Rayella (Raye) Louise Kimberlin grew up in Lebanon and attended Lebanon City Schools. Graduating with honors in 1986, Raye was accepted to Ohio University where she received her B.S. in Communication in 1990 with honors. She also studied at Franklin University becoming a Leader Scholar and earning her M.S. in Communication and Marketing in 2012. She has over 25 years of experience working in the media including print, television and radio serving communities all across the state of Ohio. Recently, Raye served as the Marketing / Alumni Relations Manager at Payne Theological Seminary. She is currently working for Sharefax Credit Union. She was hired as Marketing Specialist and was quickly promoted to Marketing Supervisor to manage the marketing department.
After living in Cleveland and relocating back to Southwest Ohio in 2006, Raye chose to return to Lebanon, making it home for her and her son, Shawn. He enrolled in kindergarten and began school as a Warrior. He recently graduated from Lebanon High School in May of 2019 and is now a student at Wright State University.
Ms. Kimberlin has been a champion for children for her entire career by supporting organizations such as Montgomery Children’s Services, Cleveland Children’s Hospital, Cuyahoga County Board of Health SBS Project, Greater Cleveland SAFEKIDS, Franklin County Children & Family First, Prevent Child Abuse Ohio, Children's Miracle Network, Child Advocacy Center of Warren County, and Council on Child Abuse. She is also an advocate for crime prevention as a former member of the Urban Crime Commission in Columbus. She worked closely with the City of Columbus and City of Cleveland as part of the National Night Out event planning team and was also instrumental in resurrecting the event here in Lebanon in 2011.
Ms. Kimberlin is involved in many local organizations including Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Coalition of Lebanon and serves on the trustee board at Bethel AME Church. She serves as the secretary of the City of Lebanon Board of Festivals & Tourism. Over the years, she has volunteered and supported the choir and drama department at Lebanon High School and Lebanon Junior High School with fundraising and publicity. Ms. Kimberlin also is a member of the Lunch On Us program that provides financial support to help feed Lebanon City School children.