Profiles

Mike Hart

Advertising icon’s heart is in the community and customer service

Laneta Goings Takes Pride In Education And Community

Laneta Goings has believed in the power of books as long as she can remember. “From my early childhood, I have always loved to read,” Goings said.

From the Classroom to the Senate

Teresa Fedor looks back at two decades of service For nearly 20 years, Teresa Fedor has represented the Toledo area in state politics. Beginning with a seat in the Ohio House in 2000, Fedor’s career has seen her elected to the Ohio Senate in 2002, a second term in the House in 2010, and now

Toledo’s Library Leader

Interview with Clyde Scoles a few weeks after he announced his intention to retire, on June 30, from his position as Toledo Lucas County Public Library Director.

Ask The Financial Experts

Money is a sensitive topic. It’s not always easy to discuss our finances, but it’s important to make sure you’re on stable ground. Whether you need a financial advisor or a legal professional to help you navigate difficult times, trust is priceless. Meet two financial experts who you can count on.

Bill Geha Helping Local Youth Overcome Addiction And Bullying

Bill Geha Helps Local Youth Overcome Addiction And Bullying.

Odesky’s Toledo Legacy Reaches Beyond Politics

Stan Odesky’s Toledo legacy reaches beyond politics.

MProfile—Robin Whitney: ProMedica’s Chief Strategic Planner

When Robin Whitney majored in civil engineering, there were even less women in the field than there are today. We asked Whitney to tell us more about what keeps her motivated at work, her future goals, and about pastimes that bring her joy.

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