Carolyn Rice has served as Montgomery County Treasurer since her appointment in February 2007. She successfully ran for election and re-election in 2008, 2012, and 2016. Carolyn chairs the County’s Investment Advisory Committee and is a member of the Budget Commission and the County’s Data Processing and Microfilm Boards. She serves as First Vice President for the County Treasurers Association of Ohio (CTAO) and on CTAO’s Legislative Committee.
In addition to her duties as Treasurer, Carolyn has served as the Chair of the Montgomery County Land Reutilization Corporation, better known as the Montgomery County Land Bank, since it was created in 2011. She has chaired the Land Bank Committee of the County Treasurers Association of Ohio (CTAO) for the past five years. Carolyn leads the Montgomery County Vacant Properties Solutions (MVPS) – a group comprised of a variety of key stakeholders who meet monthly to share best practices and address the blight crisis.
Prior to her appointment as Treasurer, Carolyn worked 17 years in the private sector for a variety of organizations including Reynolds & Reynolds, LexisNexis, Dames & Moore, and Wright State University. Her leadership and business skills saw her promoted to positions of increasing responsibilities within the organizations she served. As County Treasurer, Carolyn applies her wealth of experience in management and leadership to better serve the citizens of Montgomery County. In 2011, the Montgomery County Treasurer’s received the Marquis Award for Innovation from the Electronic Payments Core of Knowledge (EPCOR), a not-for-profit trade association with more than 2,300 members representing banks, credit unions, and affiliated financial agencies in a 12-state region. Throughout her tenure as Treasurer, Carolyn has demonstrated her integrity and proven performance by increasing tax collections, improving business operations, and protecting the public’s money.
Carolyn is active in the community and has served on the boards of the Rotary Club of Dayton (currently Peace Committee Chair), Dayton Council on World Affairs also known as DCOWA (currently Membership and Marketing Committee Chair), and Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services. She is a member of the Dayton Sister City Committee and serves as a Co-Chair for the Holon, Israel initiative. In 2015, Carolyn chaired the logistics committees for the Dayton Peace Accords at 20 Commemoration. In the summer of 2016, Carolyn was a member of the Dayton delegation that traveled to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to visit Sarajevo, Banja Luka, and Mostar to build upon existing relationships and to explore opportunities for international service projects our communities might pursue in the future. Carolyn was recognized as a Peace Hero at Dayton’s Peace Heroes Walk that took place on the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11.
Much of Carolyn’s volunteer time has been focused on youth. She and her husband have hosted numerous international guests in their home through various exchange programs ranging from Rotary Youth Exchange to young professionals from other countries through Group Study Exchange and DCOWA’s International Visitor Leadership Program. During the 2015-2016 school year, they hosted a 17 year old girl from Mostar, BiH in their home through the Rotary Youth Exchange program. During the 2016-2017 school year, they hosted a 15 year old girl from Los Cabos, Mexico through Rotary Youth Exchange. Carolyn was a College Promise mentor for a Carroll High School student from August 2013 through May 2017. She has taught Junior Achievement lessons at local schools and read to elementary children in the Dayton Public School system through the Rotary Reads program for more than five years.
Carolyn is a native of Dayton and received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University of Ohio and her Master of Business Administration from Wright State University. She was an elementary school teacher working with students with special needs and learning disabilities for three years early in her career. She completed the Genesee Institute’s Community Land Reform Initiatives executive education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School in 2009. Carolyn has been married to her husband Mike for more than 40 years and has two grown children, four young grandchildren, and two rescue dogs. Spending time with family and friends is always a top priority although she loves to travel and explore new cultures and meet new people.
Carolyn at a local Land Bank Demolition site with Sam Braun, Auditor Karl Keith, Commissioner Judy Dodge and Mike Brill
Carolyn and fellow Montgomery County Budget Commission members Auditor Karl Keith and Prosecutor Mathias Heck review the county budget
Carolyn and fellow Dayton Sister City Committee members and friends overlooking Sarajevo during a cookout with friends in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Carolyn and Mike hosted an exchange student (Maria) from Mexico through Rotary Youth Exchange in 2016/2017
Carolyn and family members Matt and Anna Rice, Owen and Zoe, Daughter Meredith and Nathan Williams and Wyatt and Evan