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.
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.
Bryan Suddith is a storyteller and foodie raised in Southwest Ohio. He has been known to drive 180 miles round trip for lunch. After living in Kentucky, Baton Rouge and Florida, he returned to the Miami Valley to raise his two sons. Bryan is the producer of Story Slam Dayton and is a Certified Competition BBQ Judge and active member of the Kansas City BBQ Society. Bryan enjoys a good burger, bbq, bourbon and long nights on patios with friends telling stories and sharing food.
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.
The Duante Beddingfield is a nocturnal mammal found at watering holes throughout the Dayton region. Its diet consists of vodka and cheese, and it is noted for its hypnotic scent and brightly colored plumage, which it displays as part of courtship. It has two short, fixed fangs in the front of the mouth which channel venom into the prey like hypodermic needles. It can be easily irritated by pickles, death metal, and knock-knock jokes.
The Great Miami Riverway includes more than 99 miles of river, paved trails and connected communities in southwest Ohio where you can surf the river, cycle the bike trail, and find your way through historic downtowns.
Greg Simms Jr.
"Greg Simms Jr. is a Dayton based veteran writer/creative who's published articles in The Dayton Daily News, Ebony Magazine, YourTango, and The Good Men Project.com. Greg is happily married, wonders why his dog never gets off the couch."
Jason is Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, and co-owner of Present Tense Fitness. Follow him on Twitter @presenttensefit and Instagram @presenttensefitness
Jon Hung is a plump, local foodie who spends his work days laboring in the paper mines as an attorney. When he's not scouring the area for great eats, he's with his family, singing karaoke, or soaking up the Dayton scene. He isn't a food critic, but he's a dude who really loves eating, much to his waistline's chagrin.
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.
Juliet Fromholt is a downtown Dayton resident who works for WYSO, 91.3FM doing many things including hosting Kaleidoscope - a weekly music program that airs every Wednesday night (8-11pm) and features interviews and live sets with local musicians, artists and filmmakers. Juliet is proud to serve as a board member for the Antioch Writers' Workshop and Cityfolk.
Kevin Myers is a photography enthusiast, father and a veteran who likes to take pictures around Dayton. He especially enjoys night time photography. You can follow him at Facebook.com/DaytonOhioPhotos. If you would like to purchase photos please visit kevinlmyers.smugmug.com. You can order pictures in a wide variety of sizes and materials. Prints, Framed Pictures, Canvas Wraps or Digital Downloads.
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.
Rodney Veal, an independent choreographer and interdisciplinary artist, serves as adjunct faculty for Stivers School of the Performing Arts, Sinclair Community College and the University of Dayton. In addition, he currently serves as Career Community Coordinator for Connect for Completion at Sinclair Community College. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a B.S in Political Science and Visual Arts. He received his M.F.A in Choreography from The Ohio State University. Rodney has choreographed and presented performance installations all over the Miami Valley; recent notable projects being Reveal: Five Zones of Beauty presented at the Springfield Museum of Art in the summer of 2011 and the GHETTO installation at the University of Dayton’s ArtStreet in the Spring of 2015. Rodney is currently in production on a yet as titled exhibit to be presented at the Southern Ohio Museum in the 2018. In addition, he can currently be seen as the Host of the Emmy© Award winningTelevision series THE ART SHOW on Think TV Channel 16 which is currently in its seventh season.
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. Over the past 25 years, he has seen over 1,000 shows locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally encompassing New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Toronto, Madrid, and Rome among other destinations.
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.