At the Shaw JCC of Akron, our customer service goals are simple. Everyday, we strive to exceed our members' expectations and pay attention to details. To reach our goals, we need to hear from our members with questions, concerns, and expectations! Below, you'll find a listing of our staff leaders, along with their direct phone numbers and email addresses. Please let us know how we can help!
As a JCC member for over 35 years, Michael feels the JCC has been central to his and his family's lives. He is happy to be leading the organization and working to sustain the long-term future of the JCC in Akron. He aims to create the highest value possible for members.
Previously, Michael worked at Network & Diamond Polymers (sold to A. Schulman) in Akron for 15 years, serving as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Operating Officer. Past work experience includes Jatsan Metal Company, Duracote, and General Tire and Rubber Company. He has his masters in business administration from Baldwin-Wallace.
In addition to his professional career, he has volunteered his time and expertise with many organizations. He either served on the board of or did significant volunteer work for the Battered Women’s Shelter, the Summit Developmental Disabilities Board, Stewart’s Caring Place, GASP, Akron Child Guidance, Interfaith Caregivers, and Safe Landings. He has been on the board of Temple Israel for 20 years and served two terms as its president.
Angela Atwood oversees all marketing, PR and brand development activities on the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life for the Shaw JCC, Jewish Family Service and The Lippman School.
She brings 15-plus years’ experience working in nonprofit organizations, most recently having served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for United Way of Greater Stark County.
Angela resides in Canton with her husband Don and stepdaughter Naomi. Their family enjoys volunteering for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival. She graduated with honors from Malone University with a degree in English, communications and secondary education.
Kim Garra was born in Alexandria, Va., but grew up in Canton, OH., and moved to Michigan after her graduation from college. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Malone College. She has certification in elementary education, early childhood, and some coursework in Special Needs education. Kim has worked in a variety of educational capacities throughout her career, from preschool teacher, educational aide for students with special needs, and respite care giver for autistic children, to Early Childhood Education Director at several centers in Michigan.
Kim and her husband Jeff have three children ranging in age from 16-24. Their free time is spent biking, kayaking and enjoying family time together. Kim’s favorite quotation about education is an apt summary of her engagement with parents and children at the Shaw JCC: “Children don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Jaclyne brings 10 years of member service experience. She received her BS in Organizational Supervision from the University of Akron. Jaclyne has worked in a variety of member service capacities with most recently working as the Member Experience Director with the Akron Area YMCA. Jaclyne resides in Wadsworth with her husband. They spend their free time enjoying the outdoors, trying new and local restaurants and traveling to visit family and friends.
Scott joins the Shaw JCC from Tucson, Arizona where he has been the Camp and Children, Youth and Family Engagement Director for the Tucson JCC for the past 12 years. He has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and several years of experience in counseling children, youth programming, music and Judaics. Scott and his wife, Julie, have run music programs for children at the Tucson J and other community programs for several years. They are the proud parents of two camp age children. Scott and his family are very happy to call Akron and the Shaw JCC their new home.
Adult Programs Coordinator & ECE Office Manager
School Age Services Coordinator
Mayana & Shay
Jewish Life Program Coordinator
Campus Operations Director