They heard updates on the topics we’ve been covering, and heard about plans to cover two new Path Forward topics for the coming year: the safety of our drinking water supply, and the state of mental health and suicide prevention services locally, especially for teens.
“The Community Advisory Board members have provided us with valuable insight,” said Samantha Sommer, the newspaper’s Investigative and Community Impact Director, who manages the Path Forward team and works with the board. “They have connected us with stories and people we might not have known about otherwise. They also proved critical in selecting our new topics – youth mental health and drinking water safety and sustainability.”
We’ll share more about the advisory board on these pages over the course of the year. Said Sommer: “The new group of board members is a diverse and exciting group of leaders. Each of them bring unique experiences and perspectives to the table that we need to hear.”
New this year to the board:
Laura Jordan Roesch, CEO, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley.
Bryan Hunter, CEO, 937 Payroll.
Helen Jones-Kelley, Executive Director, Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board.
Adam Murka, Vice President for Advancement, Sinclair Community College.
Libby Ballengee, Venus Child Productions and the Gem City Podcast.
Gregory Ramey, Dayton Children's Hospital.
Jessica Salyers, Deputy Director, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Maurice McDonald, Vice President of Military Affairs, Dayton Development Coalition.
Richard Biehl, Dayton Chief of Police.
Stephen Keyes, Vice President, Key-Ads.
Brad Eaton, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Dayton Dragons.
Gerald Parker, Judge, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.
Anita Adams-Jenkins, President, Sycamore Hospital.
Alexandra Rivers, co-owner, Twist Cupcakery.
Rick Schwartz, board chair, WinSupply.
Members returning for a second year:
Diane Ewing, Chief Liaison to the CEO and VP of External Communications, Premier Health.
Cassie Barlow, President and CEO, Southwestern Ohio Council of Higher Education (SOCHE).
Rusty Clifford, Director Administration and Operations, Montgomery County Educational Services Center.
Nick Ripplinger, President, Battle Sight Technologies.
Jeff Kruithoff, Springboro Chief of Police.
Rev. Vanessa Ward, President, Omega Community Development Corporation.
Jill Dietrich, Director, Dayton VA Medical Center.
Ron Rollins is community impact editor of the Dayton Daily News.