Ken Weber Community Campus at Goodwill named in honor of the former CEO who died last year after battle with cancer.
CANTON Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio today has a new name for its campus and a new vice president.
The nonprofit organization's corporate headquarters, at 408 Ninth St. SW in Canton, has been renamed the Ken Weber Community Campus at Goodwill, in honor of the former CEO who died last year after a battle with cancer.
While the name change is official today, an event to unveil new signage is expected to be held later.
Joining the Goodwill team today is Maureen Ater, who most recently served as general manager for the parent company of The Canton Repository and The Massillon Independent.
In her new role as vice president of marketing and fund development for Goodwill, she will lead marketing efforts on the organization's retail and mission sides and will coordinate campaigns.
Ater has served as a member of Goodwill's board of directors for nine years and previously worked for what is now the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities and for the United Way of Greater Stark County.
Ater joined Gatehouse Ohio in 2007 as vice president of marketing and later became general manager of the Massillon Independent. She said she was blessed in her time with the company to work with leaders who believed in her and her abilities and provided her with new opportunities.
"I've enjoyed every minute of it," Ater said. "I do feel like I'm kind of leaving a part of me here. I don't think I'll ever fully walk away from the Repository."
Jim Porter, publisher of The Repository and The Independent, said Ater shared the newspapers' goal "to move the community forward."
"Maureen did that in her position at the Repository and will continue to help our community in her new role," he said. "We appreciate everything she has done for us, her commitment and the enthusiasm she brought to her job every day."
Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio serves 10 counties stretching from Cuyahoga through Stark, Tuscarawas and Carroll and into West Virginia.
Weber is credited with growing the organization from an 11-store operation that served 750 people a year to a more than 20-location organization that serves more than 15,000 annually.
"Because of the campus, area nonprofits have the ability to collaborate and create positive impact within our community, and residents needing help have access to many services, even with just one bus pass," Anne Richards, interim president and CEO, said in a news release. "It is fitting for the building to bear his name, as everything that happens here is a direct reflection of his passion for this work."
Goodwill's campus houses about 20 organizations, said Allyson Rey, manager of fund development and community relations for Goodwill.
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