Profiles

Q&A With Mary Ellen Pisanelli – Lawyer Extraordinaire

Attorney Mary Ellen Pisanelli is a recognized leader in Northwest Ohio, not only in the legal profession but also for her community service. The Vermont native holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a master’s from the University of Chicago. She earned her Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law. Last

Q&A WITH David Tobian of Household Centralized Service

David Tobian has run Household Centralized Service (2052 W. Sylvania Ave.) since 1978. Started by his grandfather, Elmer Tobian, in 1936, HCS claims to be the oldest appliance and electronics repair business in the U.S., making the company a true Toledo legend. Well-respected in the area for fair pricing, David is a whiz in the

Q&A With: Marianne Ballas Car Connoisseur

In 2004, after thirty five years in the car business, Marianne Ballas purchased Ballas Buick GMC. Now an Ohio sales leader, Ballas has received the “Mark of Excellence” award from General Motors for 5 consecutive years. The first woman owned dealership in the State of Ohio appointed through the General Motors’ “Women’s Retail Network”, Ballas

Q&A WITH John Stone Merit House founder

John Stone started working in nursing homes at the age of 15 when his dad and cousin bought an aging facility in Toledo’s Old West End. Many of his family members are also in the business; his great grandmother is Elizabeth Scott, founded the Elizabeth Scott Community after having been involved in nursing care. She

Q&A WITH DEE TALMADGE

A graduate of DeVilbiss High School, Dee earned a B.S. in education from Ohio State and a M.Ed from the University of Toledo. A former elementary school teacher and Ottawa Hills school board member, she is an advocate for education. She was appointed to the Owen’s Community College Board of Trustees in 2002, 2008 and

MProfile: Former superintendent Lucas County Educational Center

Tom Baker graduated from Marietta High School and made his way to Bowling Green University with a full scholarship for playing basketball. He received his bachelor of science degree in 1964 and his master’s of education degree in 1969 before doing post master’s degree work at the University of Toledo. Baker began his career as

Q&A WITH Judy Seibenick BSN, MOL

A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Judy Seibenick worked as one of Hospice of Northwest Ohio’s three original nurses. Seibenick has seen the hospice center grow, from her start there in 1980 to her appointment as Executive Director in 2000 to today, a staff of five who cared for about 100 patients during its

Q&A: WITH Tony Packo Jr.

Tony was born and raised in the Birmingham neighborhood on Toledo’s East Side. His father, Tony Sr., opened Tony Packo’s Café in 1932 at the current east side location, the corner of Front and Consaul Sts. Following his father’s untimely death, Tony Jr. started working in the restaurant at age 15. He has led the