Skip to main content



Name: Alexandra (Alex)  Blazevich  Member Since: Fall 2015  Current Committee/Position: Lead Committee Member   Personal Headline/Words of Inspiration:”Everything happens for a reason” –Cliché I know, but I am a firm believer in this.      About Me Company: Northwestern Mutual  Position: Director of Campus Selection  Professional background: Customer Experience Lead at Banana Republic, Women’s Merchandiser at Old Navy  Hobbies: Volleyball, Reading, Exercising  Family: Dad-Mike, Mom- Stephanie, 2 Younger Brothers-Michael and Christopher  Volunteerism: United Way Lead Committee...
Post date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 10:34am

Name:  Debbie Gossman
Member Since:  2006?? Not sure
Current Committee/Position: Member
Personal Headline: I try to live by the Golden Rule.

Company: Rehmann Robson LLC
Position: Principal
Professional background:  CPA all my life
Hobbies: Sailing, travel and reading
Family: Married for 32 years, 3 adult children
Volunteerism: Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity Board Member, Treasurer of my church, Historic South Initiative Board Member

Who/what inspires you? Passionate people inspire me. I like to work with individuals that...

Post date: Monday, April 25, 2016 - 9:00am
    Name: Erica Portillo Member Since: The beginning!  Current Committee/Position: Vice Chair Personal Headline/Words of Inspiration: Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded!     About Me: I am a social butterfly—strangers are just friends I haven’t met yet. This is a direct (and very accurate) line from my DISC assessment :)  Company: ProMedica Position: Executive Director, Bay Park Hospital Foundation and Corporate Giving Professional background: United Way of Greater Toledo and ProMedica  Hobbies: Working out, traveling, cooking, and I have new found favorite hobby called RELAXING!  Family...
Post date: Monday, April 18, 2016 - 2:23pm


Name: Jen Bondy Member Since: 2013 – Part of origination group/founding members Current Committee/Position: Chair  Personal Headline/Words of Inspiration: “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.”   About Me Company: Welltower Inc. Position: Human Capital Specialist, Total Rewards Professional background: Human Resources Hobbies: Camping, kayaking… any outdoor adventure, entertaining, crafts.  Really anything social I can do to spend time with family and friends. Family: Husband, Ryan and the best...
Post date: Friday, April 8, 2016 - 2:57pm


Name: Joe Bajas Member Since: July 2015 Current Committee/Position: Lead Committee Chair; Executive Committee   Tell us about yourself   About Me Company: Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Position: Manager, Finance & Special Projects Professional background: U.S. Navy (active duty as a Master-At-Arms); Port Authority as a Financing Programs Specialist upon undergrad completion; Manager of Finance & Special Projects since April 2014. Hobbies: Spending time with the family/friends, Buckeye football, golf, DIY home projects. Family: Wife (Erin) and Daughter (Madelyn -...
Post date: Friday, April 1, 2016 - 9:25am


Name: Madison Huff Member Since: November 2015 Current Committee/Position: Lead and Serve Committees Personal Headline/Words of Inspiration: “I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy to be told instead that she has leadership skills.”—Sheryl Sandberg and “When I talk to managers, I get the feeling that they are important. When I talk to leaders, I get the feeling that I am important.”   Tell us about yourself About Me: I work in clinical talent acquisition at the corporate headquarters for HCR ManorCare. I am also currently working toward my Master’s Degree. I live in...
Post date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 10:17am
To continue the Emerging Leaders & Tocqueville Society Mentorship Program’s success, a Steering Committee comprised of two Tocqueville Society members and two Emerging Leaders members was created in early February 2016.   Biographies:    Corey Smith    A native of Toledo, Corey joined Emerging Leaders after moving back to the area from Chicago. Corey is a Human Resources Consultant at Findley Davies, Inc. where he partners with employers to align people strategies with organizational objectives. As a Steering Committee member, he is consistently seeking innovative ways to inspire both...
Post date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 10:03am
Post date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 9:50am

Name: Neema M. Bell    
Member Since: 2014
Current Committee/Position: General Member
Words of Inspiration:  “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” Alice Walker

Company: Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
Position: Partner
Hobbies: Travel, Fitness, Fishing
Family: Single, one adult daughter and two granddaughters
Volunteerism: Board Chair of Mental Health Recovery Services Board for Lucas County; member WGTE Advisory Board; member Board of Trustees for University of Toledo Foundation; former...

Post date: Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 6:32pm


Name: Meghan Soltis Member Since: The beginning :) 2014 Current Committee/Position: Connect Committee Member Personal Headline/Words of Inspiration (Quote, saying, words to live by): Radiate positivity!    Tell us about yourself Company: ProMedica Position: Employee Engagement Coordinator Professional background:  Graduated with my degree in Tourism, Leisure, and Event Planning from BGSU, accepted job with ProMedica pre-graduation, currently attending the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health to receive my Masters in Public Health. Hobbies: Traveling, Exercising,...
Post date: Monday, March 7, 2016 - 9:21am