Season 3, Episode 8: TK Payton

Our guest today is Tiffany Kinnard-Payton, Dean of Students at Walsh University here in Canton. She is an alumna of Walsh and has spent nearly fifteen years working serving her alma mater in the offices of residential life, student conduct, and multicultural affairs in addition to her current position. She is also a graduate of Project Blueprint, the United Way program started by Season 2 guest Flo Ginanni, which seeks to train people of color for membership on non-profit boards and is one of our newest board members here at the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

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Among her accomplishments, Ms. Payton was the Founder of Walsh’s College Woman Rock Initiative in 2012, served as President of the North East Ohio Housing Officers’ Association (NEOHO) in 2015, co-founded the Women’s Empowerment Initiative in 2016, and is recent graduate of Project Blueprint, a United Way program designed to recruit, train and connect diverse volunteer leaders to policy-making roles and enhance the effectiveness of nonprofit agencies. Ms. Payton currently serves as a praise and worship leader for Emmanuel Tabernacle Family Worship Center. She was nominated for the Walsh University Terrance Portis Mentor of the Year Award twice (2016 and 2018), and received the Education Award for the Stark County Woman of Worth Awards in 2016.

Payton has earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Criminal Justice/Psychology and her Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Human Development, School Counseling from Walsh University. She is currently pursuing a terminal degree in the field of higher education law. 

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