Professional Staff

Michael S. Gruber

Chief Operating Officer

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mike obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati in June 1973 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in June 1977. Mike was admitted to the Ohio Bar in November 1977.

A founding principal of the firm, Mike practices in real estate law, small business law, construction and development law and related issues. He has been a licensed title insurance agent for approximately twenty (20) years. Mike also has an extensive arbitration practice representing clients throughout Ohio, and he has also handled arbitration cases in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Michigan.

Mike is a member of the Stark County Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, The Ohio Land Title Association, and Ohio State Bar Association Real Property Board of Governors. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Stark County Association of Realtors, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Building Industry Association of Stark County

Mike is actively involved in his community. He is a longstanding member of the Board of Directors of The Twelve, Inc., a child services organization. He served as president of The North Canton Chamber of Commerce, has taught real estate law at Malone College, and has lectured on many seminar topics for organizations such as the Stark County Bar Association, the Ohio Legal Institute, the Stark County Association of Realtors, the Akron Area Board of Realtors, the Ohio Association of Realtors, and private seminar companies. He also lectured at the Title Tech National Convention.

David M. Thomas


David M. Thomas was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and is presently a resident of Canton, Ohio, and is married with seven children.

David graduated from Walsh University with a B.A. Degree in 1985, and received his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University School of Law. He was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1988 and began his practice in Canton, Ohio with Day-Ketterer, Raley, Wright & Rybolt. In January 1998, he was a founding member of the law firm Zollinger, D’Atri, Gruber, Thomas & Co. and is presently a principal in the firm. He has been a licensed agent for approximately 10 years and is a part owner and President of McKinley Title Agency Inc.

He is a member of the Stark County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Ohio State Bar Association.

Janice L. Rich

Vice President and Office Manager

Janice was raised in Castalia, Ohio and relocated to Massillon, Ohio.
She has worked with McKinley Title Agency, Inc. for over 30 years and is a licensed Title Agent. Her daily responsibilities are daily management of the office and reviewing title searches for issuance of title insurance policies.

Danette D. Stone

Title Processor

Danette Stone has been working in the real estate field since 2002.  Beginning her career in title insurance in Painesville, Ohio, she then went on to assist several top-producing real estate agents in Summit and Stark County after relocating to the Akron area.  She has been with McKinley Title Agency since 2012 as a title processor.  Danette is responsible for order entry, typing title commitments and issuing policies, as well as mechanic lien updates for construction loans.

Cassandra Conley

Escrow Officer

Cassandra resides in Green, Ohio. She Graduated from Green High School in 2019 where she then attended Stark State College for Culinary Arts from 2019-2020. In 2021, she started in Real Estate in Ohio as an Escrow Officer and she quickly grew to enjoy her line of work. As of October 2022, she is attending SNHU to pursue a career in Finance, and Real Estate Practices.

At McKinley Title, she works with lenders, realtors, developers, and other clients to effectively complete various transaction types, such as Construction Loans, Sales, and Refinances.

She enjoys spending time with her close friends and family, laughing with coworkers, and going on short drives with her red tabby cat, Pickles.

Sydney Marhefka

Escrow Officer

Sydney was born in Canton, OH. She began her career in real estate by working as a closing processor early 2021 in Charleston, SC. After relocating back to Canton in 2022, she has continued her experience with McKinley Title Agency as an Escrow Officer. Along with handling the disbursement of funds and recording documents with the county, Sydney works closely with lenders, clients and realtors to prepare a smooth and timely closing.

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