The theme for our first TEDx event was “A Community of Ideas” and we wanted to tap our community – local and national – for speakers and attendees who have ideas and inspiration. 

The event took place at Way Public Library in Perrysburg, Ohio on April 12, 2014. 

Tom HoslerThomas L. Hosler became the superintendent of Perrysburg on August 1, 2007. Mr. Hosler has served in a variety of leadership roles both locally and at the state level. Since joining Perrysburg Schools, he now serves on the Executive Boards of the Ft. Meigs YMCA, Owens Community College Foundation, Alliance for High Quality Education, Perrysburg Schools Foundation and Downtown Perrysburg, Inc.

C.R. KASPRZYK C. R. Kasprzyk is a composer who also works with electronics, saxophone, video, and in free-improvisation. Deeply informed by his life as a vegan, he strives for an intangible parallel between a cognizance of one’s surrounding and work transcribed from (or inspired by) that environment. Praised for music that is “timbrally striking” (HurdAudio) and “full of wind, height, and velocity” (Baltimore City Paper), his acoustic and electronic works often defer to the musical path of his observed surroundings, acknowledging the interconnectivity of our fragile planet.

Ken LeslieKen Leslie is the founder of, a national nonprofit supported by John Mellencamp, Dusty Hill, ZZ Top, Kix Brooks  and others in the music industry working house the unhoused.  Ken, a formerly homeless alcoholic/addict has spent the past 25 clean and sober years building a successful recruiting firm and as a philanthropist funding new programs designed to provide financial and domestic autonomy for  those on the streets.

Tim MarzulloTimothy C. Marzullo grew up in Toledo, OH and received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001, where he worked on nerve injury intervention technology.  Tim received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2008 in Daryl Kipke's Neural Engineering Lab at the University of Michigan, studying the neocortex for neuroprosthetic applications.

Julie RubiniJulie K. Rubini is the co-founder of Claire’s Day Inc. The annual children’s book festival and literary outreach programs impact over 10,000 children throughout the area.

Julie’s children’s book, Hidden Ohio, was selected as the Ohio Arts Council 2012 Arts Day Book. Her next work is a biography for the middle grade market, to be released spring, 2016. She is pursuing publication of her memoir, Borrowed, and shares her inspirational stories through her blog, Hidden Messages, found at

Appointed to Maumee City Council in November, 2012, Julie successfully sought re-election this past fall.