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We've recruited a talented team of ambassadors to help us spread the word about our SHEro campaign.

Each ambassador is committed to raising at least $1,000 for the Women's Endowment Fund. Click on their names to learn who their own personal SHEroes are, why they support women and girls in our community, and how much they have raised for the campaign.

Sandy Auburn
Sandy Auburn

Consultant

Who is your SHEro and why?
I'm so blessed to have had several women who have served as mentors, family and friends to me. I can't name just one. 

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund? 
The Women's Endowment Fund is a fund of Akron Community Foundation that will support needs for women and girls in Summit County in PERPETUITY – forever. Every gift makes a big difference over time. That's why I support it. 

If you had a superpower, what would it be? 
Education and job creation for all.

Elizabeth Bartz
Elizabeth Bartz
State and Federal Communications Inc.
Amount raised: $150


Who is your SHEro and why? 
Many people in Akron will remember Ludel Sauvageot, who was married to Dr. J. Paul Sauvageot and opened the first hospital public relations program in Ohio at Akron General. I met Ludel when she first started teaching PR classes at Kent State University at 72 years of age. I was amazed at her ability to network and teach us all how to network with people in the community. My internship at Kent State University was in University Publications, working under Julia Waida, another SHEro. Miss Waida taught me a lot about doing everything needed — being a lumberjack — so nothing fell through the cracks. She also taught me that mistakes will happen and it is best to just confess and be upfront instead of hiding or, worse, lying about them.

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
I support the Women’s Endowment Fund because women need support. I have thick skin, so I don’t let a lot get to me, but many women need a mentor, friend or someone just to talk to about their job, a promotion, or just making their way in the world. I first supported the Women’s Endowment Fund in 2012 because I loved its vision of "making a difference in the lives of local women and girls." 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Listen, if I had any superpowers, I would be the perfect size 12 and at least 5’5”.

Cindy & Nick Browning
Cindy & Nick Browning
Huntington Bank

Who is your SHEro and why? 

Our SHEroes are Haley Benn and Emily Browning. Haley is an amazing young woman. She has dedicated her life to helping special needs kids through her job as an educator. And she loves her dog, cats and husband. Haley's love for animals is also reflected in her volunteerism at the Berea Animal Shelter. Emily is an amazing young woman who cares about the community and giving back. Her passion for Children's Hospital inspires us. She also loves and spends time with her grandmother, and she loves her rescue dog, Fi.

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?

The Women's Endowment Fund is a thought leader and funding source for organizations that focus on the needs of women in our community. 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
The ability to heal. Everyone faces physical and mental health crises in their lives, and there are so many barriers to treatment.

Emily Browning
Emily Browning
Akron Children’s Hospital
Amount raised: $20

Who is your SHEro and why? 

My mother, Cindy Browning. Her ability to support our entire family with compassion, humor and good advice is incredible and inspiring. She also generously shared her compassion and intelligence throughout her career as a nurse. Patients trusted her to care for them at their most vulnerable moments. 

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?

I support WEF because I believe in the missions of its grant recipients. These local nonprofit organizations provide invaluable services to women and girls in our community.  

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Unwavering patience.
Marilyn Chapanar
Marilyn Chapanar
A. Schulman Inc.
Amount raised: $190

Who is your SHEro and why? 

My SHEro is my mother, Gerry Dzuro. She passed away in 2014 following complications that stemmed from Alzheimer’s. She was a very strong woman. I always knew that she loved me unconditionally and that she prayed for me. There is no greater gift. 

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund? 
I am supporting the Women’s Endowment Fund as an opportunity to give back and make a difference in our community. I faced a difficult situation last year, but it pales in comparison to the challenges that so many women face every day.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
The power to heal: body, mind and spirit! How amazing would that be?

Kelli Crawford-Smith
Kelli Crawford-Smith
City of Cuyahoga Falls
Amount raised: $420

Who is your SHEro and why?  

My SHEro is Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio. She serves our community with unparalleled compassion, grace and dignity. In the face of unimaginable tragedy, she has channeled her grief into a selfless call to service, fueled by faith, to honor her late daughter, Andrea. The Andrea Rose Teodosio Foundation continues to help countless individuals in the area through various volunteer and philanthropic efforts to carry on Andrea’s legacy of helping others. Our part of the world is better because of Judge Teodosio’s commitment to the community, and I am a better person because I have the honor of knowing her and learning from her example. 

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
I support the Women’s Endowment Fund because of its unwavering commitment to supporting and empowering women. By working to identify and actively address the comprehensive scope of issues facing local women and girls, the Women’s Endowment Fund continues to make a lasting, positive impact on the community as a whole. 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Superhuman endurance. Imagine how much easier life would be if all family, occupational, educational, philanthropic and community obligations could be met with an endless supply of stamina.

Lashawrida Fellows
Lashawrida Fellows
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve
Amount raised: $550.02

Who is your SHEro and why? 

My mother and grandmother are my SHEroes. They are intelligent and resilient women that instilled in me the integrity, will and passion to do what matters and to make a difference in my own way. 

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
I support the Women’s Endowment Fund because I am an advocate for empowering and creating change and opportunity for women and girls in our community. 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
If I had a superpower, it would be the power to break down barriers and create a balance of peace, unity and understanding in the world.

Melissa Ford
Melissa Ford
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Amount raised: $501

Who is your SHEro and why?

My mom, Myrna J. Gouldthred, is my SHEro. My life was filled with little moments that were made spectacular by the things she did and the way that she constantly showed her love. She was warm, compassionate and deeply loving. She put others before herself – always with a warm smile and a sense that she wouldn’t have it any other way. She was diagnosed with Stage 3c ovarian cancer in 2002. She endured two rounds of chemo, not because it was her path of choice, but because we couldn’t bear to lose her. Early in 2003, she decided to live the remainder of her life on her terms and discontinued the treatments. My mom was a pure example of determination and the fact that love is the strongest motivator. She maintained her role as a loving wife to my father up until the last couple of weeks of her life, still cooking for him many nights and taking care of him to the best of her physical ability. She still sent cards to church members on their birthday, anniversary or when sympathy was needed because that was her role in the women’s group she belonged to. Less than three weeks before her death, she walked the “survivor lap” of the local Relay for Life because she still saw herself that way. Mere days before she died, she beat the odds and saw her oldest grandchild graduate high school. On June 4, 2003, she left this world. She was the epitome of beauty and grace, full of love, kindness and joy. She inspires me to be the best wife, mom and friend that I can possibly be – and she is deeply missed. 

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
I support the Women’s Endowment Fund because being a woman is a gift, a challenge and a responsibility. We need to share our knowledge, lead by example, give back where we can, support those in need, teach and guide where paths are rocky, and fiercely and lovingly encourage other women. By supporting WEF I am helping my community become stronger, and through the fund we can reach so many more women than we can do alone! 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
If I had a superpower, I would want the ability to heal (physically and emotionally).

Ruthie George
Ruthie George

Amount raised: $100

Who is your SHEro and why?
My mother is my SHEro. She is a 96-year-old force to be reckoned with! Her mind is strong, her wisdom sage, and her love is steadfast and true. Her examples of kindness, humor, empathy, philanthropy and honesty influence me every day. 

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?

As someone who has been lucky enough to not know poverty, danger or hunger on a personal level, it amazed me to learn how many people in our community do not have peace of mind in any of those basic ways. When I joined WEF, a spotlight shined on so many different ways that folks are helping, and I wanted to be a part of the process of giving back and making a difference. WEF helps right here in Summit County with our neighbors in need.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

My power would be to add time as needed. Every day I would tap into that superpower and share it with all my other busy, caring friends!

Barb Greene
Barb Greene
CommonGood Consulting Inc.

Amount raised: $25

Who is your SHEro and why? 
Susan Z. Vogelsang is my SHEro because she has spent her entire adult life promoting and using democratic ideals and practices, most recently with the co-founding of Project Ujima in the Buchtel community. This organization provides the resources for people to come together to identify, study and take action on issues of shared concern. 

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
Because it provides resources to empower and uplift the lives of women and girls in Summit County.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I would like to have the superpower to eradicate hunger and poverty from this world.

Sarah Gregg
Sarah Gregg
Partners, an Environmental, Engineering & Surveying Firm

Who is your SHEro and why? 

Norma Rist. Her commitment to women’s leadership and diversity is unparalleled. The progress she has made in her lifetime is remarkable, and she is still fighting, every day, to make Akron (and the world) a better place. 

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?

The Women’s Endowment Fund’s focus on supporting women and girls in the Akron community is in line with my own passion of fierce advocacy for women.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Talking to animals.
Carrie Herman
Carrie Herman
United Disability Services Inc.

Who is your SHEro and why?

My SHEroes are the women everywhere, in every country from every walk of life, who never get recognized; who quietly toil day after day for a lifetime to make a living; who care for their families as best they can; and who survive life's challenges, which are frequently cruel and unfair, and which many of us never have to bear and, in fact, cannot relate to or even imagine. THOSE WOMEN – those nameless, faceless women – are the real SHEroes.

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
I support the Women's Endowment Fund because of the disparities in opportunities and experiences for women and girls. We can change some of that for women and girls here in Summit County, and the effect will ripple out into the larger world.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
If I had a superpower, it would be to eradicate drug and alcohol addiction and suicide from the human experience. No one would ever live through the heartbreak of either. And if that can’t be my superpower, then I’d settle for creating the Directional Gene so that everybody would automatically use their turn signal every time!

Laura Hnat
Laura Hnat
Episcopal Diocese of Ohio
Amount raised: $225

Who is your SHEro and why?  

I have many SHEroes in my life, and I am fortunate to serve alongside some of my SHEroes on the Women’s Endowment Fund Board. I am even more fortunate that that I get to call many of my SHEroes, friend. The biggest SHEro in my life is my mom. She raised six kids, tutored at the school, coached girls softball, led cub scout troops, volunteered for 40+ years with her women’s club and other groups, taught CCD (Catholic Christian education), and the list goes on. She set the bar high and expected her children to reach it. When we didn’t, she let us fail (which is hard for a parent) and then helped pick us back up when we needed it. She is a self-described “tough old Irish lady” who is well-balanced with equal parts generosity, good humor, strong faith and a sense of fun. I can only aspire to have half of her grace and grit. 

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
The Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation is our region’s preeminent vehicle for supporting causes that impact women and girls. It is a well-run, high-impact organization with visionary leadership. I am confident that my financial support and volunteer hours will directly and dramatically make positive change for women and girls in our community. 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I already have a superpower and so do you. It's the ability to come together to change the world for the better. Use your superpower by making a gift to the Women's Endowment Fund!

Kim Huff
Kim Huff
Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce
Amount raised: $620

Who is your SHEro and why?

When I’m feeling down, she knows the right words to say to lift my spirits. When she thinks I’m in trouble, she hops in her car, willing to make the three-hour drive just to be by my side. When I need strength, she drops to her knees to pray for me – most of the time without me knowing. When people meet her, they love her, and when they need her, they can count on her. Many call her “mother,” but I’m fortunate enough to call her mom. My SHEro is my mom, Kendall D. Lash. 

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
I am in awe by the number of women who have pursued their passion(s) as well those who have made their mark on this community. Their passion for and determination to succeed are admirable. BUT, there are many more women that sometimes hide behind self-doubt and fear of the unknown. These women are strong too but have not yet realized it. The Women’s Endowment Fund supports programs that encourage these women. Because I am passionate about the empowerment of women, I support the fund. After all, women make the world go round! 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
If I had a superpower, it would be the power of healing – not just cuts and minor scrapes, but being able to cure serious illnesses as well as heartache.

Margaret Jordan
Margaret Jordan
BDO USA
Amount raised: $100

Who is your SHEro and why?

I have been fortunate to have so many SHEros in my life.  My mom, Diane Lazzerini, is the first one that comes to mind. She worked for 30+ years as a full-time academic advisor at the University of Akron while raising three children and helping my father run his business. She taught me how to run a household and how to be a professional. She is strong, smart and very philanthropic. I have learned a lot from her. 

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund? 
I love Akron and want to give back to my community. I consider myself a champion for the success of women, and I care deeply about improving the lives of women and girls in our community and in the United States. The work done by the Women's Endowment Fund is very important and aligns with my personal beliefs and desire to pay it forward. 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I would like to see the future.

Pamela Kiltau
Pamela Kiltau
Robert W. Baird & Co.

Who is your SHEro and why?

My SHEro is my granddaughter, Ariah Rain Kiltau. Through the eyes of a granddaughter is the purest joy that one can experience. The innocence, the wonder, the sass, the smiles, the laughter and love. I am rediscovering the world from her perspective. Sometimes you need to talk to a 4-year-old just so you can understand life again and all its magic. I am blessed to be a part of her life.

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund? 

I support WEF because of the great work it does supporting women and girls in our community. Having the support of Akron Community Foundation is an absolute plus! We’re so fortunate to have a fund that we can support that gives back to women and girls!

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
That has me thinking in so many directions! If I had to choose one superpower, it would be flying!
Kirsten Lino
Kirsten Lino
Huntington Bank

Who is your SHEro and why?

My SHEro is Rebecca Kaszar. She is my best friend and has been by my side through the most difficult times of my life. She has taught me to live my life to the fullest and to love myself to the fullest. She believes in me when I don’t believe in myself. She supports me in all of my crazy dreams, but also brings me back down to earth when I need a reality check. She has seen me at my best and at my worst and loves me all the same. I couldn’t have survived the last few years of my life without her. 

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
I have been an advocate for women and women’s issues throughout my entire adult life. I support the Women’s Endowment Fund because its mission is in line with my personal values of how we should be supporting and empowering women and girls. 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
If I had any type of superpower, it would be the ability to travel through time. Think of all the trouble you could undo… or cause... all at the same time!

Jackie McDermott
Jackie McDermott
Retired Learning & Development Program Manager, Alcatel Lucent
Amount raised: $200

Who is your SHEro and why? 

She was born and raised in near-poverty conditions in West Virginia, made it into nursing school, then sacrificed a career for marriage and family, raising seven highly successful children who gave her 18 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lost two husbands to the ravages of cancer and fought her own mighty battle with colon and kidney cancer for 25 years. She died in 2009 but constantly inspires our family. She’s my mom. And she’s my SHEro.

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
We (my family and I) support WEF because it is IMPACTFUL, PERMANENT, FOREVER. WEF is unique because it’s the only fund of its kind that focuses purely on improving the lives of women and girls in Summit County. The fund works as a catalyst. We’ve seen firsthand the effects that the fund’s grants have on women and girls in the mission-focus areas of economic empowerment, health and wellness, and safety from violence. We are 100% confident in the stewardship of the WEF Advisory Board and the Akron Community Foundation staff and board. 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Wouldn’t it be incredible to have the superpower to give everyone else a superpower at the moment they need it most?

Sherry Neubert
Sherry Neubert
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Amount raised: $500

Who is your SHEro and why? 

My mom is my SHEro. She has quietly been making the world a better place, one interaction at a time, helping others, and giving back, for as long as I can remember. The core of who I am, some of the best parts of me, are because of my mom. Through her, I learned to help others selflessly; to work hard; not to judge others; and to treat everyone with kindness, regardless of their position.

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?

Supporting the Women's Endowment Fund is about impact and efficiency for me. It's a way for me to broadly and efficiently put my philanthropic dollars to use toward uplifting women and girls in Summit County. I believe in the fund's mission and its focus areas of economic empowerment, health and wellness, and safety from violence. And I trust that the fund will make judicious use of my contribution by making grants to organizations and programs where the needs and the ROI are the highest. 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Teleporting. I'm a maximizer, and I really enjoy spending time and getting to know people face to face. If I could instantly be wherever I wanted/needed to be, I could increase the number of personal interactions I have, strengthen relationships, and see the world... all without jet lag.

Katie Paonessa
Katie Paonessa
Miss Katie’s Preschool Playgroup
Amount raised: $465

Who is your SHEro and why? 

My younger sister is my SHEro.  Although she looks to me for guidance as her older sister, I also find so many reasons to learn from her, as well. She is brilliant, artistic and uniquely beautiful. She has been a single mother to my nephew since 2010, and she has persevered with such class. She loves her son with a tremendously unconditional love, and I am so blessed that she loves my children in the same way. Through interactions with my sister, I have learned to always value others' perspectives, even if they may differ from my own; to slow down and enjoy the beauty around me; to parent my children according to their individual potential; and to laugh at life, because sometimes you just need to laugh.

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?

When I think of why I chose to support the Women's Endowment Fund, I think of this quote from one of the original founders, Marie Covington: "We think so often of philanthropists as people who give millions, but through the Women's Endowment Fund, we all can be philanthropists." I love the idea that EVERYONE, no matter your status in life, can support other women and girls in the community in which you live. I feel that this creates a cyclical experience, where those who have been helped through the Women's Endowment Fund could view themselves as fellow philanthropists and be motivated to give back when they are able. "When we give cheerfully, and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed." – Maya Angelou

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

My superpower would be "Insta-love." I would want to have the power to help every single person feel valued and loved at all times! After my "Insta-love" power took effect on an individual, they would then hold the power of "Insta-love" and would themselves reach out to others around them! Feeling valued and loved creates positive self-esteem, and positive self-esteem creates positive change! What a world it would be if everyone had the power of "Insta-love!"

Kendra Philon
Kendra Philon
Meaden & Moore
Amount raised: $360

Who is your SHEro and why? 

My SHEro is definitely my mother. When my father was battling cancer in the hospital, she made sure he was well-cared for while taking care of home and still going to the gym. This included washing and bringing him clean clothes every day and making daily trips between Dayton and Cincinnati. She was the epitome of strength for our family during this time, and I hope to one day be as great as she is!

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund? 
I support the Women’s Endowment Fund because I’m passionate about supporting and uplifting women and girls in our community.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
If I had a superpower, I would give everyone the gift of empathy. I feel this would eliminate so many misunderstandings and unnecessary hatred in our world.

Antha Poleondakis
Antha Poleondakis

Merrill Lynch
Amount raised: $640

Who is your SHEro and why?
My SHEro is my grandmother, Anthoula. She was born in a small village on the island of Crete, Greece. After surviving World War II and a civil war, she immigrated to the United States with my grandfather and built a beautiful life for their family in Akron. Becoming a widow at a young age, she worked hard as a professional seamstress to raise her children and ensure that all three received college degrees. Although she was no stranger to struggle, she always had a positive attitude and was rarely seen without a warm and sparkling smile.

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
It’s an honor to be involved in an organization that does so much for women and girls in Summit County. When you empower women, the entire community thrives, and I truly believe that investing in women and families is the best way to ensure a community’s success.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation! So I can wake up at the last minute for everything and visit exotic locations on my lunch break.

Alexis Rizopulos
Alexis Rizopulos
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Amount raised: $360

Who is your SHEro and why? 

My SHEro is my mom, Irene Tkacik, and every working mom I know. My mom and her peers were trailblazers for the working women today. Imagine being one of the few women managers in your company and it being "socially acceptable" to wear a blouse with a tie to work. If she lived through that, so can I! And it's up to the working moms today to continue to build the pathway for our daughters.

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
If women in our community succeed, so do our children. I am passionate about women's rights and supporting those close to home to make Akron a better place.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Since I was little, I've always wanted Wonder Woman's truth-telling lasso. Somehow I think this would be a very valuable superpower at work AND at home...

Debbie Rosen
Debbie Rosen
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Who is your SHEro and why?    

As I look around at all the amazing women in my life, I cannot possibly pick just one. I am so blessed to be surrounded by so many strong, intelligent and caring women who make a significant impact not just on my life but on the world every day. 

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
I hope my support will provide opportunities to allow others to be the amazing women they are meant to be. 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I would like the power to stop time. As I’m sure most women will agree, there is never enough time in a day to complete everything we strive to do nor to take the time to celebrate our accomplishments.

Diana Selzer
Diana Selzer
Westfield Bank
Amount raised: $425

Who is your SHEro and why? 

I would like to recognize and honor my mother, Denise Slovan, as my SHEro. Growing up a Daisy Girl Scout and then moving through the ranks, eventually obtaining my Girl Scout Gold Award, I was taught from a young age the importance of giving back to the community, being a sister to every Girl Scout, and making the world a better place. I was fortunate enough that my Girl Scouting experiences were right next to my mother, our very own Troop 58 leader. Everything girls do in scouting is designed to help them grow into leaders of courage, confidence and character. My involvement in scouting taught me that I could accomplish anything that I set my mind to; I learned to manage a variety of tasks, embrace my ideas and follow through with solutions. Throughout these Girl Scout experiences, my mother consistently coached me to speak confidently, taught me how to navigate conflict, encouraged me to own my successes, and inspired me to go for it. I like to say that she laid a very firm foundation for me – not only for becoming the woman I wanted to be, but to “dream BIG and get to work.”

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
As a Northeast Ohio native, I have a strong sense of community and passion for this great place I call home. In addition to my banking responsibilities, I make civic involvement a priority, including my involvement with the Women’s Endowment Fund. The Women’s Endowment Fund is a great way to give back to our community, making investments that will improve our neighborhood and future for years to come.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I would want to have the power of multiplicity. That way I could have five of me all going in different directions and accomplishing five times as much as I normally could. I could be five times as productive, or see the same event from five different angles. I could be at home with my children, do volunteer work, and enjoy the beach all at once.

Debra Shifrin
Debra Shifrin
Shifrin Newman Smith Inc.
Amount raised: $300

Who is your SHEro and why? 

My SHEro is Dianne Newman, as she has been an example of how to work, raise a family, and give back to our community. She has been a wonderful friend and mentor for many years. Dianne taught me the importance of spending time with your family and loving your work. She has also been a living example of how to participate in our community both financially and with her time. 

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
I support the Women’s Endowment Fund because of the difference the fund has made in the lives of women and girls in our area. I have witnessed how the grants the fund has made in the past 24 years have had a significant impact in our community. I believe that it is important to be proactive and raise monies to help those who may not always be able to help themselves.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

If I had a superpower, it would be the ability to “double time.” Hermione Granger demonstrated this superpower in the third Harry Potter book, when she was able to take two classes at the same time. I would like to have more time to spend in our community helping others.

Katie Smucker
Katie Smucker
Community Volunteer

Who is your SHEro and why? 

My SHEro is any woman who has to fight to overcome her situation, whether that be poverty, addiction, depression or abuse.  Any woman who finds the courage to rise above her circumstances and find her own power has my respect, admiration and my prayers.  I feel blessed to live in a community where support and resources for women who face big challenges are available.

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?

I support the Women’s Endowment Fund because it is not only a privilege to help others, it is an obligation. Caring about each other comes naturally to women, and this fund provides a permanent source of support for women and girls in need in our community. WEF also provides a place for women to express that caring nature by educating them about giving back and showing them how many agencies exist in our community to lift up women and girls to their full potential.  

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

My superpower would be giving super-powered hugs that would infuse the receiver with hope and courage and motivation to be their best self. The hugs would be so powerful the receiver would also get this superpower to pass on to whomever needs it!

Sylvia Trundle
Sylvia Trundle
Akron Police Department
Amount raised: $425

Who is your SHEro and why?

My SHEro is definitely my mom, Kay Hine. She wears an "S" on her chest that is disguised by a huge heart. She taught me the value of hard work and inspired me to have self-confidence despite sometimes overwhelming obstacles. She's faced and succeeded in her own life challenges, blossoming from a young mother with a demanding job into a community activist and amazing caretaker. She always has a contagious smile on her face! 

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
The Women's Endowment Fund changes lives and empowers women and girls to be their best. I was proud to serve on the Grants Committee and witness firsthand the due diligence and sense of responsibility that our committee members shared to ensure that we were good stewards for our generous donors. 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
If I had a superpower, it would be to speak and understand any language!

Barb Whiddon
Barb Whiddon
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Who is your SHEro and why? 

My SHEro is someone I looked up to, someone that I try to model myself after, someone that made a difference in my life and the lives of so many others. My SHEro is my late mom, Alice Kelly. She had so many wonderful qualities, but the one I admired most was her genuine kindness. Kindness to everyone that crossed her path, and it was kindness without judgment. She was always willing to extend a helping hand, whether it was an elderly neighbor that needed a hot meal, a relative that needed a place to stay (even when room was tight), or providing parental advice to a young mom. My mom made every person she came in contact with feel special. She performed random acts of kindness before it became popular to do so, and she did them in the most humble of ways. She practiced kindness and expected absolutely nothing in return. In today’s world, it’s not always easy to be kind. I want to push myself to be kind in all situations – not just when it’s easy or convenient.  A little kindness goes a long way.

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
I support the Women’s Endowment Fund because it financially supports several organizations (further fostering kindness to others) that I believe in. The fund enables girls and women in Summit County to be the best they can be. I believe in their grants, which help improve all facets of life in the community by addressing the root cause of a problem to create lasting and systemic change for future generations.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I’m sticking with my kindness theme. The superpower I would like to have is the ability to see inside a person’s mind and heart to determine the exact act of kindness they need at that moment in time. I truly believe the right act of kindness at the right time can have a profound impact on a person’s life. Like the story of the old man throwing starfish back into the ocean, by showing kindness we can make a difference in the lives of others!

Kimberly Young
Kimberly Young
Huntington Bank
Amount raised: $75.01

Who is your SHEro and why? 

My SHEro is my mother. Growing up, my mother worked hard to provide for her family. She instilled in me the seed of determination to reach whatever goal I set for myself. 

Why do you support the Women’s Endowment Fund?
I support the Women’s Endowment Fund because it supports and empowers women and girls! I have a 13-year-old daughter, and I want her to know she can be anything she sets her mind to. I want her to know she is not limited in her ambition because she is a woman. The Women’s Endowment Fund is a vehicle for change for other young women like my daughter and for women like me. 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
My superpower would be the ability to multiply myself. There are so few hours in a day and so many opportunities to make a difference. If I could multiply myself, I could serve more while spending quality time with my friends and family.