Leadership Dayton Current Class

Leadership Dayton Current Class

Greg Allen

First Financial Bank

Emilee Ambrose

Junior League of Dayton, OH, Inc.

Kaleesa Archer

Hollywood Gaming At Dayton Raceway

Zachary Beck

Sinclair Community College

Caitlin Bortolotto Krebs

PNC Bank

Elliot Boyd

Northwestern Mutual Dayton

Jeremy Bryant

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Adam Carpenter

National Air & Space Intelligence Center (NASIC)

Ashley Christian

Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services

Mallory Coakley


Anne Cybenko

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Andrew Detling

Brixey & Meyer, Inc.

Shelli DiFranco

Five Rivers MetroParks

Pamela Ellis

Compass Education Strategies

Pamela Ellis, MBA, PhD—The Education Doctor®— is an award-winning educational consultant whose experience includes advising school districts, community organizations, and institutes of higher education.

She is the host of “Keep C.A.L.M. for Moms” – a show to discuss what it means to educate the next generation of leaders with grace and ease.

She has visited more than 500 colleges and universities internationally to gain insight into their varying cultures and to explore the range of academic and social opportunities available to students on campus. Her research areas include high school to college transition, parent engagement, African-American males in education, and college completion.

She is a highly sought-after speaker and author of the best-selling book What to Know Before They Go: College Edition, which helps school leaders, counselors, mentors and parents/caregivers support teens toward higher education success.

Dr. Pamela graduated from Stanford University and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and earned a doctorate from the Stanford University School of Education.

Tara Feiner

Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton, Inc

Chad Fifer

Dayton Society of Natural History Dba Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Martin Foster

Economy Linen & Towel Service, Inc.

Juliet Fromholt


Rich Gillette

Dayton Daily News / Cox First Media

Bryan Greene

Champlin Architecture

Sara Harrison

University of Dayton

Fred Hatton

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Erin Holden

Parallax Advanced Research

Deena John

Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations

Lori Kershner

LMK Advocacy

Lori Kershner, Founder & CEO, has over two decades of experience at various levels of government, association advocacy, non-profit communications, as well as in economic development, grant writing, fund-raising and policy development. 


Lori brings great perspective and experience from her years working in the public sector. Prior to entering the private sector, Lori worked at various areas of government including the Ohio House of Representatives and the Office of the Ohio Secretary of State. Early in her career, Lori worked on a variety of political campaigns locally and statewide, building relationships across Ohio. This perspective serves her clients well to ensure that political aspects are being considered in addition to policy. 


She was then hired by the Ohio House of Representatives where she worked as a legislative aide for the Chairman of the Health Committee. Following her work in the legislature, Lori lobbied on behalf of the influential Ohio State Medical Association representing 15,000 physicians to the General Assembly. 


Lori then ran the Ohio practice of a large government affairs consulting firm for three years before starting LMK Advocacy in order to focus on Ohio government affairs consulting. Additionally, Lori has familiarity and success in grant writing, state incentive packages, grassroots advocacy and policy issues. 


Lori has also served in the capacity as Communications Director for a non-profit organization in Columbus where she handled communication and marketing. She also served as the
 spokesperson for leadership. In that role, she completely redesigned their monthly communication as well as redesigned their website to serve as a resource for their members. 


She is no stranger to working with local media to promote her clients’ activities and accomplishments including writing and distributing press releases, positioning feature stories including all aspects of media such as TV, radio, print and social. 


Former Governor Kasich appointed Lori to serve as a member of the Ohio Council on Developmental Disabilities where she served for seven years. In that role, she served as Vice Chair of the Public Policy Committee and Chair of the By-Laws Committee. Following her tenure on Council, Lori was then awarded two grants to facilitate General Assembly Briefings and the annual DD Council Awareness and Advocacy Day at the Statehouse. 


Lori is also very active in the community, previously serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton including two terms as President. She was honored in 2018 as Top 25 Women to Watch by Women in Business Networking. Lori is also a past board member of Kids Voting Dayton, 


LMK Advocacy
 Dayton office: 8888 Glen Abbey Court, Springboro, Ohio 45066 Columbus Office: 21 W. Broad St., Suite 800 Columbus, Ohio 43215 lori@lmkadvocacy.com (614) 915-2852 




Miracle League of Dayton and Warren County and Associate Board of the Dayton Art Institute. Lori was awarded the 40 Under 40 Award by the Dayton Business Journal in 2008. In 2011, she was Leukemia/Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year Runner- Up. She previously served as Global Chapter Leader for EBW2020, a global women’s business organization and was a featured speaker on public policy at their 2017 Global Summit. Lori was elected and served on Springboro City Council. She is the head of fundraising for the Springboro Athletic Boosters. 


LMK is a member of the Springboro Chamber of Commerce, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Lobbying Association. 


Lori has undergone professional media training and has served as media spokesperson for several organizations. Lori received her B.S. in Political Science and Certificate in Political Communication from Ohio University.
 She resides in Springboro with her husband, Chris and two daughters, Morgan and Tatum. 



John Kopilchack

Mills Development LLC

Jennifer Leen

Henny Penny

Ashley Marshall

Preschool Promise, Inc.

Barbara Marsh


Barbara Marsh, DSW, MSW, LISW-S, LICDC-CS

Chief Operating Officer

I have worked in the mental health and substance use disorder field, as well as within the public health sector since 1993. I have extensive clinical care and executive leadership experience. I value community collaboration and I have spent my career working on improving access to care for underserved populations as well as coordinating community responses to the drug epidemic through various task forces and coalitions.

I received my Doctorate Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Wright State University. 

I have served on several advisory boards and published articles on juvenile justice initiatives and the impact of the drug epidemic.

My passion lies in working with others who are devoted to the betterment of our communities. I value diversity, equity, and inclusion and I am committed to developing and implementing innovative solutions to improve community outcomes.

Dan Mazza


Michael Mewhirter

Kettering Health

Alisha Murray

Daybreak Inc.

Lisa Nicolosi


Patrick Nugent

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Diane Pleiman

Premier Health


Diane Pleiman is President & CEO of the Premier Physician Network –the largest multi-specialty in Southwest Ohio including 800+ providers. Since being named to this position in January 2018 she has focused on transforming the group from an acquisition focused to an operating focused organization with an emphasis on access and providing an outstanding experience.  She also has responsibility for the neuroscience and oncology service lines, academic affairs and research and physician/APP recruitment for the system.

Her previous executive roles included Chief Operating Officer at Upper Valley Medical Center, Vice President of Neuroscience and Oncology Service Lines for Premier Health, Vice President of Operation at Miami Valley Hospital.  Diane joined Premier Health in February,1999.

Mrs. Pleiman holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Wright State University and a Bachelor of Arts in nuclear medicine technology from the University of Findlay.

Her current community service work includes being chair of the 2021 Women of Influence, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee chair and Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce vice chair elect.  Past volunteer services include serving on the Fort Loramie School Board of Education holding offices of both President and Vice President, member of the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, New Choices, Inc. Board of Directors and the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio Board as well as holding memberships and positions on church and school committees. 

 She was the recipient of the Dayton Business Journal’s[PDL1] Power 50 as well as earning Dayton Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award.  Diane was also named the Wright State University School of Graduate Studies Outstanding Alumni of the Year.

Diane and her husband, Mark, reside in Tipp City.  They have two adult children, Elizabeth and Caleb.


Jordan Reed

Levin Porter Architects

Tina Rezash Rogal

Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services (MCADAMHS)

Paul Richter

Messer Construction Co.

Ann Rotolante

Think TV Network Greater Dayton Public Television

Jessica Salisbury-Copper

Thompson Hine LLP

Deb Scheetz

Dayton Children's

Director Services Marketing- Dayton Children's Hospital 

Kimberly Spurgeon

The Dayton Art Institute

Abi Sullivan

Montgomery County Clerk of Courts Office

Latisha Taylor

First Financial Bank

John Theobald

Wilderness Agency

Amanda Thompson

JJR Solutions

Thomas Webb

Wright State University
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