St. Paul grad recognized for national achievement

Zoe Greszler • Jul 20, 2019 at 10:00 PM

“My biggest mission is to help others see they are capable of anything they set their mind to.”

Ashley Schoen, a 2008 St. Paul High School graduate, has shown that she’s been able to do that herself, and recently she was recognized for how well she’s been achievement that person mission.

On Saturday, Schoen was honored as one of the top health and wellness coaches at the annual Beachbody conference at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. 

Of the 350,000 teams in the company, Schoen’s was one of just 201 to have received the recognition of becoming “an elite team” within Beachbody.

In the business, an “elite coach” is one of the top leaders in the company who Schoen said “is helping clients achieve sustainable results and helping women start their own health and fitness businesses.”

She led a group of women that finished the 2018 year ranked 168 of 350,000 teams, and her business is continuing growing by the day. 

Schoen, who started her business back in December, has more than 225 women in her “online virtual gym who are working on their health and fitness goals together.”

“I have several clients who have lost over 80 pounds within the last year through healthy lifestyle changes,” she said. “They are maintaining this weight loss because we focus on learning the basics of healthy nutrition instead of diets. We incorporate exercise that are sustainable and suitable for any fitness level. I have women in their 70s, pregnant moms, postpartum moms, women getting married and a wide variety of clients all over the US, Canada, and United Kingdom.”

The past year has been a busy one for the businesswoman. Schoen recently moved back to the Norwalk area and is pregnant with her second baby. She hasn’t slowed down in expanding her business either, which now offers a private VIP website with a virtual recipe book, meal prep training, live workouts and nutrition trainings and more.

“My mission is to help other women start their own business and come home to their children,” she said, adding it’s something she’s experienced herself.

“The greatest blessing I have been given is to do something I love and be at home with my son instead of working countless nights, weekends and holidays away from my family in my previous role as a nurse practitioner. My heart lives in helping others live their best life-so whether that’s their exercise and nutrition or finding a career that is lived on their terms I want to continue to pay this forward.”


W2W group meets Monday in Willard

WILLARD — The W2W women’s networking group meets once a month at The Bridge Bar and Grill (the former Willard American Legion hall) in Willard.

Different speakers come in to talk to the group of businesswomen. The club promotes everybody’s businesses.

“We’re just here to help each other out if you have a home-based business,” member Kim Davis said. “We usually have about 20 vendors each month. We’ve had baked goods and craft stuff ... they change each month. I have a woman who makes goat soap. The last month we had a woman who paints awesome pictures on barn siding.”

The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday.

A Ladies’ Night with a free craft is held from 6 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Bridge Bar and Grill. The next Ladies’ Night will be Aug. 1.

“The crafts (at the Ladies’ Night) are always diffent and always free,” Davis said.

For more information, call Kim Davis at 567-224-7598 or 419-933-4831.


Former Reflector reporter dies

A former Norwalk Reflector reporter and current Ashtabula Star Beacon editor died this past weekend at age 36.

Matt Hutton had served as editor of the Ashtabula newspaper for more than four years.

A native of the Cleveland area, Hutton graduated from St. Edward High School in Lakewood and then Ohio University in Athens. He started his journalism career at the Reflector in 2005, covering city government. After leaving the Reflector, he worked at newspapers in Illinois and Indiana before joining the Star Beacon in October 2014.

On Sunday, Hutton and and fiancée, Nicole Weigand of Ashtabula, were visiting the home of her parents when she said he complained of chest pains, according to the Star Beacon. They prepared to take him to the hospital when Hutton collapsed as they were getting into the car, she said. Medical personnel who responded to scene were unable to revive him. The couple had planned to wed in May 2020.

Michael Greco, who served as Reflector sports editor for 15 years, is the current sports editor at the Star Beacon. Hutton and Greco worked together in Norwalk and then were reunited in Ashtabula after Greco left the Reflector in 2016.


Finance officer recognized

SANDUSKY — Recently, Firelands Regional Medical Center’s executive vice president and chief financial officer Dan Moncher was recognized by Becker’s Healthcare as one of the “100 hospital health system CFOs to know.”

Becker’s Healthcare is one go-to source for healthcare decision-makers providing information and forums they need to learn, exchange ideas and further conversations about the most critical issues in American healthcare.

The individuals featured on the 2019 list lead financial departments for large health systems as well as small community hospitals.

Moncher joined the Firelands Regional Medical Center in 1997. Prior to joining Firelands, Moncher served as regional vice president and chief financial officer for Mercy Hospital, in Tiffin, and Mercy Hospital, in Willard. He has 30 years of healthcare experience. 


Pioneer wins pacesetter award

SHELBY — Pioneer Career and Technology Center won a Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Award from the Southern Regional Education Board. Pioneer was honored at SREB’s annual Making Schools Work Conference on July 10 in Baltimore.

Pacesetter School Awards recognize schools that use “High Schools That Work Key Practices” (HSTW) to transform teaching and learning and motivate students to succeed in college, careers and life. HSTW is the nation’s largest school improvement initiative for high school leaders and teachers with publications, case studies, site development guides and other materials to help improve high school curriculum and instruction across the nation.

Pioneer received the award for continuous improvement, including their system of extra help, which is a collaborative effort between school leaders, teachers and counselors to ensure each student receives appropriate support to graduate and be career ready.

The Pioneer Success Center has teachers available to tutor students throughout the day. Students with an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and others who need additional accommodations utilize our Special Needs Department. The student intervention team works with individual students struggling in their courses but not covered under an IEP. Students in need of mental health services have access to a school psychologist to help them through life’s struggles.

Pioneer, through a partnership with Shelby Police Department, also employs a full-time resource officer while school is in session to provide a safe learning environment. The four Pioneer School Counselors implemented a “counselor-in-the-cafeteria” initiative to be easily available in a relaxed environment. 

These and many of the school’s initiatives are supported through grants, donations and tax dollars.


Turnpike’s ‘A+’ low tolls, stability

Fitch has affirmed the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission’s approximately $462 million outstanding senior lien revenue bonds at ‘AA’ and $1.5 billion outstanding junior lien revenue bonds at ‘A+.’ The rating outlook on all bonds is stable.

The ‘AA’ and ‘A+’ ratings reflect the commission’s roles as an essential national transportation corridor between the northeastern and mid-western United States, underpinned by a mature, stable traffic base with limited competition.

The report also recognized that the Ohio Turnpike has historically produced consistently sound financial results with a 3.2-percent growth in commercial vehicle transactions offsetting a 2.9-percent decline in passenger vehicle transactions in 2018.

“Fitch recognizes the Ohio Turnpike is a strategic and stable transportation corridor and is deserving of its ratings affirmation,” said executive director Ferzan Ahmed. “The commission is proud that the ‘AA’ rating of our senior bonds is currently the highest rating that Fitch has given to any toll road.”

Fitch also noted the Ohio Turnpike’s strong rate-making ability, evidenced by its legal authority to raise rates combined with ample economic flexibility due to E-ZPass passenger toll rates of 6 cents per mile.


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