Committee

The City of Dayton’s Human Relations Council houses the Welcome Dayton Office. Its purpose is to facilitate and support community goals and projects that promote the integration of immigrants into the Greater Dayton community. However, Welcome Dayton is not another government-run program. It is a community initiative and requires the involvement of both individuals and institutions to be successful.

The City Commission created the Welcome Dayton Committee to help provide guidance in achieving the goal of being an immigrant-friendly city.  The 2017-2018 members of the Committee are:

  1. Mohamed Al-Hamdani, Attorney/Board of Education Member, Al-Hamdani Law, LLC/Dayton Public Schools
  2. Dr. Julius Amin, Professor/Alumni Chair in Humanities, University of Dayton
  3. Melissa Bertolo, Certified Welcoming Manager, Welcoming America
  4. Kandise Bobo, Manager of Strategic Accounts (Workforce Development), Sinclair College
  5. Claudia Cortez-Reinhardt, Director, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  6. Alena Cunningham, Community Development, Woodforest Bank
  7. Rachel Gut, Deputy Director, Dayton Metro Library
  8. Dani Heeter, Outreach/ESOL Coordinator, Miami Valley Career Technology Center
  9. Matt Joseph, Dayton City Commissioner, City of Dayton
  10. Yonathan Kebede, Vice President of Operations, Premier Health (Fidelity Health)
  11. Stephanie Keinath, Director of Public Policy and Economic Development, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
  12. Karla Knox-Gordon, Senior Manager of Asset Management, Greater Dayton Premier Management
  13. Mike Lehner, Director of Development, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley
  14. Gabriela Pickett, Owner/Community Activist, Missing Peace Art Gallery
  15. Jessica Ramos, Attorney at Law, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE)
  16. Amy Schrimpf, Government Affairs Consultant, Dayton Development Coalition
  17. Joe Spitler, Criminal Justice Liaison, Montgomery County
  18. Michelle Streeter-Ferrari, Director of International Programs, Wright State University
  19. Teresa Troyer, ESL Teacher, Dayton Public Schools
  20. Tom Wahlrab, Community Member/Board Member, City of Dayton Human Relations Council
  21. Anthony Whitmore, Community Member