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Traci is the Home Lending & Counseling Manager with CBP.

She earned an Associate’s Degree in Human & Social Services Technology from Stark State College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Business Management from Malone University.  Prior to coming to CBP, she worked five years at Stark County Out of Poverty Partnership, Inc. (SCOPP).  At this non-profit, HUD counseling agency, she was able to assist homeowners facing foreclosure during the housing crisis.  Through budget counseling and working with lenders to secure mortgage modifications, she helped many homeowners retain their biggest asset.  She also has over 20 years retail management experience.  Her favorite retail position was 12 years with the popular, mall-based children’s store, Kay Bee Toys. 


She has volunteered as a money mentor for Habitat for Humanity and also in the merchandise tent during the Professional Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival.  She was a member of the Stark County Housing Task Force and currently serves as treasurer of her church. 


She has lived in SE Canton for the past 26 years where she has raised her two children.  In 1998, she became a Habitat for Humanity homeowner and plans to be a life-long resident of Canton. 


She enjoys running and has completed ten half marathons and finally was able to complete her first (and last) full marathon in 2015.    

Joel Owens

Joel is a national community development practitioner and consultant with over 25 years of non-profit experience in a variety of local and national settings. He served as Director of CBP from its inception in 2006 through 2015, and continues to serve the organization as a consultant on special projects.

Joel has worked with over 125 organizations and communities throughout his career. He has an MA in City and Regional Planning, with a specialty in community economic development from Pratt Institute in New York City, a BS in Psychology from Malone College, and is a graduate of the Development Training Institute’s National Internship in Community Economic Development.

Joel lives in the Portage Lakes region of Akron, Ohio with his wife Vicki. He enjoys golf, kayaking, and amateur astronomy as well being an active performing musician in the region.

Maureen Austin

Matt has eagerly filled the role of Healthy Neighborhoods Manager!

Matt is a 2018 graduate from Walsh University, obtaining a BA in Business Management.  Previous professional experience includes document handling and delivery for financial institutions, occupancy inspections, general residential inspections, and managing operations for firms that specialize in similar business activities.  Other experience includes printing, warehousing, and construction management.

A Canton resident most of his life, Matt is familiar with the opportunities that await Canton as a result of current economic development trends and commercial expansion.

Matt enjoys studying philosophy, cooking, and classical guitar performance.

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Maureen has been with CBP since 2012, serving for a year as our first Americorps VISTA, then our Healthy Neighborhoods Program Manager, and in 2017 became our Executive Director.

Prior to joining CBP she was the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for The Ohio State University Extension in Stark County. A Canton native, Maureen spent 5 years in Anchorage, Alaska as a full-time faculty member in the Environmental Science and Outdoor Studies Departments of Alaska Pacific University.


Maureen is a member of the Canton Parks Commission, serving as Vice President, and is the current chairperson of the Canton Tree Commission. She is a member of the Ohio State University Extension Stark County Advisory Committee.


Maureen holds a Ph.D. in human dimensions of natural resource management from The University of Michigan, a Master’s degree in forestry from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Kent State University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a graduate of the Tree Commission Academy, a program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division.