Mission & History

Embracing Futures, Inc. is striving to make a difference in the lives of needy and underprivileged children in Summit, Stark, Portage, Medina and Wayne counties by providing financial assistance for orthodontic and other dental care, and oral health education for elementary school students.

We were originally founded in 1946 by Akron Beacon Journal publisher John S. Knight and several other fellow civic leaders, under the name of the Beacon Journal Charity Fund. And while their efforts supported many community-wide projects and programs, they focused much of their attention on “poor and working poor” families, struggling with financial medical and dental problems.

Today, Embracing Futures, Inc. operates as a separate, non-profit organization with an interest in oral health for children.

Our core program provides braces for children’s teeth, who are suffering from severe orthodontic problems. This specific support of orthodontics’ is in response to Medicaid providing very little support for poor and working poor families with children whom orthodontists have identified and diagnosed “severe” and in need of treatment.

Our secondary program teaches children how to care for their teeth, setting in motion a good and solid approach to better oral hygiene.

We are proud to state that Embracing Futures, Inc. will continue to honor the founding mission of its charter Trustees, “serving as a safety net for families who have exhausted all other financial resources for medical need”.

Professional Team

Embracing Futures Staff Members: (L-R) Anna Film, Amber Genet Barkoukis and Jennifer Film

Embracing Futures Staff Members: (L-R) Anna Film, Amber Genet Barkoukis and Jennifer Film

Amber Genet Barkoukis

Executive Director

Jennifer Film

Orthodontic Case Investigator

Anna Film

Oral Education Instructor

Board of Directors

Becky McAdams


GPD Group

Dale Highsmith, Jr.

Vice Chair

Aruba Networks

Stephanie R. Kormanec


Huntington Private Bank

Amanda Sainato


William Braden, D.D.S

Judi Chisty

Akron Area YMCA

Steven Cox

Roetzel & Andress

Todd Dietrich D.D.S.

Dietrich Family Orthodontics

Sarah Genet

Sharon Community Health Center

John H. Gerstenmaier, D.D.S.

Douglas A. Gormley, D.D.S.

Marlene K. Heineman

Mark Mroczynski

FirstEnergy Corp.

Brian Thomas

United Disability Services

Orthodontic Partners

Barnett Orthodontics

Dr. Todd Barnett

  • 86 Conservatory Dr., Suite A
    Barberton, Ohio  44203

Belli and Streit Orthodontics

Dr. Stephen Belli, Dr Laura Streit

  • 1551 S Water Street
    Kent, Ohio 44240

Perennial Smiles Orthodontics

Dr. Stephanie Morgan

  • 1228 South Main Street
    North Canton, Ohio  44720

Casellas Orthodontics

Dr. Casellas

  • 1251 Main Street
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio  44221
  • 33 Baker Boulevard
    Fairlawn, Ohio 44333

Dietrich Family Orthodontics

Dr. Todd Dietrich

  • 1690 West Exchange Street
    Akron, Ohio 44313
  • 787 High Street
    Wadsworth, Ohio 44281

Haas Orthodontic Arts Inc

Dr. Haas 

  • 1234 Portage Trail
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223
  • 3154 S. Arlington Road
    Akron, Ohio 44312
  • 3727 Darrow Road
    Stow, Ohio 44224

Brian A. Hockenberger Orthodontics

Dr. Brian Hockenberger

  • 4312 Cleveland Massillon Road
    Norton, Ohio 44203

Sherif Morocos Orthodontics

Dr. Sherif Morocos

  • 822 Portage Trail
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221

Karbassi Orthodontics

Dr. Alireza Karbassi

  • 820 Graham Road
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
  • 1180 S. Main Street, 4th Floor
    Akron, Ohio  44301
  • 3705 Medina Road
    Medina, Ohio  44256

Mellion Orthodontics

  • 41 Baker Boulevard
    Fairlawn, Ohio  44333
  • 3623 Reserve Commons Drive
    Medina, Ohio  44256
  • 3451 Edison Street N.W.
    Uniontown, Ohio  44685
  • 3235 Wales Avenue N.W.
    Massillon, Ohio 44646
  • 6304 A Market Avenue 
    North Canton, Ohio 44721

Fairlawn Cortland Orthodontics

Dr. Lisa A. Lehky

  • 2820 West Market St.
    Suite 100
    Fairlawn, Ohio 44333

Omerza Orthodontics - The Brace Place

Dr. Frank F. Omerza

4412 Whipple Road
Canton, Ohio  44718

Paulus Orthodontics

Drs. William D. and Michael W. Paulus

  • 1604 South Union Avenue
    Alliance, Ohio 44601
  • 1003 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road
    Akron, Ohio 44312

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