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Our Team

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Stacy Wall Schweikhart


Stacy Wall Schweikhart serves as CEO for Learn to Earn Dayton.  Stacy oversees a talented team, works in coordination with committed community partners and collaborates with a dedicated Board of Directors to implement the strategic vision for the organization. A Dayton native, Stacy brings more than 21 years of public sector leadership and a deep network of partners and resources to the CEO role. She joined Learn to Earn Dayton in 2022, having previously served as Director of Strategy & Engagement for MVRPC and in a variety of leadership roles with the City of Kettering, Ohio. Stacy earned her BA and MPA degrees from the University of Dayton and is an AICP certified professional planner.

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Wesley O. Biles, II

Manager of K12 Initiatives

Wesley Biles serves as the Program Manager for Cradle to Career Initiatives for Learn to Earn Dayton. Wesley is responsible for supporting the Summer & Afterschool Collaborative, “Mighty” Classrooms (attendance improvement program), Early Grade Literacy Collaborative, I Educate Montgomery County, and the Diversity Recruitment: Educators Association for Miami Valley (D.R.E.A.M). Wesley brings deep educational experience; before joining the team he served as a classroom teacher in both high and middle schools, transition coordinator, restorative justice coordinator, and librarian for Dayton Public Schools. He also brings private industry experience, having previously worked with Evenflo Baby Company, Enterprise, and MetLife Insurance Company. Wesley received his B.S. in marketing from Wilberforce University in 1998.


Donerik Black

Manager of Place-Based Strategies

Donerik Black serves as the Manager of Place-Based Strategies for Learn to Earn Dayton. In this role Donerik is responsible for managing and implementing place-based initiatives and leading engagement efforts with internal and external stakeholders to ensure cross-sector, outreach, and activities related to place-based partnerships. In previous roles, Donerik has worked with banking foundations and the City of Dayton to ensure that small, minority, and woman-owned businesses obtained foundational skills to grow. He also served as the Executive Director of Unified Health Solutions, providing educational support for neighborhood schools. Donerik received his B.S. in business from Washington Adventist University in 1993 and his M.B.A. in business from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2017.


Thomi Brown

Executive Assistant & Office Coordinator

Thomi Brown serves as Executive Assistant and Office Coordinator for Learn to Earn Dayton. Thomi manages communication and obligations for the CEO, supports day-to-day operational functions for the organization, supports the Learn to Earn Board of Directors and various committees, and contributes to the Learn to Earn staff team to ensure a positive work environment. She joined Learn to Earn Dayton in 2023, having previously served as a Females of Color Life Coach at Dayton Public Schools and Youth Development Program Leader at Boys and Girls Club of Dayton. Thomi is currently enrolled at Central State University, pursuing a degree in mass communications with a plan to pursue a career in higher education.


Megan Cooper

Director of Development & Communication

Megan Cooper serves as the Director of Development & Communication. Megan leads efforts surrounding fundraising, donor relations, grant management, communication, and outreach. She joined L2ED in 2022, bringing a passion for the Dayton region and broad experience in the nonprofit community, having previously served as Development Manager for Dayton Metro Library, Executive Director for Film Dayton, and at Eastway Behavioral Healthcare, as well as through volunteer service to support the arts, economic development, and neighborhood vibrancy of the region. Megan earned her BA and MA from the University of Dayton, and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).


Andrew Dibert

Director of Finance & Operations

Andrew Dibert serves as the Director of Finance and Operations for Learn to Earn Dayton. Andrew is responsible for the finances of the organization as well as the daily operations and coordination with MCESC facilities, IT and HR. He joined Learn to Earn Dayton in 2022, having previously served as the Accountant for MVRPC and working as an auditor for the Auditor of the State of Ohio. Andrew graduated from Cedarville University with a Bachelors in Accounting in 2018.

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Maya Dorsey

Director of K-12 Strategies

Maya Dorsey serves as Director of K-12 Strategies for Learn to Earn Dayton. Maya leads strategic program partnerships with Montgomery County school districts, as well as sets the vision for the Early Grade Literacy Collaborative, the Summer and Afterschool Collaborative, and program partnerships that drive toward positive student outcomes. Maya holds teacher and principal licensure and, prior to coming to Learn to Earn in 2018,  Maya was an elementary school dean, assistant middle school principal, reading specialist and classroom teacher. Maya earned a bachelor degree in organizational leadership with a minor in women’s studies, and later a reading endorsement from Wright State University. She holds master’s degrees from Grand Canyon University in elementary education and from Antioch Midwest University in educational leadership, as well as a 2020 certification from eCornell in Diversity and Inclusion. In 2022, Maya earned Champion for Diversity and Inclusion recognition from Dayton Business Journal.


Erica Fields

Director of Place-Based Strategies

Erica Fields serves as the Director of Place-Based Strategies for Learn to Earn Dayton. Erica leads Learn to Earn Dayton’s initiatives in focus geographies that seek to increase economic mobility and reduce disparities in student outcomes. She works with public and private stakeholders to build action networks that are equitable and inclusive. She joined Learn to Earn Dayton in 2023, having previously served as Executive Director of the Dayton Human Relations Council and in a variety of leadership roles in state and local government. Erica is a Dayton Business Journal 40 Under 40 Hall of Famer and BizWoman Power 50 Awardee and was recently honored by the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center as the 2023 Community Professional for her work in promoting fair housing choice and fostering a secure and diverse community free of discrimination. Erica earned her BA and MPA degrees from Wright State University.


Thomas J. Lasley

CEO Emeritus & Director of Policy

Thomas J. Lasley, II (Tom) serves as Director, Policy and Advocacy, Montgomery County Educational Service Center and Learn to Earn Dayton. Tom focuses on shaping  policies and practices that impact P-16 educational attainment. Tom served as Dean, Education and Health Sciences, University of Dayton until 2010 and continues to teach doctoral classes in higher education.  Tom serves on multiple regional and national boards including the Air Camp Inc., National Council on Teacher Quality, United Theological Seminary, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the National Museum of the United States Air Force Foundation.  Tom completed all his degrees, including his Ph.D., at The Ohio State University and has authored or co-authored 14 books.


Erika Pimentel

Family & Community Engagement Coordinator

Erika Pimentel serves as the Family & Community Engagement Coordinator for Learn to Earn Dayton. Erika supports Learn to Earn’s K-12 initiatives and assists in coordinating events for the Summer and Afterschool Collaborative. Erika assisted in supporting the NWDP by engaging key stakeholders and community residents. Prior to joining the Learn to Earn team in March of 2020, Erika served as the receptionist for the Montgomery County ESC, she has also engaged the community as an outreach specialist for Preschool Promise. Erika is passionate about serving the Dayton community by assisting families in accessing resources and leading innovative family engagement work. Erika serves on several community advisory boards providing feedback and input as a DPS parent and community resident.

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Shelby Quinlivan

Manager of Communications & Special Projects

Shelby Quinlivan serves as the Communications & Special Projects Manager for Learn to Earn Dayton. In this role, Shelby will support communications and outreach efforts for Learn to Earn Dayton and DO Stem. She joined Learn to Earn Dayton in 2024, having previously served as Community Relations and Development Manager for Washington-Centerville Public Library and Communications Manager for the City of Middletown. Shelby graduated from the University of Dayton with a BA in Communications.


Emma Smales

Director of Data & Impact

Emma Smales serves as the Director of Data & Impact for Learn to Earn Dayton. Emma helps community collaboratives solve complex problems utilizing the Collective Impact model. She also directs our efforts in tracking outcomes and setting priorities toward goals for our many initiatives. Emma joined Learn to Earn Dayton in 2022, having previously served as the Birth Outcomes Manager at Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County and Health Promotion Supervisor at the Clark County Combined Health District. Emma earned her bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Gender Studies from Sonoma State University and a Master of Public Health from California State University, Northridge. Emma is also the 5th generation owner of Smales Pretzel Bakery, a 117-year-old pretzel bakery located in Dayton’s Twin Towers neighborhood. 


Bryan Stewart

Director of Workforce

Bryan Stewart serves as Workforce Director, joining the organization in 2019. Bryan manages Dayton’s Business Advisory Council in coordination with major industry partners and 23 nearby school districts. Bryan is a Leadership Ohio Class of 2022 graduate and recently earned the Dayton Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award. Previously, he served as a Legislative Aide in the Dayton City Commission Office. Bryan holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Dayton and a bachelor's in diplomacy and global politics from Miami University. He also serves as a board member for Welcome Dayton and is an avid Cincinnati Bengals and science fiction fan.

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