My Story

Richard Biehl

Director and Chief of Police, Dayton Police Department

With over three decades of public and community service, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl has gained a unique perspective on the importance of creating a welcoming environment for immigrants.

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Dr. Migwe Kimemia

Program Director, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) –Dayton Office

After a unique life journey that’s taken him from East Africa to Southwest Ohio, Migwe Kimemia has emerged as an inspiring force in Dayton’s diverse cultural landscape.

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Scott Reeve

President, Composite Advantage

Composite Advantage makes lightweight, low-maintenance bridge decks for vehicles and pedestrians. But, President Scott Reeve is also well known as a man who builds bridges to Dayton’s immigrant community.

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My Story

Bor Jang

CEO, Angstron Materials, Nanotek Instruments

When Taiwanese Bor Jang first came to the United States in 1976, he found himself lost in an airport in South Bend, Indiana, barely able to speak English.

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Tim Kambitsch

Executive Director, Dayton Metro Library

For well over a decade, the Dayton Metro Library has been the primary resource for news and information for new immigrants. Executive Director, Tim Kambitsch, details the services the library provides.

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Lori Ward

Superintendent, Dayton Public Schools

There are more than 600 English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the Dayton Public Schools system. As superintendent at DPS, Ms. Ward has put multiple initiatives into place to welcome students of all nationalities.

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Dr. Dan Curran

President, University of Dayton

Prior to 2005, the University of Dayton enrolled fewer than 300 international students. Now, with Dr. Dan Curran at the helm, more than 1,500 students from around the globe attend the university, making U.D. one of our region’s most significant ambassadors to the world.

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Alvaro Maurice

CEO, Conquistador Consulting LLC

Venezuelan native Al Maurice came to Dayton through Wright-Patterson Air Force Base with his parents. He developed a passion for Dayton that led him to start his own consulting business and become heavily involved in planning for the city’s future.

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Frank Perez

Retired CEO, Kettering Health Network

Cuban native Frank Perez, former CEO of Kettering Health Network, is the personification of the American Dream. He and his family fled Cuba under Castro’s regime; he came to America with nothing and became a towering success and a respected community leader.

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On the Road: Welcome Dayton Makes Regional and National Waves

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Left to right: Congress for the New Urbanism; White House panel on immigration integration; Global Great Lakes Network Convening

It’s proving to be a busy year for Welcome Dayton staff and advocates! The city’s immigrant welcoming initiative continues to gain recognition from and collaborate with other organizations attempting to make their cities, regions, states and our nation more immigrant-friendly.

On July 16, Dayton City Commissioner and Welcome Dayton Committee Chair Matt Joseph will pay a visit to Washington, D.C. as he shares best practices and learns new ideas for immigrant integration during a special White House panel. The following day, Melissa Bertolo will also be in D.C. for a presentation to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with other representatives of immigrant-friendly programs and businesses for a presentation entitled “Open for Business: Spurring Local Economic Growth by Welcoming Immigrants.

These two appearances are just the latest opportunities Welcome Dayton advocates have had to influence immigration efforts beyond Dayton. Previous engagements have included the Welcoming America Conference, Congress for the New Urbanism and the Global Great Lakes Network Convening.

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