About Us

Board Officers

Board President

Abby pic.jpgAbigail Riedel
Dayton Children's Hospital

Abigail Riedel, MS, RN, CNP- AC/PC, CWON is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Dayton Children's specializing in acute and primary care pediatrics. Abby is also an instructor at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and Wright State Miami Valley School of Nursing. Abby has worked at Dayton Children’s Hospital since 2000. Abigail Riedel, MS, RN, CNP- AC/PC, CWON is a pediatric a nurse practitioner at Dayton Children's specializing in acute and primary care pediatrics. Abby is also an instructor at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and Wright State Miami Valley School of Nursing. Abby has worked at Dayton Children’s Hospital since 2000. She grew up in rural Mercer County in Chickasaw, Ohio and currently lives in Oakwood with her husband Jonathan, and 2 daughters- Natalie (12) and Norah (5).“A Special Wish Foundation (ASW) brings balance to both my professional and personal life. The ability to be a part of ASW allows me to be part of child’s life not only when they are sick but in moments of joy and celebration as well. There is hardly nothing more that brings tears of delight to my eyes than to see a child and family receive a Special Wish. Working at Dayton Children’s allows me the opportunity to really understand how Special Wish really impacts children’s lives. So many of my patients have shared the joys of their Special Wish in the sickest moments of their life with me as they continue to battle the life threatening disease.”

Fun Facts: In her spare time, Abby coaches her daughter’s volleyball team. She also enjoys watching and participating in sports and outdoor activities.

Immediate Past-President

Lisa Elam-Tucker
Bill's Donut Shop

Board Vice-President

michelle headshot.jpgMichelle Crabtree
Centerville City Schools

Michelle Crabtree is a wife, mother, teacher, and childhood cancer advocate who is grateful for A Special Wish Foundation.  Michelle has been happily married to her husband, Jason, for 23 years.  Together they have three beautiful daughters, Kayleigh, Kari, and Kaycee.   Michelle enjoys watching their daughters dance, run, and perform gymnastics competitively.  She is one of their biggest fans!  She loves the time her family spends together hiking, relaxing, and sitting by the campfire under the stars.  She always looks forward to exploring new places with them each camping season.  Michelle is a second grade teacher who has taught in Centerville for 22 years.  Teaching is her passion and she loves being able to make a difference for others.  Michelle and Jason’s eldest daughter, Kayleigh, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was 8 years old.  After two and a half years of treatment and eight years later, Kayleigh is now a happy, healthy, 18 year old, and 10 year survivor.  Kayleigh was granted a wish by A Special Wish Foundation in the summer of 2011.  Kayleigh, Michelle, and their entire family are grateful for A Special Wish and all of the generous people who help make dreams come true for children with life threatening illnesses.  Their trip to New York City to meet author Jane O’Connor will always be a special memory that brought a glimmer of hope and happiness during a very difficult time.  Michelle is ecstatic to be a member of the board for the Dayton chapter of A Special Wish Foundation so she can help give back to this amazing organization.

Secretary

Jayne smaller (2).jpgJayne Lachey Gmeiner
Dayton Children's Hospital

Nursing Leader for over 3 decades Jayne Lachey Gmeiner, MS, RN, NEA-BC has had the opportunity to serve in progressive nursing leadership roles in both the adult and pediatric acute care environments.  Jayne’s clinical experience serving as an adult cardiovascular and intensive care Clinical Nurse provided a great foundation for future leadership roles.  Current responsibilities for patient care leadership include: strategic planning for the nursing division, supporting the patient and family experience performance improvement and providing oversight of financial management for the nursing division. Provides operational oversight for all inpatient units including general pediatrics, hematology/oncology, pediatric intensive care and intermediate care units, newborn intensive care unit, perioperative surgical services (2), anesthesia services, hospitalist service, the emergency departments(2), urgent cares(2), retail clinics, nursing excellence, Magnet Sustainment, IV therapy, Respiratory Therapy Service and Children’s Home Care of Dayton.Jayne’s strong foundation is based on creating a practice environment that supports patient and staff advocacy, Shared Leadership foundations, interprofessional collaboration and a constant goal for performance and process improvement.  She has been successful in working in environments that have supported 4 Magnet Designations/Redesignations at Dayton Children's and Miami Valley Hospital.  I also serve as Current President Elect of the Ohio Organization of Nurse Leaders (OONL) and has served on the OONL Board since 2009. Also served in past as President of the Dayton Chapter and as the OONL liaison to the Ohio Nursing Association Summit.  

Fun facts: Jayne likes to relax at the beach and loves watching college football and basketball


Board Members

Lisa Allan.JPGLisa Allan
Victoria Theatre Association

Lisa joined the Development Team for Victoria Theatre Association as Director of Sponsorship & Corporate Relations in 2016.  Prior to that, Lisa spent 36 years in media sales and management.   In 2014, while managing a team of multi-platform sales consultants at Cox Media Group Ohio, she was named Sales Manager of the Year.  Her extensive experience in marketing, advertising and special events were great assets for her work at the VTA.Lisa joined the Development Team for Victoria Theatre Association as Director of Sponsorship & Corporate Relations in 2016.  Prior to that, Lisa spent 36 years in media sales and management.   In 2014, while managing a team of multi-platform sales consultants at Cox Media Group Ohio, she was named Sales Manager of the Year.  Her extensive experience in marketing, advertising and special events were great assets for her work at the VTA.Lisa is a member of the Dayton chapter of the non-profit organization, 100+ Women Who Care.  She serves on the Board of Directors for A Special Wish – Dayton and FilmDayton.  She is a member of Women In Business Networking and was honored by that organization in 2015 as one of WIBN’s Top 25 Women to Watch.  She is also a member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Dayton.  

Fun Facts: Lisa and her husband, WDTN News Anchor, Mark Allan graduated from Arizona State University.  They have two children and two grandsons.

Chris Bennington.jpgChris Bennington
Bricker & Eckler, LLP

Chris Bennington is a partner with the law firm Bricker & Eckler. He works in the firm’s Dayton and Cincinnati offices and is a member of the health care industry group. Chris joined the firm in 2005 after attending law school at The Ohio State University and receiving his undergraduate degree from Muskingum College.

Fun Facts: Chris grew up in Eastern Ohio farm country, graduating with a class of only 62. He is an avid traveler, and his most recent adventure was a road trip through Portugal.

Amy Cook
Sprint

Dr Dole.pngMukund G. Dole M.D.
Dayton Children’s Hospital

Dr. Mukund G. Dole is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at Dayton Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University. He is Medical Director of the West Central Ohio Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center in Dayton.Dr. Mukund G. Dole is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at Dayton Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University. He is Medical Director of the West Central Ohio Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center in Dayton.Dr. Dole obtained his medical degree from the University of Bombay and received his General Pediatrics training at Children’s Hospital of Louisiana and LSU Medical Center, New Orleans, LA. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Hematology- Oncology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. He is board certified in both General Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.Besides being a general hematologist-oncologist, Dr. Dole specializes in management of Sickle cell disease and other hemoglobinopathies. Dr. Dole leads the Sickle Cell center and newborn screening program for hemoglobinopathies based at Dayton Children’s Hospital. Along with other members of his department, he remains an active participant in clinical trials conducted by Children’s Oncology Group (COG) for managing children with cancer.  

Fun Facts: Dr. Dole's hobbies include golfing, photography, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Becky pic.jpgRebecca Gulden
Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Rebecca Gulden is currently the News Director at Dayton 24/7 Now. She has been with the station since 2015. Rebecca grew up in Miami County and graduated from Tippecanoe High School. She went on to attend Bowling Green State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. After graduating in 2005 she took her first producing job in Knoxville, TN then made her way to Charlotte, NC where she stayed for 6 years. In 2013 she returned to the Buckeye state working in Columbus before jumping at the opportunity to come back to the Miami Valley.When she’s not at work she enjoys hiking, playing tennis, spending time with family (especially her twin nephews and niece), and traveling. She loves participating in everything Dayton and the surrounding area has to offer and is privileged to be part of such an amazing organization.

Fun Facts: Rebecca won a regional Emmy for Spot News in 2018 and even though Rebecca works in TV News, she hates being on camera!

Carol Murray.pngCarol Murray
Dayton Children’s Hospital

Carol is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Dayton Children's Hospital in the TCU. She has spent my entire nursing care specializing in caring for children and their families with life threating and altering conditions requiring technology dependence to optimize health.  Carol has been a Daytonian her entire life graduating from Chaminade Julienne High School, Wright State University with a BSN in 1990 and an MS in nursing in 2012. She started at Dayton Children's in 1989 as a nursing assistant and has had the opportunity to have many positions, such as Clinical Educator, Nurse Manager, and Nurse Recruiter to allow for professional growth. Carol's passion is advocating for children with special health care needs and their families to promote quality of life. She has been able to share her expertise through presentations at local and national professional conferences.

Fun Facts:  Carol loves the great outdoors, has seven siblings and claims to have no dance moves!

Michael S smaller.jpgMichael G Souders
WinSupply inc.

Michael is originally from Dallas, Texas and had stops in Michigan and Tennessee before relocating to Dayton Ohio in 2007.  He is married and has three kids. 

Fun Facts: In his free time, Michael likes to run, golf, and be with his family.

Charles Manker
(emeritus)

Ruth Wiles
(emeritus)


Advisory Board Members

Mr. Gary Auman

Judge Anthony (Tony) Capizzi - Chair

Ms. Jana Collier

Ms. Deborah Feldman

Mr. Derek Forward

Judge Jeffrey Froelich - Past-Chair

Mr. Jim Heikes

Ms. Helen Jones-Kelley, Esq.

Mr. Brian McNiece

Mr. Tony Oritz

Mr. David Roer, M.D.

Mr. Craig S. Thiele, M.D.


A Special Wish Foundation Staff

Executive Director

David Seyer
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Development and Special
Events Manager

Amber Maham
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Wish Manager

Tyler Gregory
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