Our Staff

Darryl Brake, Executive Director
Darryl Brake has served as Executive Director for Summit County Community Partnership since 2010 and has a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Cleveland State University. Having been involved with SCCP since 1990, three months into its inception, Darryl has a passion for preventing and reducing alcohol and substance abuse in Summit County. He was the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio’s (ADAPAO) 2015 Member of the Year. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Summit County Opiate Task Force’s Public Relations, Youth, and Education Committee.

He and wife, Yvonne, have two grown children and four grandchildren. In 1984, they founded Because He Cares, a non-profit ministry, which provides after school programming to urban at-risk youth. Darryl served as a ball boy for the Detroit Pistons as a teenager and is still a committed basketball fan and enjoys cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Shelia Smith, Projects Coordinator
Shelia Smith has served as the Projects Coordinator for SCCP since 2012, successfully guiding the organization through both an alcohol/drug abuse and problem gambling Strategic Prevention Framework planning process. A former Akron Board of Education member, she has dedicated her life to lifting youth out of poverty, addressing issues of social justice, and working to improve her community.

Shelia and husband, Jeffery, live in Akron and are parents to four grown children and five grandchildren. In her spare time, Shelia is an entrepreneur, running a business called Koinonia which focuses on grief recovery. In a nod to her work with grief recovery, Shelia loves butterflies and places them strategically around her office giving hope to those around her.

Alyce Jennings, Director of Development
Alyce Jennings joined the SCCP team in November 2014 as the Director of Development. She has a Master’s of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University. Her focus is on building relationships with coalition members and potential partners. Equipping parents with the tools necessary to raise drug-free kids is not only her work but her passionate desire at home as well.

She and husband, Jonathan, are raising four kids between the ages of six and twelve. If her family could not find her as a child, they had only to look in her closet where she could be found reading a book. She still finds joy in reading and playing the piano at her church.