Lyn Hogrefe, M.S. Ed.
Lyn Hogrefe, Executive Director of the Happy Hormone Cottage in Centerville, Ohio, is a 30 year veteran teacher. Her passion for teaching middle-schoolers became apparent as she worked to develop relationships in her self-contained 6th grade classroom. Since she taught in poverty, her biggest challenge came in getting her students engaged in their own learning and in getting them to believe in themselves. She wrote and received several grants for her T.E.A.M. work concept (Together Everyone Achieves More) and was asked to present her ideas at an Excellence in Education forum at the state capitol in Columbus, Ohio. Lyn is included in two recent editions of Who's Who Among America's Teachers and received the coveted "Teacher of the Year" award from her district in 2004-05.
Lyn has transferred this passion from middle-schoolers to middle-aged women. Through her own personal struggles with balancing her hormones, she became involved with BHRT (bio-identical hormone replacement therapy). Her education of and interest in natural compounded hormones has compelled her to develop her vision to educate and help women navigate through their own journey. In talking with women, she realized that women want and need not only education on healthy options for dealing with hormone imbalance and aging, but they also need their voices to be heard. To meet this need, Lyn began her Happy Hormone Cottage endeavor in August 2009 as a safe place for women to come to be educated and empowered to own their journey to natural hormone balance. Her mission is spreading the word to women everywhere that as our hormone tanks begin to deplete at around age 35, we must refill them for a high quality of life free from disease. When asked why she took this role as a women's health advocate, she asks, "Why not me?" She is most excited to partner with and support New Hope for Cancer with Dr Mark Rosenberg, who is involved in the integrative and holistic treatment of cancer, which is saving lives. Lyn and her team are committed to supporting his patient treatments and his ongoing research.
Executive Director, Certified Holistic Cancer Coach
Kelly is a native of Dayton where she attended Patterson Co-Op High School and earned a B.A. in Communication from Wright State University. She has held several positions in the field of strategic communication for over 20 years. She left corporate America over a decade ago to focus her career on mission driven organizations. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation.
She resides in West Carrollton with her husband Larry and their two Golden Retrievers, Goldie and Daisy.
Kelly is passionate about putting her time and talent into projects and causes that are greater than her. She says, “life is short so my objective is to focus my energy and experience on my family, my faith and my community. I love to work with organizations that share my goals.”
She chooses to serve on the WHIF Advisory Board because, “I have had my own life changing experience through hormone therapy. I know how greatly it can improve a woman’s life. I know how passionate Lyn is about educating women so I am compelled to be a part of this movement to save lives through disease prediction and prevention.”
Outside of her work with the foundation, Kelly also assists Lyn Hogrefe with marketing and client services consulting at the Happy Hormone Cottage. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and travelling. She serves the community through the Kiwanis Club of Dayton and Southbrook Church.
I was born in Dayton and spent most of my life in or around the area. I have a diverse background of education including degrees in philosophy, psychology (WSU), professional music (Berklee College of Music), and of course Fitness and Nutritional certifications through ISSA (International Science of Sports Association).
I currently own a personal training studio named Motivated Motions. I've been doing fitness/personal training for almost 6 years; I decided a few years ago to branch away from gyms and open my own place. I wanted to do this was because I was tired of the bureaucracy that came with personal training clients/contracts and how big corporation gyms seem to see people more as profits coming in on the conveyor belt than actually giving them a one-on-one experience with the proper attention they need... or as I like to say, “I’m putting the ‘personal’ back in personal training”.
Motivated Motions has been up and running since April 2012 and I still love every minute of it. Seeing people take better care of themselves, having more respect for themselves and having a good time while doing it is definitely one of life's big pleasures for me. Being able to connect with people on a real level is a wonderful opportunity that my career has given me. It is an honor and privilege to serve on the Board of Women's Health Initiatives Foundation and more importantly serve the women they help.
Dr. David Ellison
Dr. David M. Ellison is a highly skilled physician, is board certified in internal medicine, and has extensive experience and training in anti-aging, functional, cosmetic, nutritional and preventive medicine. He uniquely combines the best of traditional, holistic, and cosmetic medicine to give his patients the most well-rounded approach to achieving optimal health, wellness, and vitality that can be found in the area.
He founded Cincinnati Wellness Center (formerly Embody) in 2009 to offer patients a new kind of experience for their health, wellness, and anti-aging. He opened the doors to provide people with the latest proven medical technologies which preserve and restore youthfulness and vitality. What do you call the discipline of medicine that combines holistic, traditional, functional, anti-aging, natural, cosmetic and wellness approaches to a person’s healthcare with the goal of preserving or restoring vitality and a person’s full potential to live and feel the best way possible? Dr. Ellison has coined the term “Foundational Medicine” to refer to his unique approach.
Dr. Ellison strives to always operate in the best interest of the patient, and he has built a strong reputation on this quality. This means not only providing objective recommendations, but also making sure that he and his staff have the latest training and conduct extensive research before adding new technologies.
“Cincinnati Wellness is persistently on the leading edge of medicine,” says Dr. Ellison. “We were the first in the region to offer many of the technologies now commonly available. But, we aren’t given to trends or fads. We do our due diligence to test and research new technologies thoroughly before adding them to our practice to make sure they’ll meet the needs of our patients and deliver results safely and effectively.”
Dr. Ellison’s interest in this type of Medicine began long before he opened the doors of his practice. He graduated from medical school and completed his residency in Internal Medicine. His early career was mostly devoted towards academia as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, OH. Dr. Ellison’s dual training gives him a unique perspective on the benefits that a multidisciplinary approach can have, not just on the outward appearance of an individual but on their overall well-being.
I have been a resident of Centerville Ohio for twenty seven years. My background lies in the Building industry, Business Ownership, and current Entrepreneur. I have enjoyed serving my Community in various capacities such as Rebuilding Dayton and Christmas in April.
I served on the board of The Heart of Centerville, helping to take the membership from 28 to over 100 members. I established the Community Affair in the Heart of Centerville to introduce our community to their local small business.
Everyone has a purpose in life; my purpose is to help and support women through the many walks and challenges of life. I feel my energy, ideas and heart will genuinely assist in contributing to the Women's Health Initiative.
Angel S. Hicks
Angel is originally from Westerville OH (near Columbus) then relocated to Mason/West Chester where she graduated from high school. She grew up an only child though she does have a brother who was raised by her father while she was raised by her mother. She was shy and kinda nerdy (so no sports) but her Snoopy glasses were super slick.
Angel was the director of the Cincinnati Bartending School for 10 years, taking a year off in 2007 to go into real estate. A year later, when the market crashed, she went back to the school where she was promoted to regional director and worked another 5 years. In between went to school for interior design and decided that she was not very creative… ? After 5 years of being a single mom of 3 kids and working 40+ hrs at the school, God answered her prayers and she was introduced to her current husband. He is the founder of H7 Network, a national business networking organization. After a few years of owning her own virtual assistance business, they made the decision to sell her business and join him full time. Her current title is COO, H7 Network and founder of the women’s networking groups called Evolve. In between networking events, coffee/lunch meetings, and raising 3 adult daughters and 2 pre-teens, she also runs a blog and weekly women’s bible study.
She is in a blended family with 5 kids. She has 3 birth children and 2 bonus daughters. Ashley is hers and 21, Jalynn is his and 19, Hailey is hers and 18, Joslynn is his and 13, and James is the youngest and only boy at 12. Joslynn and James are the only ones still at home. Yay! They have 2 fur babies Bubba (a pocket pit) and Moxie (a mastador, mastiff/Labrador). She and Clay have been married for almost 4 years, although they feel like they’ve been married their whole lives.
They live in a community called Harpland in Franklin. They live right around the corner from the elementary and Clayton’s Pops. She has never lived in a “hometown” and has never been happier! Plus the new house is bigger, newer, and cheaper.
Angel is passionate about teaching others how to navigate networking successfully, encouraging women to grow out of their comfort zones, motivating them to do what they don’t want to in order to move their businesses forward, and providing resources to others. She is passionate about be an influencer in her community. She is also passionate about being a life long learner. Learning how to support, encourage, and be vulnerable so she can encourage others to do the same.
Angel chooses to serve on the WHIF Advisory Board for two reasons:
• I want to learn how to support non-profits. I want to be an influencer in my community and in order to do so, I need to give back. (Plus that’s what God put on my heart.) I want to give back to causes that effect women because that’s who I can help the most.
• I just love Lyn! I love her passion, I love her willingness to give without getting in return. We have a lot of the same philosophies and I want to learn from her.
Angel is a book lover. Actually, Kindle lover...An Audible lover. She used to think self help was for those who didn’t have it all together until she found You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero and now Angel says, “I’m obsessed because guess what? I don’t have it all together!” When she is not reading or listening to audiobooks, she is working on her blog or doing something for/with her kids. She and her husband love to work outside, go hiking, or walk in antique malls.
When asked if there is anything else you want people to know about you? Angel responded,
“I was a wallflower, shy, introvert all the way up to the day I was baptized almost 5 years ago when they shoved a microphone in my face to tell the congregation my story. That was the glimpse of my new life. Every day I have to stand up in front of groups to facilitate, teach, and encourage others. I am now an outgoing introvert and can do all of that with ease. I am looking for the next “comfort zone” to break. The next growth plate. I am looking forward to being able to use my network and influence to help spread the word, and works, of the foundation.”