The park district's governing body is the five-person Board of Park Commissioners, appointed by the Summit County Probate Judge. Commissioners are volunteers who serve without compensation.
All petitions, applications and communications intended for consideration by the board must be in writing and received by the executive director at least five business days before the board meeting.
For information, please call the administrative offices at 330-867-5511, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Joel D. Bailey, Chair
Joel Bailey is vice president, state/local affairs and economic development, for FirstEnergy Service Co., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. Prior to joining FirstEnergy, Bailey was the deputy mayor for administration to Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic. As deputy mayor, he served as chief of staff and was a key advisor during the 11 years he worked at Akron City Hall. Bailey has also worked in government at the state and federal levels. He has a bachelor’s degree from Lubbock Christian University and a master’s degree from The University of Akron.
Bailey serves as chairman of the Summit County Resource Commission and is on the Board of Directors of The First Tee of Akron and the Bliss Institute for Applied Politics at The University of Akron. A member of the Greater Cleveland Partnership Government Affairs Council, Bailey is an alumnus of Leadership Ohio and Leadership Akron.
Tonya Block is the assistant health commissioner at Summit County Public Health. She holds a B.A. in social work and a M.A. in social work administration from The University of Akron. She began her career at MetroHealth - Center for Community Health working with pregnant and parenting teens. Since that time she has worked at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and Summit County Public Health in the areas of program and policy development, budget management, program evaluation and population health.
In addition to her work with Summit Metro Parks, Block currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Community Support Services and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Summit County Children’s Services.
Herb Newman is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has a law degree from The University of Akron. A former director of Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, Newman devotes his law practice to issues related to Summit Management Services, Inc. and its related entities. The company manages multifamily units. He is also president and principal stockholder of Multifamily Mortgage Corporation, which specializes in the financing of FHA multifamily mortgages. Newman is also an owner/developer of retail shopping areas geared to national tenants with his business partner, Robert L. Stark.
Newman is a past board member of the Shaw Jewish Community Center, belongs to Beth El Synagogue, and with his wife, Dianne, is active in numerous community activities including the Shaw JCC, the Akron Art Museum, United Way, and the alumni association of The University of Akron.
Mark A. Spisak
Mark Spisak and his wife, Dalia, have resided in Norton for more than 30 years. An avid fisherman and hunter, he has served as an officer and member to many outdoor organizations and has been active in sharing the outdoors with youth through activities and education.
With a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Miami University of Ohio and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Mark has been self-employed for the majority of his career as a marketing and advertising consultant. He has served his city as a member of several citizen groups and has been Norton’s planning commission chairman for the past 11 years.
Tina Ughrin is owner/partner of the firm Smile Minded Smartworks, LLC, which provides evaluation, research, organizational development, and community engagement services. Prior to starting her own firm, Tina had several career roles including, but not limited to: Principal at Round River Consulting, Manager of Research Software and Support Services for Kent State University, and almost a decade as a full-time Kent State University faculty member in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services.
Tina’s volunteer work has concentrated on neighborhood development over the past few years, providing leadership and guidance for several Better Block initiatives, facilitation of the North Hill Community Leaders, host to Leadership Akron classes (both CLI and Signature) for civic day activities, and serving on the Akron2Akron steering committee. Tina is also a member of the United Way of Summit County Policy Planning Committee, co-chair of the Women’s Network Curriculum Team, and President-elect of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron’s Board of Trustees.
Lisa M. King, Executive Director
Appointed in September 2015, King is the seventh director of Summit Metro Parks, which was established in 1921. In this role she serves as the chief executive and chief financial officer, leading and directing the organization to ensure achievement of its mission, financial viability, short and long-term growth, and stability.
An employee since 1998, King has also served as the park district’s landscape architect and its chief of planning and development. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University, a state-registered landscape architect, a champion of sustainable design, and a certified parks and recreation professional through the National Recreation and Park Association. King has managed a variety of facility and trail improvement projects for the park district, including the construction and certification of two LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified “Platinum” buildings.