With Charlotte Golden, The Dayton Jewish Observer

Charlotte Golden

The Women Presidents’ Organization has released its sixth ranking of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America. On that list is Dayton’s own Anita Emoff, president of Boost Technologies company, an offshoot of Shumsky Enterprises, run by Chief Executive Officer Michael Emoff, Anita’s proud husband. “Shumsky is poised for continued growth and new development initiatives throughout 2013” Anita says. “In order to accommodate our plans for all four of our business brands (Shumsky, Shumsky Therapeutic Pillows, Boost Rewards, and Outta the Box Dispensers) now managed under Boost Technologies LLC, the company has expanded its staff and office space.”

Randee Golden Saldoff, wife of Tom Saldoff, was honored as the YMCA of Greater Dayton’s Kleptz Volunteer of the Year at the YMCA’s annual meeting at Sinclair’s Ponitz Center. Randee is a group exercise instructor and is one of the largest supporters of the branches’ Strong Kids campaign.

Dr. Burt Saidel won four gold medals at the Dayton-Miami Valley Senior Olympics. All of his races bettered the all-American standards.

Dr. Judith Ezekiel, a visiting professor from Toulouse, France, has received a Faculty Diversity Advocate Award from the Division of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement at Wright State University. Judith is the daughter of Bernice Ezekiel Brant and the late Herbert Ezekiel. The same week, her daughter, Clara Lang-Ezekiel, a junior at Dennison University, won a Mary and Harold Osborne Fine Arts Scholarship, was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History, and was selected to work this summer for the Urban Arts preorientation program in Philadelphia for incoming freshmen.

On Feb. 15, Capt. Brandon Cloud, son of Debbie Char, completed UPT training with the USAF and received his wings and assignment as a C-130 pilot. Brandon is a graduate of Miami University, and a licensed private pilot. He recently celebrated his 10th year in the U.S. Armed Forces, having previously served as budget officer for the 178th Fighter Wing. Brandon is the grandson of Tony Char and the late Helaine Char.

Jason Feldman, son of Bruce and Debbie Feldman, grandson of Esther and DeNeal Feldman of Dayton and Marvin and Lorraine Kobel of Boynton Beach, graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in economics on May 4. Jason was an active member of Sigma Alpha Mu and served on several committees to support the Indiana Dance Marathon, one of the largest college philanthropies in the country. Jason plans on moving to New York to pursue a career in finance.

The faculty of the McClure School at Ohio University selected Andrew Kahn as the Outstanding Graduate Student in the Master of Information and Telecommunication Systems Program. Andrew is a graduate of OU’s bachelor’s program and now holds a master’s degree from the Scripps School of Communication. Andrew served as graduate assistant in various labs. He now joins Progressive Insurance in Cleveland as an IT Analyst. His parents are Linda Ohlmann Kahn and Dennis “Buddy” Kahn.

Congratulations to Todd Seaman, son of Cindy and Mike Seaman for completing his juris doctorate degree. Todd graduated with honors on May 10 from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Todd will start his legal career at the Thompson Hine law firm in Columbus in September.

Sarah Posner has graduated from The Ohio State University. Sarah, daughter of Bob and Karyn Posner, will join Nationwide Insurance in Columbus in the human resources department.

Hannah Stern, daughter of Gail and Hank Stern, will graduate with honors from DePaul University in Chicago on June 16 with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and a biological sciences minor.

Courtney Francis Harris will receive her bachelor’s degree in advertising design from the Savannah College of Arts and Design on June 1. Courtney is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Winston Harris of Austin, Texas and the granddaughter of Jean Isenberg and the late Harold Isenberg of Dayton.

Addison Caruso, son of Patty and Michael Caruso and grandson of Donna and Yale Holt, graduated from the young leadership program sponsored by Wright State University and the Dayton YMCA. Addison was selected last year as a sophomore to be a part of this selective leadership program focusing on potential avenues for leadership within Montgomery County. Addison was also recently selected by Oakwood High School and the American Legion to represent Montgomery County at the Buckeye Boys State Government/Leadership Program at Bowling Green State University in June.

Rachel Bloom, daughter of Dr. Rob and Julie Bloom of Oakwood, has written more than 20 songs, seven of which she’s recorded in a studio. She’s now working on a music video. Her goal is to get her music out there. Singing, song writing and guitar playing are what she loves to do. You can check out her music on YouTube or at

Alexis Wagenfeld is the national winner of the Magnet Schools of America Poster Contest. Alexis, a student at Salk Middle School in Elk River, Minn., is the daughter of Hilary and Richard Wagenfeld and the granddaughter of Sheila and Larry Wagenfeld, Bonnie and Walter Rice, and Sara Ann Rice.

Calling all singers and instrumentalists: the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra challenges you to go for Baroque. In conjunction with the DJCC’s Cultural Arts and Book Festival, the MVSO will present Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabaeus on Sunday, Nov. 24. Rehearsals will begin in September. MVSO violinist Simone Sofian tells us the ensemble will soon audition singers for the chorus, and instrumentalists, particularly string players. Judas Maccabaeus portrays the Chanukah story in music: from the death of Mattathias to the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. If you can Handel it, call Simone for audition information at 776-4053.

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