Our Team


Nina Carter

Senior Vice President of Place-Based Strategies

Nina Carter is Learn to Earn Dayton’s senior vice president of place-based strategies. A native of Dayton, Nina began her career working with the Dayton Urban League and later as a site coordinator for Dayton’s Neighborhood School Centers. She also worked at Miami Valley Child Development Centers. Most recently, Nina was Senior Manager in the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Community Solutions in Prince George’s County, MD. Nina will work with public and private stakeholders to build action networks that are equitable and inclusive. Skilled in strategic leadership, she will manage community leadership and cross-sector collaborative action networks while enhancing two-generation approaches to build family success and neighborhood vitality.


Maya Dorsey

Director of Equity and Collaborative Impact

Maya Dorsey is the Director of Equity and Collaborative Impact. She is the program manager for Equity Fellows, an initiative aimed at addressing systemic racism and unconscious bias in our local school districts. She is also the convenor of the Summer and Afterschool Collaborative. Previously, Maya was an elementary school dean, assistant middle school principal, reading specialist and classroom teacher. Maya is a graduate of Wright State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership with a minor in women’s studies. She has a master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in elementary education and a second master’s from Antioch Midwest University in educational leadership. Additionally, Maya completed a reading endorsement program from Wright State University. She holds teaching and principal licensures and a 2020 certification from eCornell in Diversity and Inclusion.


Marie Giffen

Director of Finance

Marie Giffen, a Certified Public Accountant, is the Director of Finance. She is an adjunct professor in accounting at the University of Dayton, where she received her master's of business administration. Previously, Marie worked in both public and corporate accounting.

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Amy Jomantas

Strategy Director

Amy Jomantas joined Learn to Earn Dayton as its strategy director. Formerly an independent consultant and grant writer, Amy has a long history managing grants for Learn to Earn and its partners. She has been instrumental in bringing highly-competitive federal 21st Century Grants for best-in-class afterschool programming. She also worked at East End Community Services and was a clinician and administrator for behavioral health and community organizations. She is an adjunct instructor at Wright State University and has provided training for a variety of entities, including state departments. 


Thomas J. Lasley

CEO Emeritus

Thomas J. Lasley II is the Chief Executive Officer of Learn to Earn Dayton. Previously the Dean of the University of Dayton’s School of Education and Health Sciences, he is Co-Founder of the Dayton Early College Academy and President of Air Camp, Inc. Tom serves on the boards of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Dayton Metro Library, National Museum of the United States Air Force, the United Theological Seminary, and the National Council on Teacher Quality. A member of the Governor’s Commission on Teaching Success (under former Gov. Bob Taft) and the Ohio Board of Regents’ Planning and Accountability Committee (under former Gov. Ted Strickland), Tom holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University.

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Lauren Mixon

Communications Manager

Lauren began her role as communications manager at Learn to Earn Dayton in January 2022. As a Michigan native, Lauren graduated with honors from the University of Michigan – Flint, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication and minoring in business marketing. Before joining the Learn to Earn team, Lauren worked in broadcast news, holding the titles of digital multimedia journalist and anchor/reporter, where she fostered a knack for writing, shooting, editing, and interacting with community members. Since moving to Dayton, Lauren has become integrated into a wide network of friends and colleagues, and has recently become an active member of the Dayton chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

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Erika Pimentel

Program Specialist

Erika Pimentel joined the team as a program specialist after working jointly for the Montgomery County Educational Service Center and Learn to Earn Dayton. She actively engages stakeholders, coordinates events, and supports programs. Previously, Erika worked for Miami Valley Child Development Centers.


Bryan Stewart

Director of Workforce

Bryan Stewart is the Director of Workforce. He is leading the implementation of Montgomery County’s Business Advisory Council and developing career connections between high schools and industry. Previously, Bryan served as a Legislative Aide in the Dayton City Commission Office. Bryan has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Dayton and a bachelor's in diplomacy and global politics from Miami University.