuyahoga Falls, OH  44221