Remembering Russ

On Friday, October 12, 2012, Dr. Russell "Russ" Ensign, Mentoring Coordinator for Project Rebuild Inc. in Canton, Ohio, peacefully passed away. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio on July 12, 1948 and was a graduate of Ohio University with a Ph.D. in Philosophy. As an educator, mentor, and carpenter, Russ founded The Masterbuild Co., Confluence Consulting Group, and ArtiCulture Unlimited.

He is described as a friend, mentor, teacher, and a cheerleader for Project Rebuild and the young people that he touched. He first became involved with Project Rebuild Inc. in 2001 when he spent a short time teaching students various aspects of the construction trades. He became reacquainted with this organization in 2010 when he served on the Advisory Committee and as a mentor. In 2011, he became Mentoring Coordinator at Project Rebuild Inc. On his art website,, Russ describes the positive impact YouthBuild had on him:

“What I have learned and gained from these fine young men and women has richly enhanced my life, and broadened my belief in the innate goodness and talent every human being possesses - we all deserve a chance for change and growth.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Russ' family. Donations may be made in his name to Project Rebuild Inc., ArtsInStark, or any animal rescue shelter of your choice.