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Meet 7 of Dayton’s ‘Most Influential Women’

Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Here are YWCA Dayton 2018 Women of Influence. Video by Amelia Robinson


Influencing change most definitely has its rewards. 

The YWCA Dayton is preparing to once again honor some of this community’s most influential women for making Dayton a better place. 

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The 148-year-old organization that promotes the protection of women and girls from abuse and discrimination will hold its 2018 Women of Influence Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 8 at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. 

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The lunch starts at $150 per person. According to the YWCA website, the luncheon is currently sold out. For wait list information, you can email or call 937-461-5550 (extension 155). More info about the program can be found at

Registration is open until midnight this Thursday, March 1. 

Seven Dayton-area women will be honored this year, including Pamela Morris, the founder and CEO of CareSource. She will be recognized as the 2018 Women of Influence Lifetime Achievement honoree

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Below, find more information about this year’s Women of Influence.

Pamela Morris, founder and CEO, CareSource(Photo: courtesy of YWCA Dayton)

Pamela Morris, 2018 Women of Influence Lifetime Achievement

Founder and CEO, CareSource 

From her bio:

Pam Morris has more than 40 years of experience in managed health care and the public sector. As an entrepreneurial architect, she pioneered Ohio's first mandatory Medicaid managed care program and built Dayton Area Health Plan, funded with a half-million dollar grant from the State of Ohio and 38 employees (1989), to present-day CareSource, boasting a 2016 revenue of $7.2 billion and 3,100 employees. 

Nearly 30 years later, CareSource is one of the nation’s largest Medicaid Managed Care plans, serving more than 1.8 million members. The company was recently the only non-incumbent health plan selected to serve Medicaid members in both Indiana and Georgia, and will soon have members in five states. The plan has reinvested more than $13 million back into the communities it serves through the CareSource Foundation. As President and CEO of CareSource, Pam has been recognized for her leadership and commitment to improving the health and well-being of the members CareSource serves. 

She was named the 2007 National Entrepreneur of the Year, Healthcare Services by Ernst & Young. Pamela has also won several local awards, including the 2014 Maureen Patterson Regional Leader Award from the Dayton Development Coalition. Pamela is a former Chair of the Hospice of Dayton and the United Way of Greater Dayton Area Board of Directors, and is a past board member for Dayton Power & Light. She was recently elected to the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Board of Directors.

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Sharon Rab, founder and chair, Dayton Literary Peace Prize(Photo: courtesy of YWCA Dayton)

Sharon Rab 

Founder and chair, Dayton Literary Peace Prize  

From her bio:

Inspired by the Dayton Peace Accords (which ended the war in Bosnia in 1995) and an enduring belief in the power of literature, Sharon Rab created a literary award to advance peace through literature. With her leadership, a dedicated group of community leaders launched the Dayton Literary Peace Prize: An International Award, the only literary prize honoring the power of literature to promote peace in the country.

Rab's work for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize caps a high school and university English teaching career dedicated to generations of students within and beyond the Dayton community. She served as the Education Director of the Muse Machine and the Executive Director of the national Muse Machine’s Creative Education Institute. Rab – who hosted the local cable show, Writer 2 Writer, for more than 20 years – received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Wright State University and was inducted into the Chester Roush Educational Hall of Fame and the Montgomery County Public Education Academy of Excellence. She is a past “Dayton Daily News” Top Ten Women awardee and was twice a finalist for Ohio Teacher of the Year. A writer herself, her manuscript “Paper, Scissors, Rock” was a finalist for the Pen Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.

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Daria Dillard Stone, parent advocate and educational consultant(Photo: courtesy of YWCA Dayton)

Daria Dillard Stone

 Parent advocate and educational consultant 

From her bio:

Stone spent 15 years employed at the Dayton Urban League, first as executive secretary for CEO Willie F. Walker, then as an employment specialist and GED Preparation Coordinator (at Wesley Center). She was always helping people who experienced barriers – such as not having a high school diploma, having just been released from incarceration, helping teen parents gain confidence and hope, and serving those who needed employment preparation.

For 14 years Daria served as the program manager for Parents Advancing Choice in Education(PACE)/Parents Network, traveling across the country to research, and then implement in Dayton, a plan that helped foster school choice for all parents, especially low-to-moderate income families. For her efforts, she received the first Virginia Walden Ford Parent Leadership Award given by Children First America. As a certified Family Development Specialist (certified by the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice and University of Iowa School of Social Work), Daria is helping to meet parents where they are giving them the resources and/or mindset to be the primary educators of their children no matter what circumstances they are experiencing.

Since her career at PACE transitioned in 2014, Stone has served as the Parent Advocate Consultant for Dayton Public Schools, Senior Outreach Specialist for Preschool Promise and is currently the Parent Engagement Liaison for Dayton Metro Library. 

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Jacque Fisher, deputy of Sensors Division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base(Photo: courtesy of YWCA Dayton)

Jacque Fisher

Deputy of the Sensors Division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base 

From her bio: 

Jacque Fisher has dedicated 30 years to supporting the Warfighter and has worked her way from a clerk typist (GS -2) and achieved the senior leadership rank of GS- 15 (Colonel Equivalent). Says her nominators, Jacque’s honesty, forward-looking vision, competency, intelligence, and her ability to inspire everyone who knows her has made her an award-winning USAF leader that gets the job done. 

Fisher initiated a mentoring program in her 250-person organization in which she inspires and provides guidance to more than 25 hand-picked future U.S. Air Force leaders 15 of which are females. Of note, four of the women she has personally mentored and empowered have won USAF-level awards for rising leaders. This program has been recognized at the 4-star General level and is used as the benchmark for many other USAF programs. 

She also leads her organization in addressing attitudes that can disrupt its mission focus and harm the mental wellbeing of those in the unit. She enforces a zero tolerance policy of racism and sexual harassment and continuously hosts workshops and group sessions to prevent a toxic climate to her organization.

Kim Faris, Radio Host of Hot Country B94.5 and Mix 107.7 (I Heart Media/Dayton)(Photo: courtesy of YWCA Dayton)

Kim Faris

 Radio Host of Hot Country B94.5 and Mix 107.7 (I Heart Media/Dayton) 

From her bio:

In addition to being one of the strongest and most recognizable female voices on Dayton-area radio for nearly 40 years, Kim Faris has been a tireless advocate and enthusiastic spokeswoman for numerous issues affecting women's health and safety in our community. She has lent her time and talent to numerous nonprofit organizations in Dayton – with a specific focus on those that affect women and   families. 

Says her nominator, Kim’s voice is the one women in our community hear, urging them to get a mammogram, to pay attention to the risks of heart disease, to plan a healthy pregnancy, and more. Her leadership as a successful woman in the male-dominated world of radio as well as her outreach in promoting women's and family health issues have reached women of all ages, races and economic status in the greater Dayton area. 

Faris is a member of the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame and has mentored numerous young professionals, both formally and informally. She was the first female broadcaster from the Dayton area inducted into the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame of Ohio.

Mary Ann Bullen, community philanthropist and founder of Home Is The Foundation(Photo: courtesy of YWCA Dayton)

Mary Ann Bullen 

Community philanthropist and founder of Home Is The Foundation 

From her bio:

Dubbed by her nominator as THE woman of influence in Preble County, Mary Bullen’s love for her community is evident – her license plate even reads PREBLCO. ͞Influence is a perfect word to describe Mary, her nominator said. She makes things happen in her community and with people – and she’s very invested in people, of every background, every age, every race.” 

Bullen’s father founded Bullen Ultrasonics, a company she co-led to a national Great Places to Work Award. In addition, she founded Home is the Foundation, a not-for-profit organization formed to meet the critical shortage of affordable housing options in rural Preble County– which became a key partner when YWCA Dayton assumed operations of Preble County’s only domestic violence shelter in 2004. Bullen belongs to the Preble County Rotary Club, past board member and board president of the Preble County Council on Aging board, and board president for THE BISTRO at Eagles Point, a pay-it-forward restaurant concept in Eaton. Most recently, she was a key player in transforming the old Eaton High School building into the Eagles Point development, providing 40 units of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment homes that include modern amenities you would expect to find in luxury units at affordable rental rates, THE BISTRO, future STAR Theatre and THE GYM at Eagles Point.

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Janice Allen, treasurer/chief financial officer of Trotwood-Madison City School District(Photo: YWCA Dayton)

Janice Allen

Treasurer/chief financial officer of Trotwood-Madison City School District

From her bio:

“Janice Allen was one of the first African-American triplets born in Dayton; was one of only 40 women selected from around the U.S. to participate in the University of Dayton’s re-entry engineering program for women with math and science degrees; was a member of the first graduating class of Chaminade-Julienne High School; and currently represents less than 1 percent of all African-Americans, and less than 25 percent of all women, school treasurers in the State of Ohio. You can say she got her start at YWCA Dayton; her mother, who is from Greenville, Miss., often told her stories of how YWCA helped her family find a place to stay when they migrated from the South in the 1950s.

Allen joined Trotwood-Madison City School District as treasurer/chief financial officer in November 2011; she is responsible for a $40 million budget that provides resources for 3,300 students and more than 350 employees. She began her career as a program analyst for NCR Corporation, and after receiving a National Science Foundation scholarship to study electrical engineering at UD, she took a job with Dayton Power & Light as a microwave engineer, responsible for the company’s telecommunications. Her love of numbers brought her to Dayton Public Schools for two decades, where she held several financial positions, the last being assistant treasurer.”

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FedEx truck crashes off westbound I-70

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:20 AM

SCENE: FedEx truck jackknifes on I-70 near Hoke Road

A FedEx truck crashed off westbound Interstate 70 during snowy conditions early Wednesday morning.

The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. on westbound I-70 near the Hoke Road exit in Englewood.

The semi appears to have been hauling two trailers. The semi is in the ditch, and the exit ramp onto Hoke Road is blocked.

>> How the winter storm will impact your morning commute, travel plans

Several crashes and slide-offs have been reported across the area. A Winter Storm Advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. tonight.

>> RELATED: Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility 

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Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:26 AM

SCENE: Traffic backed up at US 35 and I-675
SCENE: Traffic backed up at US 35 and I-675

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect as a possible 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected through the morning. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Butler and Warren counties until 8 p.m.

Snow is falling steady, and drifting will be a problem with gusts reaching 25 to 35 mph.

>> How the winter storm will impact your morning commute, travel plans

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Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

The following is a list of crashes being reported across the area:

  • In Miamisburg, on Sherwood Forest Drive, vehicle crashed into a house around 4:40 a.m.
  • In Beavercreek, on northbound I-675 at the U.S. 35 exit, vehicle slide-off reported at 4 a.m.
  • In Washington Twp, on Social Row Rd, a vehicle into a ditch reported at 3:45 a.m.
  • In Greene County, on northbound U.S. 68 near milemarker 2, slide-off reported at 3:20 a.m.
  • In Darke County, on U.S. 127, just north of Castine, a jackknifed semi reported at 3:15 a.m. 
  • In Beavercreek, on northbound I-675 ramp to westbound U.S. 35, vehicle off the roadway reported at 3:05 a.m.
  • In Greene County, on Richland Avenue, a vehicle slide-off reported around 2:55 a.m.
  • In Dayton, on U.S. 35 at W. Third Street, a jackknifed semi reported around 2:35 a.m.
  • In the Englewood area, on westbound I-70 at the 26 milemarker, overturned FedEx truck reported at 2:30 a.m.
  • In Sidney, on southbound I-75, south of SR 29, a jackknifed semi reported around 2 a.m. 
  • In Moraine, on northbound I-75 at the 50 milemarker, crash reported around 1:10 a.m. 
  • In Dayton, on northbound I-75 at Edwin C. Moses, one vehicle into a guardrail around 1 a.m. 
  • In Greenville, on SR 571, one vehicle into a pole around 12:35 a.m. No injuries reported.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closures March 19 - April 1. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.


  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 


  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 


  • SR 121 between Washington Street and Fairview Street, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Harter Road, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north


  • US 68 between SR 508 and Township Road 310, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is: US 68 to SR 296 to SR 29 to SR 235 to SR 47 to US 68. 

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Power restored to customers after outage in Montgomery County

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:39 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:20 AM

UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Power has been restored to nearly all customers in Montgomery County after over 3,000 people were without power early Wednesday morning.

UPDATE @ 2:20 a.m: Over 1,400 customers are still without power in Montgomery County, per the DP&L outage map. 

Crews are working to restore power to residents, which is believed to be a result of the inclement weather.


Over 3,000 customers are without power in Montgomery County, according to the DP&L outage site.

>> Winter Weather Advisory continues, Winter Storm Warning issued for some 

DP&L has been preparing for a possible outage due to the inclement weather and this instance is believed to be weather related.

Crews are out working to fix the issue. 

We will continue to monitor for restoration and update the story accordingly. 

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Shooting in Dayton prompts officials to respond

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:28 AM

ON SCENE: Shooting reported on Bickmore Avenue in Dayton

A shooting occurred in the 2000 block of Bickmore Road early Wednesday morning, prompting officials to 


OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Dayton police investigating shots fired into Haberer Avenue residence

The incident was dispatched just after 1 a.m., per initial reports. 

We will update this story as additional details become available. 

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