Women in Business Networking   Congratulates
Top 25 Women to Watch 2011 
in this issue

Debbie Agnew

Owner, Bella Garden Florals

Nominated by Jodee Ball, Ball Photography


daDebbie Agnew is the owner of Bella Garden Florals in Waynesville, Ohio. Prior to this fall, Debbie had been operating her business out of her home. She has worked with many brides. Debbie opened her shop in downtown Waynesville this fall. She has expanded her product line and finds it challenging to keep her walls filled with wreaths and floral arrangements.


What makes Debbie a woman of notable achievement lies in more than just her business accomplishments. Debbie is a breast cancer survivor! She has also had severe and debilitating back issues that have caused her to be bed ridden for days on end. Debbie tells how, with the help of her wonderful husband, she makes arrangements from her bed so they are ready for her brides. Her drive and determination are amazing! Debbie Agnew is amazing! I think she is a great candidate for the Top 25 Women to Watch list.



Shondale Atkinson

CEO and Founder, The Mustard Seed Foundation

Nominated by Karen M.R. Townsend Ph.D, Advanced Management Solutions


saShondale Atkinson is the CEO and founder of The Mustard Seed Foundation.  She is the mother of two daughters and an outstanding Woman to Watch in our community. Shondale Atkinson grew up in the foster care system and had her first daughter as an unmarried teen-aged mom.  Because she remembers her own personal struggle, she decided that she wanted to make a difference in the lives of teen-age moms in the foster care system.  When she began working on her dream of giving back, all she had was the faith of a grain of mustard seed.  She liked the thought so much, she kept the name, and Saturday, May 8, 2010 the Mustard Seed Foundation held its dedication/welcoming ceremony at its house adjacent to (and donated by) Precious Blood School and the Sisters of Precious Blood on Denlinger Road. The Mustard Seed Foundation is the only organization in the county that is prepared to house teen-age moms in the foster care system.  The program is structured so that they can take young ladies from anywhere in Ohio.


Shondale is an expert in building collaborative relationships.  In order to achieve her dream, she needed help. Several agencies have been involved, including the Miami Valley Child Development Center, Secret Smiles of Dayton and the Sisters of Precious Blood, who donated the house where the first group of teenagers will live. The Job Corps of Dayton also sent over a group of volunteers to assist in preparing the house for occupancy. In addition to providing 10 rooms-each with a bed and a crib--Shondale has also created a learning environment.  The basement of the Mustard Seed Foundation is being set up with computers so residents can obtain high school diplomas and GEDs. Sinclair Community College is helping with that effort. Says Shondale, "High school is important. Budgeting, paying bills, knowing how to operate a checking account, knowing how to shop. All that's important. I didn't know that when I was a teenage mom."


"We're trying to start off small. We can have 10 in the house and we have another room set aside for shelter, a short-term stay. We want to move the residents on to independent living.''Clearly, Shondale is "watching out" for teen-age moms in our community.  Her work is worthy of recognition and I believe that she exemplifies what it means to be a "Woman to Watch.



Gina Bier

Detective, Kettering Police Department

Scuba Program Coordinator / Adjunct Faculty Wright State University

Nominated by the Watch Committee 


rbRegina Bier is a Detective with the Kettering Police Department.  She was hired by The City of Kettering police department in 1995.  Prior to her service with KPD she was a Deputy Sheriff with Greene County Sheriffs' Office.  She has working law enforcement for 20 years.  As a Detective with KPD she is assigned to work cases involving crimes against children and the elderly, financial crimes and crime scene investigations. 


In 1986 Regina was certified in Scuba Diving at Wright State University in the WSU Scuba Program.  She continued her Scuba diving education and became a Scuba diving instructor with the National Association of Underwater Instructors. In 1992 she studies and trained in investigating under water crime scenes and water related deaths.  In her 20 years of service in law enforcement she has worked on several cases involving homicide by drowning cases and weapons recovery. 


In 1994, Regina was hired by Wright State University as an Adjunct Instructor.  Regina has been with Wright State ever since.  She is now the Program Coordinator for the Wright State Scuba Program.  She has developed the program to take student from a basic Scuba diving certification all the way through Scuba Instructor.  In 2010 she started the internship program between Wright State and the Newport Aquarium.  Regina has trained student from all over ten different countries. 


Regina graduated from Wright State University in 1987 with a liberal Art Degree in Anthropology.  In 2010 she received the Police Officer of the Year Award from the Kettering Police Department and the Kettering Kiwanis.  In 2011 she was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame.  



Molly Bordonaro Hall

Owner, Promotionality LLC

Nominated by Judy Elder, Greene/Preble County American Red Cross


mbMolly Bordonaro Hall is the owner of Promotionality, LLC, Dayton, Ohio. After eight years as a promotional products distributor providing artwork, products, purchasing, delivery and bookkeeping, she is currently transitioning her products and apparel business to Allen Promotional Products of Centerville.  Molly will continue her company as a writer of marketing communications, presentations, nonfiction articles and other publications.


Molly has been recognized as a copywriter and salesperson with 30+ years creating advertising, marketing and internal and external communications for businesses, nonprofits, and health care industries. She is a member of the Better Business Bureau, American Red Cross Advisory Board, Greene County, Women In Business Networking, and the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce where she chaired Business Links and Women in Business. She worked with the Family Violence Prevention Center for three years. It was at a Beavercreek Women in Business meeting that I first met Molly, and she subsequently became involved with our local chapter of the American Red Cross.


Molly has greatly impacted businesses in the Miami Valley with her product knowledge, creative ideas and outstanding customer service.  Her customers continue to come back year after year.  Molly seeks out opportunities to help the community through her business. She believes in giving back to the community; she not only volunteers her products but also her time.  Molly received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Wright State University Honors Program, graduated with honors and received the Distinguished Senior Award, all when her son was five years old and she was a single mom. Since then she has received Salesperson of the Year awards, Annual Report awards and other recognition in the field of advertising.


Molly was recognized as the 2010 American Red Cross, Dayton Area Chapter, Greene County Service Center's Volunteer of the Year.  She has served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross for the past five years.  Molly says she does this to honor her mother, who was a Red Cross volunteer. 



 Sarah Carter

Associate Attorney, Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling

Nominated by Karen Rubenstein, Jog Marketing


scSarah is an associate in the business department of Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling, and has been with the firm since graduating from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2005. Sarah represents a broad range of clients including privately owned businesses, multi-national corporations, banks, not for profit entities, and health care institutions. Her practice is focused on business, tax, and commercial law and involves areas such as corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, leases, succession planning, creditors' rights, and non-compete covenants. 


Sarah recently commenced a three year term on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Dayton Area Chapter and was honored as that organization's Associate Board Member of the Year in 2008. In 2010, she was recognized as a Dayton Business Journal 40 under 40 award recipient and also graduated from Leadership Dayton. She is also involved with the American Heart Association, Generation Dayton, and various committees of the Dayton Racquet Club.


Last year she started playing golf and is addicted. She and her significant other, Dave Irwin, enjoy playing golf together and spending time with their cats. She is also obsessed with working out and football (she is unfortunately a Bengals fan).


Melissa Cutcher

Director of Business Development, Better Business Bureau

Nominated by Janette Dywasuk, Ferguson Construction


mcMelissa has been with your Better Business Bureau since October 2006 and held the position of Director of Business Development since July 2008. In this capacity, she oversees and contributes to the growth of your BBB's Accredited Business roster, motivating and inspiring her team to new levels of success.


Your "award winning" Better Business Bureau is a leader in the system.  During the past 2 years, your BBB has created programs and services to businesses and consumers that have been recognized at the national level. Your Dayton BBB is more relevant than ever by offering products and services that impact more than 30,000 businesses and more than a million consumers annually. The result is a fair and ethical marketplace where business and consumers can interact with confidence.


Melissa is active in the Miami Valley and a contributing member to many groups and organizations in the area, such as Miami Valley Networking Professionals, Dayton Hispanic Chamber, Women in Business Networking and Professional Business Women of Southwest Ohio.


As the daughter of an Airman, Melissa has been in the Miami Valley since 1985 making this her home to raise her daughter.  She enjoys golfing, reading books, spending time with her daughter, Ashley, and husband, Jeff, and loving on her three dogs.



Shana Douglas

Director of Marketing, Sunbelt of Miami Valley

Nominated by WiBN Watch Committee


sdShana Douglas is the Director of Marketing for Sunbelt of Miami Valley where her primary focus is on continued branding. She handles the strategic planning and implementation for Sunbelt's marketing initiatives. She also works to assist brokers to effectively market their client's businesses for sale. Whether selling or buying a business, the Brokers and Intermediaries at Sunbelt of Miami Valley offer a variety of professional services. Her experience ranges in a number of industries including manufacturing, distribution, services, retail, and IT/Software within the Greater Dayton, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky marketplaces. She is a social media forerunner and advisor within and outside of her industry.


Shana is a mastermind behind a fall 2010 initiative for nonprofits, CultureMASH. She co-founded the group that is setting a new standard for social change while creating a platform where volunteerism meets creativity. CultureMASH's unified marketing force is blending many community talents and voices to better and bolster community involvement in many local/regional causes.


Amy Gantt

Owner/Lula Bell Designs

Nominated by WiBN Watch Committee


agAs a Mom and former child therapist, Amy believes we all need to slow down and take time to smile. Amy says, "A smile on your face is a smile for your soul." She creates her work using gouache, watercolor and pen & ink. Her whimsical illustrations are lighthearted, lively and vibrant and express her "glass is half full" view of life.


Amy earned her B.S. in Education from Miami University, Ohio and an M.A. from the University of Dayton. She completed classes in illustration and graphic design at the Columbus College of Art and Design and fine art classes at the Cincinnati Art Academy. She has participated in juried art shows and her products are in ore than 100 stores in the Midwest.  "My real art education comes from life experiences including life with my husband, two creative children, one noisy cat and a dog that sings Happy Birthday," explains Amy.



Lyn Hogrefe

Executive Director, Happy Hormone Cottage

Nominated by Beth Gully, BT Graphics


lhLyn Hogrefe, Executive Director of the Happy Hormone Cottage in Centerville, Ohio, is a 30 year veteran teacher. Her passion for teaching middle-schoolers became apparent as she worked to develop relationships in her self-contained 6th grade classroom. Through her own personal struggles with balancing her hormones, she became involved with BHRT (bio-identical hormone replacement therapy). Her education of and interest in natural compounded hormones has compelled her to develop her vision to educate and help women navigate through their own journey. In talking with women, she realized that women want and need not only education on healthy options for dealing with menopause and aging, but they also need their voices to be heard.


To meet this need, Lyn organizes "Happy Hormone Hours," where women come together over a glass of wine to share their journey, gather information on natural customized hormones, and speak with practitioners who will listen to them and then discuss with them the next step in the journey to natural hormone balance.  From these Happy Hormone Hours was born her latest venture -The Happy Hormone Cottage located in Centerville, Ohio. Her vision for this endeavor is to offer an inviting resource center for women to visit to get information and education on natural hormone balance. Lyn has grown her business in just a little over one year to three locations in Dayton and now her newest location in West Chester Township takes her to four.


Besides being Executive Director of the Happy Hormone Cottage, Lyn also volunteers her time speaking to women's groups on healthy options for dealing with menopause and the aging process. Lyn is passionate about empowering women to take charge of their journey to natural hormone balance and healthy living. She continues to serve on the 'Heart of Centerville' women's group for downtown Centerville.


Her mission is to encourage ALL women to GET TESTED! GET TREATED! GET BETTER!



Barbara Johnson

VP Operations, Miami Valley Hospital

Nominated by WiBN Watch Committee


bjBarbara Johnson is the Chief Opearating Officer at Miami Valley Hospital a member of Premier Health Partners.  Barbara is responsible for managing hospital operations to include: Cardiology Services;  Transplant Services; Emergency Preparedness; Facilities; Safety and Regulatory Affairs; Environmental Services; Campus Security; Volunteer Services which includes Senior Care Services; Educational Resource Center; Employee Wellness; and serves as Operations Representative to the Department of Cardiology.  Barbara Johnson has been with Premier Health Partners since September, 2003. 


Barbara is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), American Hospital Association (AHA), Ohio Hospital Association (OHA), National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM),  and the American Society for Health Care Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA). She also serves on the American Humanics Community Council for Wright State University.  Barbara is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and is pursuing a Master's in Business Administration. 


Barbara is an active community volunteer.  In addition to being a avid supporter of the performing arts, Barbara is involved with many philanthropic efforts in the Dayton community including the Miami Valley Hospital Mueller Society, Good Samaritan Health Foundation, The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association and Habitat for Humanity.  Barbara is a numismatists (serious coin collector) and a rated bridge player.   



Iris Juergens

Financial Development Director, Dayton Area American Red Cross

Nominated by Donna Childs, Donna Childs Consultants LLC


ijIris Juergens joined the Financial Development staff of the Dayton Area Chapter of the American Red Cross in 2006 and was promoted two years later into her present position.  She oversees a two person staff and several volunteers who are annually responsible for raising $1,200,000 in the Chapter's main three county service area. Her background includes: special event organizing; grassroots and political fundraising; extensive grant writing; direct mail oversight; sponsorships; and lobbying.  Throughout her career she has been active in city politics and has taken prominent roles on the Board of Directors for various community organizations. 


Iris currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Dayton Region of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  Additionally, she serves as a member of the City of Dayton Human Relations Council and the Dayton Diversity and Inclusion Partners.


She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and is married to John.



Michelle Kay

Battelle & Battelle LLP

Nominated by Maha Kashani, Cincinnati Bell


mkMichelle Kaye has been with Battelle & Battelle LLP for over 13 years now. In her role, she establishes firm-wide growth goals, including personal revenue goals, generates warm leads, identifies and researches new prospects and potential service offerings within target market. Develops lead generation campaigns, creates opportunities to expand services to current and potential clients. Develops cross-selling opportunities through continuous market penetration, oversees and manages proposal process. Monitors pulse points of our market and the profession in order anticipate market changes to better develop the direction of the firm's marketing strategy. Michelle develops networking and relationship building opportunities through networking partners, referral sources and the centers of influence in the marketplace.Team Marketing Coach for partners, principals and staff in developing individual business development goals and personal brand building. Facilitates public speaking and other firm showcase opportunities


Michelle is very active within the community. She was named the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Woman of the Year" in 2010, is a member of the Leadership Dayton Class of 2006 and was a Dayton Business Journal "40 under 40" winner in 2002.



Yvette Kelly-Fields

Owner and President, FundSource

Nominated by Leah Hawthorn, ABI Protocol


kfYvette Kelly-Fields is a nonprofit and fund raising executive with 14 years of experience developing and improving program and fund development operations that produce sustainable agency income and program growth. Currently through her grant writing and resources development consulting business she provides services to a number of nonprofit in the Miami Valley area. Prior to launching her consulting business, she worked in the capacity of a program manager and director of development for Central State University, St. Joseph Children's Treatment Center and the Dayton Urban League.   She holds the distinction of a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and has her certification in Fund Raising Management from the Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy.


Kelly-Fields is a graduate of Wright State University. She serves on the board of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals of the Miami Valley and serves as a member of the National Association of Black MBA - Dayton Chapter  Yvette is also a committee member for the YWCA's and Sinclair's Community Workforce Development's Professional Enrichment Series. In her free time, she is a contributing writer for Dayton's Most Metro and serves as a youth program volunteer for her church, Bethesda Temple.


Yvette Kelly-Fields is constantly seeking out organizations that need her help and serves on many non-profit committees as well.  Ms. Kelly-Fields is well known in the Dayton area as a giver to the community and has stepped up to the plate many times in her past and present position to help adults further their education through various sources.



Katrina Kittle


Nominated by Nicole Amsler, Keylock Services


kkKatrina Kittle is a Dayton native who has left her mark on the area through her award-winning books and social activism. She is the author of Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, and The Kindness of Strangers, and the newly released The Blessings of the Animals (2010).  The Kindness of Strangers was a BookSense pick and the winner of the 2006 Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction. The Blessings of the Animals was an Indie Next pick (August 2010), a Midwest Connections pick (September 2010), and chosen by the Women's National Book Association as one of ten Great Group Reads for National Book Group Month (October 2010). 


Katrina will be releasing her first young adult novel, Reasons to Be Happy, will be published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky in Fall 2011.


She has degrees from Ohio University in English and education and a MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. She taught high school English and theatre at Centerville High School as well as middle school English and theatre at the Miami Valley School. When not writing, Katrina enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, acting, and time spent in the presence of animals (especially horses). She is the proud aunt of Amy and Nathan, and lives in the Dayton area with her cat.


Personally, I am in awe of her adventurous spirit, her wicked sense of humor and her willingness to address volatile subjects such as childhood sexual abuse, family dynamics and gay rights. She has always been generous with her time and her advice even as she exemplifies personal discipline in the craft of writing.



Elizabeth Lenon

Founder, Dayton Love 146

Nominated by Ruth Ann Pinnick, Comprehensive Massage Therapy


elElizabeth Lenon is a founding member of the Dayton Love146 Task Force. Love 146, originated in Connecticut, as a non-profit organization that is committed to raising awareness and fighting child sex trafficking.


Love146 has become an international organization that equips individuals such as Elizabeth who have a passion to begin spreading awareness and raising funds for Love146. As the leader of the Dayton Task Force, Elizabeth is committed to holding benefits that raise awareness and funds that go directly to the pillars that Love146 is founded on. These main pillars are prevention, aftercare, and research to further the fight against this horrible crime.


Elizabeth Lenon strives to bring awareness to the Dayton area while pursuing her degree in Psychology.  Her goal is to further the research and develop a program that will help

re-integrate victims back into society.  She believes that every child has the right to be free and have a future with hope. 


Jennifer Mason

Owner, Luv Bug Pet Nanny

Nominated by Mary Bajus, RN


jmFor as long as I can remember, I have had a passion to work with animals. I simply believe that I was created this way.  I have a deep respect for them, I love them, appreciate who they are and understand them.  Every animal deserves that, sometimes even the human kind.   Have you ever looked into the eyes of a dog or cat that has been abused?? What do their eyes tell you? They tell you a story.  This is where my story begins. When I was a child growing up I witnessed animal abuse.  The kind of abuse, that is so horrific that it changes you as a person.  Being a little girl who loved and adored animals, this was a struggle for me to witness.  To this day, I will not watch a movie of any kind that has animals in it. I am afraid something awful will happen. 


Having been a Foster Mom to many doggies in my adult life I have had the opportunity to be a part of a C-Section and help breath for 9 little puppies that could not yet breath on their own, I have helped a Wildlife organization in the raising of a fawn, who's mother was killed on the road, I have helped the Columbus Zoo rescue a mother Mallard and a lot of ducklings from a sewer pipe along the side of a busy road and the list goes on.... I started my pet sitting business to help other animals cope while their owners are not home. So many of our pets have separation anxiety and or simply need to be cared for by administering medication for an ailment. My company allows the Professional pet sitter to come to your home and care for your pets when you can't be there.  This helps ease the stress for them while you are away. I am certified in Pet First Aid and CPR and have been trained in rescue efforts in both Wildlife and Domestic animals. I specialize in pets that have been abused.


My life, needless to say has been an adventure thus far with many chapters. A lot of those chapters have not yet been written. The chapters yet to come are a Pet Bakery and a Rescue organization of my own.


"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened".  Anatole France

Insert from Mary Bajus: Jennifer Mason has the courage to follow her true dream. She has left a secure income in the corporate world to create, develop, promote and operate her new business....'Luv Bug Pet Nanny'.  Jennifer is dedicated to providing heartfelt care for animals.  She is an excellent role model for women who know they have a dream and are reluctant to 'Go for it'. She has actually done it.  Anyone watching Jen will see her light up when she talks about this new and exciting venture that SHE made happen. She is also a single mom.  That is another reason to applaud her. She's doing it all...what courage, determination and heart. You have the support of the women who know you, Jennifer and we want you to succeed on your own terms



April Mescher

Vice President of Travel, Excellence In Motivation

Nominated by Watch Committee


amA leader in both the boardroom and the community, April Mescher is an operationally focused executive who has spearheaded many process-improvement and technology initiatives throughout her career. Mescher's 18 years of industry experience paid off in 2008 when she successfully managed a travel team that moved 30,000 participants to 100 destinations worldwide for fortune 500 clients. She is the Vice President of Travel for Excellence In Motivation, a performance improvement company, as well as the Vice President of Sales and Alliances for ZipSetGo.com, an on-line travel community.


Not only has April managed large travel accounts, but she has been responsible for large call centers, purchasing divisions of EIM, and is now focusing her energy and her passions Travel and Social Media.  She is active in many industry councils and several advisory boards, as well as in her community, she sits on the Hospitality Management Advisory Council at Sinclair Community College, is a member of Leadership Dayton's class of 2010, Generation Dayton, Business Leaders and Managers of Dayton, was voted one of the region's Top 40 Executives under 40 for 2009, is a board member for A Kid Again and volunteers time with other local charities


Cheryl Oliver

Executive Director, Oasis House

Nominated by Joanie Spain, school of advertising art


coCheryl Oliver is the Executive Director for Oasis House. She is responsible for the everyday operations of Oasis overseeing staff and volunteers. She is experienced in the areas of developing significant collaborations, fundraising and management. She has been actively involved with the victims of the Adult Sex Industry and Oasis House since 2007. She has developed strategies and programming to empower these victims to change their lives. She also speaks to agencies, churches and organizations statewide to create awareness


Cheryl served as the project coordinator for the Montgomery County Criminal Justice Council's Prostitution Intervention Collaborative (PIC) from 2007-2009. She provided training to more than forty agencies participating in the collaborative. This has allowed them to make a difference in the community and in the lives of prostitutes/sex workers and victims of human trafficking.


Cheryl is a long time member of Christian Life Center in Butler Township and served on staff there in the area of finance and then as Ministry Coordinator. Cheryl worked as a public employee in the areas of finance and taxation for twenty years. Cheryl is married and has three children and two grandchildren.



Beth Redden

Legacy Partnership Development Officer, The Dayton Foundation

Nominated by Deborah Fitzwater


brBeth Redden inspires those around her to give their most back to the community.  In her role as Legacy Partnership Development Officer at The Dayton Foundation, Beth helps Greater Dayton not-for-profit organizations establish or build endowment programs through the Foundation to ensure the long-term stability of services and programs in the community. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with experience in development, marketing, fund raising and planned giving.


Her passion and commitment to helping others is unsurpassed. As a development professional in the Dayton community for the past 18 years, Beth's career includes working for United Rehabilitation Services, Goodwill Easter Seals and Artemis Center. Beth served as Chapter President for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dayton Region Chapter from 2008-2010 and remains on the board as immediate past-president and is also a member of Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.  She also serves on several committees assisting nonprofit organizations with various development initiatives and has also been invited to speak to organizations about the importance of philanthropy.   These organizations include the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, PLACES, Inc., Ronald McDonald House Charities, Culture Works Community Arts Network and Choices, Inc.


I am proud to know her both personally and professionally and to nominate her for "25 Women to Watch in 2011".  Her and husband John have two adult children. 



Marta Rey

Owner/President, Marta Rey European Skin Care Studios

Nominated by WiBN Watch Committee


marta reyA trained clinical Aesthetician from her native country of Argentina and with a family history of skin care experts, Mart Rey began her career when she opened Marta Rey European Skin Care in Columbus, Ohio in 1984.


Marta, started the business with the sincere desire to help educate American women in the importance of improving and maintaining beautiful and healthy skin. Ms. Rey has also provided skin care consulting services to spas and medical practices in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas.


Marta studied extensively in South American, Europe and the United States for the last twenty-five plus years. She also holds a CIDESCO International Diploma. Her expertise and knowledge gathered in her years of studies has positioned her as on of the most important authorities in the spa and medical skin care industry in the Midwest.


Marta opened her own skin care practice inside the medical offices of Dr. Christopher Reeder, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, in Dayton, Ohio, in the fall of 2008. With this affiliation, Marta brings both skin care philosophies together, the importance of Medi-Facials TM ,  the use of non-invasive and anti-aging procedures, as well as the combination of medical grade products and technologies, to help deliver the greatest skin care treatments available. 



Jennifer Rettig

Voice Pathologist, The Blaine Block Institute

Nominated by Shanon Pott, Assistant City Attorney, City of Dayton


jrJennifer Rettig is a voice pathologist with The Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis & Rehabilitation. She holds a master's degree in Communication Disorders and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Bowling Green State University. She is recognized for her advanced knowledge of the voice and voice-related disorders and for her ability to implement and adjust evidenced-based treatment strategies to rehabilitate injured voices. She has been praised by professional and semi-professional voice clients with diverse backgrounds such as singers, actors, salesmen and women, and teachers.  Jennifer nationally presents research and educational seminars at professional conferences. Several times per year, she presents complimentary vocal health and hygiene seminars as a service to the local community.


Jennifer is also the 2011 Chair of Generation Dayton, the place for young professionals in the Dayton Region. Since she first joined the organization in 2005, she served on the Professional Development Committee and held the title of Membership Chair in 2009. Her ability to organize, mobilize and motivate volunteers to complete projects that have an impact on others and the community is admirable.  She has worked to bridge generational gaps, connecting young professionals with community leaders. Specifically, she introduced the 2011 Speaker Series that features presentations by twenty-four business and community leaders, and provides"networking-up" opportunities for members. She is also a huge proponent of retaining young talent in the Dayton Region. 


Jennifer also serves on the Board of Directors for the Miami Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America and models in the Crown Jewels of Dayton Calendar in support of the Kettering Women's Wellness Fund.  She has received numerous awards including Dayton Business Journal's Forty Under 40, 2008 Generation Dayton Featured Young Professional, 2009 American Red Cross Associate Board Member of the Year, and 2009 Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Quarter.


Jennifer enjoys frequent visits with friends and family in her hometown of Lima, OH. She is an accomplished pianist who loves to travel, play tennis and attend local arts performances. She is engaged to be married to her fianc�e Andy Reitz, on August 27th.




Susan Sparks

Chief Business Development Officer, American Red Cross

Nominated by Cheryl Malone, Indiana Wesleyan University


ssSusan Sparks is the Chief Business Development Officer at the Dayton Area Chapter American Red Cross.  She began her career with the Red Cross shortly after 9/11.  Her position is responsible for Business Development, Health & Safety Services, Marketing / PR, and Service Center Operations.  Additionally, Susan is the liaison for the Chapter's Associate Board that annually orchestrates the fundraising event called the Great Escape.  In addition to her job, Susan volunteers as a Disaster Action Team member and attends Indiana Wesleyan University in pursuit of a Business Administration Degree.  Susan resides with her husband Philip of 38 years.





Sasha VanDeGrift

Associate Attorney, Coolidge Wall

Nominated by Christine Quijote-Oakes, QC CPA Group LLC



svSasha practices litigation, including all forms of dispute resolution and liability analysis.  Her focus is on employment and business disputes, as well as appellate, real estate, contract, and municipal litigation.


In addition to her active practice, Sasha is the Chairperson of the Dayton Bar Association Young Lawyers' Division and maintains an active presence on several other DBA committees. Sasha has written several articles for the DBA's Bar Briefs. Sasha is a member of the Boonshoft Associate Board. She also served her alma mater as an adjunct faculty for UDSL's Academic Success Program. Sasha is a member of the Carl Kessler Inn of Court and the Ohio State Bar Association.  Sasha was also selected by the Dayton Bar Association for their Leadership Development Program.  She is part of the first class of this program, which is designed to identify future leaders of the DBA.  Sasha received her J.D. degree from University of Dayton School of Law and her Bachelor's degree from Purdue University.  


She volunteers her time at the Dayton Ballet, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Generation Dayton, and Wills for Heroes.



mvMarcia Venus

Owner/Principal, Venus Leadership

Nominated by Karyn Gavzer


Marcia is well known as an organizational consultant and an executive coach. Her expertise and broad organizational experience provide for the unique and challenging needs of top executives as well as individuals at all levels. Marcia has assisted numerous organizations to address the critical issues of leadership development as a component of succession planning and in response to changing societal, economic and leadership trends.In consulting with client companies Marcia has designed and developed programs and services to support leadership development and organizational growth, in such areas as organizational culture, team building, employee recommitment, leading change initiatives, new executive assimilation, organizational politics, and other organizational solutions.


After 16 years serving clients located throughout the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana region as Vice President of Consulting Services in the Dayton, OH office of Right Management, an international human resource consulting firm, Marcia left in 2007 to launch a solo practice. Prior to joining Right, Marcia's experience included roles as a liaison between economic development organizations and community education and training initiatives, designing training programs to meet the needs of international organizations in transition.  Marcia holds a BA from Loretto Heights College, Denver, Colorado; an M.F.A. from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii; and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. She is an experienced interpreter of numerous assessment instruments: the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Human Synergistics' Life Styles Inventory and Organizational Culture Inventory, the FIRO-B, the H.R. Chally Group's assessment tool for both individual and organizational analysis, and a variety of 360� appraisal processes including the Center for Creative Leadership's BENCHMARKS�.



Teresa Zumwald

Owner/President, Zumwald & Company

Nominated by Brenda Weber, Cobblestone Village Gourmet Caf�/Gift Shop


tzTeresa Zumwald is a communications consultant, project manager, copywriter, speechwriter and author with 25 years of professional experience. She is owner and president of Zumwald & Company.

Teresa leads teams that often include corporate executives, managers, and technical and administrative staff. She routinely manages complex projects, working closely with graphic designers, Web developers, photographers, printers and other suppliers. Her work has been published in more than 35 magazines, journals and corporate publications, both internal and external, and she is the author of three corporate history books. Her skills include: Project planning, Project management, Team leadership, Strategy, Research, Interviewing, Copywriting, and Editing.


Before establishing Zumwald & Company,was a communications specialist for Geographic Information Services at Woolpert, a national design, engineering and geospatial firm. She also has been a reporter/copy editor for the department of University Communications at The Ohio State University, and a writer/copy editor for Diagnostic Medicine magazine in New Jersey.Teresa holds a B.A. in journalism from The Ohio State University in Columbus and a capstone minor in marketing. On the occasions that I have spoken to Teresa, the attributes that impressed me most were her passion about what she does and her cute sense of humor.



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