April Couch, artist and founder of Totally Tangled Creations.
“As an artist and entrepreneur, it is important to be involved in the uplifting of artists along their artistic journey. I see The Devil Strip as an integral part of the journey, and I’m honored to be a part of it all.”
Audrey Worthington, TRIAD Account Manager
“The Devil Strip launched when I was living in Washington, DC and from the get-go inspired a new level of homesickness in me. Now that I’ve re-rooted here, I’m looking to play a more active role in supporting local businesses, alleviating food access issues and generally making Akron a brighter place for residents of all backgrounds.”
Bhakta Rizal, Executive Director of Shanti Community Farms
“I want to help ensure accurate and important news coverage of Akron’s vibrant and growing immigrant community. The news reporting will provide a network for the immigrant community to connect with crucial resources they need to improve their lives.”
Dominic Moore-DunsonAssistant to the Artistic Director & Company Member of Inlet Dance Theatre
“The Devil Strip has become a staple in the Akron arts & culture community. The way information is shared and reported brings people around Akron together. By creating shareholders, Akron can invest in its own narrative in a way that has never been explored.” – Dominic Moore-DunsonAssistant to the Artistic Director & Company Member of Inlet Dance Theatre
Emily Dressler, writer and editor for The Devil Strip, co-creator of the Urine Luck column and proofreader at Geometry Global.
“Writing for the Devil Strip has been the easiest and best way for me to be involved with my community and the City of Akron. Being on the board of directors will make it that much more fun!”
Hillary Stewart, Enterprise Risk Manager at FirstEnergy
“The Devil Strip is making a difference by not just capturing Akron’s momentum, but in finding ways to help us change the way we talk about ourselves. That is an incredibly important part of our progress, and I am excited to be part of making sure TDS has what it needs to be with us for the long haul.”
Dr. Philathia Bolton, professor of American literature at The University of Akron
“As an educator, I am keenly aware of the multitude of ways we are educated and informed. The Devil Strip has emerged as a vital entity not only for informing but also for connecting people. The way this paper makes visible certain conversations, and involves people in ways that strengthens the community, is what brings me to the table.”
Rita Kelly Madick, retired ABJ community relations director
“My over 18 years at the Akron Beacon Journal in community relations and involvement roles reinforced my love for and strong belief in newspapers, journalism and a free press. I believe the Devil Strip can contribute greatly to making the Akron area a strong, vibrant, connected community.”
Sharetta Howze, Bounce Innovation Hub program coordinator; founder of Cr3ative Expressions Brain Injury Support Group  
“I was drawn to The Devil Strip because of the art on the magazine, but I became a fan and avid reader because of the sense of community I felt while reading it. I appreciate the fact that it gives everyone the opportunity to let their voice be heard.”


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