Leadership group graduates

Leadership group graduates

Ian Wamboldt


Eighteen members of the Leadership Tuscarawas Class of 2022 graduated May 10 during ceremonies held at Kent State Tuscarawas. The evening began with a reception for the class, board members and invited guests, followed by class project presentations and a keynote presentation by Dr. Brad Bielski, dean and chief administrative officer at Kent State Tuscarawas.

Members of the graduating class include Jill Cunningham, Tuscarawas Senior Center; Jen Armstrong, Mako’s Market; Shannon Bailey, Kent State Tuscarawas; Dan Baker, Kraton Chemical; Jade Boffo, Tuscarawas County YMCA; Dawn Jones, Cleveland Clinic-Union Hospital; Kandi Eckhardt, Tuscarawas County BDD; Daniel Everett, Everett Consulting; Ryan Grewell, SmartWay Communications; Christina Grove, First Federal Community Bank; Mike Impagliozza, Small Business Development Center; Joey Kopp, Retail Products Solutions;

Denise McEnroe-Petitte, Kent State Tuscarawas; Brenda Pope, Eagle Machine; Steve Rippeth, Buckeye Career Center; Niza Rodriguez, Redwood House of Real Estate; Sarah Spies, East Central Ohio ESC; and Polly Stark, Indian Valley School District.

Ian Wamboldt, 2007 Leadership Tuscarawas graduate, was selected the recipient of the 2022 Leadership Tuscarawas Alumni Award of Excellence. Wamboldt is the managing director at House of Stones.

Wamboldt holds an MBA from the Kellog School of Management, a bachelor’s degree from DeVry University and is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America. Wamboldt is a USAF veteran.

According to his nominator, Diane Lautenschleger, "Wamboldt serves the community in his life and in his career. He is a true servant-leader, leading us in such a way that goals are reached and tasks are accomplished with ease and without strife. He always gives freely of his time for the betterment of our community."

Wamboldt started his career in Tuscarawas County working for the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum and is frequently seen in the community supporting organizations such as the Tuscarawas Chamber of Commerce, Community Hospice and the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital Auxiliary.

Wendy Zucal, executive director of the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, said, “Working with Ian is like working with a ray of sunshine. He is full of light and amazing ideas — truly one of the most talented and creative people I have ever met.”

Scott Robinson, president of the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce, said, “Ian has applied the lessons learned from his Leadership Tusc. experience by volunteering with several community organizations including the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce, where he served as board chairman. Ian continues to serve on our governance council. He is an asset to each organization which is fortunate enough to have his participation.”

Alan Rodriguez, owner of the House of Stones and Wamboldt’s employer, said, “Great leadership has several components — humility, lead by example, inspire those around you to achieve their maximum potential and be fulfilled in their own lives, and in the credo of Rotary, service above self. Ian has excelled in all these qualities, at the store, in the community and in himself. Ian, I am so proud of you.”

Kim Nathan said, “As last year’s recipient of this prestigious award, I am honored to be in the company of this year’s incredible and most deserving winner. Having the wonderful opportunity to work alongside Ian on the Leadership Tuscarawas board, his commitment to community, family and his servant leadership are a natural part of his fabric. There are people that just shine, and this year’s winner does just that. He instantly lights up a room when he walks in, and you are drawn to his kindness and charm. His love for his community and animals shows everything one hopes for in a leader with compassion, empathy and willingness to serve a greater good. His passion to make our area a better and more beautiful place to live is evident.”

Recent recipients of this award include Mark McKenzie, 2017, volunteer president of the Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market; Diane Lautenschleger, 2018, director of partner development at CVB; Jim Gill, 2019, director of the Dover Public Library; and Nathan, 2021, formerly with Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital.

Email William H. Beisel at wbeisel@kent.edu.

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