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 2014, and currently she serves as chair. Dee is active on the Women in Philanthropy board of the University of Toledo and has served on several boards including the American Red Cross, Kidney Foundation, Toledo Hospital Auxiliary, foundation boards for ProMedica Toledo Hospital, Historic Woodlawn Cemetery and Ottawa Hills Schools, among others. She has been awarded the Athena, Milestones, Clara Barton and Belle Chenault Awards and was honored as a member of the DeVilbiss and Ottawa Hills Halls of Fame. Dee is married to Dr. Lance A. Talmage and has three children and eight grandchildren. Where do you call home? Ottawa Hills, but I grew up in Toledo. What was your first job? Working in the dietary department of the old Flower Hospital. What health or lifestyle tips do you support? Be active – walk, interact with people, smile and keep a positive attitude and avoid fats in food choices. Your biggest self indulgence? Ice cream with hot fudge sauce. Favorite Book? Armageddon by Leon Uris I have always wanted to…? Be an army officer What trait do you admire in others? A person who is always pleasant and you can always count on them that way. Something people don’t know about you? I am a Kentucky Colonel. Words you live by? You may not remember what a person said to you, but you always remember how they made you feel. Your proudest accomplishment? Raising three successful children and watching them raise eight grandchildren who individually are pursuing their dreams with gusto. Also proud of my service to the armed forces as the wife of a Brigadier General. Person you most respect? My husband Lance. He is kind, full of knowledge, an excellent listener and a superb leader.
At this time of year, my favorite thing to eat is: Smoothies – berry or banana. My theme song: “On the Road Again,” Willie Nelson. I own a ridiculous number of: Shoes. I still can’t get the hang of: Some of my newer iPhone apps. I hope my grandchildren can help me this summer.