Board of Trustees
Doug M. Haines, President 2021
Doug has been a resident of Perry Township for over 30 years. He graduated from Stark State College with an Associated Degree in Business Management. He and his wife, Anne are raising 3 daughters, Emily, Monica and Julie. They are proud to call Perry Township their home.
Many of you may know Doug from his years of leadership associated with the Perry Youth Soccer Organization, and he has been employed by Fisher Foods for 28 years. Doug is a Rotarian, Past Grand Knight for Knights of Columbus Council 4533, and also a Past Board Member of St. Joseph’s Federal Credit Union. He attends St. Joan of Arc church and is active in our community.
Doug was elected Perry Township Trustee on November 5th, 2013. Doug has soundly based all of his decisions with the philosophy of “What is best for our Township”. We are very fortunate to have Doug as a dedicated and sincere public servant to Perry Township.
Dr. Mike Shreffler, Vice President 2021
I am humbled and honored to be appointed to serve as your Perry Township Trustee. I have lived in Perry Township for most of my life. My father was also born and raised in the township and his parents and grandparents had a strong presence here as well. Perry is a wonderful and unique place to live, work and play. We have so much to offer to our residents, our businesses and our visitors. I know first-hand as a former administrator for Perry Local Schools that our education is among the best in Ohio.
I have a strong background in education and community involvement that I believe will be an asset to our township. I received my Bachelor's degree in English from The Ohio State University and my MA in English from the University of Akron. For a short time, I moved to South Florida where I taught at a high school for a couple of years and then became the principal of a very diverse middle school in 2002. In 2002, I was elated when Perry offered me a position as Assistant High School Principal. I also served the district as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. For the past 11 years, I served as Superintendent of schools, briefly at Southeast Local in Wayne County and most recently at Northwest Local in Canal Fulton. I realized I wanted to dedicate more time to my community and for the past school year, I have been consulting for several area school districts.
I have also been involved in Perry Township and Stark County. I have worked on numerous levies and improvement projects. I am a graduate of Leadership Stark County and have served as chair of education day and on the education day committee for many years. I also have participated in many local state and national leadership trainings. Additionally, in 2010, I helped co-found Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO), a non-profit that focuses on making music, arts and culture accessible to all, with a focus on programming for underserved, disadvantaged and rural populations. Most importantly, I believe very strongly that proactive leadership is a vital part of a community's growth. As a servant leader, I am very excited to step into this role as Township Trustee to help and lead in any way I can. I extend congratulations to Craig Chessler who leaves the position to become the township fiscal officer. Craig served in this position for 30 years so I have big shoes to fill. Craig, Doug Haines and Ralph DeChiara established a strong board of trustees. The township has a wealth of knowledge in established and experienced Police, Fire, Road and Zoning heads and a veteran and active township administrator. We have a strong group of dedicated men and women who work for the township on a full or part time basis. Additionally, the backbone of Perry Township is all our tremendous residents who proudly call it home.
Please do not hesitate to call on me at any time to talk about ways that we can grow and strive here in Perry Township. Feel free to approach me in the community and introduce yourself and share thoughts. Our township, state and world have some strong challenges in the days ahead. I have no doubt that we will work together to continue to be one of the best communities to call home.
Ralph DeChiara Jr., Trustee 2021
We are pleased to introduce Ralph DeChiara as your newly elected official. Ralph has been a lifelong resident of Perry Township. He grew up in the Reedurban area while attending St. Joan of Arc Elementary School. Ralph graduated from Perry High School in 1978 as a member of the National Honor Society. He is also a graduate of the Stark County Paramedic Program, a graduate with honors from Stark State College, Phi Theta Kappa earning Associate Degrees in Fire Emergency Services and Emergency Medical Services. Ralph is a graduate of the Stark County Government Leadership Academy and has served in various associations throughout his career.
Ralph has served our community well as a member of the Perry Township Fire Department for the past 34 years. He is also employed full-time by the Jackson Township Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau for the past 13 years.
Ralph has been married to his lovely wife Sandi for 22 years, and they reside in West Manor. They are both looking forward to being actively involved in our community, and are thankful to call Perry Township their home!
On November 03, 2015, the residents of Perry Township elected Ralph to a four year term on the board of trustees. He views the trusteeship as yet another opportunity to serve our community. Ralph takes his responsibilities as your trustee very seriously, and promises to fulfill the duties of office and serve our residents to the best of his ability.
Special message from Trustee~ Ralph DeChiara Jr.:
"I would like to thank you for your support and encouragement as I am humbled and honored to be one of your representatives on the board. I look forward to meeting and working with you in the future."