Growing Up Akron draws upon community leaders to chair the event - News Article

Growing Up Akron draws upon community leaders to chair the event

Child Guidance & Family Solutions (CG&FS) is pleased to announce its honorary co-chairs for the 2015 Growing Up Akron event: Jim and Cheryl Nilsen, and Kyle Kutuchief and Getta Cornici. The fundraiser will be held on Friday, August 14, from 6-9 p.m. at the Thirsty Dog Brewery, 529 Grant Street, Akron. For the sixth year, hundreds of guests will gather to hear live local bands and enjoy food and drinks from Akron’s iconic eateries – and support CG&FS, Summit County’s leading mental healthcare agency for children and their families.

The event’s focus on home-grown success extends to the choice of co-chairs: Individuals who have grown up in the community, are committed to the strength of the community and represent the best our community has to offer. They are committed to the purpose of CG&FS to ensure that our children and families grow up healthy and strong.

Jim and Cheryl Nilsen were born in Akron and have known each other since elementary school in Bath, Ohio. They graduated from Kent State University, and have spent their lives here, working, volunteering and raising their four children. Jim and Cheryl say: “The Greater Akron area is simply a terrific place to grow up in, raise a family, and retire. We are blessed with so many civic, recreational, cultural and entertainment opportunities. So many lifelong residents have an endless focus and commitment to making all aspects of the community better.”

Jim is President and Treasurer of Albrecht, Incorporated. Much of Jim’s volunteer efforts has been directed towards agencies and organizations focused on children and families, starting with his early involvement in Boy Scouts of America. He has served on the Great Trail Executive Board in numerous positions including Board President. About his involvement with CG&FS, Jim says: “My multiple term Board memberships have been extremely rewarding (and humbling) on many fronts. As a community, we are truly blessed with having such an organization helping children, and their families, address and cope with serious mental and emotional issues. The positive impact on these families is profound and life-changing. The commitment and dedication of the CG&FS staff is nothing short of incredible.”

Cheryl is an educator (recently retired from teaching), community volunteer (Junior League, AGMC Women's Board, Odyssey of the Mind Regional Director) and PTA member in public, private, and parochial schools. She adds: “I got involved with CG&FS because of Jim's involvement on the board, and because we had a child who was a client of the agency. The agency was not only helpful to our child, but also a tremendous support to me as a parent. We are grateful that Akron has so many wonderful support agencies for children and their families, especially CG&FS.”

Kyle Kutuchief and Getta Cornici are committed to the community both as volunteers and as professionals. Kyle has spent most of his life in Akron. He left to earn a B.A. degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University and returned for a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Akron. He now works as Program Director for Knight Foundation in Akron. His previous community service includes serving as President of Torchbearers, the Summit and Medina County Workforce Investment Board, the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition Emerging Leaders Board, Downtown Akron Partnership’s Emerging Leaders Board, the Summit County Charter Review Commission, and as a mentor in the Smucker’s Leadership Institute at University of Akron’s College of Business.

He says: “Getta and I want to express our appreciation that CG&FS chose us to be part of this unique celebration of Akron. It is an honor to be a part of an event that celebrates what makes our community authentic and unique. Growing Up Akron lets people sample our city’s culinary classics and discover new things like their favorite flavor of Norka soda or a new lager from Thirsty Dog. More importantly, it is a chance to reconnect with old friends and meet new people.

“The mission of CG&FS is amazing – and the leadership is equally amazing. Elaine Harlin and her staff are tireless advocate for children in our community. The strength of our community comes from the quality of the organizations that care for the underserved.”

Getta Cornici has a B.A. degree in Interpersonal Communication from Kent State University and is the Outreach & Education Coordinator for Summit County Juvenile Court. She has served on boards including CANAPI: Community AIDS Network, Akron Pride Initiative and Torchbearers. She has volunteered at many local organizations including The Rape Crisis Center, Akron Rotary Camp, Haven of Rest, Open M Health Clinic, Akron Art Museum, LeBron James Family Foundation, Project Homeless Connect, and Akron Canton Regional Food Bank. She says: “My coworkers and I see firsthand the positive impact the staff at CG&FS has on those in need in our community every day. We are excited to help and are looking forward to another successful event that raises funds for such a worthy cause.”

Growing Up Akron will feature the band Roxymoron, and food from Swenson's, SkyWay, Retro Dog, Old Carolina, Mustard Seed Market, Gino's Pizza, Mary Coyle ice cream, Nuevo Modern Mexican, Norka Soda and many more area restaurants. Other special attractions include Rubber City Roller Girls, caricature artists, and a Chinese auction. This is a sell-out event so advance reservations are required. For reservations, go to Sponsorships are still available. For more information, contact the Development office at 330-384-2882 or email