OurFounders

Fr. Norm Douglas

Born in Los Angeles, California, Fr. Norm grew up in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from North High School in 1965. He majored in English at The University of Akron, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969. He attended Borromeo Seminary College and transferred to St. Mary Seminary receiving a Master of Divinity degree. He completed the Myers Briggs Certification Process and training in the Enneagram Inventory.

He was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Cleveland in 1974. He was assigned first to St. Barnabas Parish and then Holy Family Parish as Associate Pastor. In 1985, he became Pastor of St. Martha Parish and served there until 1999. In 1990, he and Larry Vuillemin co-founded Heart to Heart Communications, Inc. In 1999, Fr. Norm was named Executive Director of Heart to Heart Communications, Inc., a spiritually-centered, inter-faith organization that brings individuals and organizations together to reflect, discuss and promote ways to strengthen the connection between people’s inner spirit, ethical values and daily work. In 2016, Fr. Norm became Executive Director Emeritus of Heart to Heart Communications, Inc. and returned to full-time parish ministry as the Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Akron.

Fr. Norm is a member of the Leadership Akron Class of 1997. He served several years on the Akron Bar Association Ethics Grievance Committee and the Board of Trustees for Coming Together Akron, and was an officer of the Character Counts Board. In 1997 he was the recipient of the Charles Salem Humanitarian Award presented by the City of Akron Human and Community Relations Commission. In 2005, Fr. Norm was one of the recipients of The University of Akron Outstanding Alumni Award. Jointly with Larry Vuillemin, he received the 2002 Distinguished Leader Award presented by Leadership Akron, the 2006 “Founding Principles” Award from the Sales & Marketing Executives – Akron Chapter, the 2009 Betty Dalton Community Service Award, the 2014 Community Medal Award presented by the Salvation Army of Summit County, and the 2015 Friend of Young Leaders Award presented by Torchbearers.

Fr. Norm is called upon frequently as a keynote speaker at work-related and civic gatherings. Fr. Norm co-authored a book, How in the World Do We Make A Difference? – Getting to the Heart and Soul of Love and Work with Larry Vuillemin and Stephen Hallam, Ph.D., former dean of The University of Akron School of Business.


Lawrence W. Vuillemin, J.D.

 A native Akronite, Larry Vuillemin graduated from St. Vincent High School in 1966. He attended Notre Dame University on a football scholarship, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He also attended The University of Akron School of Law, graduating in 1973 as Valedictorian.

A former Senior Trial Attorney with the Summit County Prosecutor‘s Office and Akron City Councilman, Larry is currently with the law firm of Gorman, Malarcik, & Pierce, located in Akron, Ohio. He also served as an Adjunct professor at The University of Akron School of Law, teaching criminal law and procedure, and is a member of Scanlon Inn of Court, and the Akron and Ohio State Bar Associations. Larry has been certified as a Spiritual Director through the Ignation Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University. He has also completed the Myers Briggs Certification Process and training in the Enneagram Inventory.

In 1990, Larry and Fr. Norm Douglas, were the co-founders of Heart to Heart Communications, Inc., a spiritually-centered interfaith organization that brings individuals and organizations together to reflect, discuss and promote ways to strengthen the connection between people’s inner spirit, ethical values and daily work. The organization’s mission is to serve as a community catalyst for personal and spiritual development as a foundation for enriching workplaces.

Larry is a member of the Leadership Akron class of 1999. In 2003, Larry received the Sir Thomas More Award jointly presented by the Akron Bar Association and the Diocese of Cleveland for personal integrity, professional excellence, and community service. In 2005, Larry was honored as an Outstanding Alumnus of The University of Akron Law School. Together with Fr. Norm, he received the 2002 Distinguished Leader Award presented by Leadership Akron, the 2006 “Founding Principles” Award from the Sales & Marketing Executives – Akron Chapter, the 2009 Betty Dalton Community Service Award, the 2014 Community Medal Award presented by the Salvation Army of Summit County, and the 2015 Friend of Young Leaders Award presented by Torchbearers.

Long before “spirituality at work” became a buzz word, Larry and Fr. Norm sensed the importance of enriching lives at work. For the next several years, Larry and Fr. Norm developed unique programs for values-based leadership training. Today, Heart to Heart Communications is a well-known and respected organization that develops and offers work-related programs, community-wide events, retreats and corporate training.

Larry is called upon frequently as a keynote speaker at work-related and civic gatherings. Larry co-authored a book, How in the World Do We Make A Difference? – Getting to the Heart and Soul of Love and Work with Fr. Norm and Stephen Hallam, Ph.D., former dean of The University of Akron School of Business. Larry resides in Akron, Ohio with his wife, Carol. They have four children and four grandchildren.