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Meet the 2014 Women of Influence!
Standing (from left to right): Holly Campbell-Bradley, Anita Moore, Monica Deal
Seated (from left to right): Rev. Wendy Deichmann, PhD, Dianne Marx, Elaine Bettman, Stacey Lawson
Community Activist and Volunteer
Elaine Bettman has long been known in Dayton as an advocate for those less fortunate. At 80 years old, she has been described as having the “energy and enthusiasm of someone half her age.” A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Development, Elaine owned and operated an antiques store during her professional life and also worked with her husband, Joe, in his drug store. She works tirelessly on her volunteer efforts and has mentored numerous women in our community, helping them in both their professional and volunteer lives. Over the past 50 years, Elaine has served on many committees and boards as well as chaired many fundraising events. She has chaired the Artemis Center annual gala and served on the board, worked with the National Conference for Community and justice, co-chairing the annual dinner with her husband. Elaine also coordinated the Jewish Federation’s resettlement efforts for Soviet Jews coming to Dayton in the late 1980’s. She is known for making volunteering “fun,” and inspiring others to serve on community committees and boards. In 1991, the “Dayton Daily News” recognized Elaine as a member of the “Ten Top Women” and she has received numerous other awards over her lifetime. Today she serves as a docent for the Holocaust exhibit at the Museum of the United States Air Force and also volunteers as an aide for special education classes in the Northmont School system. A Dayton resident for 56 years, Elaine and her husband have raised five children and also opened their home to two foster children. Her children are also now active community volunteers, inspired by their mother to continue her philanthropy and public service efforts.
Director of Social Activities, One Lincoln Park
Described as “compassionate about her work” and with an “enthusiasm that is contagious,” Holly Campbell-Bradley sets the bar high for herself and for others. Holly is the co-chair for the local Habitat for Humanity fundraiser, “Habitat in the Hamptons” and is the president of the board of directors for the Thank You Foundation, an organization that works to support members of the military and their families by providing care packages, gas and groceries and other financial assistance. Holly volunteered for Hospice of Dayton’s Classic Beauty Fashion Show for five years and put her skills in the fashion industry to good use, mentoring young women involved in pageants and showing them how to achieve their goals. Holly’s involvement in the Hospice Fashion Show resulted in phenomenal growth of the event and its success in raising more than $400,000 to support end of life care for patients and services and programs. Holly is also on the board of the Miss Ohio Scholarship Program and has been involved with this program for more than 27 years. She has also served on boards and committees for local non-profits including Agape for Youth and the American Heart Association. Holly sets a strong example for other females in leadership roles by balancing her full time job with her community volunteerism. A lifelong resident of Dayton, Holly has worked with many diverse audiences and values all contributions. A passionate and reliable volunteer, organizations have come to know they can count on Holly to fulfill all of her responsibilities and complete projects under deadline. Holly is also known for her sense of style and sense of humor, including her “hearty laugh.”
Regional Sales Manager-State and Local Government Markets, LexisNexis
Leading by example through her good works in the community and her ability to maintain a strong work-life balance, Monica Deal impacts women both through her business life and community involvement. She is the president of the LexisNexis Woman’s Connected (LNWC) Dayton Chapter and through that role, mentors and leads 1,000 plus members through events, charity work and professional development opportunities to strengthen them both in their careers and communities. She insists that all of the events put on by LNWC have a giving component – most recently this has led to the donation of 500 pounds of peanut butter and 400 pounds of macaroni and cheese being donated to the Dayton Food Bank and thousands of paper products being delivered to Ronald McDonald House. She has been at LexisNexis since 2006 and today leads, manages and coaches a team of 13, all of whom are collectively responsible for selling $4.2 million in new business sales in the state & local government markets nationwide. In her professional life, she develops and executes strategic business plans that include strategies for goal attainment, employee retention, product training, territory penetration, performance management and professional development. She has, over the years, worked in a volunteer capacity with many nonprofits in Dayton. She has helped support the missions of organizations like the AIDS Resource Center Ohio, where she served as a Board Trustee for four years and the Chair of their flagship Masquerage event for three years - raising more than $400,000 during her tenure as chair; Planned Parenthood, where she served as an advocate to support the educational efforts regarding sexual health and unplanned pregnancies through the development of Professionals United for Sexual Heath (PUSH) – a young professionals group that holds both fundraising, awareness and advocacy event supporting Planned Parenthood’s mission; she has lead more than seven LexisNexis Cares teams into the community to volunteer their hours at organizations such as the Dayton Food Bank and Artemis House; lastly, Monica has also raised funds for YWCA Dayton, when in 2010 she and five other LexisNexis women entered the Reed Elsevier Global Cares Challenge and competed a grant they wrote for YWCA globally – they won one of six $2500 grants to support the YWCA’s summer camp program. Monica leads by example through her authentic communication and her passion for her community - she inspires others to act nobly both in their business and personal lives.
Rev. Wendy J. Deichmann, Ph.D.
President, United Theological Seminary
Wendy Deichmann said she felt the call to ministry just months before graduating from college with a degree in special education. With a passion for teaching that developed when she was still a child, Wendy cultivated that passion over the years into a commitment to mentor and inspire others.
She attended seminary and ended up serving congregations in New York and New Jersey, while continuing to teach. She eventually ended up teaching at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton where she built a track record of administrative leadership and eventually became Academic Dean. Wendy was inaugurated as the president of the seminary in 2009, becoming the first female to lead a freestanding United Methodist seminary in the United States. She has always believed that the responsibility of education is to build a connection with the learner and to help individuals to become "the best they can be." Wendy has worked to emphasize the seminary's commitment to the development and empowerment of multicultural communities, the positive impact of social ministry in surrounding neighborhoods and the engagement and leadership of women as well as men. Today United Theological Seminary is among the fastest growing in the country, in large part due to Wendy's visionary and spirit-led leadership. She served as chair of the accrediting agency's committee on Women in Leadership, helped develop the Hispanic Christian Academy along with partnerships in Vietnam and Sierra Leone, the latter of which allows students to serve in ministries in West Africa while completing studies at the seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Enrollment in the school's masters and doctoral programs have consistently grown under her leadership, involving a significant number of African Americans and women. The seminary also plans to invest $3.5 million in the surrounding Dayton View neighborhood over the next several years to provide urban ministry education and to nurture renewal and redevelopment. In 2013 Wendy was named "Executive of the Year" by the Dayton Business Journal, which recognized her for her leadership, innovative initiatives and community involvement. She is actively committed to pursue creative models to effectively address racism, the empowerment of women and the possibility of freedom, peace, justice and dignity for all.
Director, Human Resources, Premier Health
As a member of the 2002 “40 Under 40,” an “Outstanding African American Alumni” from Wright State University, author, mentor, and frequent speaker with Sister to Sister and the Miami Valley Human Resources Association and surrounding areas, Stacey Lawson quite obviously has made a significant impact on the Dayton community. But according to those who know her, Stacey prefers to “keep it real,” and never allows her awards or titles to speak for her. Her down to earth approach and selfless nature draws people to her and has throughout her life. Stacey holds a BS in Human Resource Management and an MS in Business and Industrial Management Counseling. She is credited for spearheading a comprehensive diversity strategy within her company, which resulted in transformational change in leadership commitment, accountability and employee engagement resulting in the receipt of community recognition from the Greater Dayton Workplace Diversity Award in 2006. She is known as an innovator of “firsts”, a cultivator of continuous growth and development and as a mentor to many who shares insights and lessons learned from her experiences to motivate others. She has received acknowledgement for her contributions to social justice, equality and inclusion by the Ohio Diversity Conference and also received the Rainbow Award for her community efforts in promoting racial harmony. Her uncanny ability to “bring out the best” in people has consistently earned her the respect of those around her. Stacey demonstrates “servant leadership,” and serves others, not just as part of her profession, but in all aspects of her life.
Shareholder, Sebaly, Shillito + Dyer
Since Dianne Marx began her professional career as a lawyer, she been committed to the Dayton community and its improvement. Two of her life’s passions are working to eliminate racism and empowering women. First becoming involved with the Dayton Area Dialogue on Race Relations some 14 years ago as the then President of the Dayton Bar Association, Dianne ended up serving on the steering committee for the Dialogue and has helped this nonprofit conduct more than 550 dialogues in the community all with an annual budget of $85,000. As a past president and board member for more than 23 years of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, past chair of the Access to Justice Campaign, and co-chair of the Access to Justice Awards Dinner, Dianne brings her experience in law and as a trial attorney to the forefront by working to ensure access to the justice system for all people and groups. Her volunteer efforts on behalf of women include serving on the board and as a past president of the Artemis Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence, a nonprofit that empowers victims to make choices that will lead to safety for themselves and their children. As a shareholder and active trial attorney at Sebaly Shillito + Dyer, Dianne’s work in the community is well known, though she never seeks the limelight. She has been described “as a role model not only for women, generally, but also for others in our profession on the community role of the attorney.”
Anita J. Moore
Business Owner, Community Activist and Volunteer
Throughout her life, Anita Moore has learned through the experience of helping others. Growing up, she was encouraged by mentors and family members to work hard to achieve her goals. Today, she serves as a strong leader and role model for young women throughout our city, tirelessly working to build a community where the lives of all people are enhanced. Anita has held multiple leadership roles, including that of Vice President of Human Resources for The Berry Company entity of AT&T prior to her retirement in 2008. She is now president of her own company, A. Moore Consulting, LLC, and serves as Chairman of the Board for two organizations - Miami Valley Hospital and County Corp. She also serves on the boards of Premier Health, The Dayton Foundation, the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board and United Way of the Greater Dayton Area. Anita’s commitment to our community has been described as a “beacon of support,” as she generously gives of her time, talents and resources to help advance the causes of self-sufficiency and the empowerment of others. She continuously advocates for the people of our community to get involved and do their part in helping to create a better future for our city. She frequently emphasizes the point that “everyone can do something; our community is challenged with many needs, so there’s no shortage of work to be done”. Anita serves as co-chair of the Dayton Area Recruiting Alliance and is a member of the Miami Valley Senior Human Resource Roundtable. She formerly served as a member of the Dayton Diversity Task Force, and was a past president and founding member of the Dayton Diversity and Inclusion Partners. As a member of the Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, she was a recipient of the Ohio Hispanic Chamber’s Business Advocate of the Year award. Anita is a gifted speaker and has been a repeat presenter for numerous organizations including the Miami Valley Human Resource Association and the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education. She readily avails herself to mentoring numerous individuals, both young and seasoned, throughout the Dayton region and across the country. A devoted wife and mother, Anita strives to reflect the Christian values of love, compassion, integrity, generosity and respect for all people in every aspect of her life.
The YWCA Dayton Women of Influence Awards Luncheon is a signature event honoring outstanding women in the greater Dayton community who have made a positive impact on the lives of others, as part of their careers, as volunteers and as role models or mentors. Held at the Dayton Convention Center, Individual tickets for the luncheon are $80 per person for Patrons, $140 per person for Grand Patrons and Table Sponsorships (Tables seat 8 individuals) range from $800 to $10,000. For additional ticket or sponsorship information call the YWCA Dayton at 937.461.5550 ext. 107.
Check back with us often so we can introduce you to this year's Honorees. We'll be featuring the Women of Influence Class of 2014 in the coming weeks so you don't want to miss it!
Shelter Wish List
The YWCA is in need of personal care items (regular and travel size) for its women and children clients. This includes:
- Towels/Wash Cloths
- Twin Sheets
- Soaps/Body Washes
- Shampoo/conditioner (ethnic brands, too)
- Combs and brushes
- Toothbrushes (adult and child size)
- Toothpaste and Mouthwash
- Tampons/Sanitary Napkins
- Pampers (any size)
Items may be dropped off at the YWCA Front Desk at 141 W. Third Street.
Gift of Hope
Honor the important people in your life…Give the Gift of Hope!
Are you looking for a unique gift for your family or office co-worker, book or card club get-together, or for teachers, caregivers and service providers? Is your business interested in showing appreciation to its customers with something besides another box of candy or a calendar?
How about a gift that truly keeps on giving? Support the YWCA Dayton’s Gift of Hope Campaign! The Gift of Hope allows you to honor your friends, families or colleagues by making a donation to the YWCA Dayton in their names.
Your gift will play a vital role in helping the YWCA Dayton continue its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. We have a 139-year legacy of addressing critical social needs in our Dayton community, including: domestic violence, racial justice, homelessness, childcare, affordable housing, plus self-sufficiency and personal development for women and teens.
Your investment will provide hope for a better tomorrow to the women and children who turn to the YWCA during their most desperate times looking for shelter, comfort, guidance and the opportunity to rebuild their lives.
The YWCA will provide you with special donation envelopes, if requested, and will send honorees a notice of your gift. Checks and credit cards are accepted.
For more information about the Gift of Hope Campaign, contact the YWCA Dayton Development Office at 937-461-5550, x118.
Cell Phone Collection
The YWCA Dayton is collecting used cell phones to help support Shelter Service Programs. If you are a business that would like to begin a collection drive on behalf of the YWCA, please contact Matt Sauls at 937-461-5550 x128 for more information. Used cell phones can be dropped off at the YWCA Dayton during business hours 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.