EPI Board of Trustees

Exercises the powers of the Board of Trustees as defined in the Bylaws. Reviews the activities of the Education & Public Improvement (EPI) Foundation, approves policy decisions and actions, and approves & monitors budget, grants, awards, and designated fu

K.L. Allen

Western Governors University

K.L. Allen is the current Chancellor for Western Governors University Ohio Affiliate (WGU Ohio).

K.L. brings over a decade of higher education experience, ranging from launching and leading business development and veteran affairs departments to teaching as an adjunct professor of business. He is also a veteran of the Army National Guard. He has served on several boards and advisory committees that advocated for educational and socioeconomic equality and entrepreneurship.

K.L. is earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Barber-Scotia College, an MBA in global management from the University of Phoenix-Charlotte campus, and is currently finishing up his doctorate in educational leadership from Southern New Hampshire University, where his research focuses on cultivating employee engagement. He is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Linda Ashworth

Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
Staff Liaison

Jennifer Harrison

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Chris Kershner

Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce

Doug Loftus


Daniel McCabe


Patricia McDonald

Patricia McDonald - Community Volunteer
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Tawnya Stover

Darlington Consulting

Kevin Weckesser

Brixey & Meyer, Inc.

Niels Winther

Think Patented

Dr h.c. Niels M. Winther

Managing Partner, Chairman of the Board and Owner                            2006 - Present

Think Patented, Dayton, Ohio

A seasoned executive, known as a visionary leader and motivator of employees, Niels' communication and interpersonal skills have helped him in the boardroom and production floor alike. He has held positions as President or CEO in several major firms, including Heidelberg USA Inc., Baumfolder, and The East Asiatic Company, and has been a Board member in dozens of others throughout his career.

Holds an Honorary Doctorate of Business and Industry from Ferris State University.

Is a proud US Citizen since 2014

President & CEO, Heidelberg USA                                                                      1996 - 2004

Atlanta, Georgia


The East Asiatic Company A/S                                                                              1972 -1996

Copenhagen, Denmark


Managing Director (CEO) EAC Thailand, Bangkok  (1994-1996)

Managing Director (CEO) EAC Singapore (1992 – 1994)

President/CEO/Vice Chairman, Baumfolder, Inc., Sidney, Ohio (1989 – 1992)

General Manager, EAC China, Beijing (1984 – 1987)


Division Manager, EAC Hong Kong (1980 – 1984)


Management Trainee, Heidelberg Eastern, New York (1977 – 1979)

Present Board Appointments

Board Chair, Think Patented, Miamisburg, Ohio

Past Board Chair, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Dayton, OH

Board Member, Whitlam Label Company Inc., Detroit, Michigan

Board Member, Mound Development Corporation, Miamisburg, Ohio

Board Member, Miamisburg Community Foundation, Miamisburg, Ohio

Board Member, United Rehabilitation Services, Dayton, Ohio

Board Member, The National Aviation Hall of Fame, Dayton, Ohio

Board Member, The EPI Foundation, Dayton, Ohio

Board Member, Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF)

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