D’Wan J. Carpenter, DO, MS was born and raised in Dayton, OH. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Anatomy, both from Wright State University. She continued her education at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated in 2010 with a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician and CEO of DJC Physical Medicine Consultants LLC. Dr. Carpenter is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and has devoted her life to promoting education and serving her community.
Rev. Joshua Daniel Ward is the Senior Pastor of Omega Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to his work at the church, Rev. Ward also served the residents of Dayton as the Senior Civil Rights Investigator for the City of Dayton Human Relations Council from April 2012 to March 2018. He is a proud 2006 graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA., having received his B.A. with honors, double majoring in Business Marketing and Spanish. After graduation, he moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to help with rebuilding and community organizing efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and after spending one year in New Orleans, returned to Ohio to further his education, earning his J.D. from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law in 2010. Having received a calling to ministry during his legal education, Joshua moved back to Dayton and enrolled in Seminary immediately following law school and received his M.Div. from United Theological Seminary in 2014.
Rev. Ward also serves the broader community as the current Board Chair of the Dayton Leadership Academies (a local K-8 Public Charter School), and a regional board member of American Baptist Churches of Ohio. His professional and volunteer efforts earned him a coveted recognition as one of the Dayton Business Journal’s 2017 Top 40 Under 40 professionals, recognizing emerging business and professional leaders in the Greater Dayton area.
Rev. Ward’s most prized and valued roles, however, are those of husband and father, which he shares with his wife Barbara, and three young children, Isaiah, Sophia and Theodore. Joshua has striven to model his life after the challenging words of Luke 12:48; When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.
Samil Pullen, Esq. was born and raised in Dayton, OH. She received an Associate of Arts degree in Communication from Sinclair Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations/Marketing from Wright State University, a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, and a Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She is a certified attorney in the state of Ohio.
Samil has dedicated her life to educating, uplifting, empowering, and serving the Black and brown communities in Dayton. She serves as a diversity, equity, and inclusion champion and social justice advocate; has provided her legal services pro bono for her entire legal career; and was Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Christian Youth Arts Network, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to exposing youth to various arts and cultural experiences free of charge.
Beth Stacy is a native of Blanchester, OH located in Warren County. Beth has a Bachelors of Business Administration with a focus in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati (1999), a Masters in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix (2005), and a Masters in Special Education from Miami University (2013). In 2018 she completed the principal licensure program at the University of Dayton. Beth has been an educator for 15 years in high school English, remedial reading, and special education.