The Hartville Migrant Council exists “For the good of our neighbors”.
The Hartville Migrant Council is made up of eight Board Members, and five program chairs.
The council employs three part-time employees.
Lora Wyss, President, Nursing Director Lora Wyss currently serves as a Professor of Nursing at Malone University and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from George Mason University in Fairfax VA, a school nurse license from Ashland University as well as a PhD from the University of Akron. She has previously held a variety of clinical, managerial, and teaching positions in Akron, Canton, and Washington DC. In addition, Lora is an adjunct faculty member at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and a casual employee at Aultman Hospital. Beyond her teaching responsibilities, Lora has volunteered as the nursing director of the medical clinic at the Hartville Migrant Ministries Center for over 15 years.
Leah Schafer, Vice President, Ministry Leah Schafer currently serves as pastor of St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church in North Canton. Ordained in the Lutheran church in 1986, she has served congregations in New Jersey, Washington, DC, northern Virginia and now Ohio. She is married to Arthur Cubbon. They have four adult children. Pastor Schafer earned her MD in at Yale University Divinity School and her DMin at the Catholic University of America. She is an active participant in the Lake Township Clergy Association.
Harvey Wagner, Treasurer, Financial Harvey Wagner has been Treasurer of the Hartville Migrant Ministry since May 2013. He is a current member of Advent Lutheran Church in Uniontown and a retired Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of FirstEnergy Corp. Harvey has served as President, Treasurer, Council Member, and Worship Committee Member at Advent Lutheran Church, as well being a former member of Northeastern Ohio Synod Council and Finance Committee Chari, ELCA.
Conley Frees, Secretary, Education Chairperson Conley Frees has been a Board Member of the Hartville Migrant Ministry since January 2014. She is a retired Springfield High School English teacher, where she was also an advisor for the Thespian Troupe, the school newspaper, and the yearbook. Conley is a member of Uniontown United Methodist Church and Outreach Team. She has served on the Rotary Club Board in Cambridge, Ohio, Youth Group Leader at First Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, Ohio, and Adult Sunday School Leader at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church in Akron, Ohio.
Tom Triola, Board Member, Facility Chairperson Tom Triola has been a Board Member of the Hartville Migrant Council since January 2014. He has been volunteering at the Hartville Migrant Center since 2010 and has served as the Facility Chair for 1 year. He is a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Uniontown and Knights of Columbus Council 14959. Tom and his wife Diane have been members of Lake Township for 27 years, raising 5 children. He is currently an Engineer at The Timken Company and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and Stark County’s United Way Day of Caring.
Bettie Maier, Board Member, Public Relations After earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana Bette has dedicated her life to the Stark County. In addition to her service to the Hartville Migrant Ministries, she has been an active member of Christ Presbyterian Church in Canton serving as both a board member and a mission committee person. She has also assisted in the fundraising and marketing of a wide variety of non-profit organizations such as the Canton Massillon United Way, Canton Museum of Art, Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Domestic Violence Shelter. Bette has also served as the treasurer for the Canton Garden Club.
David Windham, Board Member, Hospitality Chairperson David Windham has been a Board Member of the Hartville Migrant Ministry since January 2014. He has been the Missions and Outreach Pastor at Hartville Mennonite Church since January of 2012. David and his family had the opportunity to live in Oaxaca, Mexico from 2008 to 2010.
Dr. Teresa Wurst, MD, Medical Director Dr. Teresa Wurst has been volunteering as a physician at the Hartville Migrant Center since 2000 and became the Medical Director of the Hartville Migrant Clinic in 2002. She practices at the Aultman Family Medicine Center, Dr. Teresa Wurst also serves as the Assistant Program Director at the Aultman Family Medicine Residency Program as well as the Medical director of the Waynesburg Office of Aultman Physicians Center.
Jeff Stewart, GED/ESL/IWP Chairperson Jeff Stewart has been volunteering at the Hartville Migrant Center for 15 years. He is the director of Centro San Jose, which provides a myriad of services to the community as it relates to Latino affairs, including advocacy, social policy development, citizenship classes, English as a second language courses, interpreting and translation services. Centro San Jose services are available free of charge to the Hartville Migrant Center.
Kelly Washboune, Interpreters Coordinator, Grants Kelly Washbourne teaches at Kent State University. A translator and interpreter (MA, Monterey Institute of International Studies; PhD University of Massachusetts Amherst), he trains, qualifies and schedules interpreters for the medical clinic. He has worked on outreach programs in children’s bilingual literacy and academic enhancement in Akron, Canton, and abroad, and is co-sponsor and co-organizer of the yearly Book Fair for the migrant children. He has participated in medical and community-building missions in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. He has volunteered with the Center since 2006, and has earned fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the GAR Foundation, and many others.
Camelly Cruz-Martes, Interpreters Coordinator, Grants Camelly Cruz-Martes, Ph.D, is an associate professor of Spanish at Walsh University, where she teaches Hispanic American literature and Spanish for the Health Care Professions. She earned a BA at University of Puerto Rico, and received a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has volunteered at the Center since 2006, where she served as Vice President for two years. Currently her students do internships at the Center, she interprets regularly at the clinic, and co-organizes reading events. She has worked in literacy efforts in educational and recreational programs for Hispanic children in the Akron and Canton area, as well as in Guatemala. She has organized and participated in service learning community programs for Latino families in El Salvador, Washington DC and Youngstown, Ohio.
Liz Behrend, Financial Coordinator Liz Behrend is a graduate of The University of Akron and has been employed part-time with the Hartville Migrant Ministry since April 2013. She assists the treasurer with account reconciliation and information collection. Liz maintains records of all transactions, including electronic databases, donor records, grant tracking and reporting, and maintaining tax documents of any contract workers.
Deb Arner, Director of Services, Grants Deb Arner has helped at the Hartville Migrant Center for over 10 years and became the Director in 2014 . She has her BSN and MSN from University of Phoenix and teaches College and Career Sunday School at Stanwood Community Church. She organizes the daily functions of the migrant center and assists others that are providing services at the Center.
Illiana Pech Cruz, Volunteer Coordinator Iliana Pech Cruz is currently a Senior at Walsh University who will be graduating in Spring 2018 with a BA in Spanish for the Healthcare Professions. She has interned at the Hartville Migrant Center for the 2017 season and worked with the interpreters during medical clinics as well as the recreational programs for the Migrant children. As the volunteer coordinator, she will be working closely with all volunteers to create both educational and recreational programs for the Center.