Board of Directors

Richard F. Kress, Board President, has served on the Board since 2002.  He retired in 2012 after a long career in commercial banking and currently is a professional business consultant, assisting small businesses with business and financial planning.  Richard graduated from the University of Dayton with a major in Economics and has had extensive continuing education in finance and banking.  His community involvement includes service as a board member for Walsh University, Central Catholic, the Catholic Community League, and Canton Better Business Bureau, CYC, Beacon Charitable Pharmacy and Canton SCORE.  He is a lifelong resident of Canton and is married to Leslie. 

Cynthia Ann Kerchner, Board Vice President, is a registered nurse, entrepreneur, businessperson, and community volunteer.  She graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and worked in multiple area of nursing over her career.  Cynthia gradually went into private business in Louisville with her husband, owning a bowling alley, restaurant, and Hallmark card and gift shops.  These ventures led to involvement in business and professional organizations, the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, YMCA, Leadership Stark County and eventually local government, city council, and then Mayor of the City of Louisville, Ohio.  While pursuing these endeavors, Cynthia has maintained continuous involvement and support of Catholic Charities and St. Joseph Senior Living.  Acknowledging the excellent care her mother and other relatives received as residents at St. Joseph's, she believes in it Catholic principles of respect for the dignity of life at all ages.  Cynthia is a widow, mother of four children, grandmother of ten, and great grandmother to five.

Gregory J. Duplin, Board Vice President, has served on the Board since 2017.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Dennison University.  Greg also received a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Akron.  He is a retired business executive having spent twenty-six years with the Hoover Company, five years with Progressive Foam Technologies, and six years with Midlake Products, Inc.  Greg has taught as an adjunct professor at Walsh University in the DeVille Business School and has served as Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach at his alma mater, 

St. Thomas Aquinas High School where he also has been involved with numerous fund raising opportunities. He and his wife, Karen have three grown children.  

Annette Rosenberg, Board Secretary, is the President of Salco Machine, Inc., a Stark County business for over 37 years.  Although born and raised in Stark County, Annette lived away from the area for 29 years and returned in 2008.  She was a small business consultant in San Antonio, Texas prior to moving back to Ohio.  Annette's passion is volunteering, with an emphasis on helping women and children.  She has been a volunteer and on the board of the Domestic Violence Project, Inc. for eleven years and on the board of St. Joseph Senior Living for six years.  Prior philanthropic work includes the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Blessed Sacrament Academy, Business and Professional Women, Inc. and the Louisville Constitution Committee.  Her mother, Susan Saliola was a resident at St. Joseph Senior Living.  

John Gaetano is the Vice President of Beaver Contractor, Inc. which was established in 2010 by John and the owners of the 65 year old Beaver Excavating Company.  He has more than 34 years of experience in the construction industry.  John joined the Beaver team in 2008 after his family decided to close their respected contracting business, Gaetano Contractors where he worked his way through the ranks of the company as an operating engineer, IT manager, office manager, estimator, senior project manager and corporate secretary from 1984 - 2008.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Akron in Accounting and Computer Science.  Currently John is Vice President representing the safety advisory board for Beaver Companies.  He serves as a board member with the North Canton Medical Foundation and is a member of their finance committee.  John previously was a board member of the Builders Exchange of Northeast Ohio and the Golden Eagle Athletic Association.  Mr. Gaetano believes that there is nothing better in life than having the ability to help others.  He is thankful for the opportunity to re-join the St. Joseph Senior Living Board and ultimately help in its strategic process.  "I look forward to providing leadership that will pave the future of St. Joseph's."   

Richard Lolli, a member of Babst Calland Attorneys at Law, has extensive experience in the legal areas of real estate, title insurance and real estate titles including certificates for mineral drilling sites.  He represents national clients in matters of title insurance claims and clients in large real estate sales, acquisitions and refinancing.  He is often engaged by other law firms to assist in matters involving title company operations and real estate law.  Mr. Lolli attended the Institute for Mediterranean Studies in Rome, Italy in 1972 and earned his B.S.F.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1973 and a JD. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law 1976.  He is admitted to practice in Ohio and before the United Sates District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.  Mr. Lolli is a member of the Stark County and Ohio State Bar associations and the American Bar Association, where he serves as a member of the Title Insurance Litigation Committee.  He has served as past president of the American Lung Association of Stark-Wayne, past vice-chairman of the City of Alliance Civil Service Commission, and a former Assistant Law Director for the City of Alliance.  Mr. Lolli is the author of a number of publications and a presenter on the topics of commercial real estate and title issues. 

Barbara Pedrozo is Director, Benefits and Wellness at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center since 1996.  Previous positions included Director, Compensation and Benefits at Aultman Health Systems, Investment Analyst at Battelle Memorial Institute, Assistant Treasurer at Equitable Savings Bank, Financial Analyst at Bell & Howell, and Staff Accountant at Hausser & Taylor CPA's.  Barbara holds a Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University and Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Pre-Law at Walsh Univeristy.  Her areas of expertise have been augmented by certification and training in Senior Professional Human Resources, Community Leadership Development, Employee Benefits Specialist, and financial wellness.  Community advisory and board leadership roles she holds in addition to St. Joseph Senior Living include Canton Montessori School, MedPro Credit Union Board and Weaver Industries.  Barbara has been a speaker at the WEB Cleveland Chapter, Walsh University and the University of Akron.  

Gary Schumacher has a three-fold interest in joining the St. Joseph Senior Living Board.  he has many fond memories of visiting the residents at St. Joseph Hospice throughout his elementary school years at St. Louis Parish.  His mother was a frequent visitor and volunteer at St. Joseph's playing Bingo and various card games with the residents.  His older brother, John Schumacher was a previous board and was actively involved in the continued planning, growth, and mission of St. Joseph's.  Gary is a graduate of the University of Akron and was employed by Synchrony for 33 years, retiring in 2017.  He is currently on the Junior Achievement board and continues to teach financial literacy to high school students.  Gary also serves on the United Way Board and chairs the United Way Financial Stability Council and is a member of the United Way Investment Council.  He believes his involvement in the community along with his 40+ years of business experience and leadership has positioned him to help serve as a member of the St. Joseph Senior Living Board.  Gary resides in North Canton with his wife, Cis of 44 years.  They have two sons.

Rev. Joseph Witmer is a retired priest of the Youngstown Diocese.  A member of St. Peter Parish Canton, he was ordained for the Diocese of Youngstown fifty three years ago in 1967. Father Witmer served as an associate pastor at St. Edward's in Youngstown and at Christ the King Parish in Warren.  He was the Chaplain at Walsh College and the Director of the Newman Center at Youngstown State University.  From 1979 to 1987, Father Witmer served as the Assistant Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington D.C.  He was Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Aurora for 22 years and retired in 2010.  Father Witmer is currently the Administrator of Emmaus House, a home for retired priests and regularly celebrates Mass at St. Joseph's.  He also served as a part-time chaplain at Mercy Medical Center from 2016 - 2020.  Father Witmer has family ties to St. Joseph Senior Living - both his mother and sister were residents at St. Joseph's and a brother-in-law resides at The Alsatian.

David J. Wechter, Board Treasurer, brings more than thirty years of commercial banking experience in originating, underwriting, and relationship management roles across many industries.  He is Senior Vice President at The Huntington National Bank and is driven by a strong sense of service leadership, as a guest lecturer at Walsh University, Malone University, and Chamberlain University.  David earned a B.S.B.A. in Economics from John Carroll University and is a graduate of Leadership Stark County.  David and his wife, Dr. Susan Wechter have four children.  His community involvement includes being active in his parish, past Grand Knight of the Bishop McFadden Knights of Columbus Council, past president of the North Canton Jaycees, Boy Scout leader, Junior Achievement advisor, and coaching his children's sports teams.  David's affinity for St. Joseph's mission for caring for the most vulnerable was obtained through watching his grandmother, Arlene Schumacher, in the spirit of "more is caught than taught," as she visited residents as a volunteer at St. Joseph's since he was young.  

Stephen Carattini currently serves as Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Department for Justice and Charity. He has a successful eighteen year career as an executive in the international transportation and logistics industry before discerning a vocation within the faith-based charitable sector in 2003.  Most recently Mr. Carattini held the position of Chief Executive Officer with Catholic Social Service in the Archdiocese of Edmonton, Canada.  Prior to that he served as the Chief Operating Officer for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver, and the Director of Immigration and Refugee Services with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.  Mr. Carattini was born in New York City and grew up in Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey and Iran.  He and his wife Michelle, were married in 1985 and have two children.  He holds a Master's Degree in Theology from St. Thomas University in Houston and Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from Georgetown University of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C.

Susan Strutner is CEO of St. Joseph Senior Living.   Personal experience coupled with a desire for helping others opened the door to senior care and service over 30 years ago.  Susan's passion has never wavered .  As a licensed and certified administrator, she views her leadership through the lens of quality person-centered care and services.  With the vanguard of our mission, Susan believes that strategic planning with the Board of Directors, leadership team, and invested volunteers to practical development and implementation is the driving force for high standards.  She earned her B.S. from the Ohio State University, has additional noteworthy credentials as a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Trainer, Certified Eden Associate, and volunteer senior guardian.  She has presented workshops and seminars on senior living development, team building, communication, and memory support/dementia care topics to a variety of audiences.  

     Born and raised in a large, loving extended family, Susan and her husband Gary are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Massillon where Susan is a Eucharistic Minister.   

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