Who We Are
Meet Our Board
Tiffany Countryman has successfully collaborated and implemented Community Outreach Initiatives, Social Services and volunteers on collaborative initiatives in the Dayton region designed to dismantle systemic policies and programs designed to keep minority residents in poverty.
Jamica Garrison, Co-Founder
Ms. Garrison has successfully collaborated and implemented industry-specific workforce development training programs, resident leadership training, and civic education/engagement events. She also volunteers on collaborative initiatives in the Dayton region designed to dismantle systemic policies and programs that keep minority residents in poverty.
Mary Sue Gmeiner
Ms. Gmeiner has successfully collaborated with community leaders in Dayton on environmental awareness and protections, and volunteers on collaborative initiatives in the Dayton region to dismantle systemic policies and programs designed to keep minority residents in poverty.
With a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Public Administration, he has gained valuable academic prowess to support his ambitions.
Reginald has interests in Black American culture, design thinking, and comprehensive community development which he actively participates in and investigates.
Jo'el Jones, Co-founder
A town hall host, documentarian, and conference organizer, she has been featured at TEDX Dayton, YWCA, Y-Dub Discussion and Black Men Think Tank.
Jo’el Jones was appointed to the statewide Research Advisory Committee of ALICE, (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and a Panelist on Poverty and the Working Class, Columbus Metropolitan Club. Jo’el was a featured contributor to the international news program, FRONTLINE, Left Behind in America, Dayton, Ohio, 2018, and a 2017 candidate for Dayton Public School Board. She also sits on a national advisory panel of WAND (Women for Nuclear Disarmament) Washington, D.C., whereby she lobbies on behalf of issues pertaining to Nuclear Proliferation. Jo’el is a sought-after speaker on topics pertaining to urban policy, civil rights, politics an urban perspective and the plight of public education. Jo’el is a widow and mom to two extraordinary young men.
Ms. Lavey has successfully litigated cases aimed at preserving public and subsidized housing, enforcing fair housing laws and protecting the housing rights of tenants in the Dayton region. She has also helped pass legislation designed to dismantle systemic policies and programs designed to keep minority residents in poverty.
Shenise Turner-Sloss, Co-FOunder
Ms. Turner-Sloss has successfully collaborated and implemented community and neighborhood development projects, resident leadership training, and civic education/ engagement events. She also volunteers on collaborative initiatives in the Dayton region designed to dismantle systemic policies and programs designed to keep minority residents in poverty.
Ted has been active in the Dayton community as a member of the Historic South Park Housing committee. He volunteered with Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley with their Refugee Resettlement program, and has been a volunteer with Five Rivers MetroParks for 5 years. As an ambassador with Five Rivers MetroParks he brought information on the park system, its’ programs, and the benefits of an active lifestyle to various events throughout the community. In this capacity Ted teamed with the Dayton VA Center’s MOVE Program aimed at keep veterans and VA workers active and healthy.
His interest in Neighborhoods Over Politics stems from a desire to see more of a focus on neighborhoods with the greatest needs.
Ralph is an avid volunteer who sits on several boards within the Dayton region. He has a tremendous love for his community and works tirelessly to effectuate change that drives the community towards maturity.