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Theresa Carter

Theresa Carter, president of Synthomer Foundation, is a dedicated community volunteer and mentor, most recently serving on the boards of Akron Community Foundation, Akron NAACP, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Cleveland State University Foundation and the Summit Metro Parks Board of Park Commissioners.

She has served dozens of organizations over the past several decades, including the Akron Urban League (emeritus), American Red Cross of Summit and Medina, Greater Akron Chamber, Project GRAD Akron, and the United Way of Summit & Medina. She is also well known for her personal and professional mentorship of young women and men in the community.

Carter served on the Sojourner Truth Project Committee, which was instrumental in creating a statue and legacy plaza in Akron dedicated to the abolitionist and civil and women's rights activist near the location of her most famous speech, often referred to as "Ain't I A Woman?" Carter helped the committee raise over $800,000 for the project.

Carter has received numerous awards for her community service, including three H. Peter Burg awards from the Greater Akron Chamber, the American Red Cross of Northern Ohio, and Akron Public Schools; the Lieberth Community Vision Award from Leadership Akron; and the ArtsNow Distinguished Patron Award. She is actively involved in her church, currently serving as a deaconess at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Akron. Carter is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

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