About Us

The Stow-Munroe Falls  Community Foundation was established in 1999 as a collective effort from local business and community leaders, dedicated to supporting projects, to enhance the Stow and Munroe Falls communities.

The Foundation Board has grown over the last two decades to include a broad spectrum of residents representing the interests of the Stow and Munroe Falls residents.

The Board of Directors is composed of community leaders dedicated to the growth, restoration, renovation, and development of worthy projects that support and assist our great community.

The Board meets monthly to review and approve grants, oversee the community foundation’s finances, and develop creative ways of empowering  residents in Stow and Munroe Falls to do good work.  They come up with creative and fun ways to, not only raise funds for the community, but bring all community members together!

Meet our Board of Directors:

Gary Aleman

Gary Aleman

iHeart Radio, Retired

Gary has a long history of community involvement including being instrumental in the establishment of the Stow Farmer’s Market.  He retired from iHeart Radio where he was a marketing and sales master.  He currently does consulting, and is a tremendous asset to the Fund Raising Committee.


Brian D’Antonio

Berger Transfer and Storage, Network Manager
City of Stow, Council-at-Large

Brian serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors and is on the Fund Raising Committee.  “I enjoy the opportunity to serve my community through this foundation and helping to secure funding for worthwhile local causes.”



William Flinta

Westfield Bank, Senior Vice President

Bill brings financial expertise to the committee as the Senior VP of Westfield Bank and assists in the fund development for the team. “I am a strong believer that a community foundation is a good way for residents and interested community members to pool resources for the betterment of the community as a whole.”


Annie Hanson

ConxusNEO, Community Engagement Coordinator

Annie joined the Foundation Board in 2014 and serves on the public relations committee.  She brings a passion for fundraising to the team and supports the annual spa night fundraiser committee.  “This Foundation gives our community the opportunity to come together and assess the needs of our residents, raise the needed funds to support innovative projects, and see real results.”



John May

John D. May, Jr.

John D. May, Jr., CPA Inc., Certified Public Accountant

John is a founding member of the Community Foundation and has served on the Board of Directors since 1999.  He is a past-president of the Board and is currently serving as the Foundation treasurer.  “My parents taught me to give back to my community and this is one of the most rewarding ways that I have found to do just that.”



John Pribonic

Acme Fresh Market, Store Director
City of Stow, Council-at-Large

John brings a sense of community and teamwork to our Board, with a passion for serving.  “I am serving on the Board in order to help keep the cities of Stow and Munroe Falls great places to live and work.”



Tom Stephan

Stow City Schools, Retired

The “Voice of Stow,” Tom is the permanent emcee and master of ceremonies for all Foundation events.  Tom brings a wealth of knowledge and an incredible network to the team, having taught in the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District for 35 years. “I’m more active now than I was when I was teaching, and I love every minute of it!”



Marty Tass

HKB Enterprises, Retired

Marty is the current president of the Board and is our visionary leader.  “I have lived in this community for 41 years and I can think of no better way to give back.”


Jerad Zibritosky

McNamara, Demczyk, Co., LPA, Partner- Attorney

“I am looking forward to expanding my passion for service here in Stow and Munroe Falls.”


Julie Root

Summa Akron City Hospital, RN, BSN                                      Julie.root.stow@gmail.com

Julie has been a critical care nurse for more than 12 years.  “I am so proud and honored to be able to take care of people.  I am grateful and look forward to being a part of this foundation, whose sole interest is to serve its community.”



Bob Pontius

Marketing Director, MA, CDP, Stow-Glen Retirement Village

Bob’s day job is being the Marketing Director at Stow-Glen Retirement Village.  By night, he is busy shuttling, coaching, and cheering on his FIVE kids in all of their activities.  Bob and his lovely wife Bethany have certainly experience their fair share of rough times.  He sees his service on the Board as a chance to help others.  “Stow is a wonderful community with amazing people and families.  I hope this Foundation can be the wind in the sails for many projects that make Stow the envy of all the neighboring towns!”


Mark Fritz

Director of Operations, Stow-Munroe Falls City School District                                        st_mfritz@smfcsd.org

Mark serves as the Director of Operations/Business Manager for the Stow-Munroe Falls School District. ” I gladly accepted the invitation to join the board because I love this community and the people generating all this creative and positive energy supportive of the SMF Community Foundation.”


David P. Miller

Vice President
Relationship Manager – Business Banking, PNC.

David has a long history of philanthropy and playing a very active role in the community.  “My wife Erin and I, along with our two children Jensen and Avery, love all of the great things Stow is doing to make our community even better than what it is.  I enjoy every opportunity to meet new people and take part in all Stow has to offer.  Jensen and Avery are enrolled at Echo Hills and are very active in Stow Soccer Club.  When we are not at the soccer fields, you will find us at our local small businesses, playing on many of the community playgrounds, or relaxing at Silver Lake Country Club.”


Scotte Rorabaugh

Vice President
U.S. Insurance Group

Scotte is an independent insurance agent with U.S. Insurance Group in Stow. He has been a part of several foundations and active with many community organizations. “I am proud to raise my family in Stow, and having grown up here, I have seen our community experience some tremendous growth over the years. I am honored to be a part of this foundation. I look forward to collaborating with its strong group of people who will work with community leaders and residents to help our town continue its growth and shape the future vision of our wonderful city.”