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Leadership Team

We are governed by a Board of Trustees. These business professionals volunteer their time each month to guide our strategic planning, and the setting and approval of policies and procedures that enhance our effectiveness in the communities we serve.


Steve Goubeaux, Chair

Mr. Goubeaux serves as CEO of Wilson Advertising. He also is a partner with Cre8ive Dayton, LLC, which worked to redevelop and brand the historic Firefly building at 123 Webster Street. He was previously director of marketing and communications for Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. Mr. Goubeaux serves as a contributor Aileron's 'Helping Private Business Grow' program. Previous roles include board member of Greater Ohio; Chair of the Ohio Association of Goodwill's Marketing Committee; member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Long Range Planning Team; and Chair of the Tipp City Restoration & Architectural Board.

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Vice Chair

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Steven Barger

Stephen H. Barger, CPA, Treasurer

Mr. Barger serves as senior tax manager for Swindon Springer & Co., Inc. He is a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Barger holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Urbana University and an Associates degree in Accounting from Sinclair Community College.


Sean L. Walton, Sr., Secretary

Mr. Walton is director of youth initiatives at the Community Action Partnership. He has an extensive background in youth services. He has served as consultant to The Partnership for Youth, Inc. and Urban Minority Alcohol and Drug Abuse Outreach Program. Mr. Walton is a certified non-violent crisis intervention instructor, and owns a personal fitness and nutrition private enterprise. He serves on the board for Life Skills, is active on multiple youth focused community planning committees, and has served as keynote speaker for numerous community events.


Mary Fuhs, Board Trustee

Dr. Fuhs is an assistant profressor in the department of psychology. In 2006, she received her B.A. in Psychology and Music from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. 5 years later, Mary received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. She is an accomplished author and expert in preschool development and growth.

Deborah Hunt

Deborah D. Hunt, Esq., Board Trustee

Ms. Hunt's law practice focuses on estate planning with Sebaly Shillito + Dyer. Memberships and community service include: Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Committee - Dayton Bar Association; Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater Dayton; Volunteer mediator for U.S. District Court; Board of Directors Cancer Support Community; Advisory Board of Fortis College - Paralegal Program; Advisory Board of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center; Governance Committee of Humane Society of Greater Dayton; and Dayton Public Schools Tutor. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Dayton with a Juris Doctorate degree.


Thomas Huntington, Board Trustee

Mr. Huntington is a sales management and finance executive with extensive experience in business development, relationship management, strategic planning, and financial portfolio management. He has 24 years of experience in the banking industry, including retail management, mortgage, private banking, commercial banking, and public finance. Mr. Hungtington s a group leader for Crown Financial Ministries and a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, Association of Public Treasurers, Southwestern Ohio Municipal Finance Officers Association and the Miami Valley School Business Officials.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the State University of New York and holds a Series 7 and 63 securities license. 

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Steven Kopecky

Mr. Kopecky serves as vice president of developmental services for Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. He has a background in mental health recovery, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, workforce development, senior and children service programs, and personnel development systems. Mr. Kopecky is a 2016 Graduate of Leadership Dayton and serves as secretary for the Rotary Club of Lebanon. He possesses a Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitative Counseling from Boston University.

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Diane Shannon, Board Trustee

Ms. Shannon has a background in financial planning, economics, and research. She currently serves as deputy director, economist, and senior management analyst for the City of Dayton's Office of Management & Budget. Memberships include Omicron Delta Epsilon, the National Honor Society in Economics; Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Research Committee; and Ohio Public Works District Four Integrating Committee; Dayton Region New Markets Fund. She serves as a volunteer for Catholic Social Services, Dayton Public Schools, and Teen mother mentoring program. Ms. Shannon has a Master of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of South Florida.


Jaclyn A. Smith, Board Trustee

Ms. Smith has been instrumental in the inception and success of CareSource University since 2002. She currently serves as vice president of the $2 billion Medicaid-managed organization that serves almost one million consumers in Ohio and Michigan. Ms. Smith hold a BS in Education from Miami University and European Center, Luxemborg. She initiated Miami University's overseas teacher training program.

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Frank Surico, Board Trustee

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Eli Williams, Board Trustee

Mr. Williams is the Director of Fatherhood Commisions of Clark County, president/C.E.O. of Urban Light Ministries Inc., and owner of E. WIlliams Communications. He is also a board member of Ohio Practitioner's Network for Fathers and Families, member of Family Services Planning Council of Clark County, board vice chairman of Rocking Horse Community Health Center of Springfield, associate pastor of New Hope Church in Springfield, member of Communitywide Advisory Council on Marriage, and founder/advisor of Celebrate Fatherhood in Montgomery County. He focuses on parent training for fathers and raising awareness of absent fathers. Eli has created and hosted Hot Gospel 20 weekly radio broadcast program, which is broadcasted on stations ranging from multiple US states, UK, and African continent. Mr. Williams holds Father/Relationship certifications.

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Melissa Ervin, Policy Council Liaison

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Mary Burns, President/CEO

Ms. Burns is president/CEO of Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc. Prior to joining MVCDC in 2007, she served for 30 years as Head Start Director for a nine-county program. Her leadership responsibilities at MVCDC include full oversight of the program which serves over 2,900 children birth to age five, employs over 400 staff members, and has a total budget of approximately $25 million. In addition to her community involvement for MVCDC, Ms Burns is actively involved with the Head Start community at the state, regional and national levels. Ms. Burns has a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Master's Degree in Education from Wright State University.


Dayvenia Chesney, COO

Ms. Chesney has served as chief operating officer of Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc. since October 2007. She has a 20 year background in Head Start. Prior to coming to MVCDC, Ms. Chesney worked as the Manager of Operations for the Head Start program with the Council on Rural Service Programs in Piqua, Ohio. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Morgan State University in Baltimore and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Wright State University. She serves on a number of local and state-wide advisory boards and associations. In addition, she was selected by the Governor's Office to serve as a member of the Ohio School Funding Advisory Council as a representative and advocate for the early childhood community.


Jeffrey Lakes, CFO

Mr. Lakes has served as chief financial officer of MVCDC since October 2012. He has over 25 years of accounting and finance experience in public, private, and nonprofit accounting and financial management. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Lakes holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton, a Bachelor of Science degree in both accountancy and finance from Wright State University and an Associate of Arts degree in business from Sinclair Community College.

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