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.
Kim loves to share her passion for organization and design. She enjoys educating and helping others live better lives through organization. Her company, Designed to Organize, LLC, has solutions for everyone: from helping small families to those individuals suffering from chronic disorganization.
Lisa Grigsby is a Special Events Director with over twenty five 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.
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.
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.
Food Adventures with Big Ragu & The Crew
Together, your humble Food Adventurers will seek out locally owned restaurants, unique places off the beaten path, and 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, and emotionally eating our way through life. We are not food critics, we just love to eat!
Kristen has fancied herself a writer since she was able to make scribbles with a crayon, and particularly since winning the Miami Valley's Young Author's Contest in grade school with her debut novel, The Twixies' Journey to Fantasy Castle, a Smurfs rip-off, and since "self-publishing" (on a dot-matrix printer) a collection of poems in high school titled 101 Ways to Depress Yourself. Growing up the daughter of a military civilian, and later in life being a loose cannon, Kristen has lived in such places as Tehran, Iran; Cairo, Egypt; Grand Canyon, Arizona; and Myrtle Beach, S.C. These days, she lives, works, works out and hangs out in downtown Dayton and feels quite exotic when she ventures to the far-off locales of Piqua and Beavercreek.
Megan is a Dayton transplant who works at the Dayton Metro Library. Past work includes stints at Eastway Behavioral Healthcare and as the Executive Director of FilmDayton, as well as a volunteer for multiple area arts groups, Activated Spaces and UpDayton. She enjoys checking out local restaurants and breweries plus exploring the many bike trails around the region. Additionally, she performs at local theatres in roles ranging from Shakespearean heroines to crazy convicts.
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 over 30 Broadway/Off-Broadway productions during the 2013-14 season.
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 9 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.
Dayton Art Institute
As one of the Miami Valley’s premier fine art museums, The Dayton Art Institute offers a full range of programming in addition to exhibiting its collection. Galleries hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. With support from the Chase Endowment Fund, suggested admission to the museum’s permanent collection is $8 adults, $5 seniors, active military and groups. Admission is free for museum members, students (18+ w/ID) and youth (17 and under). Some special exhibitions, programs and events may carry an additional charge and include admission to the museum’s permanent collection as part of that price. Free parking is available at the museum and the facility is fully accessible to physically challenged visitors. The DAI’s new Museum Store and Leo Bistro are now open during regular museum hours. For more information, please call 937-223-4ART (4278) or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org.
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 Human Race Theatre Company
The Human Race Theatre Company was founded in 1986 and moved into the Metropolitan Arts Center in 1991, taking up residence at the 212-seat Loft Theatre. In addition to the Eichelberger Loft Season, The Human Race produces for the Victoria Theatre’s Broadway Series, the Musical Theatre Workshop series, and special event programming. The Human Race, under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Kevin Moore, also maintains education and outreach programs for children, teens and adults, as well as artist residencies in area schools, The Muse Machine In-School Tour, and summer youth programs. Human Race organizational support is provided by Culture Works, Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District, Shubert Foundation, the Erma R. Catterton Trust Fund and the Ohio Arts Council. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The 2012-2013 season sponsors are Morris Home Furnishings, Premier Health Partners, the Sam Levin Foundation and Jim and Enid Goubeaux.
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
Caressa Brown is a native Daytonian and former employee of G.M. Truck & Bus in Moraine. A 1998 graduate of Jefferson High School she went on to earn her degree in Educational/Organizational Leadership from Wright State University in 2007. Caressa, began her modeling career at the age of 12 having had contracts in major markets as well as smaller markets. Ms.Brown served as the Director of Operations for the first Fashion Week in Dayton in 2012. Active in the community since childhood, Caressa enjoys volunteering her time for local events, non-profit organizations, and is also a Community Voices Producer for 91.3 FM WYSO. In 2013, Caressa was nominated for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Woman of the Year, added to the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Volunteer Program for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and was unanimously appointed by the Montgomery County Commissioners to sit on the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District Board of Trustees . Currently, Caressa is the CEO of the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC which helps and mentors area fashion professionals from designers to models and help them take their careers to the next level.
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 Fire Note is a Dayton-based music website featuring news, album and concert reviews, vinyl spotlights and editorials. Have you plugged in yet? thefirenote.com
If you are familiar with the Gladgirl movement of the early 60's, spawned by the Pollyanna book series, you understand her motivation to make the world a better place, starting with Dayton, Ohio! Music, laughter and storytelling are the tools for the job. All these worlds collide in her many local indie rock shows, comedy shows, Story Slamm Dayton events and more. Gladgirl Shelly trained as a Community Voices Producer and was assistant producer of Juliet Fromholdt's weekly radio show, "Kaleidoscope" at 91.3FM, WYSO. Currently, you can hear her hosting "The Wax Carnival" on WSWO-LP, Oldies 97.3FM (and streaming at DaytonOldies.org. Tune in every Sunday night from 10:00pm-1:00am, Eastern. When not doing radio, she's a contributing writer for Dayton Most Metro, books local bands, produces rock shows and music related events and serves on the board of directors for Southwestern Ohio Public Radio. She currently a student at Antioch University Midwest in Yellow Springs, Ohio. All this, and a day job too, Shelly is the Executive Director of FilmDayton, the film commission for the greater Dayton region.
Pseudo coffee connoisseur. Design admirer. Urban explorer. Daily adventurer.
After a 12 year hiatus from the Miami Valley, Jeff has returned with the hope of spreading the good word about craft beer. It was a serendipitous fall day in 2007 when Jeff first met craft beer and he has never looked back. He is an admirer and collector of all things beer related and can often be spotted in the aisle of any random antique store, flea market, or thrift shop looking for treasures to add to his collection. While Jeff is a proud beer geek, he will never turn down a good ol’ PBR with anyone at any time. Knowing that sometimes it’s the time, place, and company that can make any average beer, a great beer.
Social Media Strategist and Founder of the Dayton Baton. Jordan started the Baton to help showcase the positivity of Dayton - the people, community, events, and small businesses that make Dayton so unique.
A published author, former radio personality and currently marketing director for a fast food chain, Karen is also a motivational speaker and writes a regular column for other publications entitled "Bleached Blonde Mind".
Kim Estess is a former college journalist who now works as an estate planning attorney with Roberson Law in Kettering, Ohio. Kim is a healthy living enthusiast and runs a personal blog as Fabulous Fit Foodie at www.fabulousfitfoodie.com, where she writes about running, her attempts at healthy cooking, and the daily struggles of a self-proclaimed foodie trying to live a healthy(ish) lifestyle. Kim is a half marathoner and a triathlete, but when she isn’t running or tri-ing, her favorite sport is golf. Kim is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington (go Hoosiers!) and the University of Dayton School of Law. She lives in Centerville with her husband, their miniature schnauzer, Millie, and black and white cat, Oscar.
Lauren is a Dayton native, growing up in Centerville and finally settling in Kettering with her husband and two dogs after she graduated from Ohio University in 2008. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and professional weight-loser, continuously striving to find balance between all that Dayton’s local eateries have to offer with the many fitness and activity opportunities that the city and surrounding areas provide. She is a passionate advocate for animals and works with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton as an offsite event coordinator. She firmly believes that with the right framework, fitness and healthy eating can be an approachable, realistic lifestyle for everyone, and loves providing insight and inspiration to Dayton residents looking to achieve similar goals.
Max Spang is a professional video producer and co-founder of Catapult Creative, an avid home brewer, and an amateur connoisseur of fine craft beers. With a focus on promoting the craft beer community in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio, he is ever vigilant in hunting down the next great sample, pint, or bottle of beer.
Mike Ritchie is a Kettering resident, factory employee and is pursuing a full time career in journalism. He loves learning about the editing aspect but his dream gig is to write about and review music full time. He holds a B.S. in Communication from Rio Grande University writing for the campus paper and has had numerous poems published in various anthologies in his youth and teen years. He free-lanced for the Christian Citizen Newspaper out of college from 1999-mid 2000's covering Skillet, Audio Adrenaline, Pillar, Relient-K among several others and wrote numerous CD reviews . After taking an extended break he started writing for their website www.citizenusa.net reviewing the newest CD and live show from Becoming The Archetype and CD's from For Today and P.O.D. also covering The Scream The Prayer Tour featuring Demon Hunter and wrote a feature on local youth hangout The Attic. Writing about entertainment and music is his passion and though he likes many genres, rock and metal are his preferences. Since writing for Mostmetro.com he's covered Static X, Davey Suicide, Motley Crue, Kiss, Kamelot, Nightwish, Dead Dick Hammer, Geoff Tate, Mushroomhead among numerous local/regional bands, venues and events. His work also appears on buckeyemusicmagazine.com
Nicole might be pint-size but is full of life. Her passion for travel and Spanish drive her to seek out new experiences and adventures locally and abroad.
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).
Olivia Barrow moved to Dayton in 2012 to write for the Dayton Business Journal. Since then, she has discovered that Dayton is an amazing city to launch a career in, to try your hand at new hobbies and to quickly find your niche and make a difference. She took up boxing, ultimate frisbee and rock climbing and is involved in UpDayton, The Victory Project and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Rodney Veal, an independent choreographer and interdisciplinary artist, serves as adjunct faculty for both Stivers School of the Performing Arts and Sinclair Community College. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a B.S in Political Science and Visual Arts. He recently received his M.F.A in Choreography from The Ohio State University. Mr. Veal is the recipient of several Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District grants and fellowships, Mr. Veal was recently awarded a MCACD Fellowship for 2010-2011. Upcoming projects includes, directing “Rise to Dance” a multi-disciplinary show on street culture and dance, the culmination of the culture builds community-Intensive Cultural Residency Project created by CityFolk; a solo multi-media performance exhibition at the Springfield Museum of Art, Reveal: Five Zones of Beauty in the summer of 2011.
Ron Gable is the founder of Jazz Advocate, a non-profit organization dedicated to using jazz as a tool to bring our communities together! He is a past jazz column writer under five different editors for the Impact Weekly and the Dayton City Paper. He is presently the webmaster for JazzAdvocate.com and JazzCentralDayton.com. In addition sends out newsletters to 2,000 jazz fans in Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus and is always interested in your input and questions relative to jazz. Ron can readily be contacted at email@example.com, on Facebook or call (937) 732-5173.
Born to an actor/director father and a writer/teacher mother, Sarah Caplan has been involved in Theatre (professionally and nonprofessionally) for the vast majority of her thirty(something) years. She uses her unique position in Dayton's vibrant Theatre scene to bring a breezy "behind the scenes" feel to the On Stage Dayton section of DMM and shares her insights, opinions and any other juicy bits of info that might fall into her possession!
@ScottSliver (Sly-ver) The voice of I Love Dayton! on Facebook. Executive Director of The Hope Foundation of Greater Dayton. Pastor at the Vineyard Church in Beavercreek. New media enthusiast with a degree in visual communication. http://hope4dayton.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Shane Anderson is the founder of the soon-to-open Ghostlight Coffee on Wayne Avenue. He holds a Master of Education degree from Indiana Wesleyan University & a Bachelor of Music degree from Wright State University. Shane is a former music teacher in the Vandalia, Miami East & Cincinnati Public Schools. Additionally, Shane works with locally based Encore Theater Company. ETC has a mission to help develop new works of musical theater through readings, concerts, developmental workshops & productions and the podcast MusicalWorld (www.MusicalWorld.us). The local theater company recently moved into the new arts collaborative space in the Oregon Arts District, along with Zoot Theatre Co & Rhythm In Shoes.
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.
Tommy Johnson moved to the Dayton area 10-plus years ago from a small town and hasn’t looked back. With his obsession for music, a love affair with Dayton, and a passion for writing, Tommy recently developed a blog called The Dayton Scene. Tommy guides readers through local events, and shows from local talent. He also visits local shops, and gives you an in-depth look into what the business brings to the Gem City. Tommy is also on Twitter @thedaytonscene.
Tonia Fish and her Husband Chef Joe Fish operate a venue at the 2nd Street Market, The Chef Case, that offers chef-prepared, artisan food focused on local, seasonal, allergy-conscious ingredients. Tonia is a true farmers’ market enthusiast, having frequented not only the 2nd Street Market but also San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Market and Manhattan’s Union Square Greenmarket. Market Walk will highlight local produce as it comes into season, feature farmers market vendors and products, and aims to bring you wonderful recipes for those ingredients. From time to time, we will walk the market and talk with a different area chef or farmer and get their take on local ingredients as well as a seasonal recipe to share with you, DaytonMostMetro.com readers! For a Chef Perspective, follow The Chef Case on facebook.
Originally from Tiffin, Ohio, Val Hunt Beerbower is a 2005 graduate of Ohio University and currently serves as PR and communications manager for the Downtown Dayton Partnership. She and her husband, Mike, enjoy their home base in Dayton where they can easily access the city's unique shopping, dining, arts and culture, breweries, sporting events, festivals, water trails, bikeways, and all the rest of the amenities that make downtown Dayton and its surrounding neighborhoods one of the best places to live!