Meet Our Operating Committee

 

CAMP students are mentored and taught by many individuals that are professionals in various career fields. Together, these individuals comprise an Operating Committee that is very respected and valuable to the CAMP program. The operating committee directly interacts with the students and contributes to the success of CAMP in several other ways. 

Thomas Venturella 

 

Thomas Venturella retired in 2011 from his most recent position as Eastern Region Sales Manager for Post Foods. From 2008 -2010, he was employed by Church and Dwight Corp., Inc. as North American Trade Marketing Manager. In 2008, Mr. Venturella retired after a 30 year career with Kraft Foods, as the Director of National Sales, Beverage Division. He was instrumental in expanding an Internship program, originally centered in the Food Marketing Program at St. Joseph’s University, and helped broaden it to include other disciplines. He has a passion and enthusiasm for improving the lives, education and careers of the students at the ECA and TECHS.

Kenneth Brunner 

 

Kenneth Brunner is the Principal of Timken Early College High School. He has been teaching in Canton City for eighteen years and active principal for six years. He did four years of service in the U.S. and in Germany. After the military, he enrolled at Malone College and graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics. He has a Master’s degree as a Math Specialist from Kent State University and Cleveland State University. He enjoys working with C.A.S.T., a special group who have been instrumental in helping Mr. Brunner create a school geared toward making kids college and career ready.

John Sypek

 

John Sypek is President and CEO of Area Wide Protective, Kent, Ohio. Mr. Sypek joined Area Wide Protective in Sept of 2012. Prior to that, he spent 30 years in Transportation and Logistics with Roadway Express/YRC, most recently as V.P. of Operations.Mr. Sypek is a Member of CAST, and leads the initiative of the CAST Caddy/Mentor program at Glenmoor C.C., as well as other activities at ECA and TECHS.

Bruce A. DiPietro 

 

Bruce DiPietro recently retired as Managing Director and Investment Strategist with Citigroup’s Private Bank out of New York City. He has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry focusing on portfolio and investment management. He advises individuals, families, endowments and foundations on how to design and implement customized investment strategies. Prior to joining Citi Private Bank, Bruce worked for Bank of America as Senior Vice President of Portfolio Advisory Services handling a billion dollar

Dennis Drennan

 

Dennis Drennan has had an exciting and rewarding career in the Real Estate field from sales to senior positions with national real estate organizations. He was responsible for over three hundred offices to owning a national real estate franchise with his wife, Fran, that ranked in the top 1% of all real estate companies in the United States. He currently is Broker Regional Manager for Howard Hanna Real Estate Services and has responsibility for 11 offices that generated almost nearly $1 billion in sales in 2012.

Jim Sage
 
Jim Sage is Vice President and CIO at Famous Enterprises, a nationwide distributor of plumbing, heating and building supplies. Jim has over forty years of computer and operations experience in the manufacturing, distribution, retail, health care and higher education industries. He has held senior leadership roles at Camelot Music, OfficeMax, Pioneer Electronics, Radisphere Radiology, The University of Akron and now Famous Enterprises.  Jim holds an AS from Northcentral State College, a BS degree from The University of Akron and a MS degree from Emory University.  Jim lives with his wife Cathy in Canton, they have three adult children.  Jim states, “Success in business doesn’t come close to providing the satisfaction that one receives from helping young adults succeed.”

 

Debbie Myers

 

Debbie Myers recently retired from OMNOVA Solutions, (formerly GenCorp, General Tire). She currently has a part time consulting agreement. She was a Senior Human Resources Manager for multiple Union and Non-Union manufacturing facilities, Global Technology Center and Pilot Plant. She was Chief Spokesperson for multiple contract negotiations. She was responsible for all Human Resource activities such as: organizational development, talent acquisition/retention, succession planning, leadership development and union negotiations.

Dr. Loren Petry

 

Dr. Loren Petry has been a practicing General Dentist for forty years. He had been practicing with his Dad and is in the process of turning over the practice to his Son-in-law. He has been active in the community in various organizations. He has served at his church as an Adult Sunday School Teacher and has sat on the Board of a local Christian school for almost thirty years. He was Chair of the Board for four years. He believes in investing in children. They are our legacy and our future.

Marc Servodio CFP

 

Marc Servodio has been a financial advisor with SS&G Wealth Management LLC for more than 7 years, working with families to plan and prepare for their futures.Now that his career is underway, Mr. Servodio has a desire to share what he has learned and help others along their paths to success. For the past two years, he has participated in the University of Akron’s Financial Planning Capstone Course as a Mentor.

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Molly McDougal

 

Molly McDougal currently serves as Content Strategist at a local marketing agency, The Karcher Group, where she helps local businesses tell their stories through digital media. She graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with a focus in strategic communication and economics. During her time at OU, Molly traveled to Chicago for an internship with a global public relations firm, Weber Shandwick. Molly also spent time in Oklahoma City working at Third Degree Advertising, a local non-profit, Infant Crisis Services. A Stark County native, Molly is passionate about getting involved and giving back to local causes. She is Chair of United Way of Greater Stark County’s Young Leaders Society, judges for Perry High School Speech and Debate and volunteers at Canton’s Players Guild Theatre. With a fervent passion for education, she is thrilled to continue her work with the incredible TECHS CAMP students.

Lesley Venturella 

 

Lesley Venturella began her career as a Customer Service Representative at New York Telephone Company, later worked at the Phone Center Stores in Sales. She transferred to the Illinois Bell Management Development Center in Hinsdale. After several moves with her husband’s career, she chose to deliver child care services at home. She became an active volunteer throughout the country, in the various school systems that her children attended. Mrs. Venturella has served on various boards, including her Chicago Condo Association; her Hudson Homeowner’s Association and was a Board Member for Akron Children’s Services. She is a member of CAST and the Volunteer Coordinator for the J.R. Coleman Adult Day Center.

Justine Chester
 
Justine Chester is currently serving at Malone University as an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor where she primarily recruits students from central Ohio. She graduated from Malone University December of 2016 where she earned her B.A In Psychology with a business focus. As a 2014 TECHS/CAMP alum, Justine has also had job experience at a local doctor’s office as a clinical technician. In May of 2017, she celebrated her third year of employment at Glenmoor Country Club as a Spa Receptionist. With her experiences in admissions and CAMP, Justine enjoys and is dedicated to assisting students on their journey to success.

 

Tabitha Brunner

 

Tabitha Brunner is currently working with CAMP as the Coordinator/Advisor with TECHS. For several years she worked at Nationwide Insurance in property processing. Prior to that, she managed subsidized housing properties for families and seniors. She has volunteered in many different areas, her church as Nursery Director and Co-Christian Education Director, as well as serving as Vice President for her neighborhood association.

Dr. Mangala V. Betkerur, M.D, F.A.A.P

Dr. Mangala Betkerur is a Neonatologist; an intensive care physician for premature babies. She has served as the Director of Neonatal care units at both Timken Mercy and Aultman Hospitals. Being the first Neonatologist at Aultman, she was instrumental in developing the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to a level three providing center. Dr. Betkerur worked with all hospital personnel, CEO and Board of Trustees, in developing the unit and providing care for extremely sick premature newborns. She found this to be a challenging, exciting, and rewarding experience. Dr. Betkerur did her residency in Pediatrics and Fellowship in Neonatology at Cook County Hospital, Chicago. She is currently retired and pursuing her interest in studying Humanities and traveling and spending time with family. Her lifelong passion is spending time with young people so that she can teach and learn from them. Along with her mother and friends, she has been supporting and educating a group of disadvantaged children in India for several years. Dr. Betkerur is looking forward to working with students in the CAMP program.

 

Eric McKimm
 
Eric McKimm is Vice President of Business Development at ProTech Security. ProTech Security is over 35 years old founded by Eric’s Father, Dan McKimm. Eric joined ProTech Security in 2016 and is involved in all facets of the business, specifically focused on growth through marketing/sales and acquisition. Prior to ProTech Security, Eric spent over 9 years at Goodyear Tire and Rubber. He was most recently responsible for Finance, overseeing all company owned Goodyear Auto Service retail outlets. Additionally, Eric spent 6 years at Ernst & Young as an Auditor and Business Risk Consulting Manager. He is a Certified Public Accountant who earned his Master’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and his undergraduate degree in Business with a major in Finance from Ohio University. Eric has been married to his wife Miranda for 14 years and has 3 daughters ages 8, 5 and 1. The McKimm’s are active members of St. Michael’s Parish in Canton.

 

Dr. Vasant N. Betkerur, M.D.
 
Dr. Betkerur migrated to the U.S. in 1975. He spent six years in Chicago performing Residency Training in Urology at Cook County Hospital. Dr. Betkerur moved to Canton, Ohio in 1981 and started a solo practice in Adult and Pediatric Urology with affiliation to Aultman and Mercy Hospitals in Canton and Union Hospital in Dover, Ohio. In 1995, he decided to merge his Urology practice with three other Urologists who were involved with Canton Urology Associates. After practicing for 35 years, Dr. Betkerur retired in 2016 and enjoys spending time with his family. He enjoys reading and traveling with his wife, who is retired from Neonatology Practice. He is looking forward to working with the TECHS CAMP program and contributing in any way possible.

 

Craig Stambaugh
 
Craig Stambaugh retired in 2000 from his role as President of Harwick Chemical Manufacturing. He spent 20 years with Harwick, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty chemicals to the rubber and plastics industry, with positions in sales, marketing, and management. Prior to Harwick, Craig worked as a development chemist for Firestone T&R spending more than 4 years living and working in Europe. Craig is a graduate of the University of Toledo with a BS in Chemical Engineering. Living in Virginia after retirement, he was active in the community in a variety of ways including serving as a trustee of The Williamsburg Community Foundation and on the board of trustees for Colonial CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), an organization of trained volunteers who focus on advocacy for children of abuse and neglect who are caught up in the foster care system. A student of history, Craig also spent 10 years as a volunteer tour guide at historic Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.

 

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Nick Loukas

Nick Loukas is an Assistant City Engineer for the City of Canton.  He is also part owner, with his wife Shelly, of Loukas Engineering, Limited, a traffic data collection and engineering firm.  He is a graduate of Timken High School and has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.  Nick has remained involved in Canton City Schools since his graduation from Timken as a guest speaker to various classes/programs, longtime advisory board member for Project Lead the Way (PLTW), and CAMP mentor.  Nick is currently the president of the local chapter of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) and president of the Ohio Men’s Senior Baseball League (Ohio MSBL).

 
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Chet Lenartowicz
 
Chet retired from the Canton City School District in 2019, after 37 years in education.  In his early career he was a high school mathematics, biology, and chemistry teacher at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, Dalton High School, and McKinley High School.  He also taught mathematics classes as an adjunct for the University of Akron and Walsh University.  The last 25 years of his career were dedicated to the Canton City School District.  During the last 13 years, he served as a building principal for Youtz Elementary, Early College High School, McKinley High School, and The Arts Academy at Summit.  Chet holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Akron, a Master’s Degree from Ashland University, and is a PhD candidate at Concordia University Chicago (All But Dissertation).  He also has licensure for PK-6, 4-9, and 7-12 Principal as well as Superintendent.  Chet is a native of Canton and loves everything about Canton.  He enjoys giving back to move forward. 

 

Dennis Trenger
 
Dennis Trenger recently joined TECHS CAMP as Asst. Director. Additionally, he serves as Director of Early College and College Credit Plus for the Stark County ESC. He started his career at The Timken Company developing computer systems in Engineering. Dennis worked for the City of Canton as MIS Director and most recently worked 17 years at Stark State College in numerous positions. He is passionate about helping students reach their full potential and is a strong advocate for Early College. As a true believer in education, Dennis earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Walsh University, his MBA from Ashland University and an Ed.S. in Administrator Leadership from Walden University. He is excited about the opportunity to work with TECHS CAMP students.

 

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Ravi Bhatia
 
Ravi Bhatia retired from the Timken Company at the end of 2009 with over 44 years of service. He started in the application engineering department after receiving his Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. In his 44 year career with the Timken Company he spent about half his career in the marketing/engineering areas analyzing customer applications and proposing Timken bearing solutions. The other half he spent at Timken Research in the New Product Development area. Some of the products he worked on include; smart bearings used in vehicle Antilock Brake Systems (ABS), bearings developed for the landing gear of planes like the 747, 777, Space Shuttle and other unique applications. While working at the Timken Company, Ravi earned a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He is also a graduate of the Program for Executives from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a past board member of the Meals on Wheels Organization. Ravi has always enjoyed working with youth groups and is a past advisor to the India Association Youth Group of Greater Stark County.

 

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Anne Bowers

Anne Bowers is a Spanish Teacher for Canton City Schools at the Early College High School @ Lehman.  She is a graduate of East Canton High School and has a B.S. in Education from Kent State University.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration Pre K -12 from Ashland University and her TESOL degree from Heidelberg University.  Anne has advised many student clubs and trips throughout her 25 years in teaching.  Currently she advises the Early College Student Newsletter and enjoys working with students in the 21st Century After School learning and enrichment program.  Anne serves as chair for one of the many scholarships offered through the Stark County Community Foundation.  She resides in Perry Township with her husband and 2 children.  Anne is excited for the opportunity to work with the CAMP program and help young adults succeed.
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Randy Snow

Randy has been affiliated with the Black McCuskey Law Firm for over 40 years.  He was Managing Partner of the firm for 13 years and was Chairman of the Litigation Section for more than 20 years.  In addition to practicing law, Randy has been involved in numerous civic,charitable, and professional organizations.  He was a member of the Canton City Board of Education for 16 years.  He was also formerly a member of the Cleveland Clinic Mercy Medical Center Board and The Stark Community Foundation Board of Directors.  He also held Board positions on the Greater Canton Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Canton Urban League, Red Cross of Stark County, and numerous other Boards.  He has also served as Board Chair of the Lakeside Chautauqua Association Board of Directors.  He is presently the Trustee of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Board Member of Refuge of Hope, Board Member of the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation, Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Stark Community Foundation, and a member of the Education Committee of the Greater Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

 
Yago Gonzalez

Yago Gonzalez is a Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager for the Chief Investment Office (CIO) within Bank of America Corporation.  In this role, he is responsible for portfolio construction of domestic and offshore hybrid and passive asset allocation and completion portfolios that correspond with various investment objectives supporting Merrill and Bank of America Private Bank.  He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.  Yago has served as a board member at Tiqvah Hands of Hope and is currently a member of the Bank of America Hispanic-Latino Executive Council.  As a graduate of the Leadership Stark County Signature Program Yago believes that working together as a community we can forge a bright future for Stark County.  As a believer in education and the youth he is very excited to be working with the CAMP program.

 
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Victoria Watts Phillips

Victoria Phillips is a School Counselor for Canton City Schools. She is a Timken Senior High School graduate and has a B.S. in Sport Management/Athletic Training from the University of Mount Union. She earned master's degrees from the University of Akron in Sports Science and Malone College in school counseling. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Community Counseling Care and Counseling with a concentration in Traumatology. She has served and volunteered with various organizations and initiatives such as P.A.L Mission, South Akron Youth Mentorship, United Way Underwriting Committee, Girls on the Run, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, etc. Victoria looks to become an associate professor for a local college and trauma educator, strengthening the awareness of the impact of trauma throughout Ohio. 

 
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