Stark Blessing Box Initiative Leadership

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Maiharriese Wooden

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Maiharriese Wooden is the Founder of Stark Blessing Box Initiative. She is also the Community Outreach Director at First Christian Church – Canton where she helps with their food pantry and clothing ministry, Common Goods. Maiharriese is a mother of two adult daughters, grandmother of five, and is strong in her faith.

Maiharriese has had personal experiences with daily challenges with food insecurity and this has encouraged her to start the Stark County Blessing Box initiative. She has been called by the Lord to begin this and has placed over 14 boxes in the Stark county area helping hundreds of families a year provide food for their families.

Her obedience and faith the Lord is very important to her and her mantra in life is, “To follow Jesus’ example in caring for the disadvantaged and suppressed while guiding them toward the transformational love of Christ.”

Chris Lynch

VICE PRESIDENT
A graduate of the University of Akron, Chris works as a loan officer with Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. His passion is helping clients become first generational wealth builders through owning real estate. He has always had a heart to make an impact within his own community and is pleased to serve SBBI.

Tracy Yantzer

SECRETARY
Tracy Yantzer has worked across multiple fields and is currently the executive administrator at First Christian Church in Canton, Ohio. During her time there, Tracy has become more passionate about living out Matthew 25:34-40, caring for those who need it most. She is excited to serve Stark Blessing Box Initiative.

Emily Dreger

TREASURER
A graduate of Mount Union, Emily taught high school English at Field High School. While there, she learned that food vulnerabilities existed in every community, and became passionate about caring for her students needs beyond the classroom. She is excited to be part of Stark Blessing Box Initiative.

Jennifer Maurer

Jennifer Maurer served the migrant farmworking community of northeast Ohio for three growing seasons at Hartville Migrant Ministry. She is a graduate student of Malone University’s Clinical Mental Health program and an interminable advocate for the vulnerable.

Krista Wodajo

Krista is a graduate of Kent State and owns Press Creative, a North Canton area web design agency. Having experienced food insecurity in her own family as a single parent, she has an understanding of the often complex circumstances – beyond a family’s control – that can cause and perpetuate food insecurity.