Sean Swisher, the FHS Tennis coach, recieved the largest nomination we have received so far, as the entire team nominated him! He has been with the program for seven years and the head coach for four years.
He is a graduate of FHS and the University of Cincinnati earning a Bachelors degree in Finance and Management. Sean went on to earn his Master’s degree from the U of F. He played high school tennis and competes in competitive tennis in the USTA at the 4.5 level.
Sean has a passion for the kids on and off the court. He has 24 girls on his teams ranging from freshman to seniors. He believes they will be very competitive this year, since all his starters returned.
Here is how his players describe him: “He helps us with tennis, with growing as a person, and any other problems we might have. He is a great listener. He helps in any way he can. ”
Sean is married and has three children. He loves sports, tennis and family time watching movies. His role model is his family and Roger McGabb who instilled the “no quit”, hard work ethic in him. His motto is to “Fight to the end and never say die.”
These three young ladies are the youngest Findlayites we have featured. Kami, Keeley and Kiley are identical triplets born just five months ago. Kiley and Keeley weighed just over two pounds and spent two months at UT Children’s hospital. Kami was the smallest and weighed a mere 1.1 pounds and stayed 106 days at the hospital. All three are home and thriving while on special diets and heart monitors. The triplets join older sibling, two year old Kenley.
Their parents, Haley Hassan and David Flick, have been together for seven years and welcome the additions with open arms though surprised as they were not on fertility medications. They met while working at Lowe’s Distribution center. The financial burden had been daunting as Hailey was both laid up for much of her maternity and now is as expected is a full time stay at home mom to her little brood. The family is greatly supported by family who give time and energy to support them. They are working for a way to get a van to travel as a family but cost of diapers and special formula has depleted their funds so they have just enough for the basics.
It is obvious they love their little girls as dad and mom were both brooding over the babies and sharing arms and laps for the girls. Haley’s sister Chelsie has been the greatest support.
Matt Feczer, and his son Christian, are both native Findlayites. He graduated from FHS and has returned to to the school to coach their JV soccer team. He is a U of F graduate with a degree in English. Matt also played soccer for the University.
Matt works at Cooper tire in Transition Data Analysis. He is married to Ashley and besides their young son they have a very cool looking Bengal cat named Loki.
In his free time he likes to write novella and screen plays, watch Shark week and sports on TV, most importantly enjoying family time. Matt’s mantra is “Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it.” His role model is “Weird Al” Yankovic because of his work, morals and being an upstanding Hollywood figure. His son Christian has his own little story because he was born three months early, weighing just two pounds! He lived for a while at UT Children’s hospital. Christian is now three and a bundle of energy!
When John Calvelage first envisioned a gathering place without barriers, and with music he couldn’t have foreseen the success of Coffee Amici. Known as one of the “heartbeats” of Findlay, it is the meeting place for everyone from students and professionals to housewives looking for a good latte or smoothie. It is a safe place to visit, chat, and of course listen to great live music. It has come a long way since the thirty dollar expresso machine they started with. John is quick to give credit for it’s success to his partners and to their five great employees.
John was an account analyst at Marathon for 25 years. He graduated from THE Ohio State University with dual degrees in Accounting and Computer Science. He became a CPA in 1983. Married to Lynne with three children, John and his wife are expecting their first granddaughter in October. When he is not working with his partners at Coffee Amici, John volunteers for United Way and the Red Cross. He supports his wife who works with Red Cross and NAMI.
John and Lynne like to travel and visit Florida twice a year. His mantra is “Giving is what makes you what you are.” His mom, dad and aunt Ev were all role models for enduring and persevering through hardship and instilling a sense of community.
Meet Sarah Foltz, the Events Director for the Arts Partnership here in Findlay. Their goal is to educate, enrich and entertain the community with events such as “Boogie on Main”, the Rib-off and the Performing Arts series. She enjoys bringing new events to the community.
Sarah is “Oiler Strong”, having graduated in May from the University of Findlay with a degree in Public Relations. She did her sophomore internship at the U of F bringing events to the campus and fell in love with it. She was able to come directly to the Arts Partnership after graduation. She is very excited about the Marathon Arts building expansion at the old Central Middle school site.
Sarah is a musician having played the trumpet with her family of musicians. She loves photography especially taking pictures from different views and perspectives. You can see some of her work at 216 S Main, part of the store front project. In her free time she loves concerts of all genres but leans a little to rock because of her musician dad.
She likes road trips, attending festivals and has studied in London and Paris. Her role model is her grandfather who played the jazz clarinet and was the “musician” of the family. He encouraged the family to play together and always supported her in her academic, music and arts adventures.
When Kimberly Nicole is not studying Chemical Engineering at Purdue where she is a senior, she is usually found at Linda’s Dance Studio teaching young girls ballet. She has been dancing here since she was four years old and is skilled at ballet, tap, jazz and gymnastics which she also dabbles in at Purdue. She just had her 17th recital this year. She loves teaching ballet, pointe and gymnastics to her young students.
She has loved science since she was in 7th grade at St Michaels. She went to an all girls summer camp and fell in love with science. She looks forward to graduating and is interning currently with ABS here in Findlay.
In her free time she loves creating choreography, reading fiction, listening to music and hanging out with Strudel, her Burmese Mountain dog. She has one younger brother.
Her creed is, “Why walk when you can dance!” She teaches her student, “Don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get it wrong.” Her parents and Linda have been her role models, always encouraging her, supporting since she was a little girl.
(Kimberly is pictured with two of her students, (l) Emma Bower, who is 13 and has been dancing for six years, and (r)Sophie Wohl who has danced for two years and is 14.)
When our washer decided to quit doing it’s job we called an appliance repair company and waited for the burly repairman to come and fix it. We were mildly surprised when Christine Casteel answered our repair call. She was nice, petite, neatly groomed and she was a girl! Turns out she knows her stuff.
Very businesslike, Christine went right to work, disassembled our washer, found the problem and was on her way. She was quick, professional and very polite. I am always looking for role models for my daughters and granddaughters in the man’s world we live in and Christine definitely breaks the mold.
She graduated from Findlay High School and went to work in a factory. After that she was hired at WC Woods where she worked in their service department and doing line repairs throughout the assembly process for eight years. When Whirlpool absorbed the company, Christine attended Owens taking mechanical classes. Four and a half years ago she applied at Mr. Appliance and was hired. After working with her trainer and learning OJT they turned her loose. She has excelled and this past year in San Antonio this national company named her the Service Professional of the Year!
Christine enjoys her job, meeting new people and facing new challenges every day. She likes being a role model for other women in a traditionally man’s field. She loves to read and ride bikes in her spare time. She has two children, a son 20, and a daughter fifteen years old. She has a dog named Ginger.
Christine’s mantra in life is, “try to see all sides of things and don’t dwell on the past.” Her role models are her older brothers Steve and Jerry who have always been there to help. She says “it is a very good feeling find your niche in life.”
After 41 years Dave Sharrer is hanging up his apron and leaving behind the legacy we know as Dietsch’s Ice Cream. He will be the last of the original crew to work with the three brothers who ran the number 2 ice cream store in the country. Dave is a life long resident of Findlay having graduating in 1971 from Findlay High School.
Dave started out mowing lawns and shoveling snow to earn money. When he turned sixteen he was told to get a real job. Dave was very proud when he interviewed and was hired in 1974 at the starting wage of one dollar per hour at the ice cream store. He worked with them all through high school. Dave left Dietsch’s to manage LK restaurants for three years. When the brothers opened the second Dietsch’s location, Dave was hired to manage that location.
He is fondly known as “Muskie” as all the workers at Dietsch’s had nicknames. Things have stayed mainly the same over the years, Quality homemade candy and ice cream along with a dedication to customer satisfaction have kept the store busy. Dave loves his employees and teaches them a work ethic that they can take anywhere in life and be successful. Dave says a “loyal cliental is their greatest asset.” He is currently dishing ice cream for grandchildren of children he served when he first started.
Dave has been married to Lala for 42 years. They met at Dietsch’s. They have a daughter and two sons. They also have a dog named Max. He plans to travel the country with his wife after he retires.
His lifelong creed has been, “The customer is the most important person in the store.” His role models were the Dietsch brothers, Bud, Johnny and Snitz. You will be missed Dave.
There still is hope for our youth. I met Dakota Dishong and was immediately impressed with him. He looked me in the eye, gave me a firm handshake and called me “sir”.
This fine young man was nominated for his work ethic and it is well deserved. He has worked for USA Lawn and Landscape for 4 years and is a top employee. He installs lawns, patios, retaining walls and more and does it with pride. He treats each project as if it were his own home. Dakota is hardworking, diligent and has a lot of respect for people. He learned hard work from being raised on a farm and growing crops including hay. Anybody who has bucked hay in a barn will understand.
He is new to Findlay, having moved here a year ago with his girlfriend Kylie. They just were blessed with the arrival of a baby boy seven weeks ago named Connor. His motto is “To be the best you can be. Don’t be someone you are not. His role model is Tom Best, his best friends dad. He was a farmer and taught Dakota everything about work. Today is Dakota’s birthday so give him a happy shout out!
In 1966, while a freshman in college, Bruce Boguski was struck by a drunk driver and left with a broken neck. He was told he would never walk again, when he awoke from a three week coma. A night nurse took him under her wing and strong willed him to not only live and thrive but to overcome. Ten months later Bruce walked from the hospital. He has since been blessed to be a racquetball champ, a top golfer, a multi-sport coach, a singer, an author and president of his own motivational company. Today he teaches what he learned from that nurse and life experience to schools, students, sales people, teachers athletes and more. He follows a three pronged plan, which is to have an unshakable belief, visualize success and develop an ability to regroup when all does not go as planned. Bruce completed a double major at BGSU in Education and Business. He taught grades 9-12 until the staff was reduced due to funding so he is a practiced teacher and uses a classroom style to get people motivated or as he calls it, to get them “Ignited.” Hear him speak and you will understand. . Bruce is also a 3 year cancer survivor and believes strongly his attitude helped him overcome it. He has a son and daughter. His motto is ,”I would rather regret the things I did, rather than regret the things I didn’t do.” Tony Robbins is his mentor because of his energy, enthusiasm and great programs.