• Two new members have been elected to the Northeast Ohio Medical University Foundation Board of Directors – Dean L. Olivieri, president of Fred Olivieri Construction, and Bruce E. Sherman, president of Sherman Creative Promotions Inc. The foundation aims to strengthen the financial capacity of the university and broaden access to medical and pharmacy education.
• Area residents inducted into Walsh University's Education Honor Society Kappa Delta Pi include Kathleen Amnah, Mathew Schaefer, Diana Burnham, Emily Simon, Erica Stauffenger and Haley Tavallali of North Canton; Derek Anders and Timothy Goodman of Barberton; Annalesa Anderson of Louisville; Shannon Casserlie of Doylestown; Brooke Catazaro, Kristen Clapper, Chelsea Halter, Leah Kennedy and Anne Snyder of Massillon; Nina Holman of Orrville; Christina Jaber of Clinton; Katherine Kohut and Ashley Winston of Twinsburg; Benjamin Louis, Chelsea Megyes and Kelly Schaffer of Akron; Sarah Martter of Cuyahoga Falls; Natalie Phillips of Wooster; and Chelsie Tissot of North Lawrence.
• Ashland University junior Erika Sullivan of Medina received the 2011-12 Business Advisory Council's endowed $1,000 scholarship at Ashland. She is the daughter of James and Karen Sullivan and is majoring in accounting and finance.
• The Federated Democratic Women of Summit County presented the inaugural Community Service Awards in October to Megan Moreland, executive director of the Summit County Democratic headquarters; Summit Juvenile Court Judge Linda Teodosio; Akron Municipal Judge Annalisa Williams; and community advocates Irene Smith Canfora, Janie Foshee, Madeline Bozzelli and Helen Fusco. Tammy Ostrander, owner of Tammy O's, was recognized for her support of the Ohio Spring Conference of the Federated Democratic Women. Group President Edna Borders received the 2011 Democrat of the Year Award.
• Akron residents Irene Robinson and Violet Reynolds received top honors at Medical Mutual of Ohio's 2011 Outstanding Senior Citizen Volunteer Statewide Awards. Robinson, 87, received the Gold Award for five years of service to Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service. Violet Reynolds, 91, received the Bronze Award for volunteering at Akron General Medical Center's oncology unit for 22 years.
• Trooper Jonathan A. Ganley of Mantua was named 2011 Trooper of the Year at the Ravenna post of the State Highway Patrol. He now is competing for district and state awards.
• Two Visiting Nurse Service employees were honored by the Midwest Care Alliance, the Ohio association for home, hospice and palliative care. Darcey Moore of Massillon, a home health aide with VNS' Stark County office, received the Soul of Home Care Award. M. Chris Landers, formerly of Copley, was posthumously awarded the Heart of Home Care Award. Landers, who died this year, was a nurse for VNS' Summit County office for 25 years.
• Kent resident Dr. Stacia Snyder Yaniglos was honored at the 117th annual conference of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States for 32 years of service at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland. She is chief of optometry at the veterans hospital.
• State Sen. Tom Sawyer, D-Akron, received the Outstanding Leadership for Community Service Award from the Ohio Educational Service Center Association. The award recognizes community leaders who have helped the educational service centers in their community.
• John Irvine of Cuyahoga Falls and Liz Wendling of Richfield are October's Star Volunteers for Metro Parks, Serving Summit County.
Irvine has logged more than 3,000 hours as a park volunteer since 2008. Wendling has recorded more than 1,000 hours.
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