Paula Mastroianni is new DVP executive director

… including fundraising and donor development, marketing, communications, and public relations for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
Paula Mastroianni

CANTON Paula S. Mastroianni has been named the new executive director of the Domestic Violence Project Inc.

She will assume her duties on Oct. 12.

The mission of the Domestic Violence Project is to provide emergency and support services to victims of domestic violence and promote public awareness of domestic violence issues. Since 1978, the agency has offered safety, compassion, hope and healing to victims of domestic violence and their families.

“I’ve long been a supporter of the Domestic Violence Project for lots of years,” Mastroianni said. “This opportunity presented itself.”

Prior to her new post, Mastroianni was director of development for the Stark County District Library, a position which ended in July.

“I took a deep breath and asked ‘What do I want to do with the rest of my life?”‘ she said. “I believe 100% in what they do. I know they need some help at this time. I’m just really excited.”

Mastroianni comes to the agency with more than 35 years of experience in a variety of disciplines, including fundraising and donor development, marketing, communications, and public relations for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. In addition to the library, she has held executive positions with the Timken Co., Canton Repository, Unizan Financial, Westfield Group, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and StarkMHAR.

Additionally, she has significant experience in volunteer leadership for several nonprofit organizations, including the Canton Museum of Art; Rotary Clubs of Canton and North Canton; Women’s Impact; the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeastern Ohio; Stark Library Foundation; Canton Advertising Federation, and more. She also has been an active community volunteer and fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Stark County, Canton YWCA, Junior Achievement, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and others.

She is a graduate of the 25th class of Leadership Stark County.

“DVPI is excited to have someone with Paula’s depth of experience and knowledge of the community in place to lead our agency,” Domestic Violence Project board President Julie Elkins said in a news release. “We are confident she will ensure our mission to end the cycle of violence is met each and every day.”

Mastroianni said she feels like her new mission has been one of divine intervention.

“I know I can do good for them, and they can do good for me,” she said. “I think there’s a lot we can do. They’ve gotten back more to their true mission. I think I can bring a strategy to it, and where we need help.”

To learn more, visit dvpi.org.