Laura Shank, Chair

I would love to live in a world where people are safe and happy and where edible chocolate grows on trees! When I’m not directing corporate marketing for Apple Growth Partners, a regional accounting firm, you can find me working out, volunteering, traveling, or spending time with family. I’m originally from Stow, Ohio where I attended Stow Munroe-Falls High School and attended Bowling Green State University (Go Falcons!) I’ve been known to do crazy things throughout my lifetime but the only one that I can mention on the Internet is that I boarded down a volcano in Nicaragua. See, I told you I’ve done crazy things!


It’s hard to believe but out of everyone that serves on the YPN leadership team, I am the only one that prefers an Android over an iPhone! How is that even possible? As the Vice-Chair of YPN, I enjoy the prospect of helping those involved in our organization. I graduated from The University of Akron with an accounting degree and am now employed with CBIZ MHM, LLC. When I’m not volunteering with YPN, you can find me engaged in the exciting field of tax accounting. My latest tax return – on a local Akron business – hits the IRS inbox soon! I love to read and enjoy spicy food from around the world. As a matter of fact, I’d love to live in a world where everyone has traveled internationally. Maybe they’d bring back amazing recipes for me to try!

SHON CHRISTY, Immediate Past Chair

I want to live in a world where everyone appreciates how similar we all are and not what our differences might be. We are all more alike than different. We have hopes and dreams but we also have fears and struggles. Life is too hard to do it alone, and we can always spare time to help someone out. As the president of Focal Point Social Media, I have given talks all over the country from the National Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action Conference to the National Pizza and Ice Cream Show. My story was featured in the book, Under the Rustbelt – Revealing Innovation in Northeast Ohio for my cutting – edge work in the social media field. When I’m not tweeting, instagramming, and posting, I can be found volunteering with the Rotary Club of Akron or the United Way of Summit County. I am also very involved in the national and local Down syndrome community.
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MARC SERVODIO, Community Liaison

I was born and raised in Akron and after all these years, I still love it! I am a graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School and The University of Akron. I am in my 11th year at SS&G Wealth where I am a Financial Advisor helping everyone from recent college graduates to small businesses plan and prepare for their financial futures. When not at work, you can typically find me wherever there is a kitchen. Whether it’s trying something new out in my own kitchen or checking out a restaurant, I like to be adventurous, and I appreciate good food. You can check out what we do and some recent news about SS&G Wealth at

LINDSAY RIDINGER, Coordinator, Events

I would love to live in a world were all individuals embrace the benefits of laughter, kindness and savasana – every single day. I am a graduate of Kent State University and am currently the Manager of Wow! Communications and Marketing at Summit Education Initiative. When I’m not working or attending an Akron-based committee meeting, you can find me attempting a forearm balance on my yoga mat. My favorite Akron hangout is at Lockview – the food, atmosphere, music, and beverage selections are hard to beat. Wow, maybe they should pay me for promoting their restaurant! Learn more about the students and other community members for which I work to help communicate and build awareness at Find out when I teach yoga at Follow me on Twitter @lindsayridinger.

ANDREW GURAN, Coordinator, Membership

I received a B.A. from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a J.D. from The Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Now that my life is not filled with sitting in classrooms learning about citations, codes, and statutes; I work as an Associate in the litigation group at the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. Wait! Maybe my life is still filled with citations, codes, and statutes! When I’m not working, you can find me either at home with my wife, two dogs and new son, or hanging out at an Indians or CAVS game. In a perfect world, I’d love to see the Indians, CAVS, and Browns all win a championship in the same year. Then I remembered, nothing is perfect! The craziest thing I’ve ever done is dove twenty feet down a rock covered mountain to save my friend’s water bottle. He really needed his water! Learn more about me at

JOSEPH HORAK, Coordinator,
Marketing and Communications

I want to live in a world where everyone takes personal responsibility for themselves and does everything possible to help others be successful! As Vice President of Sales and Talent Acquisition for Focal Point Social Media, I’ve been able to connect and work with a diverse group of area organizations. I am also the founder of the BMW Charity Auto Event – Fahrerfest. When not helping small businesses via social media, you can find me spending time with my wife, two children, and Gruffy (my poodle) or doing anything that helps move the needle in #Akron.  If not doing any of those things, you may also find me building, riding, or racing motorcycles and cars. Some have called me crazy, and I may have to agree. As a matter of fact, the craziest thing I’ve ever done is crashed a wedding and left a card for the bride and groom signed… “Love – From the people who crashed your wedding”. Discover how to help your business grow using the power and reach of social media at


Spending time with family and friends, working out,  watching reality TV – actually TV in general (my guilty pleasure!), and shopping of course – are all things you may find me doing when I’m not working as an auditor for Bober Markey Fedorovich. I was born and raised in Ravenna, Ohio, and graduated from Kent State University with a dual degree in accounting and marketing. If I could spend a week anywhere in the world, it would be in Tahiti/Bora Bora. I might event bring along Mia, my fluffy white Maltese pup, who always has a bow in her hair! My favorite Akron hangout is the Akron Zoo, and I love ice cream. Learn more about me at