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 been with Lucas County Children Services, rising from caseworker to manager of the Placement Department in 1988. In that position, she was responsible for ensuring that every child who neededt o live away from his or her biological parents had an appropriate place to live. She also supervised the adoption unit and the foster parent training and licensing processes. A lifelong Toledoan, Ms. Reese earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Toledo. She has also volunteered for the local United Way. Where do you call home? For many years, I have lived in the Old West End neighborhood in Toledo. What was your first job? I was a “salad maker” at the old Forum Cafeteria at Southwyck Mall. What health or lifestyle tips do you support? To me, it’s important to have a strong spiritual life. It provides me with the opportunity to step away from the stresses of the job. I also enjoy exercising. Your biggest self-indulgence? I’m not much for indulgences, although I enjoy playing games on my iPad, and every year, I take my mother on a trip. I have always wanted to …? Go to Paris. What trait do you admire in others? I respect people who work hard, and give it their all. Something most people don’t know about you? I am a Barbra Streisand fanatic! Words you live by? There are not specific words, but I hold myself accountable for treating others the best that I can. Your proudest accomplishment? My children, and the wonderful adults that they have become. Person you most respect? It has to be my husband, Pete Reese. He is a wonderful partner, a good father, a hard worker and just a good person.
A musical comedy follows Monty, the heir to a family fortune who juggles his fiancee, his mistress, and plans to murder the line of succession. 7:30pm. 8pm Friday, November 10. 2pm and 8pm Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12. $22-$88. Stranahan Theater 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-381-8851 | stranahantheater.org
Enjoy the Ballet Theatre of Toledo’s annual Nutcracker performance. Special showing on Friday; regular performances run Saturday, November 25 at 7pm and Sunday, November 26 at 2pm. $25-$40. The Valentine Theater 410 Adams St. | 419-242-2787 ballettheatreoftoledo.org
At 79, most of us are, or at least hope to be, thoroughly retired. Not so for Gordon Wright, Director of Dining Services and Executive Chef at Whitehouse Country Manor. Wright, who served in the army between 1957 and 1960, claims he will always be busy. “Busy hands, busy feet, busy mind. I have to
When you feel good your body reflects it. Your hair and skin glow, your energy soars and your mental health is stable. What is not to love about that. Our experts here give us some insight about what they do to stay healthy. Advanced Wellness and Chiropractic Center 3454 Oak Alley Ct. #100. 419-535-9600. Wellness4toledo.com