REPOSITORY STAFF REPORT | THE REPOSITORY 2:57 pm EDT September 20, 2021
CANTON – Kristine Willhite has been selected to succeed Brad Vincent as CEO of Siffrin effective Oct. 1. Willhite brings two decades of management experience to the position. Most recently, she was a regional coordinator for the Early Childhood Resource Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, overseeing initiatives and grants.
Willhite has a master's degree in public administration from Louisiana State University and a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Kent State University. A Stark County resident, she is a Leadership Stark County Signature Program graduate. She has been a foster and adoptive parent for more than 20 years, caring for children with an intellectual or developmental disability.
Brad Vincent, a 30-year employee and the organization’s CEO for 22 years, will retire Sept. 30. Through his leadership, the organization has expanded the service area from three counties to seven, now serving 900 clients per year in Stark, Summit, Mahoning, Portage, Trumbull, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties. He also oversaw establishing a regional office in Austintown and increased revenue from $4 million to $11 million.
Siffrin is a not-for-profit service organization that helps people with developmental disabilities.
Siffrin would like to thank our Direct Support Professionals for all that you do. Your work is appreciated every hour of every day, and this week we celebrate your endless care and support of those with disabilities.
You are the heart of Siffrin.
Dear Siffrin Family,
It is with deep gratitude and excited anticipation that we announce the coming transition taking place at Siffrin, Inc.
First, the gratitude. As you may know, our longtime CEO, Brad Vincent, will be retiring at the end of September. Brad’s thirty years of dedicated service leaves a legacy of caring, growth and a sincere commitment to preserving the dignity of people with disabilities. Under Brad’s leadership, we’ve seen Siffrin grow from three to seven counties—now serving more than 900 people throughout Northeast Ohio. In addition, Siffrin has expanded its service matrix beyond residential in order to help people achieve more vocationally, financially and personally with the additions of Employment, Financial Management, Day Services and Transportation services. Brad has also collaborated with Kent State University to provide Siffrin Academy, an integrated, on campus, service in both Stark and Trumbull Counties. He helped acquire a new central office at its current location on Dressler Road NW and new facilities at Siffrin’s Austintown branch.
It must be summer
When Ricky missed the party, the team wanted him to know how much they appreciated his support over the summer.
BBQ baseball birthdays
balloons Hof fun
& THE FAIR
Heart of Gold Award
"The Sunnyside Home is the newest home within Summit County and it runs like one of the group homes we have had for many years. This is not just by chance, but because of the hard work, dedication, and love that is shared by each of the current staff members who work there! Some days have brought forth unexpected challenges, and some days appear to be smooth as a summer breeze, but you or I would not know the difference because this team always presents a smile, and a positive attitude no matter the circumstances. Charlyn Dalton, Jeremy Lyons, and Jennie Smith, please know that you are appreciated in every way for continuing to ensure the lives of those served are treated with great care and support. I hope that all the greatness you share with those around you comes back to you full circle...continue being great and most of all... Thank You for being you."
Chanelle Copeland, Program Coordinator, Summit County
"The Sunnyside Team is an example of bravery and having a Heart of Gold. The home went through a crisis when the staff and ladies were exposed to high CO levels. The home had to be evacuated and until a new boiler system was placed and certified by the landlord, they were unable to return to the home. Staff handled themselves well, following their training and brought the ladies to safety even though the staff was dealing with their own symptoms. The entire team pulled together over the next few weeks to ensure everyone was safe and the ladies had what they needed." ~Kim Larson-Phillips, COO, Siffrin
Sunnyside Staff (L-R) Jennie Smith, HC Charyln Dalton, and Jeremy Lyons.
To everyone who donated items and bought tickets, Thank You for helping The Siffrin HOPE Fund grow. Sending Special Thank You's to Cynthia Best for organizing this event and to Dave Howe, our awesome host for the event.
Congratulations to all of the winners!
Attention Parents and Guardians
Agreement on Protocols for Safety during Visitation in Supervised Living Homes