Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Board Makes Leadership Changes

TOWNSHIP — Leadership changes are coming to Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Council and its OhioMeansJobs operation.

Jennifer Meek Eells will retire on March 31 as executive director of the Workforce Development Council, which she has led since 2013. She will serve as executive director of the Ohio Workforce Association, a program at nonprofit that represents 20 local workforce councils statewide.

Continued: Stark Tuscarawas, the senior executive of the Workforce Development Board, is retiring.

Continued: The rush continues: Stark County’s workforce is smaller, creating a challenge for employers

JoAnn Breedlove will take on the leadership role as executive director of the workforce council. Chuck Byrd will serve as executive director of the Workforce Initiative Association, which operates the Stark and Tuscarawas county offices for OhioMeansJobs.

Meek Eells began as an income maintenance worker with the Stark County Job and Family Service in 1988. She has served as an employment specialist, employment service supervisor, and program administrator for work activities and child care programs. children before leaving the state agency. She joined the workforce council in 2006 as an assistant director in 2006.

Meek Eells said she was “incredibly blessed to be part of such committed governance and leadership” with the Stark and Tuscarawas Counties Labor Council. “I have appreciated the opportunity to work with such caring and innovative community partners and local businesses throughout my career,” she said in a press release.

Moving to the Ohio Workforce Association will allow her to remain active in developing and advocating for the state and national workforce, she said.

The new senior staff of the Workforce Development Board both have experience with the agency.

Breedlove joined the Workforce Initiative Association in August 2008 as an Employment Account Representative. She has held several positions and is currently Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining the Workforce Initiative, she was a contract supply specialist for the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and worked for 13 years in the private sector.

Byrd has served as Workforce Initiative’s Chief Financial Officer since January 2013. He worked for the organization from 1999 to 2005 as Deputy Director and Controller, before joining Summit Workforce Solutions as Executive Director and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park in as chief financial officer.

The Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Council works with businesses to help them meet labor needs by coordinating development activities in the area.

Nursing homes have a new owner

Two care homes in the area now have new owners.

Progressive Quality Care sold Amherst Meadows, at 1610 First St. NE in Massillon, and Green Meadows, at 7770 Columbus Road NE in Nimishillen Township.

The buyer is identified as “a group of qualified Ohio-based nursing facility managers and operators.” The new owners operated similar facilities in the Midwest, according to press releases.

The new owners renamed the facilities Green Meadows Skilled Nursing and Rehab and Amherst Meadows Nursing and Rehab. The changes went into effect on January 1.

Nimishillen Township Facility is a 110-bed, sub-acute, skilled nursing facility specializing in long and acute care and rehabilitation. The Massillon center has 115 beds including 89 medical beds and a service residence with 26 beds.

Jackson and Louisville students among Timken Global Scholar recipients

Two Stark County high school students were among 20 students from around the world who received scholarships through the Timken Global Scholars program.

Louisville High School senior Alex Corona and Jackson High School senior Carson Reed were among six students receiving $10,000 scholarships that can be renewed up to three times.

Corona is the son of Matthew Corona and Sara Corona, responsible for rollers, cages and related industrial products. He plans to major in chemical engineering at Youngstown State University.

Reed is the son of Ryan Reed, Senior Environmental Health and Safety Specialist, and Lauri Reed. He plans to pursue studies in pediatric medicine at The Ohio State University.

The Timken Company Charitable and Educational Fund has provided scholarships to children of employees since 1958. This year, the company shared $540,000 with students from six states and five foreign countries.

GBS Corp unit name change.

The document management division of GBS Corp. is now known as GBS BrandContent, the Jackson Township-based employee-owned company announced.

The company has combined all of its creative and marketing departments to operate as one operation from concept to delivery. GBS BrandContent is part of a strategic brand shift and offers creative design, marketing, printing, warehousing and other services to support marketing, advertising and sales programs for clients.

Jeff Merriman, executive vice president of GBS BrandConnect, said the change will make it easier for customers to capitalize on GBS’s ability to streamline and strengthen their marketing and sales.

Former TimkenSteel interim president elected to US Steel board

Terry Dunlap, who led TimkenSteel for more than a year after the departure of Ward J. “Tim” Timken Jr. in October 2019, was elected a director of US Steel.

Dunlap joined the TimkenSteel board in August 2015 and was a director when he stepped in after Timken left the company. Dunlap served as CEO and interim chairman until Mike Williams took over in January 2021.

Dunlap worked 31 years at Allegheny Technologies and was executive vice president of flat-rolled products when he retired in 2014. In addition to serving on the US Steel board of directors, Dunlap is a director at Matthews International and Ampco- Pittsburgh Corp., as well as a member of the Indiana University Foundation Board in Pennsylvania.

Michael A. Bynum