|The Summer Arts Camp was a collaboration between Father
Benjamin Speare-Hardy, II and Ms. Paula Ramey and first
opened in 2004 as the "Journey Toward Peace Camp" with
thirty children. Paula has been in artistic education for
several years with the Dayton Public School System and is
also a highly accredited artist in her field. Fr. Ben serves as
the head priest at St. Margaret's Church and is an strong
supporter of educating youths in self-confidence through an
ABOUT THE FACULTY
The artists, facilitators, administration and volunteers come
from various cultural backgrounds, thereby adding a
multi-cultural flavor to the camp. We are able to reach out to
the entire Miami Valley community, as well as out-of state
children. The camp currently is serving over 100 children!
We look forward to extending the camp in the future to
accommodate a full summer artistic experience.
|Ms. Prewitt is a graduate of St. Leo University. She has over 30 years of
experience working with children. She is a former Elementary School
Teacher who has taught in the United States and overseas while living
in Rabat Morocco where she taught at the Rabat American School. She
served several years as a past Sunday School Instructor and Youth
Leader. Ms. Prewitt is a youth mentor who mentors youth through
different community agencies and organizations such as the YWCA,
National Council of Negro Women Youth Division and St. Margaret’s
Episcopal Church. Her hobbies include spending quality time with family
and friends, mentoring youth, reading, writing poetry and short stories,
journaling, bowling, skating, Pilates, foreign travel and music. She is
President of Prewitt Consulting, LLC and consults in the areas of
Etiquette and Business Protocol, Civility Training, and Coaching.
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Lauren Gruber is an art educator from Centerville, Ohio. She teaches art
classes at local preschools while pursuing her Master of Art Education
degree at Wright State University. Lauren graduated from Sinclair
Community College with her Associate of Fine Art degree in Ceramics in
2007 and from Wright State University with her Bachelor of Fine Art in
Photography. She has had many internship opportunities including
student teaching at Horace Mann Elementary and leading a STEAM3
interdisciplinary unit at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton Public.
Lauren is a ceramic artist combining wheel thrown and hand built
techniques, she is represented by Gallery 510 in the Oregon District.
This is her 2nd year with the Summer Arts Camp.
William L. Pettiford III is an art director and designer in the field of Computer
Graphics and Media. He relocated to Dayton, Ohio from Los Angeles, California
in early childhood and is a product of the Dayton Public School System. After
high school he attended the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus,
Ohio, Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and received a Bachelors
of Arts degree from Grace International College in Indianapolis, Indiana. He
earned a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Arts [Visual Communication] from the
International Apostolic University in Indianapolis, Indiana and completed
additional postgraduate study in Theology, Fine Art and Literature. Today he
continues to impress the public and corporate clientel alike with a wide range
of creative expertise and currently operates his studio, Pettiford Designs, in
Dayton, Ohio. His personal motto: “Good enough isn’t.”
Kathryn Nugent has been a working artist for 15 years creating murals for
schools throughout Dayton. Kathryn is currently a Visual Arts instructor in the
Huber Heights school system. She believes that everyone is an artist and art is a
powerful tool to bring communities together and empower young minds. Kathryn
is married and has two wonderful children. When she isn’t creating art, she loves
to be outside working in her garden. She is truly excited to bring the magic and
color of watercolors to this year’s camp!
Gregory A. Tucker is a award wining freelance independent communications
specialist. He served as production assistant at Dayton Access Television for 15
years teaching the rudimentary fundamentals of television and video
productions since 1996. Worked also as a Vocational Specialist with Goodwill
Easter Seals of the Miami Valley since 1995 and a active member of the Digital
Gregory began his career studying photography at Perilta Merritt College in
While serving in the U.S. Navy from 1980-1986. Upon leaving the Navy he
attended the International College of Broadcasting receiving a Associates
Degree in Applied Science of Radio and Television Communications.
In 1988 Gregory joined Access 30 while working in operations at WRGT-TV45, as a
master control operator.
In 1993 Gregory along with childhood friend Don Taylor created a local music
variety show that offered a forum for local talent in the Midwest region.
In 2003 he made his second feature titled “ Before Dawn”. Writing the original
screenplay along with raising the funds to produce and make the project a
success. In promoting it was screened at the Neon Theater with two showings
being sold out. His goal is to continue to grow professionally and to contribute
to community in which he lives. Presently he continues to head up Night Beat
Entertainment, LLC a digital multi-media company.
Nashanda Moore isn’t your ordinary “trainer.” She’s traveled the road that many
of her clients have experienced. Even though she’s been in the fitness industry
for nearly 20 years, she’s had several mishaps, mess ups, and do overs. Years
of taking her physique for granted caught up with her. Poor eating habits, lack
of dedication and depression resulted in Nashanda’s 5’3″ frame ballooning to
230 lbs. It was then that she realized that being physically fit isn’t something you
do, it’s who you are.
After losing her mother to ovarian cancer in 2009, Nashanda decided that the
time had come to make a change and adopt and live a healthy “lifestyle”, not
another diet. She began a structured wellness program that included:
Learning to eat for better nutrition~
Learning to strength train for better conditioning~
Learning to connect emotional pain and inadequacy with eating patterns for
Learning to live authentically for a better life~
Nashanda is an author, and is also certified as an ASFA Certified Personal
Trainer. She specializes in fitness coaching, weight loss programs, core
strengthening, and custom training routines. She challenges and encourages
her clients to surpass their physical and mental boundaries by using functional
exercise and sound nutrition planning.
Mrs. Wise is a retired elementary school teacher of 40 years. She and her
husband have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Mrs. Wise is a member of St.
Margaret's Episcopal Church and a Sunday School Teacher.
Currently, Mrs. Wise works as a half a day tutor, 5 days a week at Blairwood
Elementary School. She is also the Drill and Dance Team advisor / instructor for
the Jefferson High School Broncettes. Her hobbies are sewing, dance, painting,
Brenda C. Wise
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