Board of Directors
Richard F. Kress
Richard 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
Cynthia 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
Gregory 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 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 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.
Gary 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
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
David 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.
Rachel has been with Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Youngstown for 26 years. She has served as the Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities since 2017. In this role, Rachel is responsible for coordinating the social services offered by the Catholic Charities agencies in the six-county diocese, and for providing leadership to the Diocesan Department of Catholic Charities. Rachel is a graduate of Notre Dame College, Cleveland, and the University of Akron, and has participated in several professional enrichment opportunities through Catholic Charities USA, including Leadership Institute, and an intensive training on mission-based leadership and organizational development at the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame. She served on the Catholic Charities USA Development and Communications Steering Committee for five years, and is now a member of Catholic Charities USA’s Council of Diocesan Directors. Rachel resides in Newton Falls with her husband and daughters, and is a parishioner at St. Mary and St. Joseph Parish.
Michael was raised in Canton, and was Canton Rotary Exchange student to Finland. That experience sparked an enthusiasm for traveling which he has been able to enjoy both personally and professionally. After various sales and marketing roles with The Hoover Company, Mike had opportunities to continue his career growth with other leading global companies such as MARS and Cargill. In 2014 Mike entered the international business arena by managing the North American Group (SFFG – a Berkshire Hathaway company) as the Global Business Unit Manager with functional oversight of sales, marketing, distribution and 2 manufacturing sites; Cleveland, OH, and Suzhou, China. Under Mike’s leadership, a dormant brand was rekindled with focus on introducing best-in-class products; one of those products was named Product of the Year as voted by specialty category retailer. Mike’s international business knowledge and travels supported unprecedented growth in each category that SFFG participated in. Earlier this year Mike had and opportunity to center himself and join Optum® Care as Director, Network Development & Engagement for the Midwest Region. This opportunity draws upon his diverse sales, marketing, and business development experiences. While his international travels will now be for personal appreciation, he has the ability to take a step back from his previously hectic schedule and focus on developing programs that are supportive of an aging population. Mike received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Malone University. Mike and his wife, Denise have 3 grown children, and 5 grandchildren.
Dr. Mary Lynne Blevins
Dr. Mary Lynne Blevins is an optometrist with Blevins and Blevins, Inc., practicing at Louisville Vision Center in Louisville. She is a 1984 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Mary Lynne’s son, Joseph will graduate as an optometrist and will be welcomed into the family eye care business. She and her husband, Randy, operate an 80-acre horse racing and breeding farm, the Lazy Eye Farm. Mary Lynne also volunteers her time as a Trustee for Stark County YMCA serving on the Personnel Committee. She is past president of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, Membership Committee for the Farm Bureau, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and St. Louis. Mary Lynne’s grandmother and father were residents at St. Joseph Senior Living and “had the best care ever.” Mary Lynne states that “they loved going to Mass at the chapel.”