As the 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!

LAURA SHANK, Immediate Past 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!


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.


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