Board Members

Being a non-profit 501(c) 3, we have a board of directors that guides us in everything that we do.  Come along and meet these visionaries.
Debra Miraglia

Debra Miraglia

Board President

Debra holds a bachelors degree in teaching from East Stroudsburg University and regularly donates her time by serving on the boards of several area agencies, including the Blessings in a Backpack program in Canton, OH .  When she isn’t spending time with her children, grandchildren or husband, she can be found tending to her gardens at home.

What Debra enjoys most about serving as StarkFresh’s President is our commitment to getting fresh vegetables to the people who need it most.

Cathy Brown

Cathy Brown

Vice President

After raising a household of children into adulthood, Cathy spends her energy serving her community through volunteering in programs such as Canton’s Blessings in a Backpack Program.  Cathy has an accounting background and provides valuable skill and financial expertise to the board.

Cathy’s love for her community and her desire to see it be improved is what drives her to be part of StarkFresh.

Eva Houghton

Eva Houghton

Secretary

Eva, a lifelong resident of Canton, OH, wife, mother, small business owner and President of the Harrisburg Royal Neighborhood Association has been with StarkFresh from its beginning.  This program participant-turned-volunteer-turned-board member spends her free time with her family and friends enjoying festivals, music and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

Eva loves her community and is concerned that people are so nutrient deficient due to the lack of access to food and finances.  Her passion and the solutions StarkFresh offers to combat those deficiencies are what she loves most about what we do.

Rita Baker

Rita Baker

Board Member

Rita is the Program Manager at the Stock Pile, a non-profit building material reuse store located in Canton, OH.  In her free time she enjoys adventures with her husband and son and can be regularly found enjoying the local music scene when time allows.

What she loves most about serving on the StarkFresh board is how StarkFresh works hand-in-hand WITH others in the community to provide accessible services and opportunities, effectively helping people help each other and rising up the community.

Abby Poeske

Abby Poeske

Board Member

As Director of Service Learning at Walsh University, Abby has seen first hand how connecting local nonprofits like StarkFresh to the Walsh faculty creates not only meaningful academic experiences for students, but creates lasting benefits for the community.  Abby has a Bachelor’s Degree from University of North Carolina-Shapel Hill and an MBA from Walsh University.  After living in or traveling to more than 30 countries, she spends her spare time exploring North East Ohio.
In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at the National First Ladies Library, Girls on the Run and Summit Metro Parks.  She joins the board believing that access to healthy, fresh food should be a right and not a privilege.
Bruce Joseph

Bruce Joseph

Board Member

Bruce, the Wellness online Support and Outreach go-to at AultCare, brings his love of food and good nutrition to the board.  When he isn’t helping coach clients to healthier eating choices he spends his free time eating & talking about food, traveling, watching movies and getting together with friends as much as he can.  What he loves most about being on the board is being able to be able to make such a positive impact on the nutrition and education to this community.

Brenda Sarsany

Brenda Sarsany

Board Member

Starting with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and ending with a 30-year stint at the Stark County Regional Planning Commission, Brenda has been able to help our community in many ways, including starting The Stock Pile.  Now retired, Brenda enjoys volunteering her talents at the Haven of Rest, Jackson Township Recycling Station and a Stark County Probate Court Volunteer Court Angel.  Being a lifelong gardener, Brenda believes that along with affordable housing, everyone should also have access to healthy, local food and is excited to be helping StarkFresh.