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Dayton Metro Library Foundation Appoints Four New Directors

The Dayton Metro Library Foundation, which works to enhance and expand Library excellence, is appointing four new Foundation Directors. The new Directors are elected for a three-year term by a majority vote of the Board. The new Directors join 16 current Foundation Directors.

“Our newly-appointed Directors join us as the Foundation aligns its priorities with the DML’s Strategic Plan, and works to build financial stability through its efforts,” said Kjirsten Frank Hoppe, DML Foundation President. “Our new Directors bring a wealth of expertise to our Board, but most importantly, they are all passionate Library loyalists. We know their contributions to our work will help us achieve our aggressive goals as DML comes closer to finishing its county-wide facilities plan.”

The new DML Foundation Directors are:

Yvette R. Kelly-Fields is regional director of development at Miami University Regionals. Kelly-Fields’ focus is to raise dollars to support Miami Regionals student scholarships and programs. She earned a bachelor's degree in urban affairs from Wright State University and a master's in philanthropy from Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy. She also holds a certification in nonprofit management from Indiana University.

Sierra Leone is the president and artistic director of OFP Theatre Company, Dayton’s hub for urban creative artists. For more than a decade, Ohio has benefited from her vision of urban creative arts as a powerful artistic medium to bring communities together across racial, cultural, ideological, and economic divides. She acquired her MA and MBA, and is a recipient of the Ohio Governor’s Award for her work in Community Development and Participation.

Donerik Black is the Senior Contracts Compliance Officer for the City of Dayton Human Relations Council. In this role, Black works with small and disadvantaged and woman-owned businesses to assist them in getting certified through the City of Dayton’s Procurement Enhancement Program (PEP). In addition, Black provides workshops and one-on-one counseling for existing and start-up businesses in the Dayton region in the areas of idea formation, business plans, bookkeeping, loan package preparation, strategic planning, market research, marketing and building strong sales funnels.

Barbara Hayde will join the DML Foundation Directors in May when she completes the second of her seven-year terms on the Dayton Metro Library Board of Trustees. Hayde began her career as an advocate for the underserved through her work with Montgomery County’s poverty programs and as president of Ohio Works, a company that transitioned single women from welfare to work. She helped conceptualize The Entrepreneurs Center, a nonprofit that supports start-up technology businesses, and served as its president for 14 years. She also helped establish the Dayton Minority Economic Development Council (MEDC), now merged into the Dayton Chamber as a region-wide initiative known as the Minority Business Partnership (MBP).

For more information on the Dayton Metro Library Foundation, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org/Foundation

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