As United Way of Trumbull County celebrates 100 years of making an impact in our community, we are celebrating 100 local heroes who have stepped up and made a difference in the lives of our neighbors, friends, and families. If you choose, you may remain anonymous to the public and your nominee. A group of community volunteers will also be selecting individuals who LIVE UNITED in Trumbull County.
Every month beginning in March we will release hero highlights and share how they've made
an impact in our community. Nominees will be recognized on social media, in the Tribune, and in our Annual Report. Check back for new releases!
Dodie has dedicated her life to volunteer work, community programs and youth outreach. She worked at Delphi for 35 years during which time she was active with the Warren Junior Women's league, Goodwill, League of Women"s voters and currently on the board at Someplace Safe. Dodie is a staple in the community and an inspiration to those who meet her.
Here is a brief list of the projects Dotie been active in: Scarves of Love, Goodwill Amblyopia screening, Trumbull County Childrens Services, Operation Bundles of Love.
Fundraising includes: Bazetta/Cortland Optimist Club, WJWL Champaign lunch, Hannah's House of Warren, Warren Heritage Center Gala, Kinsman House Gala and Sip and Shop benefiting Downs Syndrome. Besides having an active life she remains active throughout the community.
Deryck founded the organization Inspiring Minds and is transformational for countless underserved youth in Warren, Youngstown, Philadelphia, New York CIty, and Raleigh-Durham. This organization gives kids hope, direction, a sense of belonging, and a strong foundation of skills for success. He is doing the real, hard work of building a better, more just and inclusive society where everyone can thrive.
An Amazing Human Resource Manager, an amazing person as well as an amazing friend.
Fran started Warren Junior Women's League in 1966. This non profit has volunteered over 875,000 vonunteer hours and over $1 million in donations. By far one of the most kindest persons you will ever know. Gives without expecting anything back. Never has a mean thought to say about anyone.
He runs Game Changers. Game Changers is a leadership organization dedicated to the development of character skills in high school student-athletes. Working to recognize and celebrate their commitment to academics and volunteerism with the end goal of them becoming mentors and help change the game of life!
Superintendent of Champion Local Schools. Volunteers for SCOPE and Volunteer of the Year in 2020. National recognitions of excellence in education. Completed 'Portrait of a Champion' values a graduate or alumnus should accomplish based on skills and education received during their time at Champion Schools.
My hero is my son, he is a year old. He came into my life unexpectedly and has been a blessing since. Everything I do now is with a different thought process and everything I do and will continue to do is for Chase. He has changed me for the better and I couldn’t see life without him.
Community Engagement Manager for the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library System. Knowledgeable on children's and young adult literature, committed to promoting reading and literacy among young readers, skilled at creating engaging programs and events that inspire and educate children and teens. Patient, friendly, and approachable, goes out of her way to make the library a welcoming and inclusive space for all. Dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of people, she works tirelessly, selfless and a dedicated leader, invests her time, resources, and expertise improving the lives of others. Understands the importance of building strong, collaborative relationships with other community members.Her efforts and unwavering commitment serve as a powerful example of what's possible when people come together to support a common cause.
Cheryl is a wonderful and caring individual that always lends a helping hand no matter what is asked. She gives of her time and is always an uplifting and inspirational person.
Ellie is an amazing person that built her business from the bottom up! Constantly makes charitable donations with out asking for anything in return. I am lucky to have her as a mentor. She took a chance on a chef, brought her into her business and has given me so many opportunities that no one has else had. the moment I met her she’s been amazing and continues everyday! She is my hero! If I could learn to be half the woman she is my life would be fulfilled.
This woman is always donating, organizing, sponsoring any and every occasion to help make a difference within Trumbull County. This community is near and dear to her heart and loves attending every fundraiser. Raising awareness for every cause.
Executive Director of the Mental Health and Recovery Board, works tirelessly to ensure that everyone who wants or needs them has access to services for mental health or substance use. A champion for many other causes including homelessness. Can be counted on to provide support to those in need, whether a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on. There not only for friends and family but for the community doing her part to help ease the burden and lighten the load one person at a time.
Mike Moody is a staple in Trumbull county when it comes to helping grow the next generations. He has been a coach for over 30 years in the county. He has impacted many lives with the way he coaches and took the time to coach these kids and step up as a father figure for some. He has a big heart and loves coaching in our community.
Tyrone (Ty) Hicks
The fastest runner of his time. Recruited by Woody Hayes to play football at Ohio State. Played in the Canadian Football League for Saskatchewan Roughriders. He sustained a knee injury and his life went downhill from there, including illegal activities and drug use. Ty authored a book "Taken Hostage by the Beast" and is a motivational public speaker. Peer Recovery Supporter, and Mental Health Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant. Works for Trumbull County Children's Services .
As their coach, Amanda led the Lego League team from the Warren City School District to nationals for the very first time. They also won the “Core Values Award” at the district event at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. The award recognizes teamwork, cooperation, discovery, and innovation. All values that Amanda instills in her students.
Divisional Director for F&CS and supervises the Community Based programs which includes: BBBS, S.C.O.P.E. Senior Services, multiple community centers located in three Northeast Ohio counties, Food pantries, Mobile Meals, AmeriCorps, VISTA, RSVP, Foster Grandparents and Senior Companion programs.
Dave is an amazing but humble person who always thinks of others first.
Carter is a family man and successful busness man. His 3 daughters and grandchildren would agree in the term hero providing, and being there for them. Carter is very giving to the community- especially when it comes to NOAS- Northeast Ohio Adoption Services. He donates his time as well as profits to this organization to aid in the process of children. Carter makes all his employees feel like family, he’s a boss on another level. I am very grateful to be able to go to work there everyday.
Beverley is a wonderful and caring individual that always lends a helping hand no matter what is asked.
She is passionate about the rights of all people, but especially women, and works tirelessly leading the YWCA of the Mahoning Valley to ensure the most vulnerable women and families are cared for and have the resources to become self-sufficient. A strong leader, always sees the positive side of situations, remaining hopeful even when it takes every ounce of strength she has to continue the fight. Leah is an advocate, strategist, and builder. I can't think of a more deserving person to be identified as a hero, and I am so proud to call her my friend and colleague!
Karen helps everyone she meets. She helped a lady get home to her ill mother on our way home from a trip to South Carolina. The lady was in a wheelchair and needed a ride to Pittsburgh. Karen drove her to her family. Karen gives to many charities and started her own, Sight for All United.
A County 4H Educator. In the 7 years she has served in this position, not only have the Clubs' membership grown and flourished, she has also brought a very successful STEM Days programs to the Extension office. Her outreach in the locals schools has also encouraged many young children to take an interest not just in agricultural pursuits, but in science in general. She truly has strived "To Make the Best Better" in Trumbull County.
Cheryl Tarantino, Executive Director of NOAS, works tirelessly to make sure that children in Foster Care find homes and connections. NOAS also provides training to Foster and Adoptive parents. Under Cheryl's guidance, NOAS works to find mentors for Foster Children and provide guidance to those who are 18-21 and have aged out of Foster Care.
Andy is a person of integrity, decency, and commitment and when you meet Andy, you can’t help but respect him. He uses his many talents to give back to the community and the community is better for it.
Employed at Trumbull Community Action Program for 42 years served the last seven years as Chief Executive Officer. Has Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management as well as a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Served on many boards including Warren/ Trumbull branch of NAACP, Youth Alternatives Academy, Camp of the Gideons, Urban League, Red Cross and incoming Chairman of the United Way of Trumbull County. Inspirational leader.
The managing partner at HD Davis CPAs. I began working for him in September 2022 as his assistant. His inspiration makes him truly a leader that I inspire to be. An advocate of his family, community & employees not just the embodiment of the Mahoning valley entrepreneurial spirit, genuinely an amazing person. He's creating so many business opportunities for young hard working professionals and doing everything he can to put philanthropy at the forefront of our business. I am a better human for knowing him!
The amount of volunteer work she does is another full time job and she will still give more time if asked!
Hitting her rock bottom from a toxic relationship that ended when she was arrested, charged with a felony and lost her job, She learned that at the core, lack of self worth landed her there. Created SWAG Sisters- to empower women of all generations. Conducts etiquette trainings, retreats and so much more. She is truly a hero for her community (Warren). Works tirelessly to support the Warren community. I am proud to call her my friend.
My dad has always been a positive influence on my life and has helped me to share this positivity with all those I encounter. He is also an amazing musician! I am so proud to be his daughter.