The People                  Campaign Leadership Council

The Ready! Campaign is directed by a 
distinguished panel of community leaders.

​General Campaign Chairs:
Bob and Nancy Fairchild
David and Karen Shaffer
Bob Flagel (in memoriam)

Honorary Chairs:
Tina Breitenbach
Wilbur Cohen
Patti Gage
Steve Hightower
Dick Slagle

Legacy Circle:
Jim and Jody Akers
Ken and Janet Cohen
Sarah and Gary Kaup
Bill and Pat Schaefer
Carole and David Schul
Tom and Lynne Wiley

General Campaign Council:
Pat Edwards
Sharon Flagel
Stephen Hightower II
Richard Isroff
Cathie Mulligan
Jamie Murphy
Mike Scorti
Gene Snow
and more to be appointed​


During the planning stages, several task forces and committees worked very hard developing the Ready! Campaign, primarily in 2012 and 2013.


Task Force I: High School

John Sawyer (Chair)- retired Realtor

Donna Banks - Atrium Medical Center
Frankie Carlson - Palmer Temps
Tim Carlson - attorney
Betsy Carter - Middletown City Schools
Bob Flagel - optometrist
Denise Hamet - Middletown Economic Development
Angela Howard - Middletown YMCA Director
Brad Levy - Cincinnati State
Pat McNab - Miami University
Patty Pratt - speech pathologist/volunteer
Greg Rassmussen - Middletown Schools Superintendent
Karen Shaffer - Miami University
Pat Ward - retired high school counselor
Tom Wiley - retired hospital administrator

Task Force II: Early Childhood
Cathie Milligan (Co-Chair) - retired Fenwick HS principal
Carole Schul (Co-Chair) - retired preschool teacher
Joy Carothers - Middletown Schools social worker
Carrie Corder - Head Start
Bob Flagel - optometrist
Kim Ginn - 4C for Children
Becky Hackney - Middletown Schools kindergarten
Debbie Houser - Middletown City Schools
Chris Humphrey - United Way, Success by Six
Jordan Kavanaugh - volunteer
Heather Kimbrough - Primary Health Solutions
Elizabeth Lolli - Monroe Schools Superintendent
Todd Moore - financial counselor
Tina Newlin - Miami University
Suzanne Prescott - Butler Co. Education Service Center
Nancy Rasmussen - Butler Co. Education Service Center
Patty Stefanik - Ohio Child Care Resource Referral
Verlena Stewart - Parent Resource Center Director
Lynne Wiley - retired educator

Leadership Committee

Chairman, Dr. Bob Flagel (MCF Board President) - Optometrist 
Ken Cohen - Cohen Brothers 
Patti Gage - community volunteer 
Steve Hightower - Hightower Petroleum 
Dr. Ray Keifhaber - orthopedic surgeon 
Jean Manning - Cincinnati State 
Alan McCoy - retired executive, AK Steel 
Dr. Mike Pratt - Miami University 
Tom Wortley - business owner
Rhonda Freeze (Resource Committee Co-Chair) - Mayor of Trenton 
Mike Scorti (Resource Committee Co-Chair) - retired factory owner
John Sawyer (Task force I Chair) - retired Realtor
Cathie Mulligan (Task force II Co-Chair) - retired Fenwick HS Principal
Carole Schul (Task force II Co-Chair) - retired preschool teacher
Joan Stonitsch (Marketing Committee Co-Chair) - retired executive, Elizabeth Arden
Tom Dowden (Marketing Committee Co-Chair) - retired salesman
Richard Isroff (Visioning Committee Co-Chair) - jeweler
Jim Burke (Visioning Committee Co-Chair) - retired business owner

Marketing Committee
Joan Stonitsch (Co-Chair) - retired executive, Elizabeth
ArdenTom Dowden (Co-Chair) - retired salesman
Kevin Aldridge - Cox Ohio
Anita Carroll - Midpointe Library System Director
Peggy Darragh-Jeromos - Director, Franklin Chamber
A.J. Huff - Madison Local Schools
Wendy Kissell - ProCare Carpet Cleaning
Joe Mulligan -  attorney
Janis Nein - Alliance Printing
Deborah Silcox - Lexis Nexis
Denise Sommers - volunteer
Ty Thomas - TV Middletown
Mike Wallner                                              

Resource Committee
Rhonda Freeze (Resource Committee Co-Chair) - Mayor of Trenton
Mike Scorti (Resource Committee Co-Chair) - retired factory owner
Doug Bean - retired, Middletown Library Director
Tom Dowden - retired salesman
Jim Downing - investment advisor
Bob Flagel - optometrist
Patti Gage - volunteer
Karen Halsey - construction company owner
Tom Hazlebaker - Clark Schaefer Hackett CPAs
Mike Long - insurance agent
Dr. Tom Scott - physician
Andy Singer - attorney
Tom Wiley - retired hospital administratorScott Zollett - physician

Visioning Committee 
Richard Isroff (Co-Chair) - Jeweler
Jim Burke (Co-Chair) - retired business owner
Amy Ashcraft - attorney, Edgewood School Board
David Binder - United Way
Bob Brietenbach - funeral home owner
Dora Bronson - President, Middletown Area NAACP
Susan Combs - retired educator
Kelly Cowen - Miami University
Pat Dupps - volunteer
Bob Flagel - optometrist
Larry Powell - Clark Schaefer Hackett CPAs
Bill Schaefer - Clark Schaefer Hackett CPAs
Gary Shupe - insurance agent
Roger Smith - Abilities First
Kathryn Wood - planning consultant
Mary Deas Wortley - retired social worker​