WiBN’s 2018 Top 25 Women To Watch
Lisa Balster - Lisa Balster is a geriatric social worker and hospice supervisor, working in End of Life care for the past 30 years. She is interested in providing support for ethics issues, as well as being present with members of the Dayton community as they work to make healthcare choices for themselves. It is Lisa's passion to understand the wellness needs of medical professionals, and to provide supportive leadership in this regard. In recent years, Lisa pursued an MBA in Organizational Change, and also recently completed study on Compassion Fatigue. When not at work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her spouse of 28 years and their three adult children.
Kim Bramlage joined Five Rivers Health Centers in October, 2017, as the organization’s first marketing and communications manager. Previously, she worked at Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley for nearly 8 years.
Born and raised in Troy, Kim has spent her entire career in the Dayton area, focusing on marketing, PR, communications and community relations. She has worked at various organizations, including the YMCA of Greater Dayton, Junior Achievement, Dayton Power & Light and Sinclair Community College. Kim is a graduate of Wright State University and Leadership Dayton.
A dedicated Dayton Rotarian (10+ years), Kim is the club’s international service director. She is on the board of Dayton Council of World Affairs and the Non-Profit Leadership Alliance, and volunteers at Think TV and St. Rita Catholic Church. Kim enjoys the arts, baking, travel, gardening, yoga and believes in “Service Above Self”. She lives in Harrison Township and has two sons, Logan and Connor.
Jennifer Buckwalter is Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Wright State University. She fundraises for the college, oversees scholarship activity, collaborates on internships, manages the professional mentoring program, spearheads communications, and leads study abroad programs. Jennifer organizes major college events, most notably WSU’s signature ARTSGALA, that draws over 800 guests annually and has raised $2.5 million in scholarships since 2000. Jennifer is engaged in the community as a member of the Leadership Dayton Board of Governors, the TEDxDayton Steering Committee, and the DBJ Bizwomen Insiders Club. She is a 2015 recipient of the Dayton Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award. Jennifer advances women in higher education nationwide through her involvement in Higher Education Resource Services (HERS), a prestigious program that selects women to participate in intensive, immersive leadership development programs. She graduated from this program in 2015 and has served twice as Faculty Associate for subsequent cohorts.
Angelia Erbaugh is the president of the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association, a 420-member company trade association serving manufacturers in west-central Ohio. DRMA has been one of the leading regional manufacturing trade associations in the nation since 1934.
Angelia serves on Montgomery County’s Workforce Investment Board and its Employers Advisory Committee; on the Executive Committee of the Regional STEM Collaborative Board; on Mayor Nan Whaley’s Manufacturing Task Force; on manufacturing/precision machining advisory committees at Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Upper Valley Career Center, and Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center; and on the CAM advisory committee at Sinclair Community College. Past service includes the GM Regional Response Task Force, the Clark State Tech Prep Consortium executive committee; the Dayton Foundation’s Diversity Task Force; the Ohio Manufacturing Technologies Executive Council; and the chapter executives, education, and robotics teams of the National Tooling and Machining Association. She was named a Power 50 Most Influential Women of the Miami Valley by the Dayton Business Journal in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Prior to DRMA, Angelia held various administrative and project management positions in the banking and software development industries. She holds two associate’s degrees from Sinclair Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Capital University.
Valerie Smiley, is a successful Entrepreneur, Interior Designer, Founder & CEO of Super Party Network, Direct Sale Professional and previous owner ofVS Designs, Inc. . While staying connected to her Interior Design clients and prospects, Valerie was introduced to a company called SendOutCards, a Network Marketing company. She fell in love with the Direct Sales concept immediately. Valerie realized other Direct Sales Professionals could use fun, cooperation and collaboration to create more opportunity and hopefully more success. This led her to create Super Party Network, which is bringing Direct Sales Professionals together and reinvigorating the Home Party Industry. She loves helping others with this fun and creative business; her extensive networking & business background gives her a strong base to serve others to reach their potential. She discovered WiBN while living in Northern Michigan and upon her return to Dayton, she became involved in this wonderful organization. Valerie has held leadership positions in both H7 and EWomen Network and is a founder of Dayton Area Professional Network. She serves on the WiBN Advisory Board, the 2018 Conference Committee and is a 2018 WiBN 25 Women to Watch. She believes that a positive attitude is an important principal for success.
Lori Kershner - LMK Advocacy’s President, brings great perspective and experience from her years working in the public sector. Prior to entering the private sector, Lori worked at various areas of government including the Ohio House of Representatives and the Office of the Secretary of State. Early in her career, Lori worked on a variety of political campaigns locally and statewide, building relationships across Ohio.
She was then hired by the Ohio House of Representatives where she worked as a legislative aide for the Chairman of the Health Committee. Following her work in the legislature, Lori lobbied on behalf of the influential Ohio State Medical Association representing 15,000 physicians to the General Assembly.
Lori then ran the Ohio practice of a large government affairs consulting firm for three years before starting LMK Advocacy in order to focus on Ohio government affairs consulting. Additionally, Lori has familiarity and success in grant writing, state incentive packages, grassroots advocacy and policy issues.
In addition to Lori Kershner, LMK Advocacy has a strong network of business partners and affiliates who augment her work in the areas of grassroots, public policy and grant writing.
Tina Koumoutsos is the Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Partnership of Greater Springfield, a nonprofit community development agency and chartered NeighborWorks America agency. She has a Bachelors’ Degree in Urban Affairs and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. She is the former Housing Program Coordinator for the City of Springfield and the Executive Director of Springfield Community Redevelopment Corporation, a neighborhood development organization focusing on the revitalization of the South Fountain Historic District.
In her current position, she oversees a holistic delivery of programs and services to support homeownership and strong neighborhoods, with a current emphasis on affordable housing development.
When not at work, Tina is having quality time with her daughter, Maria and awful dog Buddy.
Beth Langefels began her career with the American Heart Association in 2006 and holds the position of senior director of communications and marketing, covering both the Miami Valley, Ohio and Lexington, KY divisions. She has worked for several prominent nonprofits throughout her 30-year career, including Hospice of Dayton, The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, the Dayton Metro Library and The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also been a freelance writer for The Dayton Daily News since 2004.
Beth holds a BA in creative writing from Ohio University and has a passion for supporting the local community. She serves on the board of Agape for Youth, a foster care and reunification agency, and volunteers as a mentor with Montgomery County College Promise.
She and her husband live in Clearcreek Township with their two Labrador “kids” and love living life in the “country.” Read Beth’s “Dayton Daily News” features on Facebook.com/BethAnspach on Twitter @BethAnspach.
Alexis Larsen, External Affairs Director for The Dayton Art Institute, has been a member of the museum’s leadership team for more than seven years helping guide the public relations, marketing, guest services, membership initiatives and special events – including the museum’s largest signature events Oktoberfest and Art Ball – for the museum. Most recently she has been tasked with helping plan and lead some of the museum’s programming to help celebrate its Centennial in 2019. Larsen has spent more than 22 years working as a professional editor, journalist, illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, digital specialist, event planner, strategist and marketer. For nearly 14 years Larsen worked for COX Media Group, with her award-winning writing, design, illustrations and photos appearing in publications across the country. Larsen has been involved with helping write, edit and design thousands of specialty publications and print products over the years including magazines, local and national newspapers and bound publications. She has been the food critic for The Dayton Daily News since 2012, is an active member of the Dayton Sister Cities Committee and has several other volunteer roles at non-profits in the Miami Valley.
Susan Lopez is a Beavercreek resident and has shown exemplary initiative and leadership skills by reorganizing and restructuring the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Family Resource Center when it faced closure. She has a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences, an Associates in Applied Science, is a Certified Professional Life Coach and established her own business, The Life Tailor. She has worked and lived in Greene county for over twenty years. Throughout that time, she has been involved with numerous organizations, agencies, committees and task forces throughout Greene County. She continues involvement throughout the community in her work and as a volunteer.
Susan Lopez is currently a candidate for Greene County Commissioner. She has made a measurable impact as a passionate advocate for those who are vulnerable or less able to help themselves. She believes fervently that building a strong community and strong people go hand in hand. She treasurers most her family and faith.
Kate McEwen is proud to work for The Lorenz Corporation, one of the nation’s largest publishers of church and school music. She spent seven years in the music editorial department, three years as the manager of the customer service department, and currently serves as the plant manager for the Lorenz Printing Company, where she oversees the production process from art and prepress to printing and binding. Her leadership style focuses on team building, employee empowerment, and continuous improvement.
Kate has a BM and MM in Vocal Performance, and she is currently pursuing her MBA at Wright State University. Kate has also served as an adjunct voice instructor for the Theatre Department and the Musical Theatre/Acting Preparatory Program (MAPP) at Wright State University since 2006.
In addition to her inclusion in the WiBN’s Top 25 Women to Watch, Kate has also been recognized as one of the Dayton Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 for 2018.
Courtney Moore is the Chief Executive Officer for Modern Ally, LLC, a commercial cleaning firm headquartered out of Dayton, OH. She specializes in client relationship management and marketing strategies. Courtney currently holds a Diploma in Marketing Communications from Ashworth College and has attended The Raj Soin School of Business at Wright State University for her studies in International Business. She is passionate about helping those in need throughout her community. Courtney enjoys learning, spending time with her husband and stepson, traveling, and being active outdoors. For inquiries regarding your commercial cleaning needs, please contact Modern Ally, LLC at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.modernallyco.com."
Ann Morrissey, as a daughter of a minister, serving others has always been in her blood. Since graduating with a degree in Family Relations and becoming a Licensed Social Worker, she has spent 37 years in the service field. She is a great advocate for children and families working at private foster care agencies since 1991, currently working at Agape for Youth as manager of the Reunification Service Program, reunifying children with their families when they have been placed in an out of home setting.
Ann has been an Optimist member since 1991 including being District Lt. Governor for several years. And has also served as President of the President’s Club. She has been a long-standing member of St. John’s UCC, downtown Dayton and have served on many committees along with volunteering at St. Vincent’s DePaul. She is a supporter of many community nonprofit organizations that provide services to children and families.
Darybel Ortiz currently serves as an engineer for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. She has served the United States Department of Defense since November 2008, after she graduated from her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Darybel is currently working on a graduate certificate on National Security from the American Military University. Darybel is an enthusiast of helping those in need; in the wake of hurricane Maria, Darybel founded 18th Parallel Relief, a non-profit organization to help those affected by the hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Before that, she participated on a fund-raising activity for the Floridians affected by hurricane Irma. Through 18th Parallel Relief, Darybel led state and national logistics efforts to deliver 20 million pounds of aid to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, coordinated the extraction of people in need of urgent medical care to Miami. Darybel was the recipient of the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Humanitarian Award in recognition of her response efforts in Puerto Rico following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Darybel continues to work in support of those affected in the Caribbean through her organization with the help of her fiancé. Most recently, they coordinated care packages for 10 families and shipped 7 generators for families that continue to this day without electrical power in their homes!
In the future, Darybel would like to help rebuild homes for those affected that do not qualify for Federal assistance, as well as fostering coalitions to continue the support for those in need in her own back yard, in the Miami Valley.
Crystal Phillips- Everett attended Dunbar High School then graduated Cum Laude, from Alabama State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. In 1996 Crystal began her career in Dayton Public Schools teaching 3 years where she was a lead teacher, faculty council chairperson and managed the crisis team. Crystal earned her master’s degree in educational leadership from University of Dayton as well as her Principal & Superintendent License. Crystal has worked in leadership for over 15 years as an assistant principal, Student Services Advisor, and Transition Coordinator. In 2014 Crystal returned to her Alma Mater as Principal of Dunbar Early College High School. As a true believer in continuing education Crystal will receive her Ph.D. this August in Leadership, Curriculum, and Culture from Miami University. Crystal is the mother of Ryan Reese and wife of Keith Everett Sr.
In her four year career at LexisNexis® Amelia Plunkett has already risen through the ranks. Amelia started as an intern at LexisNexis® in 2014 and was promoted to a Client Manager only two weeks later. After a solid sales career where she was often called out and awarded for being a leader on her team, Amelia moved onto be an Assistant Marketing Manager. While in marketing she grew her marketing segment 39% YOY and was awarded “Spirit of Core Law” 2016 for excellence in sales and promotion of her segment. Most recently Amelia was promoted to Sales Development Manager, where she oversees a team of Sales Development Reps. Amelia trains, coaches, and develops these reps who call on attorneys across the country.
Amelia earned her History degree from Kent State University and resides in Miamisburg with her husband Max and their rescue dog Sydney.
Tonya S. Roberds is the founding Owner & Stylist of Dezigns by Tonya LLC in Enon, Ohio. Roberds opened the salon in 1989 and has been involved in every aspect that has made the Salon a Dayton favorite for nearly 3 decades. Her leadership style translates into her passion to inspire young women and men to be self motivated, educationally driven, customer focused, financially independent, entrepreneurs. Roberds management style focuses on the beliefs that a successful employee needs to be centered in self worth, family, Faith, and then career.
Roberds is a graduate of the Springfield-Clark JVS, and Kenton Ridge High School. Her studies allowed her to begin her career at a young age. As a lifelong supporter of Vocational Education allows Roberds sit on a board of collaborators in new programs at Clark County CTC. More than half of the employees at Dezigns By Tonya today are alumni of JVS/CTC. Roberds was inducted into the Joint Vocational School Hall of Fame in 2006.
Mrs. Roberds has been an advocate for extensive education throughout her career as well as the cosmetology professionals she mentors. A LOréal Professional Master Stylist, she encourages her Stylists to join her in instruction in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Santa Monica, , Denver, Germany, and Italy. Although a small town salon, Dezigns by Tonya, has a worldly flair with a highly trained Professionals. Her philanthropy: Hospice of Dayton’s Top Salon 2014, 2015, 2016 the Salon and it’s supportive clients raised over $32,000 for Hospice, local Adopt-A-Family, Enon 5k Co-organizer for 20 years raising over $100,000 for Cure-Search and Special Wish.
You won’t see Mrs. Roberds slowing down anytime soon. Nearly 40 years later and she still strives to surpass her previous goals, break records, inspire fellow entrepreneurs, consult with fellow Salon Owners, and explore new business opportunities.
Dr. Jeannine Sheppard was born in Toledo, Ohio. I attended Ursuline College for undergrad where I received my BA in biology/psychology. I attended Ohio University- College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. I completed my psychiatry residency through WPAFB/Wright State. I am currently serving as Medical Director at Eastway where I have worked for 16 years. My husband and I have been married for almost 25 years. We have four children- 3 girls and 1 boy.
Tracy Sibbing is the Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of the Greater Dayton Area. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of Community Impact work at United Way, manages the Volunteer Connection program, is a member of the leadership team, and represents UWGDA in community collaborations and various committees designed to strengthen the Greater Dayton Area. She leads the efforts in our advocacy work by providing research and data to elected officials and recommendations for effective policies that improve the lives of residents living in Montgomery, Greene, and Preble Counties.
She is committed to improving the quality of life for her neighbors in the Greater Dayton region and a champion of social justice and equity for all. She is a member of the Dayton Foundation Minority Inclusion Steering Committee, a member of the Ohio United Way Public Policy Committee and serves on the board of Learn to Earn Dayton.
A lifelong resident of the Dayton community Tracy has been actively engaged in a variety of community committees, organizations, and events. She is married to her high school sweet heart, Matt and they have raised two sons, Jackson 24 and Sean 22. Tracy enjoys reading, soccer and hiking. She is also a dedicated pet owner of two rescue dogs, Pike and Ziggy.
Amy Strozier is one of the Co-Owners/General Managers for Goldfish Swim School- Dayton. After being a work from home mom working in Social Media Management and Event planning for The Dublin Pub she decided to jump back into the workforce, o-fish-ally with Goldfish as a Sales and Service Manager. Being a mom of two, her love for working with children and providing them a safe place to learn and grow such an important life skill became her driving passion. She recently joined forces with Safe Kids of Greater Dayton as a Water Safety expert and works to educate children and their families on the importance of water safety. She is also is in her third year sitting on the logistics committee with March for Babies and the second year for Goldfish Dayton being the sponsors for the Super Hero Sprint! She loves sharing the family business with her husband, Andrew who joined her in May of 2017 and her two children, Jaxon and Minnie.
Lora Van Lear grew up in Cincinnati and graduated from The University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Art, and Architecture. In 1984, she launched Van Lear Bridals Inc in New York City with her sister Lisa Van Lear. Almost immediately, Lora gained recognition as one of the nation’s most imaginative bridal design leaders. Her vision for bridal fashion combined tradition with a contemporary flair. Her audacious styling was like a breath of fresh air to bridal magazine editors and discriminating retailers alike. Her fashion forward styling became available at stores like Kleinfeld’s, Marshall Fields, Giddings Jennings and many others. Bridal magazine editors delighted in having her gowns grace the pages and covers of Brides, Modern Bride, Elegant Bride, and Bridal Guide Magazines.
Lora Van Lear is the only bridal designer to hold an unchallenged copyrighted design feature in the bridal industry. Van Lear lays claim to creating the Van LearTM Bustle © – a gown design element that transforms a formal gown with an extended train into a comfortable and elegant reception dress without using buttons, snaps, or hooks. Because the copyright is closely monitored and enforced, Van Lear remains the only designer to offer this design element to this day.
After two decades of success in New York, Lora decided to return to the Dayton area to rear her children with her extended families close at hand. Her children attended schools in Centerville and continued their education at Ohio colleges. They continue to live in Ohio today.
Today, Lora continues to create custom designs for an extremely limited number of retailers and also maintains her own custom couture salon on South Second Street in Miamisburg, Ohio. Lora has extended her business to include design in virtually every fashion category — from outerwear and ready-to-wear — from glittering evening wear to prom dresses and gowns for every special occasion (including christening). However, bridal remains her personal passion.
Emily von Stuckrad-Smolinski has dedicated her life to enhancing and preserving the performing arts and their venues in Dayton. Growing up in Beavercreek she went on to earn a BFA in Design Technology/Stage Management from Wright State University. She was determined to make a life in her hometown in the field she loves. Emily launched her technical theater career haunting the corridors of Memorial Hall prior to its closing. Now, in addition to being a devoted wife and mother, Emily is the Owner of Kismet Productions, LLC. She is also Executive Director of The Plaza Theatre in Miamisburg and the Production Stage Manager for The Dayton Art Institute. Emily also serves on the Board of Directors for the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District.
Kate Vriner is a Certified Business Broker working for Sunbelt Business Brokers of Southwest Ohio. We are a member of IBBA, IFA, Dayton Chamber, and Dayton Regional Manufacturing Association. As a broker, she works with clients to facilitate the buying and/or selling of a business.
Kate graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership. Immediately after graduation, she began working for CH Robinson, a 3rd Party Logistics company, in Chicago. By building strong relationships with customers she was able to develop strategies that were mutually beneficial which resulted in increased revenue and volume.
Sarah Williams is a Wright State University graduate (’04) with a Bachelors of Science in Urban Affairs and a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics) program. She is also currently completing a Master in Nonprofit Administration through North Park University and expects to graduate in December (’18).
Since 2012, Sarah has been the Executive Director of Hannah’s Treasure Chest, an organization that enriches the lives of children in need by providing new and gently used children’s items throughout Butler, Greene, Montgomery and Warren Counties in Ohio. Under her leadership the organization has added additional partner agencies, staff, volunteers, and space in which to operate.
Sarah has been recognized as “2010 Outstanding NLA Alumni” and “2015 Outstanding Nonprofit Professional” by the WSU Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program, “2015 CNP of the Year” by the National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Dayton Business Journal 2015 class of “Forty Under 40”, and “2016 Commitment to Excellence Award in Leadership” by the Community Development Professionals.
Laura Woeste is the Director of Strategic Projects for the Downtown Dayton Partnership, where she has been actively involved in planning and fundraising efforts for downtown projects, events and initiatives for over 15 years. She is a member of the Women’s Board of Dayton Children’s Hospital and served as CHA-CHA Co-Chair in 2015. Laura and her husband Jeff served on the Dayton Art Institute Associate Board and chaired Oktoberfest in 2014. They are also currently serving as one of the chairs for DAI’s Centennial Campaign and remain active on the Former Associate Board committee. Laura served on the Board of Directors for the Dayton Area Public Relations Society of America and is a past-president of the organization. She has three children and is an active volunteer at their elementary school. Laura is a graduate of Wright State University where she majored in public relations and received her accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2008.