Achieving Your Region’s Critical Mass: How Regional Partnerships Turn Ideas Into Real Opportunities​

11:10 AM – 12:00 PM, Room 4

3:10 PM – 4:00 PM, Room 3

How communities can successfully come together around their unique strengths and needs to increase attainment and lead gainful employment.

Thomas J. Lasley, II (Tom) served as a Professor and Dean at the University of Dayton, School of Education and Health Sciences for over 30 years and retired in 2015, but still teaches regularly in the graduate program. He served as CEO of Learn to Earn Dayton from 2015-2020 and is now Interim CEO, with on-going responsibility for policy and school transformational work. Learn to Earn Dayton is focused on helping more Dayton and Montgomery County young people pursue and secure a marketable credential or post-secondary degree. He serves on multiple regional and national boards including the Engineering and Science Foundation, Air Camp, National Council on Teacher Quality (Chair), United Theological Seminary, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and National Museum of the United States Air Force Foundation. He completed all his degrees, including his Ph.D., at The Ohio State University. He has authored or co-authored 14 books.

Toledo Tomorrow was founded in 2018 as the Northwest Ohio region’s first College & Career Access Group, and has worked to build broad and diverse educational & community partnerships, and achieved good changes and progress. President Bob Savage has very strong ties in the education, nonprofit, government, business, and philanthropic sectors of the regional community.

Savage is a member of the Ohio College Access and Success Network, Ohio Attainment Coalition and Ohio Cradle2Career Network. He has served on the Toledo Community Foundation Investment Committee, Toledo and Lucas County Plan Commissions, UTMC Provost Advisory Committee and the Downtown Toledo Rotary Chapter.
Savage is the Founder and President of Savage Consulting, which has been in business over 20 years. Savage raised capital for the first local private-public venture fund under the State’s Third Frontier program, and then Northwest Ohio’s first private venture fund in over 20 years, and its most successful fund, CoreNetwork Fund.

At the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Savage majored in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management. Kathy and Bob, both life-long Toledoans, live with the light of their life, their daughter Mica.

Matt Sheridan is serving his second year as the Superintendent of the Mid-East Career and Technology Centers in Zanesville, Ohio. Mid-East serves students from 13 school districts located in Guernsey, Muskingum, Noble, and Perry counties and offers over 30 program options to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors as well as both Adult Education programs and Adult Diploma services. 

Matt previously served as the Superintendent of Crooksville Exempted Village and Triad Local Schools. He was also a high school teacher, assistant middle school principal, and elementary principal at Northern Local Schools. Matt received a Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University and triple majored in Accounting, Decision Sciences, and Operations Management. He also earned Master’s Degrees in both Business Administration and Education from Bowling Green State University. He is currently working on his dissertation for his Doctor of Education Degree at Seton Hall University with a focus on the adequacy of K-12 funding in Ohio.

Matt lives in Thornville, Ohio with his wife Lindsay, a first grade teacher, and their two daughters Ava (5) and Emma (4). They enjoy traveling, especially to Hilton Head Island and Disney World, and boating on Buckeye Lake.