The People Involved

Office Crew

As Executive Director and CEO of Keep Akron Beautiful, Jacqui’s role is to lead the nonprofit agency that is responsible for beautification and responsible environmental management in the City of Akron. Jacqui develops programs that address community needs, recruits volunteers, educates students and sees that the City of Akron  and the Greater Akron Area is a beautiful and clean place to live. She is also responsible for much of the agency’s fundraising, managing the board of directors, and working alongside the City of Akron Service Department.

Jacqui loves Akron – she is always getting involved in a new project or program, but some of her favorite things to do include volunteering with the Junior League of Akron, enjoying events and eating pasta at her husband Bruno’s Italian Club (The Carovillese Club in North Hill) and enjoying the city in the summertime!

As the Controller, Elaine is responsible for all financial operations within the office. Elaine handles all of the accounting, payroll and purchasing necessary to keep the office running smoothly.

Some Elaine’s Akron favorites include the Towpath Trail, Don Drumm Studios, Luigi’s, Lawson’s Chip Dip  and Strickland’s Ice Cream.

As Community Outreach & Program Manager, Johanna handles our programming – anything from Clean Up Akron Month to our Recycle-Bowl Competition. She recruits and organizes volunteers, plans projects and clean ups, and anything in between. Johanna also designs many of our marketing materials, manages our social media, and writes our newsletter. She is the main coordinator for our fundraiser Green the Scene as well.

Johanna loves exploring Akron. You can find her checking out any one of the great restaurants in Akron, taking photos, or watching Netflix with her two cats. She’s also a Soap Box Derby World Champion! Does is get any more Akron than that?

Joy Fajt

As Office Manager, Joy is responsible for administrative tasks around the office and answering questions about KAB. She also coordinates the Beautification Watch Award program and the Loan-A-Receptacle program.

In her spare time, she enjoys working out at her CrossFit gym (APC), and trying new restaurants and coffee shops all around Akron. She also enjoys watching shows on Netflix/Hulu!

Flowerscape Crew

As the Flowerscape Director, Leah is responsible for the planning and implementing of beautification programs such as the Adopt-A-Site, in which Leah coordinates neighborhood volunteer gardeners to make a difference in their community. Leah also oversees the planning, planting and maintenance of the flowerbeds around Akron, the Flowerscape Program, and assists with community education regarding planting and environmental responsibility.

Leah’s favorite thing about Akron is the sense of community. She loves that there is a great group of people that really care about the city and improving its future. She believes that there are many ways to get involved to make this happen!

Litter & Graffiti Crew

Daniel marville

litter collection & Graffiti coordinator — 330-338-3746

As Litter Collection & Graffiti Coordinator, Daniel is responsible for managing our litter collection program, community service, graffiti removal, transporting our community trailers and much more. 

Daniel loves spending time boating on portage lakes and driving around to find a new hole-in-the-wall restaurant. His favorite part about working for KAB is meeting so many different people in the community. 

Gordon Bartell

Litter Collection Supervisor - 330-375-2116 option 4

As Litter Collection Supervisor, Gordan is responsible for organizing community service workers to help them give back to the City of Akron.

Gordan’s favorite part about living in Akron is having a National Park right in our backyard. Gordan most enjoys hiking and camping along different trails in Cuyahoga Valley.

William Ford

Litter Collection Supervisor- 330-375-2116 OPTION 4

As Litter Collection Supervisor, William is responsible for assisting people to complete service hours, aswell as give them advice on how to be a good citizen. With the community service workers, William cleans the community, and believes that it is a group effort to be responsible for the environment.

William enjoys spending time with his great-grandchildren and fishing  at Springfield and Portage Lakes. His biggest catch was a White Bass!

Board of Directors

Board Member

Affiliation

Year of Installation

Kimberly Haws Falasco ('20-'22 Board Chair)

Robert W. Baird & Co.

2016

Melissa Adams

ALM, Media

2020

Vince DelMedico

Chez-Del Interiors Inc.

2017

Lisa Denholm ('20-'22 Treasurer)

Sikich LLP

2020

Vicki Ellinger

Centrust Wealth

2020

Carol Haines ('20-'22 Vice Chair)

Core Scientific

2015

Geary James

Dominion East Ohio

2020

Valerie Johnson

Summa Health

2017

Randy Katz ('20-'22 Secretary)

Summit County Apiary

2018

Marilyn Keith

Community Volunteer

2020

James D. Kraus

Emeritus Board Member

1995

Sue Kruder

Emeritus Board Member

1989

Pat Kunklier

Public Relations Strategist

2007

Frank LaRose

Emeritus Board Member

1993

Eufrancia Lash

The City of Akron Deputy Service Director

2020

Dave Laughlin

Akron Police Department

2020

Anne Lazzerini

FirstEnergy

2018

Vincent Lobello

Emeritus Board Member

1981

Jessica Lopez

Roetzel & Andress

2018

Thomas L. Peeples, Jr.

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.

2018

Toby Russ

Pepsi Beverages Company

2017

Aaron Stull

River Valley Paper Company

2016

Erin Wojno

AMHA

2019

Dan Zampelli

Emeritus Board Member

2002

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