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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Kristina R. Scott
Kristina Scott, CEO of Learn to Earn Dayton, works at the intersection of policy and practice to break down barriers to prosperity. She joined Learn to Earn Dayton in September 2020. From 2008 to 2020, she led Alabama Possible as its executive director. During her tenure, she helped write Alabama’s educational attainment plan and convened the Alabama College Attainment Network. She has also served as the managing attorney for external affairs in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and designed communications and voter contact strategies for campaigns across the country. Kristina earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Florida and her juris doctor with distinction from Emory University. She is a member of the California, Georgia and New York Bars.
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.
Birth to 5 Program Manager
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.