TA2 Board of Directors

Thomas A. Pukys, Board Chairman

Tom Pukys is a graduate of Perry High School in Massillon, OH and a 1990 graduate of Malone College with degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. He was hired as president of the Alliance Area Development Foundation (AADF), a non-profit economic development organization, in February of 2004. At AADF his projects included attracting new businesses and manufacturing to the Alliance/Louisville area and to assist existing businesses with expansions and growth.

Tom also serves as General Manager of the Greater Alliance Development Corporation (GADC) which is a non-profit organization that serves as the C.I.C. (community improvement corporation) for the City of Alliance. He is also involved in the community through the United Way. He has been a Junior Achievement (JA) volunteer for 12 years helping to empower young people to own their economic success. Tom is Vice President of the Board of Directors for Alliance Children and Families, Inc. which is committed to helping children, individuals and families lead lives of stability, self-sufficiency and enhancement. He servers as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Early Childhood Education Alliance, Inc. which promotes and creates dynamic learning environments for children. He is a Rotary Club of Alliance member, former board of directors, and Past board member of Stark County Catholic Charities

Tom is married to Jane, and they are proud parents of six children and reside in Louisville, Ohio. In his “off” time he is an active tennis player—former professional tennis instructor; recently inducted to Malone University Athletic Hall of Fame 2012.

Matthew Stinson, Assistant Chairman

Matt Stinson spent most of his previous career in various executive leadership roles at multiple computer technology start-up companies. His first experience with technology entrepreneurship resulted in the acquisition of his company by Platinum Technology.  Months later, Platinum Technology was acquired by Computer Associates for over $3.6 billion in 1999, the largest software company acquisition at the time.  Matt worked with and consulted with a number of tech startup companies from 2000-2005 that successfully exited via acquisition strategies.

Matt brought his entrepreneurial mindset and business focus to the non-profit world in 2005 as the administrator of the Oaks Foundation. During his short tenure at Copeland Oaks, the Oaks Foundation provided approximately $5 million in income to Copeland Oaks and Crandall Medical Center.  Matt was also part of the team that launched the Alliance Community Pantry in 2010 and helped raised the upfront capital needed for operations. He continues to actively serve on that board today.

He returned to his alma mater in 2009 as director of University advancement.  The University of Mount Union recently completed a successful campaign surpassing its goal with $82.5 million raised in support of the strategic initiatives of Mount Union. Matt along with Professor Mike Kachilla and Dr. Jim Thoma has been instrumental in the development and implementation of entrepreneurship as minor in the academic curriculum.

Matt graduated with honors from the University of Mount Union in Alliance, OH in 1994 majoring in Computer Science. He attained his MBA from Jones International University in 2005 with a focus on Entrepreneurship graduating Summa Cum Laude.  In August of 2005, he completed intensive training at the William and Mary College National Planned Giving Institute. 

Gregory R. Colaner

Since November 2003, Gregory R. Colaner has been responsible for the management, operations, financial performance and staff development for 18 rehabilitation and nursing care facilities throughout Ohio, and one in Michigan. Areas of responsibility include strategic planning, regulatory compliance, census development and monitoring the performance of over 2,500 employees.

During his tenure as President, Altercare of Ohio, Inc. has experienced significant growth and earned several industry recognitions. The American Health Care Association has awarded National Quality Awards to 15 locations, and the company has received the NorthCoast 99 award for eight consecutive years.  This recognition is given to the 99 top workplaces in Northeast Ohio. Four Altercare Alzheimer’s/dementia care units have earned the status of an Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction. In April, 2010, Altercare of Ohio, Inc. was chosen as the Business of the Year by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Kachilla

Michael Kachilla received his Marine officer’s commission upon graduating from Ohio State in 1977.  He spent the next 20 years serving the Marine Corps in various locations and positions.  Michael has served around the world including Japan, the Mediterranean, and Washington D.C. where he served as senior Marine Social Aide to the President and First Lady.

He retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years in July of 1997 and returned to Cambridge Ohio.  There Michael worked fulltime at the Andrew Kachilla Center for Arts, founded by him in 1994, as Director of Development also serving as President of the Board of Directors from 1994 to present

Michael Kachilla has served on various Boards of Director including the Guernsey County Visitors and Convention Bureau and the Kiwanis civic organization from 1998 to 2001.  He served as a member of the Downtown Revitalization Grant Planning Committee, the Mayor’s Guernsey County Community and Economic Development Planning Committee, and as Chairman of the Education Committee of the Human Services Comprehensive Community Plan Committee. Michael assumed the position as President, Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce in July 2002.

He received a Master of Business Administration from Ohio University in June 2007.

Michael joined the University of Mount Union as a faculty member and Internship Coordinator in the Business Department in August 2009.  Additionally, he serves as the Program Director for the University’s Entrepreneurship Program.

He resides in Alliance, Ohio; Married to Paulette Dietz of Falls Church VA; has three children, Emily-24, Andrew-23, and Steven 17.  They have 7 dogs, 5 cats, 1 horse, 4 goats, and other animals that find their way to the family property.

Daniel Luketic

Daniel Luktic is a 2008 graduate of the University of Mount Union and is pursuing a career as a technology entrepreneur. Daniel is currently President of Risk Management Technologies (RMT), a technology company serving the needs of insurance agents by delivering a web-based application assisting in identifying risk associated with certain types of policies. In addition Daniel is founder of YouLobby, an online meeting place where groups can collaborate and lobby legislatures to drive change and spur action.

Daniel resides in Kent, Ohio with his wife and enjoys playing basketball and camping in addition to an avid Ted Video enthusiast.

Vince Marion

Vince Marion has been the Director of Planning and Development for the City of Alliance since January of 2000.  He has a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Masters of Arts Degree in Political Science/International Relations.  His duties include managing Alliance’s economic and community development activities.  He previously served as the Administrator of Plain Township in Stark County.

Vince is currently President of Stark County Regional Planning and has a seat on the following boards and commissions; North East Four County Planning Organization, Stark Development Finance Corp., Stark County Area Transportation Study, Stark Council of Governments, Alliance Area Development Foundation, Greater Alliance Development Corporation, Stark State Presidents Advisory Board and the Alliance Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee.

Vince is married to Nancy and together they have two sons Jacob and Anthony.

Steve Okey

Since joining The Okey Law Firm in 1987, Steve Okey has obtained more than $43 million in verdicts, judgments, and settlements on behalf of his clients, while devoting himself to representing and advocating for injured people, their families, professionals, and business owners against insurance companies and their armies of lawyers. Cases involving death and catastrophic injury are a significant focus of his practice. He has successfully handled hundreds of cases involving wrongful death, medical malpractice, automobile and motorcycle collisions, industrial accidents, pharmaceutical liability, defective products, insurance bad faith, HMO liability, and premises liability.

Steve has appeared on behalf of clients from across the country in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and has successfully argued numerous cases in the Supreme Court of Ohio. He has lectured at the University of Akron School of Law, Mount Union College, the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Stark County Academy of Trial Lawyers, Stark State College of Technology, the People’s Law School, the Community Healthcare Coalition, and the Ohio State Society of Medical Assistants.

Steve Okey has been featured in regional and national television and news media for his work on the groundbreaking lawsuit against the manufacturer of the drug Ritalin, and has twice been profiled in Ohio Lawyers Weekly.

Bruce E. Smith

Bruce is the Managing Partner for the law firm of Geiger, Teeple, Smith & Hahn, LLP located in Alliance, Ohio. He has been a member of the firm since 1976 in general practice with an emphasis on real estate and oil and gas law. 

Bruce has represented clients throughout the State of Ohio and has briefed and argued cases in seven of Ohio’s appellate districts. He is a licensed title agent for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company. He served for five years as an Acting Judge of the Alliance Municipal Court. 

Bruce serves as legal counsel for the Alliance Family YMCA and is a longtime member of its Board of Trustees. He was chairman of the Alliance Board of Zoning Appeals for seventeen years. Bruce also served as a board member and legal counsel for the Good Samaritan Medical Clinic and the Alliance Neighborhood Center. He is a past president of the Alliance Rotary Club and a Paul Harris fellow.

James E. Thoma

James E. Thoma is Associate Dean at the University of Mount Union and director of the University of Mount Union Sport Business program. His education includes a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Grove City College, a M.A. in Sport Management and a Ph.D. in Sport Science, both from The Ohio State University. Thoma’s philosophy for the Sport Business program stems from his experiences as a football and track coach from the secondary schools through the National Coach of Brunei Darussalam and experience with athletics and administration throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Having previously been with Track and Field/USA as National Teams Coordinator and the United States Sports Academy has provided him with unique perspectives with which to advise students and directing Mount Union’s Sport Business Program. He is the co-author with Dr. Laurence Chalip of SPORT GOVERNANCE IN THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY and creator of the GLOBAL SPORT MANAGEMENT NEWS.

In the fall of 1999 Thoma spent his sabbatical teaching at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia, and traveling throughout Australia and Sabah, Malaysia, while investigating sport and adventure tourism. Having met his wife, Judy, while living in Kota Kinabalu (Malaysian Borneo), he is a frequent visitor to Asia, including teaching courses in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. He has three children – Louise, Jon and Andrea.