Toledo, OH — On Thursday, September 14, 2017, five local community leaders were recognized as 2017 Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.
This year's honorees are women who have made significant contributions in one or more key focus areas for success:
Dr. Dagmar Stein, ProMedica Toledo Children's Hospital
Healthy Living Honoree
Linda Ewing, Community Volunteer and Entrepreneur
Financial Empowerment Honoree
Judy Seibenick, Hospice of Northwest Ohio
Debra Monagan, Communica, Inc.
Susan Reams, Community Volunteer and Philanthropist
Community Responsibility Honoree
The Women of Distinction award was established to honor the many exceptional women in our community who are paving the way for girls. These local women give hope and inspiration to girls through their achievements and passion for our communities.
"We are honored to recognize these five remarkable women who exemplify the mission of Girl Scouts," said Roni Luckenbill, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. "Through their determination, leadership, and commitment, they are changing our community and making our world a better place."
Dagmar Stein is the Director of the ProMedica Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Program and the Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Center. Dagmar received a Ph.D. in pathology from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, her MD from Penn State University, did her pediatric training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and her Hematology Oncology training at National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She joined ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital in 1996 to develop and grow the pediatric Hematology Oncology program. Under her leadership, the program has grown to include four physicians who currently evaluate and treat children with cancer and blood disorders. The program is a member of Children’s Oncology Group with approximately 50 ongoing cancer trials. This gives the local pediatric patients state of the art cancer care without having to travel long distances out of town. As the Director of the Hemophilia Center of Northwest Ohio, the program has grown from 500 to approximately 1400 bleeding disorder patients. This increase has been due to educating the community about bleeding disorders in people with heavy periods and nosebleeds that were previously unrecognized. Dagmar is the chairperson of PPG Quality Committee, a member of the Institutional Review Board which overseas all research in the ProMedica system, a member of ProMedica Toledo Children’s Quality and ProMedica Transfusion committees. She is a board member for the local American Red Cross. She has received awards for Physician of the Year from the local Hemophilia Chapter and the Make-a-Wish foundation. She had been inducted into the Physician Fellow’s Society.
Linda Ewing is a retired executive from Fifth Third Bank. She is the first person of color to reach the senior vice president level in the Toledo financial market. Her work experiences include 28 years in the financial arena as human resources and community development officers; corporate HR experience with Owens- Illinois; and television broadcasting as a news reporter with WTOL television. She also has private security experience with a family owned agency as well as a local national private security firm. Linda has been a small business owner for four years. Most recently, she was the first Toledo franchise owner for JAN-PRO Commercial Cleaning Systems and is now owner of Ewing Enterprises. Rental, Rental Properties and Cleaning Solutions. Linda is a graduate of The University of Toledo, where she majored in radio, television, and theatre. She is the past board chair for United Way of Greater Toledo. She has also served on numerous boards and foundations, including Owens Community College Foundation, Lutheran Social Service board and foundations, and Adelante Inc., a Latino resource center. Linda is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., a public service sorority with an emphasis on programs that target the African American community. She is a member of the Woodward High School Hall of Fame and a 2013 recipient of the YWCA Milestones Award in the business category. In 2013 Linda was named Franchise Owner of The Year for Jan-Pro Commercial Cleaning for sales growth and customer retention.
Judy Seibenick, BSN, MOL, Executive Director Hospice of Northwest Ohio, is one of Hospice of Northwest Ohio’s three original nurses and has been with the organization—the first hospice licensed in the state of Ohio—since it began serving patients in 1981. Growing along with the agency, she accepted increasingly responsible administrative positions and was named executive director in 2000. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Judy first worked as a home care nurse for VNS and “took a chance” at end-of-life care when the fledgling hospice agency saw its first patients 36 years ago. She has seen it grow from a staff of five who cared for about 100 patients during its first year, to a staff of 350 employees and 250 volunteers who cared for more than 2,500 patients in 2016. Judy was in the first group of hospice administrators nationwide to sit for and earn the CHPCA designation (Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator) and completed her Masters in Organizational Leadership (MOL) degree at Lourdes College. She recently served as president of the Midwest Care Alliance (the statewide industry group for hospice care) and is a member of the prestigious, 12-member National Hospice Executive Round Table. She is an active member of the Downtown Toledo Rotary and serves on the board of the Employers’ Association. She was recipient of a YWCA Milestone Award in 2009 and in 2015 received the Touchstone Contributor award from the Press Club.
Debra Monagan, APR, President and Partner Communica, Inc., has more than 30 years of hands-on account management, strategic planning, marketing, advertising, and public relations experience. She holds her APR accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America. Her absolute commitment to client service has shaped the agency’s service mandate and is largely responsible for Communica’s reputation for deep, long-standing client relationships and long-term client retention. Prior to Communica, Debbie was the Executive Director of Toledo’s Sesquicentennial Commission and Director of Marketing and Public Relations for CitiFest, Inc. In 1997, she received the Advertising Club of Toledo’s Silver Medal Award for lifetime achievement. She has served on many boards, including Board of Directors of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce; Rotary Club of Toledo Board of Directors Toledo Rotary Foundation, Chairman; Toledo Repertoire Theatre Board of Directors, President; Toledo Ballet Association Board, President; Toledo Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, NW Ohio Chapter, President; University of Toledo College of Business Advisory Board; Wake Up Youth Board; Stone Oak Country Club Board of Directors. She is a 2008 recipient of the Jefferson Award for community service and the international 2012 Athena Award. She is also the recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Alumna Award from St. Ursula Academy.
Susan Reams, Community Volunteer and Philanthropist, has had a hand in any given public art installation in downtown Toledo. Ohioans see the evidence of Susan Reams’ legacy and her commitment to the arts every single day on our streets and in our parks. The architect of Toledo’s 1%-for-Art program, Reams’ innovative leadership was the driving force behind the passage of the ordinance through City Council that initiated Toledo’s program 40 years ago in 1977. Toledo was the first city east of the Mississippi River to implement such a program, which required one percent of the budget for capital improvement to be expended on public art. Today, Toledo’s Art in Public Places collection is comprised of well over 50 sculptures and Reams continues to participate actively on design review boards for new acquisitions as a member of the Art in Public Places committee for The Arts Commission. In the early ‘90s, she took her expertise and commitment statewide when she chaired the Ohio Arts Council’s Percent for Art committee and successfully advocated for a one percent dedication for arts on statefunded building projects. In 1985 Reams initiated the Toledo Alight campaign to light the bridges over the Maumee River in downtown Toledo. In 2016, Reams and her daughter resurrected the Toledo Alight campaign, this time to update the bridges and waterfront using state-of-the-art LED lighting as large-scale public art. To accomplish this, they are working in partnership with public and private institutions to raise funds that will help revitalize downtown Toledo. Reams was also instrumental in the restoration and reopening of the historic Valentine Theatre. She has served on the Board of the Toledo Symphony, Toledo Museum of Art, COSI/Toledo (now known as Imagination Station), the Country Garden Club of Perrysburg and the Ohio Arts Council, assuming leadership roles in all. From artwork in parks and public buildings to her willingness to take on the more mundane tasks of leadership of numerous arts organizations, the cultural life of the city of Toledo and the state of Ohio will forever reflect the impact of Susan Reams’ vision.
The dinner and awards program was emceed by Rebecca Regnier, 13ABC - Host, Executive Producer/Digital Media Manager. Abbie Fricke, a junior at Toledo School for the Arts and 11-year Girl Scout from Troop 10931, was the keynote speaker. The event, made possible by generous individuals and event sponsors, generated over $15,900. Sponsors included Dr. Cecelia M. Adams, Bartlett & Co., Block Communications, Bob Ross Auto Group, Cincinnati Insurance Companies, Dawes Direct LLC, Horan, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Hylant, KeyBank, John and Betsy LaMacchia, Lincoln Financial Advisors, Maguire Agency, Morgan Stanley, Mutual of America, Planes Companies, PNC Bank, ProMedica, Riverpoint Capital Management, R/P Marketing Public Relations, Taft /, TQL Foundation, Turnbull-Wahlert Construction, Inc.
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