Tony Morman- Board President
Medical Professional, Board Member since July, 2015
Dr. Tony Morman is a native of Ottawa, OH where he owns and operates Morman Family Chiropractic. He currently resides in Findlay, OH. He has a passion for helping kids and has centered his business in the field of pediatric and family wellness. He also has a drive for contributing to his community and has always been inspired by his grandmother to dedicate time to volunteering. Awakening Minds is a natural fit for him, as it is also committed to serving families and kids in his community.
Dr. Tony enjoys his role as the Clinic Director of Morman Family Chiropractic (MFC) and is very proud that his practice has grown to one of the largest of its kind in the state of Ohio. MFC is a unique clinic in that it has a focus of guiding individuals to a life less stressful by calming neurological stress. Children suffering from nervous system stress can struggle with a multitude of symptoms that can affect quality of life for not only the kiddo, but the entire family. Dr. Tony has found this to be his “life’s work” and is committed to making real change in his community.
Dr. Tony has proudly served on the Awakening Minds board for several years now and has been a supporter for even longer.
Charles (Chuck) Lightner, Board Vice-President
Marketing Professional, Board Member since March, 2017
Charles Lightner is the Vice President of the board and also a part of the Capital Campaign Committee, the 2018 Art Auction Chair, and helps with marketing and the Calendar of Giving.
Charles is currently the Digital Media Manager for Findlay Publishing Co. & Findlay Digital Design and the Founder and Manager of Social Findlay. He has served in the past as a board member of Flag City Morning Rotary and volunteers for United Way, Red Cross and Arts Partnership. A passion for the arts brought him to Awakening Minds!
Melody Rinker, Board Treasurer
Board Member since January, 2019
Melody Rinker is a native of Eubank, Kentucky, and an unapologetic Wildcat fan. At the University of Kentucky, she earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Management and a Master’s in Business Administration. Melody has worked in a variety of accounting roles, including audit, cost accounting, payables, receivables, and most recently corporate and general accounting. Her career, combined with her husband’s, has taken her through Lexington Kentucky and Canton, Ohio, as well as two times each to Robinson, Illinois and Findlay, Ohio. A spreadsheet enthusiast and an advocate for informed decision making and financial planning, Melody has a passion for helping AMA achieve its goals through sound financials and a forward-looking mindset. When she’s not crunching numbers, you might find Melody attending local Cedar Creek Church, or caring for her family. Melody and her husband, Justin, are parents to 4 children. Karson is a very active 8-year-old boy whose passions are endless. Landon is a 5-year-old with a severe neurological disorder, Lissencephaly. His twin, Nolan, passed away at the age of 3 from complications related to the disorder. Their youngest, 2-year-old Isabella, is overcoming an unexpected auto immune diagnosis that has impacted her development. To say Melody cares about the special needs community would be an understatement. “I am unreservedly proud to be part of an organization that can mean so many things to so many people”.
Tamera Rooney, Board Secretary
Marketing & Communications Professional, Member since Dec. 2017
In addition to serving as the Strategic Planning Chair and Capital Campaign Coach on Awakening Minds’ Board, Tamera Rooney was most recently the Communications Director at United Way of Hancock County. She was responsible for all marketing and communications for the organization since 2004. In 2017, the organization raised $3.3 million dollars. Tamera is a long-term artist with a studio in the historical Jones Building in downtown Findlay. She is currently assisting several nonprofit organizations with marketing needs.
Tamera has been involved with Awakening Minds from its inception, serving as the Founding Board President and has returned for another term. She formerly owned an art gallery that served as a previous home base for Awakening Minds.
Tamera received the Outstanding Artist of the Year from the Arts Partnership; the first ever Go Local award from the Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Awards and was awarded the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award.
Local Philanthropist & Parent Representative, Board Member since August, 2015
Missi Edwards moved to Findlay in 2003 from Southern California to start in the Western Equestrian Studies Program at The University of Findlay. Upon completion in 2007, she began working for UF as the Animal Science/Pre Vet Admissions Counselor, breaking enrollment records for the program. In 2011, Missi completed her Master of Arts in Education from UF.
She now works as a Recruiting Specialist for ADP RPO. In the past Missi has held President and Vice President roles with Findlay North PTO and Glenwood PTO, was the Boys Admin for Findlay Soccer Club, and is currently the Fundraising Coordinator for Hancock Horsemen Equestrian Team.
Missi and her husband have two children, Levi and Lexi. It is through Lexi's involvement with Awakening Minds that Missi came to be on the Board.
Laura Ebright- Human Resources
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Human Resources and Staff Development- Board Member since August, 2018
Laura moved to Findlay in 2007 with her husband from the Toledo area.
Laura graduated from the University of Toledo with a Master’s in Counselor Education in 2008. She has worked in community mental health facilities, including Family Resource Center, as well as in private practice. Currently, she has a practice located in Maumee, Ohio where she works with individuals, couples and families.
Laura and her husband have three children, Landon, Kian and Adrienne. They became connected with Awakening Minds when their son was diagnosed with autism and they were looking for additional services. They continued to add sessions for their daughter after she also received an autism diagnosis. Currently, all three children attend Awakening Minds together in a group setting where they are learning to communicate and work together.
Laura is passionate about educating and empowering parents with children who have an autism diagnosis. In addition to her work with Awakening Minds, Laura is the Ohio Coordinator for TACA, a national parent support organization.
Bre Lammers- Leipsic Representative
Leipsic AMA Representative- Board member since December 2018
Breann Lammers is a native of Leipsic where she has lived most of her life. She has been a nurse for 14 years with the last 10 being with Interim Home Healthcare. She currently is Regional Branch Manager over Findlay, Defiance/Bryan areas. She enjoys volunteering when she can because she feels it is important to show her 3 young boys the importance of giving back to your community and those in need. Currently helps with Cancer Assistance Program of Putnam County and former fundraiser chair. She volunteers at 50 North in their mobile meals program and has offered her time to other program’s needs. In her spare time you will find her taxi-ing around her 3 boys to their many sports and social events. She is excited to be on the AMA Board as the Leipsic Representative to help bring awareness and continue programming to Leipsic and surrounding communities.
- Board Member since July 2019
Real Estate Agent
Board Member since August 2019
Kristin Lopez has been living in Findlay since 2005 and really enjoys the community and all it has to offer. Kristin has been a realtor since 2013 and currently with Danberry Realtors and loves helping her clients in any way possible. Kristin is also an active member of her church New Life Assembly of God in Findlay, where she has attended for over 16 years. Kristin is married to her husband Eric for 8 years and they have two young boys Pierce (5) and Lane (2) that keep them busy. Kristin is excited to join the Awakening Minds Board to help bring awareness to the organization and any other ways she can help this great organization.