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2018 Women of Influence Honorees

Janice Allen

Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer, Trotwood-Madison City School District

 

Janice Allen was one of the first African-American triplets born in Dayton; was one of only 40 women selected from around the U.S. to participate in the University of Dayton’s re-entry engineering program for women with math and science degrees; was a member of the first graduating class of Chaminade-Julienne High Schoo; and currently represents less than 1 percent of all African-Americans, and less than 25 percent of all women, school treasurers in the State of Ohio. You can say she got her start at YWCA Dayton; her mother, who is from Greenville, Miss., often told her stories of how YWCA helped her family find a place to stay when they migrated from the South in the 1950s.

Allen joined Trotwood-Madison City School District as treasurer/chief financial officer in November 2011; she is responsible for a $40 million budget that provides resources for 3,300 students and more than 350 employees. She began her career as a program analyst for NCR Corporation, and after receiving a National Science Foundation scholarship to study electrical engineering at UD, she took a job with Dayton Power & Light as a microwave engineer, responsible for the company’s telecommunications. Her love of numbers brought her to Dayton Public Schools for two decades, where she held several financial positions, the last being assistant treasurer.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Allen has a strong history of community service. She was crowned Bravo! Dayton’s Favorite Community Role Model by the Opera Guild of Dayton. She is a member of the Dayton Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, where she presently serves as the co-chair of the Services to Youth facet and is a past local president of this national women’s service organization. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s International Awareness committee, whose main focus is to eradicate human trafficking of young women.

As chair of the Cardinal Bernardin Awards Banquet program, she helped raise $20,000 over the last two years to buy playground equipment and computers for St. Benedict the Moor Catholic School. She meets weekly as a four-year commitment with a Trotwood-Madison High School female student as part of the Montgomery County College Promise Mentor program to help break the cycle of poverty through education. Throughout the years, she has served on the Montgomery County Developmental Disabilities Services Board as secretary to the Board and chair of the Finance Committee, Chaminade-Julienne Board of Trustees as secretary and chair of the Mission and Effectiveness committee, Montgomery County Levy Council, and many others. She has been a past speaker and role model for Girls Inc. of YWCA Dayton.

Her professional organizations include co-chair of volunteers for the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) Annual Workshop, treasurer for the Miami Valley School Business Officials (MVSBO), Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), Ohio High School Athletic Association Treasurer Liaison Group, and the City of Dayton Tax Incentive Review Council. She has been asked to speak to Trotwood-Madison Junior ROTC female students and the PS Pride group about conflict resolution, how to carry yourself, and being a positive role model in the community.

“Janice is truly an advocate for the segment of our society that cannot speak for themselves,” her nominator wrote. “She sees the good in everyone and wants all to be regarded as dignified individuals, despite any challenges they may experience.”

She is the proud mother of two sons, Sean and Evan Allen, and daughter-in-law, Tia Allen.