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 Superfry and the Big Ragu
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 are just two guys that love to eat!
Jean Howat Berry
Jean Howat Berry is the Education and Outreach Manager for Cityfolk. She had been a teaching artist for over twenty years, using interdisciplinary arts strategies to share curricular content and life skills. She worked extensively through Ohio Arts Council in the Artist Residency program, mentoring student artists through drama strategies and mask techniques and using curricular content to promote multi-level learning. Jean participated in the Lincoln Center Institute’s National Educator Workshop this summer, taking part in the conversation about imagination as a primary, cognitive capacity. Her residency with Cincinnati Recreation Commission received national recognition with the Dorothy R. Mullen’s Arts & Humanities award, given for arts programming by the National Recreation and Parks Association. She was also fortunate to study mask making with the Stratford Festival of Canada, funded by Culture Works.
A member of the Writers Guild of America, East, Inc., native Daytonian Joe Aiello is the author of numerous screenplays, non-fiction books, novels, TV sitcom pilots, news features, and documentaries. Of all his professional pursuits, he enjoys freelance writing the most and has written for such papers, websites, and magazines as Impact Weekly, NewsMax, Greentree Gazette, Best Kitchens & Baths, Examiner.com (covering baseball in Southwest Florida), Housetrends, Daytonian Style, Modern Plastics, and Life with Style. He fills his spare time coaching College, A, AA amateur and semi-pro baseball teams; answering trivia quizzes; and denigrating himself attempting to play golf.
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 active in the community as the Executive Director of FilmDayton and as a volunteer for multiple area arts groups, Activated Spaces and updayton. 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.
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.
Who’s Annie? She’s a thinker, a mom, an avid recycler, a lover, a free spirit, and an entrepreneur. She loves the smell of garlic, laundry, and burning leaves in the Fall and thinks cupcakes, avocados and random acts of kindness are a few of the best things in the world. She believes in kindred spirits, a little bit of luck, and good timing. She is fascinated by relationships, human interaction and social norms, and believes everyone should do something outside their comfort zone at least once. Her motto: Slow down and appreciate the uniqueness of this experience- pay it tribute, mull it over, take a picture of it, write about it, talk about it- and above all, LIVE it.
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.
Bryan Suddith is a former government bureaucrat and non profit executive. He is the proud owner of Patrick the Wheaten Terrier, father to two boys and husband to one gorgeous wife. He blogs at bryansuddith.com and is always searching for the best cheeseburger. Bryan is passionate about all things Cuban, storytelling and camping with his sons and dog.
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 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. 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, and currently serves as the Chair for the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator.
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.
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 telling events and more. Gladgirl Shelly is currently a Community Voices Producer at WYSO, Dayton / Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she also produces a weekly music show, "Kaleidoscope", featuring live local bands and hosted by Juliet Fromholdt. You can hear her on the air every Friday night 10:00pm-1:00am during the "Gladgirl Radio Show" on WSWO, Dayton / Huber Heights, Ohio.
"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."
Jeff Klaene has been working in Dayton movie theaters since the Fall of 1991. He started in the concession stand and worked his way to General Manager by 1995 and has been running theaters for Showcase Cinemas and Rave Cinemas ever since. He ran or helped open The Greene, Dayton South, Huber Heights and many others that are long closed now. Movies are in his blood and he cares about what he does and how guests are treated in his building. Attended Wright State and Sinclair for Mass Communications with a focus on TV Broadcasting. Jeff was also in the Army for six years during the first Gulf War.
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".
Leah Hawthorn is a certified business image & etiquette coach, training facilitator for The Defense Acquisition Universities, Senior College Fellowship. She trains frequently for WPAFB and is a Master Trainer for the Protocol School of Washington. Ms. Hawthorn works to facilitate change by improving individual and corporate images as well as Business Etiquette/ Social Intelligence Skills, and will be sharing her etiquette tips here on Dayton MostMetro.com in her column "Getting The Edge on Etiquette". Check out her business website - ABI, Advanced Business Image & Etiquette.
Marsha is a practicing visual artist, teacher, and arts integration specialist. She teaches art history at Wright State University, studio classes at Kettering College of Medical Arts, and is the Gallery Director for the Diane Kidd Gallery of Art at Tiffin University. Marsha presents workshops and demonstrations showcasing her unique style of painting with paper on canvas. Her most recent one person exhibition, titled “Dinner in the City”, imagined the meeting of the fifteenth-century novelist Christine de Pisan and the twentieth-century artist Judy Chicago. In addition to regularly exhibiting her work, she has written a column on the visual arts, and is one of the former owners of Conversation Pieces Art Gallery. Marsha received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and K-12 teaching certificate from Ohio Northern University, studied with nationally known artist Willis “Bing” Davis, and earned a Master of Humanities degree from Wright State University. She is currently represented by The Cannery Art and Design Center in Dayton, Ohio. To learn more about Marsha visit her website.
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.
Michelle has been in the beauty industry for over 10 years working for such companies as MAC, Clinique, Revlon, Benefit and everywhere from the runway to weddings. She founded her own onsite makeup artistry business in 2006, A Vogue Idea, and in 2007 joined up with local photographer Tracy Abston as the studio makeup artist for Blush Boudoir. Her love of pinup, vintage fashion and classic beauty led her to specialize in wedding couture and become a beauty go to in the Dayton area. Michelle's DMM Column "A Woman’s Right to Beauty" covers the latest and greatest beauty trends in local area as well as the industry. It focuses on affordable ways the everyday woman can look and feel like a starlet.
Michelle is a recent graduate from The Ohio State University. She is the social media marketer for a technology company based in Dayton. In addition to her marketing role, she lends her free time to being the web development lead for upDayton's Internship Committee, being a co-host of New Media Dayton's weekly tweetchat (#NMDChat), and helping run her family's local nail salon. Her passion for good food and high fashion are prominent themes in her personal blog at michellenton.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @michellenton.
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 Amsler has over 16 years of experience in professional writing and marketing. She owns Keylocke Services, a local copywriting and marketing consultant firm (www.keylocke.com) but is also a published fiction writer. A resident of Springboro for six years, Nicole has two children, a supportive husband, a well stocked library and a coffee addiction. She looks forward to bringing news about area authors and literary events to you.
Patrice Hall is the social marketing director at Real Art Design Group. Focusing on emerging technologies and shareable experiences, she teams up with the company's print and interactive designers to create campaigns that engage people both online and in real life. Patrice's work has been recognized with gold ADDY awards and has been featured in HOW magazine. A UD grad, she served as the founding president of Dayton Creative Syndicate, a networking organization for creative professionals. She has designed brands and campaigns for a variety of organizations from local startups to Fortune 500 companies.
Ria Delight Megnin
Ria Delight Megnin (yes, that's her real middle name!) loves exploring the edges where science and spirituality connect -- or clash. After 10 years working at newspapers in Massachusetts and California, she made the leap to freelance writing and editing. She enjoys helping the people, nonprofits and businesses of Dayton and beyond share their stories in powerful ways.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com
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.
Shawn Cassiman is an Assistant Professor of Social Work, at the University of Dayton. She received her MSW and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches courses in environmental justice, social policy, international social work and child welfare. Her research interests include the critical examination of social welfare policy, discourse, and resistance among marginalized communities and the potential for such work to contribute to social justice .
Tiffany Shaw-Diaz is a born-and-raised Daytonian who has a love for culture and community. She has previously written for the Dayton City Paper, countless print magazines, and most recently served as a USA Journalist for the London-based publication, NAFOURA, on topics related to Middle Eastern culture. During her checkered career, she has won more than a dozen awards combined in the fields of journalism, technical editing, social activism, and video production. She spends her free time playing harp, kayaking, crafting, and watching way too much TV (thanks, New Girl!).
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 public relations specialist for Five Rivers MetroParks here in Dayton. She lives with her husband, Mike, in Kettering where they enjoy riding bikes on this region's extensive bikeway system, hiking in the MetroParks, digging the local arts scene, and experimenting with ethnic cooking.