First Impression is a 501(C) 3 organization that empowers economically disadvantaged and displaced women in Medina County by providing gently used professional clothing to create a positive image at job interviews.
First Impression was created to provide economically challenged or displaced women with business appropriate clothing, tools and skills to help make a positive first impression at job interviews.
In 2015, a small group of women came together with a single purpose: to provide underserved women in Medina County with attire appropriate for job interviews. This group of women was passionate that our community could help women in need of appropriate job interview clothing and agreed that the best solution was to develop a program designed to meet this specific need. This program quickly became First Impression, Inc.
In the fall of 2015, a proposal to participate in a pilot program was presented to Employing Medina County. The proposal was accepted, and in March 2016, Employing Medina County sent the first client to First Impression.
In early 2016, First Impression worked to obtain a location to serve our clientele. Through the generosity of a local business owner, a space was secured midyear. This space is a beautiful showcase for the donated clothing and accessories. First Impression also maintains an inventory of off-season clothing. Programs were developed to dress and complete the image for the first 12 clients in 2016.
Currently, First Impression offers two programs: Pre-employment Suiting and Employment Attire.
First Impression’s long-term plan is to continue to develop programs including classes to help women discover how to be the best they can be, counseling to remove additional barriers to income stability, and support during the transition period from under/unemployment to empowered, successful role models.
President and Founder
Kathy Warner is co-owner of INSYTE Consulting Group. She is an active member of the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Medina County, and other community organizations.
Linda Loveless is president and founder of Creative Show Promotions LLC. Linda is active in the community and has held leadership roles with Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, Medina City Schools Foundation, and many others.
Michelle Masica works in commercial real estate and is the previous executive director for the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce. She is a Leadership Medina County alumna and has served on several nonprofit boards throughout the county.
Board Member at Large
Tara Haley is the Associate Publisher of The Medina County Women’s Journal. She believes in empowering women and is a founding member of Working Women Connection, Women Enriching Business Council and is the scholarship chair for The Wayne Women’s Network.
Stephanie Zingaro is the Emerging Leaders Director and Office Manager at Leadership Medina County. Stephanie also serves as the Treasurer of Blake PTO and on the Volunteer Engagement Committee for United Way of Medina County.
Sheri Eyssen is an assistant director at Ernst & Young. Sheri also serves on the board of the Kidney Foundation of Ohio.
Shirley Laribee is an attorney with diverse experience in both Medina and Cleveland, including serving as a former Cuyahoga County prosecutor. She is active in the community with many organizations, especially the Medina City Schools.