Each person is a branch of strength within the community. Strong branches make a strong community!

Board of Directors

The Summit County Continuum of Care (CoC) is required to establish a board of directors to act on its behalf. The CoC Board acts on behalf of and in the best interest of the CoC. All Board members must be representative of relevant organizations and projects serving subpopulations of people experiencing homelessness within the CoC service area and must include at least one person with lived experience of homelessness. The Board establishes and designates responsibilities for the CoC Lead Agency, HMIS Lead, and Collaborative Applicant.

Michael Harhager

Homeless Outreach Worker at Community Support Services (Formerly Homeless Advocate), Chair

Jackie Hemsworth

Executive Director of ACCESS, Vice Chair

Tamala Skipper

Executive Director of Fair Housing Contact Service, Board Treasurer

Darnella Cummings

Executive Director of Legacy III, Secretary

Joe Scalise

Director of Housing Services for United Way of Summit and Medina, Executive Member

Peggy Szalay

CDBG Entitlement Administrator for Cuyahoga Falls

Chanda Steffey

Grants Program Analyst for Weatherization, Summit County

Hope Sayer

Youth Advisory Board Chairperson, Formerly Homeless Advocate

David Churbock

Executive Director, The Peter Maurin Center

Chris Brewer

Detective with Akron Police Department

Karla McDay

Executive Director of Harmony House

Cassie Harhager

Social Worker at Akron Children’s Hospital

Latoya Harris

Social Program Analyst for Summit County Department of Job & Family Services

Sara Leedham

Private Citizen

Megan Scheck

Director of Programs & Quality Improvement with Humility of Mary Housing

Helen Tomic

Long Range Planning Manager for City of Akron

Diane Waite

Coordinated Entry Specialist (CES), Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System, Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC)