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.
Robyn Lightcap is the Executive Director of Learn to Earn Dayton and the Dayton-Montgomery County Preschool Promise, which is helping ensure that every 4-year-old can attend at least 1 year of high quality Preschool. Robyn serves on the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and is 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.
Hope Collins is the Birth to 5 Program Manager and is leading efforts to build a more robust early childhood system in Montgomery County. Her work is focused on increasing access to quality services that support families and create a strong foundation for babies and toddlers. Hope has a bachelor’s degree in political economics and has worked in economic development in Dayton and in communities across the country. Hope is a certified doula and has a passion for supporting new moms through prenatal and postnatal yoga.
Director of Family Engagement & Community Partnerships
Maya Dorsey is the Director of Family Engagement and Community Partnerships. She works with Montgomery County school districts to support K-3 learning and 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.
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.
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.