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Our Staff

Operation Rebirth (OR) is governed by a Board of Directors made up of Godly, Christian men who have a passion for strengthening today's families.


director bio

Director Emeritus- James R. Brian was a successful businessman in Scott, Ohio when he felt God was calling him to work with "problem" boys and their families. After receiving a bachelor's degree in Bible and Education from Ft. Wayne Bible College (Now Taylor University at Ft. Wayne), he and his wife and five children moved to Dayton, Ohio to set up and organize a ministry to struggling young men and their families known today as "Operation Rebirth". His wife passed away in 1987 and he married Susan in 1993. They have seven grown children and six grandchildren.



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Executive Directors- Sam and Teresa Ronicker joined Operation Rebirth in February 2008. They assisted as special friends to the ministry over the past ten years and Sam served as Secretary on the Operation Rebirth Board of Directors since 2003. Both came to the ministry as dorm parents after spending over 22 years in the business world. Sam became the Executive Director in September 2009 taking over day to day responsibilities of the ministry. Sam has a Diploma in Biblical Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling and both he and Teresa are Nouthetic Counselors. Sam is an ordained Pastor currently ministering at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. They work side-by-side to strengthen and restore families. They have three grown children and 8 grandchildren soon to be 9.


Teacher- Jason Bowman has been the teacher since December of 2014. Jason has received a bachelorís degree from Wright State University in psychology. Jason spent a summer working with the boys here ate Operation Rebirth during his practicum experience. Jason is currently pursuing his Masterís degree in clinical counseling. He spends his time with his wife, Ashley and their Son, Tanner.


Emilio, Shelley and Family

Residential Instructors - Emilio and Shelley have been married for over 12 years. They have three children. Jesse is 19, Samuel is 7, and Sophie is 5. Jesse has been an honor student and actively involved in football, track, cross country, and National Honor Society. Jesse is currently serving in The United States Airforce. Samuel plays soccer and baseball. Emilio has Bachelors in Science in Business Administration. He has taken courses in psychology, sociology, history, biology, and business. He has worked as a department manager at Lowe’s Home Improvement. He also has experience as a substitute teacher and was the assistant dorm parent at Operation Rebirth from 2002-2003. Shelley worked as a teacher at Emmanuel Christian Academy and a center director at Clayton Youth Enrichment Services. She has taught music, band, physical education, Bible, and health. Emilio and Shelley were therapeutic foster/adoptive parents. During this time they adopted their oldest son, Jesse.