Stepping Stones daycare and Sue WOY (originally published 3/1/09)

Over the past two years, I’ve had the good fortune to work closely with Sue Radabaugh, Executive Director of Stepping Stones. I can honestly say that she is one of the most amazing people I’ve met.

She combines passion, experience, care and foresight. I can’t tell you how many meetings I’ve been in with Sue, and sometimes those meetings get derailed (sometimes by yours truly!)

Sue has this amazing ability to bring everything back to the purpose at hand. It’s usually when the din of confusion is at its highest or when everyone is silently thinking the same thing that Sue speaks up – and everyone stops to listen to her! I’m trying to study her to see how she does that.

Recently, Stepping Stones and their fearless leader have gotten some recognition for their excellence. First, the preschool was rated in the top 3% of preschools in the State of Ohio, receiving a two-star rating! Incredible. And they’re inclusive!

I’ve visited the preschool at Allyn and Stepping Stones and I concur. If I lived anywhere remotely near those places, that’s where my boys would be.

Sue herself is also going to be named one of the Enquirer’s Women of the Year in the March 15th issue. She certainly deserves it. If you go to Stepping Stones or Camp Allyn, what stands out most is how every person, from the kids they serve to the staff, are happy to be there. Her staff make a point to talk and give you the feeling that they’re proud to work there. That’s the true testament to Sue’s greatness. She inspires others to care.

If you want to get some of their goodness yourself, click here.

On a whim, I thought I’d look up the company Sue will be keeping as the Enquirer’s WOY. The previous list of winners is here. I’ve met 12 of the 400 people on that list. Some of them, I’ve gotten to work closely with, some I’ve met on committees and one shouldn’t really count, as I only got her autograph. (When I was 13, I went to the Reds’ “Team Picture Day” and got Marge Schott to autograph mine. That 1990 team went wire-to-wire and won the World Series, so it’s a prized possession, especially since Mrs. Schott drew Schottzie’s paw print on it for me as well!)

So, Sue, you’ll be the 13th WOY I’ve met. Congrats, Congrats…but more importantly, thank you for being such a positive figure for us all.

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