Profiles

Toledo’s Revitalizer—Kathy Steingraber Looks Back at the Warehouse District

Over 20 years ago the Toledo Warehouse District Association (TWDA) took on the task of renovating a group of unoccupied buildings on St. Clair near Lafayette, with hopes of generating interest in the area. In those early stages, many considered the effort futile. But if you believe Kathy Steingraber, former director of the TWDA, she knew the revitalization of downtown would eventually be a success.

Looking back with Broadcaster Gordon Ward

For over six decades, Toledo audiences have known the name and the voice of Gordon Ward.

Robin Reese, LCCS Executive Director, Looks Back at Career

For over three decades, Robin Reese has worked with Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) in a tireless effort to protect area kids from abusive and neglectful situations. But according to Reese, if you ask the people closest to her, she’s had a passion for assisting people in the community even longer.

Marcy Kaptur: Longtime Representative Looks Back At Her Career

Longtime Representative, Marcy Kaptur, looks back at her career

Baldemar Velásquez: Fifty Years of Fighting for Workers’ Rights

Born in Texas in 1947, by the age of 12 Velasquez lived in Ohio with his family, picking crops in the summer and working at a cannery in the winter.

Mary Alice Powell Looks Back At Decades Of Food Reporting

Profiles: Mary Alice Powell looks back at decades of food reporting

Profiles: Duke Wheeler

Wheeler Farms’ owner is living out his post-retirement dreams.

Kelly Broadway: Her Life Is A Continuous Song

Kelly Broadway (and her last name provides a hint) is a vocalist, comedienne, musician, entertainer, instructor, and actress and, when you hear her sing, you will agree she is absolutely awesome.

April Profile: State Rep. Michael Ashford

Ohio State Rep. Michael Ashford

Q&A WITH Mark Feldstein gift product producer extraordinaire

Ever wonder where all of those novelty and gift products you see in the stores come from? An entrepreneur right here in Toledo, Mark Feldstein began his company basically as a one-man show, setting up as a manufacturer’s representative organization which specialized in hand-held electronics. Over time Feldstein realized that the real potential for the

Q&A WITH Deborah Barnett

During Deborah Barnett’s 36 years as a member of the Huntington Bank team, she has had many different roles. She served appointments to boards at the City of Toledo, Toledo Public Schools and the University of Toledo. She has also been involved with many civic organizations, including the Toledo Zoo, Promedica, the Greater Toledo Urban

Q&A WITH Mike Ferner

A long-time environmentalist and well-known community and peace activist, Mike Ferner was elected to two terms on Toledo City Council where he sponsored the largest investment in energy efficiency for municipal buildings in Ohio. He is the author of “Inside the Red Zone: A Veteran For Peace Reports from Iraq,” (Praeger/Greenwood), based on his two

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

Tom Baker: 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

Q&A WITH PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEER BARBARA J. BROWN

How does one become a professional volunteer?

A look back at Toledo’s finest coach Bob Snyder

With Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh both being born in Toledo, this area has a strong influence on the current college football scene. But nobody holds a stronger grip as a football legacy than Toledo’s own Coach Bob Snyder. Every time you watch a football game and the offense is wide open, say thank you

Q&A: The Ability Center of Greater Toledo ‘s Director Tim Harrington

Tim combines a hard-edged business sense with a keen sensitivity for the rights of people with disabilities.

Q&A with Tom Falvey – Fitness Guru

Tom went to Old Orchard Elementary School and DeVilbiss High School, joining the US Army after graduation

Judy Potter honored for Paratransit Operations

Judy Potter, owner of Toledo’s Black & White Transportation Co. has spent a considerable amount of that time involved in local charities. Ms. Potter’s commitment has led to the honor of being named the 2016 Paratransit & Contracting Operator of the Year by the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association, the century-old nonprofit trade association for the

Q&A With Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek, Lourdes University President

A proud Ohioan, Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek, President of Lourdes University in Sylvania since June, 2016, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. She was awarded her Master of Education and Doctor of Education in counseling psychology degrees from Boston University. Prior to becoming president of Lourdes

It’s the Holidays Fashion: Ideas That Dazzle

by Pat Nowak In November the parties begin – the get togethers to cheer on your favorite team, the company holiday party, gatherings at the neighbors and other celebrations – everyone wants to be dazzling. In 2016 women have many options but make sure you know the dress code for the evening before making your grand

Q&A with Don Michel

By Pat Nowak A product of NW Ohio, Don attended local schools, Newbury, Jones Jr High and Libbey High School. He went to the Air Force after high school and once discharged, opened his first business, Michael’s Beverage Center in 1960. He operated the business while attending the University of Toledo, graduating in 1962. He began a

Q&A WITH Robin C. Reese: Executive Director of Lucas County Children Services

Robin Reese is the Executive Director of Lucas County ChildrenServices, the county agency responsible for protecting children from abuse and neglect. She was named director by the agency’s board of trustees in March 2016, six months after being named interim director and one year after being named associate director of the agency. Since 1984, she’s

Q&A WITH Kristi K. Hoffman

Kristi K. Hoffman  is an award-winning television host and producer, past PBS-TV media personality, author, businesswoman and keynote speaker. As CEO and Founder of Total Package Global,  Kristi develops success tools for pre-teen and teenaged girls and boys, young professionals, as well as seasoned executives to assist them in reaching their life and business goals.