Angie Hoschouer is the Manager of Development and Marketing at Woodland Cemetery, Arboretum and Foundation. She went to Woodland with a history of managing multiple fundraising projects in the non-profit sector and coordinating many of Dayton’s largest attended special events and programs. She was a seven year volunteer before becoming employed at Woodland working in several areas including marketing, historical research and actor portrayal. Angie's great-great-great grandparents were buried at Woodland Cemetery in 1858 and 1867. Angie has an extensive background in genealogical research and has traced her biological family back to the 1700s in Ireland. She has been interested in not only Dayton’s history but her own and is a founding and lifetime member of the Randolph Twp. Historical Society, a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society with status as a First Family of Ohio, First Family of Greene County and a member of the Society of Civil War Families of Ohio. Angie can be found giving tours at Woodland, presentations at your local library, speaking engagements at local service clubs and community groups and moderating classes for UD's OLLI program.
Art Jipson is a college professor at the University of Dayton who still believes that music can change the world. He came of musical age with The Ramones, R.E.M., The Replacements, The Connells, and Uncle Tupelo. Art still holds the belief that a great song can be about the lyrics, a great bass line, jangling guitars, and everything in between. As Dr. J, he co-hosts Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative with Mrs. Dr. J on WUDR every Tuesday from 3-6pm since 2004. You can check out their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Your-Tuesday-Afternoon-Alternative/157799084311629
In retirement Bill Franz bought a camera, learned how to use it, and became a volunteer photographer. He has done photo projects for the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and for almost two dozen other local organizations. In 2013 Bill started a project of his own – photographing people at work. Since then he has photographed hundreds of workers, from butchers and bakers and candy makers to clowns and sculptors and fire eaters. The photos have appeared in solo and group art exhibitions and also in less traditional venues such as hospitals, retail stores, nature centers and breweries. They have been seen by hundreds of thousands of people. Profits from photo sales go to Dayton area nonprofits.
Brian Petro is a designer, educator, mixologist and bon vivant. His quest for knowledge never stops and he loves to share what he learns with others. Visit him on Facebook/Twitter at Smart Guy in a Tie Cocktails.
A native Daytonian with 40 years of experience in retail management currently working in real estate. Brian has covered dining, the arts, Dayton history and human interest stories over the last 10 years. Brian actively volunteers with local non-profits and enjoys all that Dayton and the Miami Valley has to offer.
Bryan Suddith is a former government bureaucrat and nonprofit executive and now spends his time producing Story Slam Dayton and telling stories. He is the proud owner of Patrick the Wheaten Terrier and father to two boys. Bryan is an aspiring foodie and is passionate about all things Cuban and storytelling.
Charlie Campbell is a cheerleader of the greater Dayton area. His efforts are to inform more and more of what is going on. He tells people he is not retired but he is “…redeployed. Now I’m doing what I want to do which is to let people know how wonderful Dayton is."
Dayton Artist United
Dayton Artists United is a non-profit network of artists in all media that seeks to promote and support the arts and artists in Dayton by connecting them to each other and artists world wide. Visit our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/351991622115865/ Or email us at [email protected] Artists United Dayton is a local chapter of Artists United. Artists United is a worldwide movement of artists in all disciplines coming together to empower each other and to be a force for social good in our world. Our nonprofit organization is headquartered in Oakland, CA and works throughout the United States and the world.
Downtown Dayton Partnership
The Downtown Dayton Partnership is a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services, including site search assistance, business development, advocacy, public relations and marketing. The DDP also hosts such events as Urban Nights, First Friday and the Dayton Holiday Festival. Visit www.downtowndayton.org or call 937-224-1518.
"There is nothing that can be said about me that hasn't already been said about Britney Spears' mommy parts: I'm bald, scarred and crave an inordinate amount of attention. I have no clue what to say about myself. There are times when I would write something humorous, wherein you would have little or no idea about my motives or personality, and yet there are other times when I would write something so personal that you may turn away. I really have no illusions, personally, as to the type of person I am, but no one person who has ever met me has seen more than a few facets at any one given time, therefore, opinions differ greatly as to who I actually am."
Jason is Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, and co-owner of Present Tense Fitness. Follow him on Twitter @presenttensefit and Instagram @presenttensefitness
Jonathan McNeal, a graduate of Wright State's Motion Picture Production program, has been managing THE NEON in downtown Dayton since the Fall of 2001. Having grown up in a small town in northeast Ohio, the idea of an independent movie theater that showed hard-to-find films seemed like something that could only be found in a major metropolis. Upon moving to Dayton in the early 1990's, finding THE NEON was a was like finding a new home. McNeal's film work includes the documentary of Dayton's beloved drag troupe - THE RUBI GIRLS. The doc premiered in San Francisco in 2003 and played across the country and as far away as Australia. The film continues to be played at night clubs and on college campuses as an educational and outreach tool. McNeal himself has been a part of the performance troupe since 1997.
Co-owner of Square One Salon and Spa, Agnes & Orson Gifts and Goods, founding member of The Rubi Girls and a retired school teacher, Joshua is often seen at all the happening places in Dayton.
Kelly Lehman is a longtime cheerleader for the greater Dayton region. Through community volunteer work and student scholarships at Wright State University, her life is enriched by opportunities to interact with those whose stories are different from her own. A graduate of Sinclair and Antioch University, Lehman is the founder of Global Love Dayton, a business that creates limited edition snow globes which celebrate and support our region’s treasures.
Kevin J. Gray is passionate about promoting Midwestern craft beer. Kevin helps run three local festivals (Montessori School of Dayton’s Brew Ha-Ha Big Beers and Barley Wines and Big Brews and Blues) and writes for a variety of national publications. When not exploring breweries, Kevin can be found playing in the woods—hiking, backpacking, or kayaking.
Co-host @GemCityPodcast • President @DayBalletBarre • Music Promoter • Photographer • Art Director • Proud Daytonian!
Lisa Grigsby is a Special Events Director with over thirty years experience in promotions, event coordination and public relations. Owning Jokers Comedy Cafe for 20 years taught Lisa to maintain a sense of humor under pressure. She credits Leadership Dayton for exposing her to the amazing assets of the region and Clothes That Work for being her reason she stayed in Dayton. Her proudest accomplishment as a past president of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association was creating Restaurant Week, a twice a year tradition that continues to grow and benefit local charities as well. As a foodie, it's only natural that she continues to promote local restaurateurs with DaytonDining. As a Dayton Catalyst, her desire to have ONE community calendar and advocate for the amazing assets of the region helped create the vision for the relaunch of DaytonMostMetro.
Conversation starter, wearer of smartypants & sassypants - both with stilettos. Loves sparkle and lipgloss with the same vigor as football and baseball. Enamored with home, but always willing to head out on a new adventure. Just add water (or champagne).
Russell Florence, Jr.
Russell Florence, Jr. is a member of The American Theatre Critics Association and The Drama League. In addition to his role as arts and culture editor of Dayton City Paper and theater critic for Dayton City Paper and Impact Weekly, he served as a Dayton Daily News freelance writer and editorial page contributor. He has also written features for such theater publications as Spotlight Ohio and The Sondheim Review. He attended 35 Broadway/Off-Broadway productions during the 2018-2019 season. Overall, he has seen over 500 shows from London to Toronto to Madrid and destinations in between.
Shana Lloyd (once Douglas) returns to Dayton Most Metro, only this time she’s writing about a different type of adventure. Once a single girl in the city sharing her never ending stream of consciousness about dating and musings from the life of a thirty something returns to Dayton after a journey of love and long path of self-discovery. Shana relocated to Columbus in 2012 to chase career goals, but left her heart in Dayton and ultimately found herself right back where she started, full circle and the happiest she’s ever been. Residing downtown with her Husband in the Huffman Historic District, she’s passionate about life, family, friends, giving back, creating, travel and ADVENTURE. On her own personal journey towards better health, Shana will be covering all things wellness, flavorful eats and fun ways to get moving in the Dayton region.
Shayna V. McConville is the Cultural Arts Manager for the City of Kettering, a suburb of Dayton. She is currently a co-organizer of Pecha Kucha Dayton, a writer for the Dayton City Paper, and an advocate for local arts organizations and artists. Through 2011, Shayna was the Assistant Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs for Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, and the Founder and Director of the North Philadelphia Arts and Culture Alliance. She has worked in the creative sector for over a decade, including in arts administration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Dayton Art Institute and at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tabari McCoy recorded his first comedy album in his basement when he was either 10 or 11 years of age. But it was terrible – and like the item central to the plot of Indiana Jones and The Lost Ark – it was filed away, never to be heard again. An award-winning journalist, Tabari continues his writing pursuits today – most prominently at McCoy On Movies, his online movie blog Now with his debut album Laughing With a Panther (Rooftop Comedy) in stores and his national TV debut on Fox's Laughs under his belt, his future on stage is looking bigger and brighter ... Or that's at least what he tells all the financial institutions to whom he owes money. But no matter what he says, he does it with one simple goal in mind: Making people laugh – and hoping he doesn’t anger his family or God in the process.
Teri Lussier is a lifelong Daytonian, and believes in the power of Daytonians to create positive change. If you give people the freedom to create their own perfect lives, they will do it. Teri has been a real estate agent for 12 years, currently with The Home Group Realty Co, and writes about local real estate on her own blog, TheBrickRanch.com. Married for 31 years, with two always-amazing grown children and an odd assortment of usually pleasant animals, it's just another day in paradise.
The Food Adventures Crew
We are 3 Dayton Foodies constantly seeking Food Adventures. We are Jackie Scanlan, Jessie Whitesell and The Big Ragu Steve Milano. Together, your humble crew will seek out locally owned restaurants, unique places off the beaten path, & even give our slant on some familiar favorites. Whenever we visit a place, we call it a “Food Adventure.” You can expect pictures of each Food Adventure we embark on. You can expect us hugging waiters, posting nostalgic blogs, giving healthy wholesome tips, and having a blast. We have a passion for life and no rules when it comes to tackling eats. We are not food critics, that is boring. We just love to eat!