Our Judges




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.


Charles Wetzel Jr. has become one of Northwest Ohio's most prominent and
successful actors, with a career spanning numerous independent films and commercials, stage performances with The Untitled Improv Show, and a role as Vice President of FilmToledo, Northwest Ohio's regional film commission.

Charles is currently represented by PCG Talent in Columbus, OH.


Charles has previously trained at the Indy Actors Academy in Indianapolis,

IN, and recently completed his second term at the world-famous Second City Training Center in Chicago, IL, bringing his knowledge and experience back to Toledo. He hosts monthly Actors' Workshop events for FilmToledo, introducing aspiring actors to improv and acting exercises and games.

Charles is also a singer and guitar player, having performed with bands Seven Romans and Stretch. He also does voice-over work and livestreams on Twitch.

Over the last five years, Charles has been involved as an organizer, judge and co-host of the CommUNITY Film Fest and loves being able to contribute to

the event both behind the scenes and on stage. Networking and connecting with people is his passion, and he is excited to see everyone in-person again!





Allie Ray is an Emmy and Touchstone award-winning television host and producer. Born and raised in the Glass City, Allie’s creative roots run deep as she studied photography at Toledo School for the Arts and the University of Toledo.


Allie’s passion has turned from a hobby into her career at BCAN. Allie pours her passion into every story she creates. You can catch her getting up close and personal at the Glass City River Wall Mural or attending the latest gallery opening.


Allie wears many hats at BCAN as she is the host and producer for Abstract with Allie Ray, co-producer and director of Four One Nosh, and co-host/producer of Trendy in Toledo. Allie is excited to bring viewers the most unique, artistic, and diverse stories that Toledo has to offer!