Director of Social Media
Board Vice President
Portage Lakes Career Center
Canton Museum of Art
Associate Professor of Technical Mathematics
University of Akron
Owner & Chiropractor
Hartville Health and Wellness
Joel Daniel Harris
Chief Clinical Officer
Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health
Joel Daniel Harris
Joel Daniel Harris is the founder and Executive Dreamer of TomTod Ideas. Born and raised in Canton, JDH is a graduate of Glenoak High School, received his Bachelor’s degree from Malone University and has a Master’s degree from George Fox University in Portland, Oregon.
A longtime community advocate, JDH is a graduate of the 26th class of Leadership Stark County, has since chaired multiple learning day committees, was part of the founding committee of Stark SOUP, has served on both the yStark and United Way Young Leaders Society steering committees and led multiple service learning trips for Malone University to the Taizé Monastery in France.
Joel Daniel has been honored to receive a number of community service awards including Canton Public Educators Association’s Layperson of the Year (2014), Malone University’s Young Alumnus of the Year (2012), Twenty under 40! award (2015), the DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist Award (2017), and was a Thirty Faces of Leadership Stark County Honoree (2017).
JDH, his wife Joy, and their two daughters (four-year-old Everett and two-year-old Amelie) live in Canton City School District. As a family they enjoy walking to Heggy’s for ice cream, spending time outside (usually tackling absurd landscaping projects), traveling (most recently to Panama), and navigating the chaos that is raising two tiny humans.
Working with middle schoolers through TomTod is JDH’s passion because “middle schoolers live in this prime real estate at the intersection of intellectual ability, imaginative capacity, and passionate energy. There is no group of more awkward, more lovable people on the planet, that have the capacity to initiate such impactful change.”
Patrick Gerber is the newest Adventure Curator at TomTod. Patrick graduated from Malone University in 2015 with his degree in Organizational Management, and he has studied Child Development at Portland State and Mount Union. Patrick’s diverse experience has been centered around journeying with children through trauma and helping them flourish emotionally, academically, and personally… but… Patrick still hopes to grow up to be a professional soccer player and win the World Cup.
Patrick’s early career was in business and online marketing. Then, in 2009 Patrick traveled to southern Brazil to serve 30 amazing kids on a short-term mission trip that ended up lasting 2 years. Since then Patrick has helped hundreds of students overcome adversity and trauma by building their social and emotional resilience as a teacher, coach, case manager, and mentor. Most recently, Patrick has taught middle school and high school at STAR Behavioral School in Tuscarawas County and worked as a case manager for Phoenix Rising and Project Rebuild.
For the past 6 years, Patrick and his wife, Jordan, have fallen in love with Canton and their neighborhood in 44703. Patrick serves on the leadership team of Radial church, volunteers with the homeownership non-profit Flourish 44703, and leads a faith-based mental health support group out of his living room. When Patrick and Jordan aren’t walking their dogs in Stadium Park, they are usually hiking or kayaking someplace beautiful or at Taggert’s eating ice cream.
Kayla DeVitto, Operations Navigator at TomTod Ideas, is originally from the Youngstown area, but upon graduating from Malone University in 2013, she and her husband Nick (also a Malone alum) decided to call Canton home.
After graduating, Kayla spent her days hanging out with residents at Canton Christian Home as an Activities Coordinator. She then transitioned to the 24-hour a day job of being a stay-at-home mom. Not long after that, she combined her love of thrifting and home projects by joining The Stock Pile as Donations Coordinator.
Kayla considers herself a combination of April and Andy from Parks and Rec, but secretly wishes she were a Leslie.
Kayla and Nick, along with their three children Ellie, Sophia, and Ronan, can be found grabbing a donut from Johnnies Bakery, eating ice cream at Heggy’s, going on walks at Sippo Lake Park, and enjoying their neighborhood in SW Canton.
When Kayla was in middle school, you could often find her with a book (Harry Potter, usually). When she wasn’t waiting for The Order of the Phoenix to be released, she was frequently at a youth group event or singing in church. Middle-school-Kayla wanted to be a theologian when she grew up.