Employee of Distinction

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The Employee of Distinction Luncheon is a program to help area businesses showcase their top notch employees who make a significant difference by going above and beyond; and as a means to let those employees know how much they are valued by their employers.   The event is held in September to align with Labor Day because that too is a time to pay tribute to the contributions of all of America’s workforce.

For more information on the event, please contact Tracy Keenan, development & events manager at 330-786-2573 or tkeenan@goodwillakron.org.

2014 Event Details

On September 3, 2014, 56 outstanding employees from 21 area companies in our community were honored.  Congratulations to the 2014 Employee of Distinction Award Winners and honorees:

Seated from left to right is: Theresa Wilson, Judi Jacobs, Stacey Nolt.  Standing from left to right is: Tracey Hawkins and Jennifer M. Elsass.

Seated from left to right is: Theresa Wilson, Judi Jacobs, Stacey Nolt. Standing from left to right is: Tracey Hawkins and Jennifer M. Elsass.

Award Winners


  • Jennifer M. Elsass, senior manager, assurance and advisory services
    Bober Markey Fedorovich
    She is an experienced and proven leader in her field, she also dedicates her time to firm recruitment and training, mentoring her co-workers and supporting her community.
  • Tracey Hawkins, community rehabilitation specialist
    Community Support Services, Inc.
    She has distinguished herself as a superior worker in her department. She exhibits a very high performance level in serving the clients on her caseload.
  • Judi Jacobs, employment specialist
    Summit DD
    She has dedicated her life to enable individuals with developmental disabilities to work, live and learn as equal citizens in their communities.
  • Stacey Nolt, development specialist
    Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio
    She is a talented, hard-working, upbeat and entrepreneurial employee who is passionate about Junior Achievement’s mission and accomplishing any task placed before her.
  • Theresa Wilson, event coordinator/executive assistant
    Her personal touch affects people in such a positive way, not only within the office, but also with various organizations that she has become involved.



Thank you to our 2014 event co-chairs, keynote speaker and sponsors.

Event Co-chairs
Mary Ann Roach
Maureen Van Duser

Keynote Speaker
Jodi Kest, head coach of The University of Akron women’s basketball program


Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

Amer Insurance
BCG & Company/BCG Systems
Bober Markey Fedorovich
City Scrap & Salvage
Eric & Nan McClenaghan
Fifth Third Bank
FirstMerit Bank
Kim & Chas Schreckenberger
Meaden & Moore
OMNOVA Solutions Foundation
Roetzel & Andress
White Hat Management

Program Partners

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
Summit County Department of Job and Family Services

The Akron Public Schools
Child Guidance & Family Solutions
Community Support Services, Inc.
County of Summit DD Board
Hattie Larlham Community Services
Mature Services, Inc.
Summit County Executive Russ Pry
The Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio
United Way of Summit County

Akron Bar Association
Summit County Children Services

Table Sponsor

In Kind
Akron Civic Theater
Greater Akron Chamber
Shulan’s of Fairlawn
The University of Akron
West Point Market

Akron Beacon Journal
Rubber City Radio Group


2013 Event Details
Last year, 51 outstanding employees from 25 area companies in our community were honored.  Congratulations to the 2013 Employee of Distinction Award Winners and honorees:

Award Winners

  •  Aretha (AJ) Brown, cognitive enhancement therapy administrator
     Community Support Services, Inc.
    Her passion and energy have nurtured the continual growth of the Cognitive Enhancement Therapy program (CET). CET can be described as “physical rehabilitation for the brain.” Without her it is doubtful this program would have continued at Community Support Services, let alone flourish.
  •  Steve Case, senior clinical consultant – co-occurring disorders
    Child Guidance & Family Solutions
    He is never without the most engaging ‘grin’ – more than a smile- and infectious enthusiasm, every moment of every day.
  • Rodd T. Coker, vice president business development/community engagement
    White Hat Management
    He has a tireless work ethic and he continually displays his vast expertise and vision. He keeps his team striving for success and promotes your work to others. He expects excellence and demonstrates it every day.
  •  Diane Harold, senior coordinator/finance systems/info technology
    Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
    She has the difficult task of supporting IT functions in three separate locations across the U.S.  Her unique ability to prioritize tasks and bring them to completion without a lot of direct supervision has made her a valuable employee to those she supports.
  •  Lamonte Wilborn, laborer
    City Scrap & Salvage
    He brings a winning attitude to work on a consistent basis.  He is punctual, dependable and constantly works to be better at his job on a daily basis.  Not only does he do his job, he helps others do their work as well. On top of all this, he most always wears an award-winning smile.



Front row (left to right): Steve Case, Rodd Coker and Aretha Brown.  Second row (left to right): Lamonte Wilborn, Ray Horner, radio host on 1590 WAKR (event emcee),  and Diane Harold.

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