Board of Directors

Shenise Turner-Sloss

Logistics Management

Specialist Shenise Turner-Slossis a long-standing native of Dayton and a proud graduate of Dayton Public Schools. Shenise’s deep concern and passion for the stability of Dayton’s neighborhoods sparked the development of the non-profit organization “Neighborhoods Over Politics.” Acting as one of the co-founders for the organization, Shenise is committed to neighborhood redevelopment and the economic sustainability of communities.

Jamica Garrison

Human Resources Professional

Active public servant for over 20 years. Proud graduate of Dayton's Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and Wright State University, with a professional background of over 8 years in workforce, economic development and human resources. Transforming lives through service, collaboration, innovation, education, and advocacy.

Tommie Lewis

President and CEO of Make It Plain Consulting

Tommie is an accomplished development coach, relationship manager, diversity professional, and training facilitator. He has transformed people and organizations through continuous improvement workshops such as Operating in a Global Environment, Diversity & Leadership Management, and Leading with Emotional Intelligence.

C. Ralph Wilcoxson

Attorney & Counselor at Law

Active community organizer for 35 years. Member of the Ohio State Bar for 23 years. Married 18 years. Mentor & Leadership Trainer/Coach. Adjunct Professor. "If you educate the children they will change the world!"

Jo’el Thomas-Jones

Advocate for Quality Public Education

Jo’el Thomas-Jones is a public servant committed to improving the global community through education and advocacy; with the belief that all life has value.

Debra Lavey


Debra Lavey is a senior attorney at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., a non-profit regional law firm that provides high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio achieve self-reliance, equal justice and economic opportunity. She currently practices in two areas which are Housing & Community Economic Development and Access to Health Care & Public Benefits. Debra graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1999 and has spent her legal career serving low-income individuals and groups. Prior to joining Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., she was employed by Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. and the Legal Aid Society of Dayton, practicing in the areas of consumer, family, government benefits and housing law.

Mr. Eddie Dixon

Owner of Dixon's Building Services

Owner of Dixon's Building Services with over 25 years of community service and leadership for the Jefferson Township area and Dayton neighborhoods. Mr. Dixon uses his wisdom and business acumen to help guide and direct projects to ensure equality among all populations.