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Leadership Team

MVCDC is 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.


Frank Surico, Chair

Mr. Surico is the retired vice president of production, Johnson Energy Company. He previously served as consultant to Airco Coals Company. Mr. Surico currently serves as Holy Angels Church reperesentative for Leaders for Equality and Action in Dayton. He serves at East End Community Services and is a former board president. Mr. Surico holds a Master of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies and Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Dayton.


Tom Huntington, CPA, Treasurer

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 25+ years of experience in the banking industry, including retail management, mortgage, private banking, commercial banking, and public finance. Mr. Huntington is 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. 


Deborah Hunt, Esq., Secretary 

Ms. Hunt's law practice focuses on estate planning with Sebaly Shillito + Dyer. Memberships and community servicinclude: Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Committee - Dayton Bar Association; Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater Dayton; Volunteer mediator fov 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 Societof Greater Dayton; and Dayton Public Schools Tutor. She graduated summa cum laudifrom the University of Dayton with a Juris Doctorate degree.


Shauna Adams, Board Trustee

Ms. Adams is associate professor of Early Childhood Education and Executive Director for Center for Early Learning. She is also executive director at the Center for Early Learning. Ms. Adams is an ECE published author, focusing on early childhood education and mental health. She served as a co-presenter at The Executive Function Think Tank: A Community Approach to Improving Executive Function Skills. Ms. Adams earned Ohio certification for K-12 special education; MSPR/moderate-intensive; specific learning disabilities; SBH/ED; EMR/DH/CD; and EEH/PKSN. She holds an Ed.D. in early childhood development and special education from the University of Cincinnati. Ms. Adams also holds a Master of Science degree in social agency and school counseling, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary and special education from the University of Dayton.


Shondale Atkinson-Dorise, Board Trustee

Ms. Atkinson-Dorise is CEO of The Mustard Seed Foundation, a residential/community-based mental health organization in Trotwood. She is also CEO of The Kardio Kidz Academy and Wellness Center. Ms. Atkinson-Dorise serves as fiscal agent for Rise Sister Rise and Sister to Sister in Dayton. She previously served on the Rise Sister Rise-Dayton planning committee and Annie E. Casey Foundation’s residential assessment team. Ms. Atkinson-Dorise holds certificates from the ADAMHS Board in leadership crisis and intervention, and facility assessment training from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in social work technology from Clark State Community College.


Adil Baguirov, Board Trustee

Mr. Baguirov is principal of American Power LLC in Dayton. He also is general director of Turbillion LLC with locations in both Dayton and Washington DC. Mr. Baguirov is an elected member and former president of the Dayton Board of Education, Dayton Public Schools. He is a published author and has been invited to present testimony and speak on a number of international subjects. Mr. Baguirov holds a Ph.D., Candidate of Political Science, from the Moscow Institute for International Relations, Moscow, Russia.


David Feldmilller, Board Trustee

Mr. Feldmiller, CPA, owns Feldmiller Consulting LLC. He is a former partner of Battelle & Battelle LLP. His community service includes former chairman of the board and treasurer for Senior Resource Connection; treasurer of the board for Dayton Rotary; board co-chairman for Boonshoft Museum of Discovery; and a member of the board at Miami Valley Goodwill Easter Seals. Mr. Feldmiller earned his Bachelors of Science degree in accounting from Miami University. He received special certification as an auditor for OMB Circular A-133 Yellow Book. Mr. Feldmiller is a Certified Public Accountant in Ohio.


Steven Kopecky, Board Trustee

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.


Tony Ortiz, Board Trustee

Mr. Ortiz is associate vice president for Latino Affairs at the Wright State University President’s Administration. He founded the academic degree of athletic training and constructed it's curriculum for which he is now a senior lecturer at the Wright State University Kinesiology and Health Department. Mr. Ortiz serves as a board member for Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School, Dayton; Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley; A Special Wish Foundation; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley; East End Community Services; and El Puente Learning Center, Dayton. He holds a master's degree in education, and a Bachelor of Science degree with a triple major in Spanish, and a minor in Health Education and Athletic Training from Bowling Green State University.


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 and 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 holds a Bachelor of Science in education from Miami University and European Center, Luxemborg. She initiated Miami University's overseas teacher training program.



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. Mr. Williams created and has hosted Hot Gospel 20 weekly radio broadcast program, which is broadcasted on stations ranging from multiple US states, UK, and African continent. He holds father/relationship certifications.


Veronica Myers, Policy Council President, Policy Council Liaison

Ms. Myers serves as grant administrator and clinical support assistant for Rocking Horse Community Health Center. She also serves as president of the MVCDC Policy Council and Policy Board liaison for the MVCDC Board of Trustees. Ms. Myers is an associate board member at the Dayton Art Institute, volunteer social media coordinator for the St. Vincent De Paul Black and White Gala, and a committee member on Future Stars of Dayton and Preschool Promise Parent Advisory. She is the donation liaison and outreach organizer for RePURSE IT Innovative. Ms. Myers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a minor in business management from Troy University.


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.


Scott Siegfried, CIO

Mr. Siegfried has served as MVCDC's Chief Innovation Officer since 2016. He has been with the agency since 1991 when he started his career as a lead teacher. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Toledo and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Nova Southeastern University.  He has helped to develop a data management system that was researched for a publication by the Urban Institute and the Office of Planning Research and Evaluation (OPRE). He serves on local, state, and national committees that focus on data, school readiness, equity, and innovation. 

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