Director, Akron General Foundation – organizes the overall philanthropic efforts of the Akron General Foundation, the separate supporting nonprofit fundraising arm of the Akron General Foundation, a Cleveland Clinic affiliate. Prior to joining Akron General, Laura Jo was the director of the Mercy Medical Center Development Foundation in Canton, Ohio and held various positions including Prospect Research Coordinator, Children’s Miracle Network Program Manager and Director of Annual Giving for Akron Children’s Hospital.


Laura Jo holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Walsh University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron.  She is a member of Leadership Stark County 22nd Signature Class, the Kaderly Family Foundation and serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals/Northeast Ohio chapter. While working in Stark County, Laura Jo chaired the Leave a Legacy Stark County steering committee, and held memberships in the Canton Rotary, Walsh University Women’s Committee, Mercy Service League and Women’s Impact Inc.


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