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Robyn Lightcap

Robyn Lightcap Robyn Lightcap is the Executive Director for Dayton-Montgomery County Preschool Promise. Robyn serves on the Governor's Early Childhood Advisory Council and is Vice-Chair of groundWork, Ohio's early childhood advocacy organization. She has led complex projects in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, including at IBM, Chicago's Willow Creek Community Church and Evenflo. She has a business degree from Wake Forest University.

Marie Giffen

Marie Giffen Marie Giffen, CPA is the Director of Finance for Preschool Promise. She is responsible for all the accounting functions including financial reporting, budgeting, invoicing and payables. She has years of experience in public accounting, corporate accounting and for the last 15 years has been teaching financial and managerial accounting at the University of Dayton. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Dayton.
Operations Department

Ashley Marshall

Ashley Marshall Ashley Marshall is the Director of Operations of Preschool Promise. She leads the operations team to ensure Preschool Promise runs smoothly. This includes processing applications, managing Star Attendance, contract management and building and maintaining Preschool provider relationships.

Previously, Ashley was the Director of the University of Dayton’s Demonstration School, the Bombeck Family Learning Center. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton, where she studied early childhood education and received her master’s in educational leadership.

Chanell Lamb

Chanell Lamb Chanell Lamb is the Family Services Specialist for Preschool Promise. She processes applications and connects families with resources they need to make informed decisions about the education of their children.  For more than 20 years, Chanell has worked with children with special needs, home-bound students, military families, single parents and victims of domestic violence. She has partnered with Elizabeth New Life Women’s Center, Wright State University and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Chanell received a bachelor’s degree from Regent University in religious studies and a master’s degree from Wright State University in educational leadership

Tiffany Coatie

Tiffany Coatie Tiffany Coatie is the Data and Payment Specialist for Preschool Promise. She has been working with Preschool Promise since the Kettering Pilot in 2014-2015. She ensures all families’ requests for tuition assistance are processed and maintains our database.Tiffany graduated magna cum laude from Strayer University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting.Tiffany says, "My work at Preschool Promise gives me great pride. My No. 1 goal is helping families with their financial assistance needs to ensure a high quality Preschool experience for their child."
Community Engagement Department 

Angie Tapogna

Angie Tapogna
Angie Tapogna is the Communications Manager for Preschool Promise.  She manages the marketing and communications plan, and helps increase awareness of the importance of Preschool.  She has more than 20 years of experience in communications positions in non-profit and government roles, having worked for city, county, and state government agencies.  Angie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Public Communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and her writing credits include USA Today and MSN.com.  

Alma Long

Alma Long
Alma Long is the Marketing and Event Specialist for Preschool Promise. She is excited to bring new and innovative ideas and events to the Preschool Promise program. She brings 10 years of educational experience to this role, as well as a wealth of knowledge in marketing and event planning. A native of Dayton, she received her bachelor’s degree from Wright State University, where she studied organizational leadership. Alma has a passion for education and is eager to help families learn about this amazing initiative!
Quality Department

Latoria Marcellus

Latoria Marcellus Latoria Marcellus is the Director of Quality for Preschool Promise. She is helping Montgomery County Preschools implement effective curriculum and leading the work to promote strong relationships between teachers and young learners. She has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, mentor and professional development facilitator. A graduate of The Ohio State University, where she studied early childhood education, Latoria received her Master's in Education from Antioch University McGregor.

Barbara Elrod

Barbara Elrod
Barbara Elrod is the Training and Quality Specialist for the Preschool Promise. With more than 20 years of experience in education, for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations, Barbara streamlines our processes and keeps the quality department running efficiently. She is excited to help our providers fulfill their professional development and quality needs.

Hertia Mims

Hertia Mims Hertia Mims is the Coaching and Quality Curriculum Specialist for Preschool Promise. Providing coaching, support, training and professional development for early childhood educators and staff. She specializes in Implementing Conscious Discipline a brain-based strategies and techniques program into Preschool Promise sites.  Hertia has over twenty years of experience in the early childhood education field, including teaching in Head Start classrooms, private preschools, and mentoring students at the Sinclair Early Childhood Education Center.

Hertia has a passion for the Dayton community, working with families, and volunteering at local charities. She is a graduate of Sinclair Community College where she studied Early Childhood Education.
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