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"Get Unstuck", April Olt, ImprovEdgeApril Olt

April Olt is the Director of Instructional Design and a senior facilitator for ImprovEdge. April received her B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University and her M.F.A. in Directing/Dramaturgy from Roosevelt University in Chicago.  April has worked with theatre companies and creative artists as a coach, director, producer, instructor and dramaturg in LA, NYC, Chicago and Columbus.

As an educator, she teaches and directs for Columbus area high schools. She is also a director/producer with several theatre companies in Central Ohio and beyond. She has created specialty workshops and camps for children and youth to promote confidence, inclusivity and collaboration.  April has also taught courses in theatre, humanities and composition at Ohio Dominican University, Sinclair Community College, and Central Ohio Technical College.




Cheryl L. Mahoney, M.Ed., LSW, SAP, CEAP 

cheryl mahoneyCheryl Mahoney is a Licensed Social Worker, Certified Substance Abuse Professional, and Certified Employee Assistance Professional with over thirty years of experience working in mental health and addictions.

Cheryl earned a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion and Education at the University of Cincinnati and completed Doctoral work at the Ohio State University.  Her undergraduate work includes a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and an Associate’s degree in Mental Health Technology.

She has completed the Zur Institute Professional Certification series: “Psychology of the Internet” and Dr. Kimberly Young’s “Restore-Recovery” training for treating internet addiction.

As a school-based therapist and mother of a 15-year-old, Cheryl is acutely aware of our youth’s cyber-culture, their dependence upon screens, and the overwhelming potential for harm.  Cheryl began iWise as a resource for individuals, families, and communities to assist them in assessing screen use and promoting healthier use models.  Her mission is to teach people to be wise about screen use by learning to: “Be Aware, Protect, Prepare, Respond.”



Kayla OberstadtKayla Obertadt

Kayla Oberstadt is a Program Manager for Ohio 4-H Youth Development. In her various roles giving oversight to Older Youth Leadership Development and Ohio Military Kids, Kayla has made an intentional focus on creating safe spaces in Extension education. Through the LGBTQ+ Summit and Diversity Dialogue, she chaired a committee that has welcomed over 150 participants from 15 different states! These programs have been nationally recognized by ESP and NAE4-HA for diversity and multicultural impact.



Kenya Baker - Community Engagement Manager, Gem City MarketKenya Baker

Kenya Baker was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Dayton during her childhood.  She has worked as a teacher in Dayton public schools for the past fifteen years.  She is also a serial entrepreneur and author of several children’s books.  In 2017, she was inspired by the Gem City Market project to join the cooperative movement.  She believes in the power of community and worker ownership to transform Dayton’s neighborhoods and residents’ lives, and she works to get people involved in the Gem City Market and other cooperative projects.  Kenya received her Master’s of Education from the University of Dayton and her BS from Wilberforce University.