Kathy Catazaro Perry is the executive director for Community Building Partnership. Kathy served as Mayor of Massillon from 2012-2023. Prior to serving as Mayor, Kathy served as the council representative for Massillon’s Third Ward for eight years.
Catazaro-Perry holds a master’s degree in business administration from Walsh University, a bachelor’s degree in business management from Malone University, and an associate degree in science, (RN) from Stark State College. Kathy is also a graduate of Leadership Stark County 23rd class, as well as the Leadership Stark County Local Government Academy.
Kathy is currently a board member of Whole Latta Love Café, and Stark Mental Health and Addiction Recovery. She is a member of Massillon Woman’s Club, Massillon Quota International, Stop Heroin from Killing Committee, Aultman’s Woman’s Board, Walsh University Women’s Committee, and board President of the Rolling Panthers. Mayor Catazaro Perry is past Chairperson of both the Community Health Foundation of Massillon, and the Stark County Library Foundation. She is a past member of the Stark Development Board of trustees, past member of Strengthening Stark Governance Board, past member of Massillon Homeless Task Force, as well as a past board member of the Massillon Boys & Girls Club. Mayor Catazaro-Perry is the past-vice president of the local board for the OneOhio Recovery Foundation, an Ohio non-profit corporation that governs the state and local government’s use of the allocation of Ohio’s share of the opioid settlement proceeds.
Kathy co-founded the Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children, where she also served as Executive Director for Operations and Medically Fragile Care. Kathy founded the American Elite “American Idols,” a special needs cheerleading team, where she also coaches. Prior to founding the Golden Key Center, Kathy served as the Director of Weight Management at Aultman Hospital, and as the Director of the Wound Healing Center at the former Doctors Hospital.
Kathy has received numerous honors for her community and public service including, the Gaetano Mattioli Cecchini Humanitarian Award, the Ohio Public Image Award, which recognizes individuals who create positive public awareness for those with disabilities, Rotarian of the Year Mayor Catazaro-Perry was inducted into the Stark State University Alumni Hall of Fame and the YWCA Woman’s Hall of Fame in 2014 for Community Service. She received the 2014 VFW Post 3124 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Special Recognition for Exceptional Service, the prestigious 2014 Athena Leadership Award, the 2014 Malone University Leadership Excellence Award, the 2022 NSME National Sales and Marketing Accent on Excellence award, the MDF Harold Bostic Award for 2022 from the Massillon WestStark Chamber of Commerce, the Rabbi John Spitzer Leadership Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities in 2023 for her long-time dedication and advocacy for people with special needs. Mayor Catazaro-Perry was recognized as the 2020 Person of the Year, About Magazine.
Under her leadership, Mayor Catazaro-Perry’s administration transformed the city’s deficit-laden budget into a surplus. She leveraged tax dollars to bring in millions of federal and state grants used to improve the city while easing the tax burden on residents. Her administration was primarily responsible for resurfacing ninety miles of roads, repairing, or replacing 2,147 catch basins, and replacing city vehicles such as snowplows, police cruisers, and other governmental vehicles. Using her honed leadership skills and inclusive leadership style, she spearheaded the revitalization of Massillon by ensuring the completion of the 2.4-million-dollar Streetscape project, and the 1.6-million-dollar Duncan Plaza Renaissance project. Each of these projects provides a safe and friendly place to gather. Grant dollars and private corporations funded many projects during her administration, including the ice-skating rink at Wampler Park which was funded exclusively by Fresh Mark. Her strategy for strengthening the community and bolstering local businesses has surpassed expectations. Design and funding were also secured for the Jake Memorial Splash Park to be built in 2024.
Healthy Neighborhoods Manager
Daniel is a 2009 graduate of Malone University where he obtained a BA in Organizational Management. He also is a 1991 graduate of Stark State College where he obtained an Associate’s degree in Applied Business with Computer Technology. Previous work experience includes insurance underwriting and more than a decade of non-profit work. Other experience includes computer operations, office management, program management, training, fundraising, grant research, grant writing, and he co-founded a neighborhood association in 2019. He has been a Canton resident most of his life, enjoys music and likes spending time at home working on various projects.
Traci is a HUD-certified Housing 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, KB 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.
Housing Counseling Program Assistant
KT is a graduate from the University of Mount Union who majored in Communication Studies. She enjoys learning about new things and loves to be outside exploring. Since the 5th grade KT has been playing trombone in various types of ensembles from marching band to pit band. She has had the opportunity to play in the Jackson High School Purple Army, Jackson Pep band, Jackson jazz bands, Jackson purple concert band, and the Jackson symphony band. In college she joined the Purple Raider Marching Band, concert band, jazz band, brass choir and wind band. After college she joined the Canal Fulton Community Band with her father who is also a trombone player, the Alliance Symphony Orchestra and the Kent State Stark Community Band.