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Community leaders honored at awards program

This year marks the 14th annual Toledo area 20 Under 40 Leadership Awards Recognition Program. The 2009 program brings the number of distinguished 20 Under 40 award recipients to 280. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals who are making exceptional contributions to the community and/or have distinguished themselves in their careers. It is intended that the program will assist in motivating young leaders in the area. The awards program also represents a networking opportunity for candidates and attendees. Chrys Peterson, news anchor for WTOL-TV11, is the master of ceremonies for the awards event.

The list of past and present 20 Under 40 award recipients is a virtual who’s who of current and future community leaders. To become an award recipient, many candidates have been nominated two to three times in as many years. Nominations for the 20 Under 40 awards come from all segments of the community.

An outside panel of judges is selected annually, generally consisting of CEOs, officials, and community leaders. This year’s judges include: Robert Helmer, president, Lourdes College; Dean Monske, vice president, business development, The Regional Growth Partnership (RGP); Olivia Simmons, director of public affairs, The Sunoco Toledo Refinery; Gina Thompson, media liaison, Owens Corning; and Dan Wakeman, president, St. Luke's Hospital.

The event is sponsored by Eastman & Smith, Ltd.; Fifth Third Bank; Plante & Moran; and Toledo Edison. Leadership Toledo is the community partner, WTOL-TV11 is the media sponsor, and Toledo Business Journal is the media partner. The cultural arts sponsors are Toledo Museum of Art and Toledo Symphony. Sponsors have worked over the past several months to organize the event.

Following are profiles of this year’s 20 Under 40 award recipients.

Laurie J.
Chad R.
Denise L.
Chadwick R.
Aneel L.
Angela M.
Myron C.
Duhart Esq.
Kimberlie K.
Isabel C.
Escobar, PhD
Andrea Kramer
Geletka, CIC, CISR
Mark D.
Greenblatt, CLU
Thomas E.

Jennifer Alford, vice president and owner, Creative Financial Partners, LLCJennifer Alford,
vice president and owner,
Creative Financial Partners, LLC

Nominated by Rebecca Booth and Linda Everhardt-Kardux

Jennifer Alford entered the financial services industry as a high school intern in 1994. By the time she turned 29, Alford found herself an owner of Creative Financial Partners, an owner of a home, and part owner of an office building.

Through her work, Alford focuses on helping women who are business owners, newly divorced, or widowed. Her goal is to teach them that “a man is not the plan” for retirement. Alford shows them ways to expand their own financial wealth as well as grow their businesses through networking and marketing.

Alford is a board of trustees member, membership committee chair, conference committee participant, and 13-year member of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Network (WEN). She is also a class trainer and previous board member for the Certified Networker Program of Northwest Ohio; immediate past president, treasurer, and current board member of the Toledo Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors; and past president of the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Northwest Ohio.

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) honored Alford as one of the Four Under Forty winners in 2006. She was the only female as well as the youngest winner chosen that year.

Alford married her junior high sweetheart – Chris Alford – in 2001. They first met in eighth grade history class.

Laurie J. Avery, managing partner, Toledo office, Reminger Co., LPALaurie J. Avery,
managing partner, Toledo office,
Reminger Co., LPA

Nominated by Christy Stone

Laurie Avery grew up in the Toledo area. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Certificate in Management Studies and, in 1997, graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

In 2005, Avery was named managing partner of the Toledo office of Reminger Co., LPA and joined the firm’s management committee.

In recent years, Avery has coordinated Meals on Wheels, helped with United Way’s Day of Caring, and read essays for the Toledo Bar Association’s annual Law Day Essay Contest. She also currently participates in the Federal District Court Pro Bono Program and was recognized for the 2009 Who’s Who in Area Law as well.

Avery started the Reminger Volunteer Committee, has organized teams for the Annual American Heart Association (AHA) Heart Walk, and has tutored young children. She was named Relationship Partner by Walmart for the firm’s statewide account in 2003 and is a founding member of the Working Mom’s Group in Toledo.

Avery has successfully defended more than 25 jury trials in various Ohio State and Federal Courts. She is a contributing author to the Baldwin’s Ohio Practice series on tort law, presents frequently at continuing legal education seminars, and has published numerous articles in a range of law trade journals.

In 1996, Avery married her husband, Rick. The couple has two daughters (five and two) and a baby boy on the way.

Chad R. Baker, partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLPChad R. Baker,
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Nominated by Paul W. Favorite and the executive committee of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

A lifelong resident of northwest Ohio, Chad Baker graduated from Maumee High School in 1991. He later earned a BSBA in Economics from Ohio University and a law degree from the University of Toledo (UT).

Immediately after graduating from college in 1995, Baker worked as an intern for the late US Representative Paul E. Gillmor in both his Perrysburg and Washington, DC offices until beginning law school in 1996.

Four years after graduating from law school, Baker was elected partner in Toledo’s Weber & Sterling, LLC. He is now a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP and also serves as an adjunct professor of law at the UT College of Law teaching trusts and estates.

Baker is the owner of Royal Hill Holding Company, LLC, which owns and maintains multi-family housing, primarily in communities of western Lucas County. Additionally, he is president of Harbor Foundation (Harbor Behavioral Healthcare), director of the Toledo Estate Planning Council, and vice chair of the constitution committee of the Rotary Club of Toledo.

Baker is the youngest Ohio attorney to be recognized as an Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) board certified estate planning, trust and probate law specialist. He is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Michigan, and Florida.

Baker, his wife, Eileen, and three children live in Whitehouse, Ohio.

Denise L. Blissard, president, PTB Accounting Group, LLCDenise L. Blissard,
PTB Accounting Group, LLC

Nominated by Julie Champa

Denise Blissard was born and raised in Toledo and graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 1993. She spent the next year in St. Louis attending college and participating in a full-time volunteer opportunity at St. Mary’s Special School for children with developmental disabilities.

After a year, Blissard moved back to the Toledo area and attended Lourdes College. She purchased PTB Accounting Group, LLC (dba Professional Tax & Bookkeeping Service) in 1998 at the age of 23.

Blissard has spent the last 11 years growing her main business in addition to starting two others: Just Got Paid!, LLC (payroll processing specialists) and Uptown Mews, LLC (commercial real estate). PTB focuses on the accounting needs of small and medium-sized businesses in Toledo and includes a finance event coordination department.

Blissard’s community leadership includes her role as secretary of the UpTown Association, work on the finance committee of the Collingwood Arts Center, founding of Toledo Equality Networking, and volunteer work for the Little Sisters of the Poor.

She spends most of her free time with friends and her partner of nine years.

Matt Boehm, CFO / administrator, Northwest Ohio Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Inc.Matt Boehm,
chief financial officer / administrator,
Northwest Ohio Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Inc.

Nominated by Daylene Boehm

A graduate of Ohio Northern University and Cory-Rawson High School, Matt Boehm currently owns a financial consulting business in addition to his current employment with Northwest Ohio Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Inc. He became chief financial officer and administrator at the age of 28 after rising to manager in six years with Knueven, Schroeder and Co. CPAs.

Boehm’s other professional achievements include his role as president of Northwest Ohio Health Partnership, LLC as well as his ownership of Boehm’s Freezer Beef and The Bucket Brigade. He was featured in the January / February 2006 issue of Catalyst Magazine and received the 2002 officer of the Year award from the Rawson Volunteer Fire Department in Hancock County.

Additionally, Boehm’s community leadership includes his role as treasurer of the Rawson Volunteer Fire Department, trustee of the Jenera Volunteer Fire Department Association, and finance committee member for the Bethel Church of Christ.

Boehm has been married to his wife, Daylene, for 12 years. They have four children together ranging in age from 3 to 10 and live on the original family farm in Hancock County. Boehm’s hobbies include farming and firefighting.

Chadwick R. Bringman, president / executive director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio Inc.Chadwick R. Bringman,
president / executive director,
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio Inc.

Nominated by Michelle Isaacs

After high school, Chadwick Bringman spent nine years at the
Northwest Ohio Developmental Center (NODC) working with individuals who have mental retardation. After deciding to pursue his Bachelors Degree in Public Administration and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Toledo (UT), Bringman moved on to the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. After four years, he moved on to the Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio.

In his three years as the CEO of the Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio, Bringman found opportunity to expand his leadership skills. Currently serving as the president / executive director at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio Inc. has allowed him to continue growing in these areas, speak for families with sick children, and work with outside organizations on project development through the organization’s grants program.

Bringman was honored with the Josina Lott Award in 2002. He currently serves as the vice president of the Woodmore Local School District board of education, the chair of the finance committee at the Woodville United Methodist Church, district chairman of the Boy Scouts Erie Shores Council (Eagle Bay District-Sandusky and Ottawa Counties), and a board member of the Agency Directors Association (ADA).

He has been married to his wife, Linda, for 13 years and has three children: Melissa, Connor, and Kennedy.

Aneel L. Chablani, director of advocacy, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE)Aneel L. Chablani,
director of advocacy,
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE)

Nominated by Patricia Robb

Aneel Chablani graduated from St. John’s Jesuit High School and attended the University of Notre Dame before moving to Chicago, where he taught sixth grade for two years in a poverty-stricken community on the south side. After law school and practicing in Chicago, he moved to New Orleans in the spring of 2004. Living in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina and rebuilding after Katrina had a significant impact on his life.

Chablani moved back to Toledo in 2007 to contribute to the work of fighting poverty and injustice and improving the quality of life for all members of the community.

As director of advocacy for Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), he oversees all of the legal work of his organization and directs the resources and staff in an attempt to maximize the ability to assist clients and affect systematic change in the community. He previously served as the deputy director of The Capital Appeals Project in New Orleans, where he represented death row inmates before the Louisiana Supreme Court and on petitions to the US Supreme Court. He also served as a senior attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, fighting predatory lending and foreclosures in the city.

Chablani’s life reflects a commitment to serving the poor and underrepresented in society and around the world. He is the product of two vastly different worlds, a father from a family of refugees raised by a widowed mother in the poverty of Mumbai, India and a working-class Irish-Catholic mother from Wilmington, Delaware.

Chablani currently lives in the Old West End with his wife and two sons.

Angela M. Crosby, marketing representative, Occupational Care ConsultantsAngela M. Crosby,
marketing representative,
Occupational Care Consultants

Nominated by Lisa Olvera, Angie Weid, and HT Williams

Angela Crosby graduated from the University of Findlay in December 1999 with a dual bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing. She began her career working in market research and has more than 10 years of experience working in a range of business management roles.

Since joining Occupational Care Consultants (OCC) in 2005, Crosby has become involved with various business and non-profit organizations that have helped to accelerate her community involvement. She has introduced over 400 clients to OCC and increased sales revenue by 12% continuously over three years. Additionally, she was instrumental in introducing new revenue-generating services to the company.

Crosby was elected to board of director positions for the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce and Hannah’s Socks during her employment at OCC. She has also been a member of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and Oregon Economic Development Foundation since 2005. This past May, she became a member of the Wood County Economic Development Committee.

She has also been recognized as the Most Valuable Participant (MVP) of the Certified Networker Program.

Crosby enjoys spending time with family and friends; playing golf, softball, and volleyball; walking; volunteering; and travelling.

Beth Doane, owner, Andira InternationalBeth Doane,
Andira International

Nominated by Amy Foreman

Beth Doane grew up on a small farm in Ohio and graduated from Eastern Michigan University magna cum laude. After college, she worked across Europe before returning to Ohio where she founded her fashion company, Andira International.

After two years in the industry, she created her own environmentally conscious line. In its first year, the line became an internationally selling brand. Doane has also designed the first and only fashion collection that features the art of children living with tropical deforestation. Through the collection, children living in endangered rain forests who are involved in environmental education programs have planted more than 3,000 trees, with up to 35,000 more trees planned by 2010.

Doane has been featured in People magazine for having one of the best new eco brands and was selected to participate in a show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week that showcased environmentally friendly designers. She also represented Toledo in its sister city, Delmenhorst, Germany, where she met with council and community leaders to discuss the creation of mutually beneficial relationships between the cities.

Doane is a guest writer for four environmental blogs and spends much of her time researching and writing about issues faced as a global society. She is also currently producing a series of video blogs that show how to help create global change and will be integrated across a series of multimedia channels.

Myron C. Duhart, Esq., attorney, Law Office of Myron DuhartMyron C. Duhart Esq.,
Law Office of Myron Duhart

Nominated by Vallie Bowman-English

A native of Toledo, Myron C. Duhart graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School where he excelled in sports. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Army and was later commissioned as a lieutenant in the US Army JAG Corps. While serving his country, he earned a BA in Political Science from Wright State University and later received his JD from the University of Toledo College of Law.

As a business owner and attorney, Duhart has practiced law for several years in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury. He is also the proprietor of several tax preparation franchises throughout Toledo and The Melting Pot restaurant.

Before beginning his role as attorney for his private practice, Duhart was a law clerk and an intern for Casey Jones in the Ohio House of Representatives. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Lucas County Bar Association, the Toledo Bar Association, and the Thurgood Marshall Law Association. Additionally, he is a trustee of the Maumee Valley Criminal Defense Lawyer Association.

Duhart’s community involvement includes his role as a board member of Assets Toledo and board member of the Frederick Douglass Community Center.

Duhart has been married to his wife, Nicole, for 12 years and has three children.

Kimberlie K. England, principal and communication solutions national practice leader, Findley Davies, Inc.Kimberlie K. England,
principal and communication solutions
national practice leader,
Findley Davies, Inc.

Nominated by Marc Stockwell

Kimberlie England was born and raised in Toledo. She graduated from Central Catholic High School and, in 1995, from the University of Toledo with honors and a BBA in Human Resources Management. In 1998, she also earned an MBA from the University of Findlay, specializing in healthcare administration.

England earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) certifications while working in the human resources department at SSOE, Inc. She joined Findley Davies as a consultant in 1998 and also served as adjunct instructor at the University of Findlay in 2000.

In 2007, England was promoted to principal / partner of Findley Davies. She is currently the youngest – and only female – partner at the firm, where she started a mentoring program (now in its fifth year) to ensure younger associates gain from insight / experience of senior staff.

She has received awards from The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), was selected for the Leadership Toledo program, and was nominated for the 2009 University of Toledo College of Business Outstanding Young Alumni award.

England currently lives in Ottawa Hills with her husband, Ron, and two boys, Liam (5) and Graham (3).

Isabel C. Escobar, PhD, associate professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, The University of ToledoIsabel C. Escobar, PhD,
associate professor of Chemical &
Environmental Engineering,
The University of Toledo

Nominated by Karen Fraker

Isabel Escobar is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at The University of Toledo (UT). In 2000, she received a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Central Florida, where she studied the impacts of water treatment changes on organic parameters relevant to biological stability of distribution systems. The same year, Escobar joined the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at UT as a tenure-track assistant professor. While at UT, she has advised five doctoral students, nine masters students, and over 15 undergraduate students.

Escobar’s research focuses on developing and/or improving polymeric membrane materials for water / wastewater treatment and water reuse operations. As lead investigator, she has received over $1 million in research funding from Federal sources – National Science Foundation, US Department of the Interior, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) – and State sources such as the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

Invited to chair the 2006 American Water Works Association Desalination Symposium and the 2007 North American Membrane Society (NAMS) annual conference, Escobar has published 40 articles and made over 100 conference presentations. In 1997, she was awarded an EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship to pursue her doctoral research. Escobar is also the coordinator of the UT Eberly Center for Women mentoring program, Women in STEMM Excelling (WISE).

Andrea Kramer Fetterman, vice president, City Apparel, Inc.Andrea Kramer Fetterman,
vice president,
City Apparel, Inc.

Nominated by Amy Miller

Andrea Kramer Fetterman graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1997 with a degree in marketing and management; she received her MBA in organizational leadership from the
University of Findlay in 1998.

Currently vice president of City Apparel, Inc., Fetterman has worked for Kramer Enterprises, Inc., a Findlay-based and family-owned business, since 1997. City Apparel is a women-owned national distributor to business and industry.

This summer, Fetterman was a founding member of two groups: a Toledo area Women’s Leadership Group, which now has 12 members, and a Women’s Mentoring Group in conjunction with GreaterFindlayInc. (GFI).

Fetterman’s involvement includes Junior Achievement (board member and volunteer), GreaterFindlayInc., United Way, The Women’s Leadership Forum, Humane Society of Hancock County, US Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Hancock Historical Museum, and the Young Republican Club. She has received the 2009 Corporate Good Scout Award from the Black Swamp Area Counsel and the 2008 Minority Owned Supplier of the Year award from GFI / Marathon Petroleum Company LLC.

Fetterman has three children: eight-year-old twins, Parker and Libby, and 13-year-old Kelsey.

Amanda Geletka, CIC, CISR, client executive, Brooks Insurance AgencyAmanda Geletka, CIC, CISR,
client executive,
Brooks Insurance Agency

Nominated by Debra Schaefer

Growing up in Attica, Ohio, Amanda Geletka attended Seneca East High School. While pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in business administration at The University of Toledo (UT), she obtained her property and casualty as well as life and health insurance licenses.

After graduating from UT, Geletka began working for Brooks Insurance Agency as an account manager and was promoted to client executive after one year of service. Three years later, she has earned designations as a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and is currently working toward a Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation.

While at Brooks Insurance, Geletka has served on several associate committees and, for several years, captained the firm’s Coverage Crew Dragon Boat team. She is also a 2007 graduate of Leadership Toledo and, in 2006, received the Insurance Women of Toledo Rookie of the Year Award.

Geletka currently serves on the board of trustees for the UpTown Association, Leadership Toledo’s Alumni Association, and Mobile Meals, Inc. She is a member of the Junior League of Toledo where she serves as the marketing chair and is involved with EPIC, sitting on the membership committee.

Geletka currently lives in Springfield Township with her husband, Ben, and new daughter, Audrey.

Mark D. Greenblatt, CLU, financial representative, Northwestern Mutual Financial NetworkMark D. Greenblatt, CLU,
financial representative,
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

Nominated by Abby Suckow

Mark Greenblatt was born and raised in Toledo. After graduating with a BSBA from the University of Illinois in 1996, he was an independent restaurateur for six years. Having founded Dewey’s Pizza, Inc. in Champaign, Illinois in 1995, he opened Dewey’s Other Place, Inc. in 1998.

In 2002, Greenblatt returned to Toledo and started his new career at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Since then, he has been named the 2003 Klinger Agency Rookie of the Year and received the Northwestern Mutual Bronze Award. He is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Toledo and, in 2007, he decided to focus on working with special needs families.

In June 2008, the United Jewish Council of Greater Toledo recognized Greenblatt with the Harry Levison Young Leadership Award.

Greenblatt has been married to his wife, Denise, since 2004. In November 2006, the couple welcomed their son, Cayden, to the family. Born four months prematurely and weighing one pound, 14 ounces, Cayden’s development has provided the Greenblatts the inspiration to help others through the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council and the March of Dimes. The family team, “Cayden’s Crew,” was recognized by the local and state March of Dimes organizations for raising the most funds in Ohio for the 2008 and 2009 March for Babies. The family also served as the Ambassador Family for the Toledo March of Dimes 2008-2009 year.

Thomas E. Hopkins, managing partner / agent, The Delp CompanyThomas E. Hopkins,
managing partner / agent,
The Delp Company

Nominated by Dee Gargac

A Cleveland native, Thomas Hopkins moved to Toledo in 1999. After graduating from Kent State University, he became a claims representative for a regional insurance company before converting to sales in 2002. Since then, Hopkins has become a founding partner of DelRisk, Inc., the operating division of Maumee-based The Delp Company, where he manages the personal and commercial risk of wealthy, high-profile athletes, and celebrity clients.

Hopkins has earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Society designation and is involved in several community organizations and programs. He served on the Family House board for three years and fundraising committee for two years before becoming the organization’s president. He has also served on the Leadership Toledo board for three years and taken part in fundraising projects for the Volunteers of America and Relay for Life.

An avid golfer and Cleveland Browns fan, Hopkins lives in Ottawa Hills with his wife (Megan), two daughters (Kate and Elle), and son (Tommy).

Justin Moor, vice president of communications and operations, Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.Justin Moor,
vice president of communications and operations,
Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Nominated by Kay Anderson

A northwest Ohio native, Justin Moor graduated from Otsego High School in Wood County. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s College then earned a Master’s degree in public administration from Cleveland State University. He worked at the American Red Cross’ national headquarters in Washington, DC as a writer and editor before joining the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Moor became the youngest vice president in the agency’s 30-year history when he was promoted to vice president of communications and operations at age 28. He has earned a national reputation among his peers in the field of aging as an innovative developer of programs and services for seniors. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) picked Moor to serve as a consultant to improve the usability of its BenefitsCheckUp website.

US Senator George Voinovich recognized Moor’s leadership and nominated him for the US Senate Leadership Summit for Young Professionals in Washington, DC in 2006. The same year, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging honored Moor with an Aging Innovation Award for his work using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to identify and connect seniors with the benefits for which they are eligible.

Moor is a founding member of Leadership Toledo’s Jefferson Awards Youth Service Initiative, serving as a board member for Anne Grady Services, Ohio Senior Olympics, Toledo Club Toastmasters, and more.

Moor married Julie, his high school sweetheart, in 2002. They welcomed their first child, Journey Kathleen, in October 2008.

Nora Murray, regional manager, corporate communications, ProMedica Health SystemNora Murray,
regional manager, corporate communications,
ProMedica Health System

Nominated by Alan W. Brass

Nora Murray was born in Elyria, Ohio and graduated from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. She began her career as a broadcast journalist at KFXB in Dubuque, Iowa where she was promoted from general reporter to main anchor. After more than two years in Iowa, she relocated to Toledo and became an evening anchor at NBC24.

Murray left broadcast journalism in 2002 and has been with ProMedica Health System ever since. She has served as a public relations representative for ProMedica’s corporate departments, as a PR representative for The Toledo Hospital, and as a PR representative for ProMedica Physician Group. In the summer of 2008, she was promoted to her current title. In addition to other responsibilities, Murray oversees communications for three hospitals: Bixby Medical Center, Herrick Medical Center, and Defiance Regional Medical Center.

Murray has been recognized by The Association for Women In Communications, Toledo Chapter with a Crystal Award for feature reporting (1997) and a Merit Award for special purpose publication (2004). She has also been honored for spearheading the creation of a video to benefit Project Search, a program created by the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She researched, wrote, voiced, and oversaw the production of photography and editing for the video, which was used by ProMedica (internally) and the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities to encourage employment of people with disabilities in health care settings.

Murray is also a financial supporter of Cherry Street Mission Ministries and volunteers her time serving food at the Madison Food and Community Center.

Lori Powe, general manager, NBS ToledoLori Powe,
general manager,
NBS Toledo

Nominated by Jody Alexander and Tanya Pipatjarasgit

Growing up in Perrysburg, Lori Powe attended St. Rose Catholic Grade School and Perrysburg High School, graduating in 1997. She graduated from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in 2001 after majoring in interior design and minoring in marketing.

Powe’s first career experience out of college led her to meet her husband, Josh. From Perrysburg, she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to further her career development with NBS. Before moving back to Toledo, Powe spent a short time in Grand Blanc, Michigan where her husband was able to develop his career.

The couple moved back to Toledo in 2005. At the age of 26, Powe was promoted to general manager of NBS Toledo after two years at the company producing over $2 million in sales annually. She has led and developed the NBS Toledo division through hands-on coaching and was appointed to the NBS Leadership team to represent the Toledo division. She is one of two individuals offered the opportunity to grow and develop into the next generation of ownership at NBS.

Powe is a graduate of the Certified Networker Program (CNP), second class in 2002. She was also an Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador from 2002 through 2004 and a graduate of Leadership Ann Arbor, 2003-2004. Her community leadership includes work with the YMCA’s Fort Meigs Center for Health Promotion and the Supplier Recruitment Program (SRP). In August, she was appointed to the board of trustees for Leadership Toledo.

In her free time, Powe enjoys softball, volleyball, golf, dodgeball, and spending time with her family.

Carrie Serber, membership director, Toledo Country ClubCarrie Serber,
membership director,
Toledo Country Club

Nominated by Jodi Heisler, Rachel Hepner, Carla Firestone Nowak, and Ken Robinson

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Carrie Serber attended the University of Toledo (UT). After her senior year internship ended with SSOE Inc., she was offered a full-time marketing coordinator position with the company. She worked with several architectural and engineering disciplines, which further developed her interest in architecture.

For more than two years, Serber worked at Eastman & Smith, Ltd. as the firm’s marketing coordinator. She is currently the membership director at Toledo Country Club.

Serber’s community involvement began 10 years ago when she volunteered with the American Diabetes Association and Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center.

One of Serber’s greatest community accomplishments is the creation of the annual Ryan Serber 8K Classic, established in memory of her late husband, an avid runner who died from brain cancer in January 2006. The first race was held in 2006 and had nearly 300 participants. The event – designed as a celebration of life and to encourage a healthy lifestyle – has grown in numbers each year. Serber has run and completed two marathons. A team of more than 15 people trains annually, raising money for the American Brain Tumor Association with collections over $20,000 in three years.

In 2003, after Ryan Serber was diagnosed with brain cancer, the Serbers became board members for the American Cancer Society.

Serber has also been involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), March of Dimes, Victory Center, EPIC, and the Toledo School for the Arts.

Serber currently lives in West Toledo with her Irish Setter, Reiley, and cat, Edy. She has traveled around the world to countries including Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, and Costa Rica.


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