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Sandy Spang is a Toledo entrepreneur and member of Toledo City Council.  Her personal, professional and educational experiences have prepared her to serve the citizens of Toledo. After graduating magna cum laude from Bowling Green State University, Sandy held several management positions, and with her husband, Mark, has developed and managed a portfolio of residential and commercial real estate.

 

In 2009, Sandy spearheaded the creation of the Beverly Place Facade Grant to revitalize a retail center in the heart of the Beverly neighborhood, and opened Plate 21, a successful independent coffee house with ten employees.

 

Sandy has been active in the community, serving on the Educator’s Board of the Toledo Museum of Art, teaching at Toledo Urban Impact Afterschool Club, serving on the rebuilding committee of First Alliance Church in the Uptown district and the Future of Toledo Eliminating Blight and Repurposing Land Committee.  She recently ran for Mayor of Toledo.

 

Recently, Sandy received a Community Partnership Award from the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities which was especially meaningful to her as she is guardian to her special needs brother, Steve.

 

Sandy and Mark have three college-aged children, Ben, Lily and Eli. Sandy will strive to make Toledo a city of opportunity for her children and all young Toledoans.

SANDYSPANG

 

Jim is a Toledo business executive who’s also heavily involved in volunteer work at several levels around the Toledo area. For more than ten years, Jim has tutored adults to read through the Read for Literacy program. He’s also committed many hundreds of volunteer hours working on the cleanup of Western Lake Erie, most notably through The Rotary Club of Toledo, which has shouldered the responsibility of reducing problems throughout the Western Lake Erie watershed. As a Lake Erie waterfront homeowner, the Lake is his passion, and his playground.

He also serves on the board of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation, and emcees a number of charity fundraisers and other worthy events each year at no charge.

Jim’s also a patent-owning entrepreneur, having developed and commercialized a specialized weather data system in the ‘90s and early 2000’s.

But his video “street cred” comes from his more than 15 years as a television news reporter and anchor at Toledo’s WTVG (now 13abc). There, Jim took control of the editing equipment to produce daily reports, and a number of half-hour long special reports.

 

JIM HARPEN

RAQUELBRAVO

 

Raquel Bravo is a retired Toledo public school administrator (director of Special Needs and Student Career Services), and a current School board member and tutor at Toledo Smart Elementary Bilingual School. 
 

Some of her Community Volunteer memberships include:

• Lourdes University, Hispanic Advisory member

• Arts Commission of greater Toledo, Trustee (co-chair of Young Artists at Work)

• Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund, board member

 
Raquel is married and has two married sons and three grandsons. She loves art, travel, walking, and great movies!

CHARLES WETZEL

Charles Wetzel is an actor, model and stage performer based in Northwest Ohio. Charles has been acting in local independent films since 2007, including starring roles in "Max Anderson, Private Eye" and "Spy College". Charles also performs live improv comedy and is currently studying with the Indy Actors Academy.

STEVENBOATMAN

 

Steven Boatman is a narrative filmmaker, from screenwriting to editing, with a strong eye for cinematography. His 2012 short film, Mowing Through Misery, was screened by a few film festivals as well as the Maumee Indoor Theater.

Eventually, the film was shown by the Toledo Main Library in its Festival of Shorts where it was met with laughter and hearty applause. The overwhelming response sustains his desire to continue entertaining audiences with his narrative work.

 

Steven served as Director of Photography for a short film, Heat Wave, that was shot in LA in June 2014. The film was was most voted as the Audience Choice Winner (the only award category) of the Toledo Film Festival. There’s more in store for Heat Wave in 2016.  The film will be available for streaming.

Steven is working on two different supernatural mystery screenplays in his spare time.

 

Contact Steven at www.stevenboatman.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter @StevenBoatman.

Nicole Brandstrup is a Registered/Board Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in private practice at Valko And Associates.  She assists individuals and families from diverse backgrounds who are coping with life's challenges.  Nicole is an active board member with the Arts Commission serving as Co-Chair of the Young Artist At Work committee. 
 
Nicole's educational background includes a Masters of Arts degree in Art Therapy from the University of Louisville, a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling from the University of Toledo, and a Bachelor of Science in Art Therapy from Bowling Green State University. 
 
Nicole is married and has three cats.  She has chosen to make Toledo her "home" and enjoys supporting the numerous arts and culture activities in the community. 

NICOLE BRANDSTRUP

Nicole Brandstrup is a Registered/Board Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in private practice at Valko And Associates.  She assists individuals and families from diverse backgrounds who are coping with life's challenges.  Nicole is an active board member with the Arts Commission serving as Co-Chair of the Young Artist At Work committee. 
 
Nicole's educational background includes a Masters of Arts degree in Art Therapy from the University of Louisville, a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling from the University of Toledo, and a Bachelor of Science in Art Therapy from Bowling Green State University. 
 
Nicole is married and has three cats.  She has chosen to make Toledo her "home" and enjoys supporting the numerous arts and culture activities in the community. 

JORDANSTRACK

 

Jordan Strack is the Weekend Sports Anchor at WTOL. He joined the station in November of 2008.

Jordan has always wanted to be a sports broadcaster, when he was 6 his dad took him to Toledo Storm games and he called the play-by-play from the stands.   One of his favorite memories is getting to interview the legendary voice of Detroit Tigers baseball, Ernie Harwell.

Jordan knows Northwest Ohio sports. He grew up here. He played four seasons of hockey for Maumee High School, and he graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in journalism. Now he coaches Little League Baseball in Maumee and spends time with his family and friends. If he's not creating a sports broadcast, he's probably watching the Falcons, the Wolverines, the Tigers, the Red Wings, the Bulls or the Bills.

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