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Meet the Preschool Promise Team
Robyn Lightcap 
Executive Director
Robyn serves on the Governor's Early Childhood Advisory Council and is Board Chair of Groundwork Ohio, 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. Email

Marie Giffen, CPA
Senior Director of Finance
She is responsible for all the accounting functions of the organization. She has years of experience in public accounting, corporate accounting and has taught financial and managerial accounting at the University of Dayton. Marie 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. Email

Barbara Elrod 
Financial Services Manager 
With more than 20 years of experience in education, for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations, Barbara streamlines our processes and keeps our organization running efficiently. She is excited to help our families, providers and Montgomery County fulfill the educational needs of our youngest learners. Email

Dr. Debra Brathwaite
Del Mar Encore Workforce Fellow
She is an accomplished, career educator with over forty-five years of experience. Her fellowship through The Dayton Foundation is assigned to Preschool Promise to create workforce pathways. Dr. Brathwaite earned a B. A. in education, M. S. in education and a professional diploma in the administration and supervision of education. She earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Dayton. Email

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Erika Ward
Grants Manager
Erika has 10 years of experience in child-based non-profit organizations, committed to serving the community through fundraising efforts. She is responsible for submitting proposals for private and public funds, discovering new funding opportunities, and building and maintaining relationships with funders, donors, and others within the community for Preschool Promise.  She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Anthropology Email

Operations Team
Ashley Marshall
Senior Director of Operations 
Ashley leads the operations team in managing the application process, Star Attendance, 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. Email

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 Anne-Lisa Thuot  
Administrative Specialist
Anne-Lisa has over 30 years experience as an Administrative Assistant.  She is a native of Vermont and came to Ohio 6 years ago as a traveling spouse and has grown to love the Dayton area.  She is a proud Mom to two adult children and even prouder to be "Nana" to two beautiful granddaughters.  Email
Lindsey Riley 
Enrollment Manager
As a member of the operations team, Lindsey is dedicated to supporting families and helping students join Preschool Promise. She has spent the last nine years as the Director of a community-based SUTQ preschool program and is passionate about ensuring all children have access to quality early learning opportunities. Lindsey graduated from the Raj Soin College of Business at Wright State University. Email

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Mollee McCourt 
Data Specialist
Mollee processes student applications to Preschool Promise. She is a Dayton native who is passionate about equitable access to education. She is a graduate of Wright State University with a degree in Rehabilitation Services.  Email
Ryhan Hoskins
Attendance & Enrollment Specialist
She is passionate about eliminating the barriers families face when trying to find and afford a high quality Preschool for their children. She assists families in finding a Preschool that's right for them as well as offering continued support throughout the school year. Ryhan has over 15 years of experience in providing legal advocacy support to survivors of relationship violence in both Ohio and Georgia. She attended Central State University and studied economics. Email

Shelly Davies
Senior Marketing & Outreach Manager
She has been part of the Outreach Team since 2018 and comes to us from Kettering City Schools Integrated Preschool Program. She and the Outreach Team connect with families and their young children and connect them with resources and programs, both within Preschool Promise and with our community partners.  Shelly is passionate about Preschool Promise’s mission to help all children in Montgomery County be ready for success in Kindergarten and life and looks forward to greeting you in the community. Email
Tiffany Coatie 
Data Manager
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 to ensure a high quality Preschool experience for their child." Email
Quality Education Team
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Latoria Marcellus
Senior Director Education Strategy

Latoria is directly involved in ensuring that Preschools are prepared to implement a comprehensive curriculum, promoting strong relationships and social/emotional development between teachers and students, and guaranteeing that children develop the 21st- century skills that are essential for creating a competitive workforce. She has fifteen years of experience in education and is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she studied early childhood education and received her Master's in Education from Antioch University McGregor. Email

Sandra Raye-Redmond
Director of Program Implementation
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, 4C for Children coach, and Team Lead. Sandra is proud graduate of Wilberforce University, and earned her Master's in Education from Antioch University McGregor. Email

Catherine Rauch 
Quality Specialist
Catherine coordinates programs to support teachers at Preschool Promise sites and supports the Quality Education team with implementation of ongoing projects. Catherine has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work and has almost 30 years of experience in the nonprofit and government sectors. She has been involved with promoting quality early childhood education for more than 15 years. Email

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Christine Yeary
Administrative Specialist, Quality Education
Christine comes to Preschool Promise with over 25 years of educational and marketing knowledge working for local school districts, non profit and corporations. She works on the Quality team to ensure that no stone is unturned when it comes to Professional Development prep and planning and keeping all the moving parts of the team together.  One of the friendly faces you'll see when you attend any training sessions as well. Email  
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Christopher James 
Senior Project Manager
Christopher is from Cleveland who fell in love with Dayton as a college student at Wright State University. As the Senior Program Manager, he will grow our male volunteer endeavors, discover avenues for high school students to matriculate into early childhood education, and assist our preschool partners with efforts in equity. Christopher brings experience from all levels of education and has long been a community advocate. E-mail

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Crystal Howard
Senior Professional Development Manager
Crystal received a Master's in Talent and Development from Tusculum University College of Education. Her role at Preschool Promise is to provide coaching, and professional development for early childhood educators and staff.  She brings over twenty-five years of experience in child care as an administrator, classroom, and home-based teacher. Crystal is passionate about building relationships, improving teacher quality, child outcomes, and training. Email

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Vaniti Byrd
Hope Zone Coach
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Derrick Edwards 
Hope Zone Coach
Derrick seeks to build positive classroom environments by encouraging collaboration and creativity and fostering a love of learning for both teachers and students. His career spans both work in early child care management and as an administrator for "Nurturing Dreams and Visions, a congregate living facility for juvenile boys. He enjoys flipping houses in his free time. Email
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Karetha Burns
Hope Zone Coach
Kay is a vital part of the Ready to Read, Hope Zone coaching staff. She has worked in Early Childhood Education for more than 30 years and is excited to be a part of the community-wide academic shift to assist in the process of preparing confident and successful Kindergarten readers! Email
Erica Bohannon
Kindergarten Readiness Coach
Erica Bohannon has 18 years of experience and expertise in curriculum and working with infants and toddlers. She graduated from the University of Dayton, where she obtained a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy. Erica has served as a teacher, early intervention service coordinator, and education specialist. She helps facilitate professional learning communities where she supports early care educators in learning about developmentally appropriate practices that best support our youngest learners. Email
Jacquel Harper
Kindergarten Readiness Coach
Jacquel Harper comes to Preschool Promise with over 18 years of experience in early childhood education. She obtained her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in family and community engagement. She has served as a lead teacher, education support supervisor, and quality specialist. She is well versed in curriculum implementation, Conscious Discipline, and CLASS. She is excited to serve as a Kindergarten Readiness Coach!
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Melissa Butler
Preschool Promise Coach
Melissa was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio and has over 15 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She recently returned to Ohio after living in Florida for 12 years, where she worked as a home visitor for Brevard Early Head Start. She is an Ohio-approved trainer and was a presenter at the 2022 NHSA Conference. Melissa believes that teaching is vital to learning and that being open to a child's learning style is the most important factor in their success. Email

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Shannon Karr
Preschool Promise Coach
Shannon has been in the early education field for more than ten years, as both an educator in the Preschool classroom and as a school administrator. She has a bachelor's degree from Florida State University in Family and Child Sciences and a master's degree from the University of Florida in Educational Leadership. Shannon is a passionate Kindergarten Readiness Coach who encourages teachers to be the best versions of themselves within the classroom. Email
Birth to Five
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Jen Brauer  
Director of Partnerships, Birth to Five
As the Director of Partnerships, Jen brings experience in elementary and early childhood education, business and consulting with a focus on building teams and new programs. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Miami University and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her non-profit committee service includes Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank, Ohio Diaper Bank Coalition and Dress for Success. Email
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Dr. Amy Kronberg  
Senior Manager, Early Learning Initiatives
Amy brings a background in early childhood education, child development, and play-based strategies to create learning experiences for families through the Play on Purpose initiative. She supports infant/toddler teachers in building early language/literacy skills. Amy has a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education-University of Michigan, a Masters' in Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy and a PhD in Educational Leadership & Administration from University of Dayton. Email
Hertia Mims
Family Connection Manager
Hertia provides coaching, support, training and professional development for early childhood educators, families and staff. She specializes in implementing Conscious Discipline in our sites.  She has over twenty-five years of experience in the early childhood education field and has a passion for the Dayton community, working with families, and being of service to local charities. Hertia is a graduate of Sinclair College where she studied Early Childhood Education. Email

Hope Vuto 
Senior Manager - Parent & Family Voice 
Hope Vuto manages prenatal to three strategies for Preschool Promise and is passionate about leaning into the voices of parents and providers to expand high-quality health and educational supports for babies, toddlers, and families. Hope leads the Play on Purpose Collaborative, Birth to 3 Collaborative, and Parent & Family Voices Committee. She has a degree in economic development and is certified in prenatal yoga and as a birth doula. Email

Brittnee Hoover 
Parent Educator
Brittnee was a Lead Early Head Start Teacher for 8 years. She was the first graduate of the Promise Scholars Program, obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Education Studies from the University of Arizona Global Campus, Summa Cum Laude. She is the mother of a special needs child and believes early education is critical because it sets the foundation for children to thrive in learning behavior and health. Brittnee's passions are to educate children and families in Montgomery County. Email
Tiarra Williams
Parent Educator
Tiarra was a Head Start Lead Teacher for 4 years and has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has a lot of energy and looks forward to impacting the lives of children and families that she will encounter through her journey with Preschool Promise. She is a mother of two beautiful children and enjoys being outdoors, crafting, journaling, and exercising. Email