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, Board of Education Member, Dayton Public Schools
  2. Melissa Bertolo, Certified Welcoming Manager, Welcoming America
  3. Claudia Cortez-Reinhardt, Director, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  4. Alena Cunningham, Community Development, Woodforest Bank
  5. Rachel Gut, Deputy Director, Dayton Metro Library
  6. Dani Heeter, Outreach/ESOL Coordinator, Miami Valley Career Technology Center
  7. Matt Joseph, Dayton City Commissioner, City of Dayton
  8. Yonathan Kebede, Vice President of Operations, Premier Health (Fidelity Health)
  9. Stephanie Keinath, Director of Public Policy and Economic Development, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
  10. Mike Lehner, Director of Development, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley
  11. Jessica Ramos, Attorney at Law, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE)
  12. Amy Schrimpf, Government Affairs Consultant, Dayton Development Coalition
  13. Monica Schultz, Principal, Windblown Communications, LLC
  14. Joe Spitler, Criminal Justice Liaison, Montgomery County
  15. Michelle Streeter-Ferrari, Director of International Programs, Wright State University
  16. Teresa Troyer, ESL Coordinator, Dayton Public Schools
  17. Mary Tyler, Executive Director, National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton
  18. Tom Wahlrab, Community Member
  19. Anthony Whitmore, Community Member