In the Community

Not only do our attorneys provide quality and confidential legal service to our client, but the firm has a strong tradition of service within the greater Wadsworth and Medina Communities. Connecting to the community and meeting needs within the neighborhoods in which we work, play, and pray is a hallmark of our firm.


summa healthJames R. McIlvaine has been an active member of the community and legal community for over 40 years. He served as an elected member of the Wadsworth City School District for 26 years and was President of the Board or Vice President for the majority of those years. In recognition of his service, the school board named the performing arts theatre in the high school the James R. McIlvaine Performing Arts Facility in December 2013. He was also a Founding Trustee and Treasurer of the Wadsworth City Schools Performing Arts Foundation from 1994 to present that has raised more than $1.2 million dollars to renovate the O.J. Work Theatre and to support the performing arts in Wadsworth schools.

Jim has a long history of public service to the health care of our citizens and served on the Wadsworth Rittman Hospital Board from 1999 until 2008 (with 2 years as Chair), and then as Chair of the combined Summa Barberton-Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital LLC Board of Directors from 2008 until 2011, as a Board Member of the Summa Health System Board of Trustees from 2008 until the present, and as Chairman of the Summa System Board from 2014 to the present.

Kiwanis Club of MedinaLinda Hoffmann has donated countless hours in service to children as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Medina. Serving as a prior club officer and president, she has twice been recognized by the club as Kiwanian of the Year for helping the club fulfill its mission: “dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.”

Root CandlesMary Jo Morse is dedicated and involved in the Medina County Community. She was instrumental in the establishment and growth of Hospice of Medina County, having served as President of its Board of Directors. She continued her dedication to the medical future of Medina in serving on the Board of Directors for Medina General Hospital. She also assisted in the formation of the Medina County Battered Women’s Shelter. Mary Jo served as the President of the Medina County Bar Association in 2000 and served on the Board for Leadership Medina County. In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors for the A. I. Root Candle Company for 18 years.

 

The volunteerism attitude at Palecek, McIlvaine, Hoffmann & Morse has certainly inspired Joel Cavanaugh to be more active in his community. In fact, Joel has taken his passion for being “active in his community” quite literally by volunteering for the Wadsworth YMCA, teaching weekly family fitness courses.  In addition to the YMCA and various other volunteer efforts, including serving on the Wadsworth Public Library Foundation Board, Joel is very active in his church, Ikon Church, in Wadsworth.



In addition to these fine organizations, our firm members have many dedicated years of service on City Council in Medina and Wadsworth, the Wadsworth City School Board, Medina County Public Defender Commission, Medina Civil Service Commission, Salvation Army, United Way, Project: LEARN, Medina Hospital, Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce and countless other community and church groups — all with a purpose to enrich and encourage vibrant communities for working and living.