Stark Blessing Box Initiative Leadership


Maiharriese Wooden

Maiharriese Wooden is the Founder of Stark Blessing Box Initiative. She is also the Community Outreach Director at First Christian Church – Canton where she helps with their food pantry and clothing ministry, Common Goods. Maiharriese is a mother of two adult daughters, grandmother of five, and is strong in her faith.

Maiharriese has had personal experiences with daily challenges with food insecurity and this has encouraged her to start the Stark County Blessing Box initiative. She has been called by the Lord to begin this and has placed numerous boxes in the Stark county area helping hundreds of Ohio residents a year provide food for their families.

Her obedience and faith the Lord is very important to her and her mantra in life is, “To follow Jesus’ example in caring for the disadvantaged and suppressed while guiding them toward the transformational love of Christ.”

Chris Lynch

A graduate of the University of Akron, Chris works as a loan officer with Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. His passion is helping clients become first generational wealth builders through owning real estate. He has always had a heart to make an impact within his own community and is pleased to serve SBBI.

Tracy Yantzer

Tracy Yantzer has worked across multiple fields and is currently the executive administrator at First Christian Church in Canton, Ohio. During her time there, Tracy has become more passionate about living out Matthew 25:34-40, caring for those who need it most. She is excited to serve Stark Blessing Box Initiative.

Amanda Beaver

Amanda is a graduate of Kent State University with a Master of Public Health, Policy and Management. She has studied the social, and health systems that keep citizens in poverty and exacerbate food insecurity. Her career currently focuses on creating healthier schools in the Stark County area with the help of many local teachers and school administration.

Amy Long

Bio & photo coming soon.

Ashley Cyphers

Bio & photo coming soon.

Krista Wodajo

Krista is a graduate of Kent State University and owns Press Creative, a North Canton area web design agency. Having experienced food insecurity in her own family as a single parent, she has an understanding of the often complex circumstances – beyond a family’s control – that can cause and perpetuate food insecurity.