Protecting Your Civil and Human Rights Is Our #1 Priority

Pursuing Equality and Justice for ALL Americans!


The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic quality of rights of all persons, and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.   


The vision of the NAACP is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.   

Dayton Unit NAACP Vision Statement:   

The Dayton Unit NAACP VISION is to fulfill the Dream of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by capitalizing on the 2nd "A" of the NAACP, which stands for ADVANCEMENT. 


The following statement of objectives is found on the first page of the NAACP Constitution – the principal objectives of the Association shall be: 

• To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens 

• To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States 

• To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes 

• To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights 

• To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination 

• To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP’s Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution. 

NAACP Strategic Plan: 

Game Changers for the 21st Century The six NAACP Game Changers address the major areas of inequality facing African Americans that are the focus of the NAACP’s work.

The Foward Administration

"21st Century Game Changing Leadership"

Executive Leadership


Dr. Derrick L. Foward


Program Manager

Central State University (BS)

International Apostolic University of Grace and Truth (M.C.E.; D.H.L.)

Dr. Derrick Lee Foward, a native of Dayton, Ohio, has been a successful businessman in the community for more than 29 years. He is currently employed by Speedway LLC with more than 26 years of service. 

Dr. Foward has also been a strong advocate for Civil and Human Rights for more than 17 years locally, statewide and nationally with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Dr. Foward received a Bachelor of Science Degree with a dual major in Management and Marketing on June 17, 1990 from Central State University. He is a Life Member of the CSU GAA and a Member of the CSU Dayton Alumni Chapter. He was inducted into the Central State University Alumni Achievement Hall of Fame on March 1, 2016. He received his Master Degree in Administration and Organization from International Apostolic University of Grace and Truth on July 13, 2002. He received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from International Apostolic University of Grace and Truth on September 30, 2018.  

Under his leadership as President of the Dayton Unit NAACP, the organization adopted the vision that the Lord laid upon his heart back on April 25, 2006, as its organization’s vision, which is to Fulfill the Dream of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by capitalizing on the 2nd “A” of the NAACP, which stands for Advancement

Dr. Foward provided the Dayton Unit NAACP with 3 strategic goals which are to better Inform the community on what the NAACP is doing. To proactively Educate the community on issues that affects all Americans. Once you have informed and educated the community on issues that affect all Americans, this will ultimately Empower more of us to become Entrepreneurs; Educators; Community Leaders; and Corporate Leaders and it will also empower us to make better well-informed decisions on the daily journey that we call life. The Dayton Unit NAACP adopted these 3 strategic goals to lead us into the 21st Century which will ultimately lead to Advancement. As a result, the organization has over 5,540 online activists following their work. 

Dr. Foward implemented a Proactive Civil Rights Agenda through monthly Educational Community-Based Workshops and Seminars to educate Citizens on the front-end of Civil Rights Issues. As a result, the organization has educated over 6,100 citizens on various Civil and Human Rights topics and have investigated over 2,075 Civil and Human Rights cases. More than 300 citizens have become fully-paid life members of the organization due to his activism.

Dr. Foward h married to his lovely wife, the late Mrs. Jean A. Foward for more than 20 years and they have two sons (Troy & Donte), two daughters (Jayme & Letoia), three grandchildren (Te’Nayia, Ze’Niah & Rodriquez, Jr.) and three godchildren (Derrion McCurdy, Donovan Dumas & Taylor Dumas). 

His personal motto: If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with word or song, if I can show somebody he's traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain.

"Move Forward With Foward"

Rev. Herman E. Branham


1st Vice President


Religious Affairs

Retired Business Owner


Jefferson High School, Dayton, Ohio

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio

Boyce Bible Seminary, Louisville, KY

American Baptist Seminary, Nashville, TN


School Teacher at Jefferson High School, Dayton, Ohio for 6 years

Allstate Insurance Company and Agency Owner for and Employed by Allstate Insurance for 47 years in Dayton, Ohio

High School Track/Cross Country Coach 10 years for Dayton Public Schools (Stivers School for the Arts)

Pastor/Organizer of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Dayton, Ohio for 171/2 years

Member of The Dayton Baptist Pastors/Ministers Union, Inc.

Member of Greater Dayton Baptist Association

Organizational Affiliations:

Member of The Southern Baptist Church Organization, Columbus, Ohio

1st Vice President of The Dayton Unit NAACP, Elected to serve a 4th or 5th Term

Religious Affairs Chairman for The Dayton Unit NAACP

Tom Roberts


2nd Vice President


Political Action

Former Ohio Legislator

University of Dayton


Tom Roberts, was elected President of the Ohio Conference of the NAACP, in September of 2017. In 2016, elected Second Vice-President, and appointed the Political Action Chairman for Dayton Unit of the NAACP.

Tom Roberts an employee of Sinclair Community for 19 years, advisor to the Sinclair Ohio Fellows Student Leadership Development program. The program helps students understand the concept of Servant Leadership.

Tom Roberts is a dedicated public servant as demonstrated by his service in both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate where he represented the people of the Miami Valley for over 20 years.

In 2015, Tom Roberts completed a 6 year Governor appointment on the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, as a Commissioner.

In 2015, Governor Kasich appointed Tom Roberts to the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board ( Ex Officio Member).

Tom Roberts was born in Montgomery County, where he resided ever since.  A graduated from Chaminade High School, continued his education at Sinclair Community College and later graduated from the University of Dayton where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts

Willie A. Terrell, Jr.


3rd Vice President



Retired Professional Educator

Central State University

Miami University

Wright State University

Willie is a 38 ½ year career educator.

He recently retired from the Dayton Public Schools. Willie served the Dayton Education Association (The Union for Dayton Public School’s) as President, Vice President, and Treasurer and chaired several Executive Board Committees. He has served Dayton Public School as an educator in many capacities such as: Social Studies teacher, Staff Developer, Coordinator of Saturday School, Cluster Leader, Social Studies Department Chair, Athletic Coordinator, and Teacher on Special Assignment, Proficiency Challenge Liaison, and MLK Orator Coordinator and a Title I Regional Parent Resource Teacher. His last educator position was a Regional Parent Resource Teacher for the Office of School Improvement and External Resources ‘He began that position during the fall of 2006.

As a Regional Parent Resource Teacher:

Willie was responsible for: Working with his team to plan for parents, Workshops

Family events and Host TV shows.

Willie has been a recipient of several community awards:

A 2005-2006 Success Guide Recipient, a 2006 Heart of Gold given by Eta Phi Beta Sorority, a 2006 Top Ten African American Male given by Parity, a 2007 Labor Leader Award given by The Coalition of Black Trade Unionist. A 2007 Strong Men and Women of Excellence Award given by the SCLC Women’s Division, a 2007 NAACP Life Time Achievement Award, a 2008 Community Service Award given by The National Pan-Hellenic Council North Central Region, a 2008 NAACP Life Golden Heritage Award. A 2009 Meritorious Service Award given by The Dayton Unit NAACP. A 2010 Honoree of the Brother Raymond Fitz Educational Leadership Award given by the 24th Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration Committee.

A 2010 “BRAVO! COMMUNITY ROLE MODEL AWARD” BRAVO is a fashion show fund raiser for The Dayton Opera Guild. For 23 years the Dayton Opera Guild has recognized community leaders at their BRAVO! Fashion Show. Terrell was one of the recipients of the award on October 1, 2010. In May 2012 Willie was recognized by the Dayton Weekly Newspaper as “Man of Influence”. In May of 2013 Willie was recipient of the Golden Eagle Award. The Golden Eagle Award is given by The Dayton Boys Prep Academy Pre K-8 Elementary School to individuals that go beyond expectations in supporting their School. In June 2013 Willie was a recipient of A Legacy of Strength Strong Men Award Excellence in Education given by Amer Court #65 Daughter of Isis. In 2016 the Shiloh Church, United Church of Christ recognized him as a Good Citizen Award during their Black History Program. In 2017 The Dayton and Montgomery County Black Elected Officials presented him with the Legacy Award. In 2017 The Dayton and Montgomery County Black Elected Officials presented him with the Legacy Award. In 2018 Willie received the Dayton Unit NAACP Presidential Award at the 67th Freedom Fund Banquet  

Terrell received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Studies from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, Master of Education from Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, and a Master of Education from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He has Certification/License from the State of Ohio Department of Education in several areas: Social Studies Comprehensive, High School Principal, Supervisor, Pupil Personnel, Staff Personnel, and Instructional Services.

He is a Thirty Third Degree Mason. He belongs to Harmony Lodge #77, Burning Bush #7, Solomon Johnson Council # 4, Miami Consistory # 26, and Amer Temple #107. Willie is a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He is a Past Chapter President of Xi Iota Iota of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. He is a life member of several civic organizations: NAACP, SCLC, Urban League, Doris L. Allen Minority Caucus/DEA, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Central State University Alumni Association, Wright State University Alumni Association, The Dayton Education Association Retired Teachers, The Western Ohio Education Retired Teachers Association, The Ohio Education Association Retired Teachers Association and The National Education Retired Teachers Association

Willie has been featured in several publications: ”Success Guide”,” Ohio Schools”, “NEA Today”, “Gavel to Gavel”, “Dayton African American Heritage”, “Dayton Weekly” , “Dayton Daily News” “NEA Trend”, ”The Oracle”, “The Chronicle and “The Lamp” He is an ordained Deacon at the First Baptist Church of Ridgewood Heights.

Clair Mae Thompson



Portfolio Manager

Sinclair Community College

Wilberforce University

Clair Mae Thompson graduate of John H. Patterson high school, Sinclair Community College, Associate of Applied Science Mental Health Technologies, Sinclair Community College Certification of Human Resource Management, Wilberforce University Bachelor Liberal Arts with National Omicron-Psi Honor Society.  

Clair has been employed with Public Housing for over 20 years while in various position. To date as a Portfolio/Asset Manager she provides a safe, healthy and decent low income housing environment in various locations in Montgomery County, Kettering, Washington Township and West Carrollton.

Our Mission

Our mission is to develop housing solutions for individuals, seniors and families. We seek to improve neighborhoods by offering diverse housing options. We require that our families, employees and partners demonstrate responsible character, which strengthens the economic health, vitality, and humanity of the Miami Valley. While keeping the organizations Values first. 

Our Values: 

Leadership, Collaboration, Integrity, Passion, Respect, Unity, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork and Excellence. 

As a public servant as the Secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) She is charged to commit to record with accuracy, integrity and poise to keep the position of secretary sacred. This means to ensure timely record keeping is made available to the Executive Committee and general public at large. The duty to honor the mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Color People. 

· Dialogue with the local President of 3181 Unit

· Understand the NAACP Bylaws

· Compliance: Attend trainings, NAACP Annual meeting, Quarterly Ohio Conference Meetings, and State Convention

· Protect: Pertinent membership information

· Preserve attendance records

· Report and file meeting information

· Coordinate meetings and agenda’s

Quote “These shoes are meant to be worn and forever traveled” cmt


Cedric L. McGhee





Civil Engineer

The Ohio State University

Cedric McGhee grew up as a resident of the Five Oaks neighborhood in northwest Dayton. 

With the help of many, Mr. McGhee studied civil engineering at The Ohio State University (1991-1996). From there, he started working for The Montgomery County Engineer's Office. Eventually, he earned a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Dayton 2004. In 2007, Mr. McGhee earned a registered engineer's license to practice engineering. Mr. McGhee currently works as the assistant bridge engineer. 

While working for the Montgomery County Engineer's Office for the past 22 years, Mr. McGhee has spent many of his off-work hours in volunteerism. He was active and devoted time to Project Reach Ministries and his home church ~Aspire Church in several areas of ministry for several years. This work prepared Mr. McGhee for his volunteerism today as the ACT-SO (Afro-Academic Cultural Technological and Scientific Olympics) Chair. 

In 2008, Mr. McGhee joined the NAACP ACT-SO Program under direction of former Chairlady Linda Bolds. Just as an ACT-SO chairman alone, Mr. McGhee had the fortune and opportunity to mentor several talented young men and women from all walks of life. Mr. McGhee has a passion for his students to succeed in life, and with some encouragement, he’s seen ACT-SO students grow and improve academically, spiritedly, and emotionally. 

In 2016, Mr. McGhee earned the 2016 Dayton Unit- Youth Empowerment Award. Mr. McGhee is also currently, President of the National Society of Black Engineers-Dayton Professionals, (NSBE) (President 2016-present). 

As treasurer for the NAACP, Mr. McGhee has a good financial team keeping good stewardship of the budget. Working along with Dr. Foward, the Dayton NAACP financial status has consistently remained in good standing.

In his spare time, Mr. McGhee likes jogging/ training for 5ks to Half marathons. He likes to grill BBQ and watch his favorite football team, The Ohio State Buckeyes. Mr. McGhee also enjoys travelling.

Lauretta Williams


Assistant Secretary 



Retired PGCPS Administrator

University of Dayton

Howard University

Lauretta Williams grew up in DeSoto Bass Courts Housing Projects in Dayton, Ohio at a time when racial, socio-economic and gender discrimination were the rules. Black students were “tracked” from kindergarten to twelfth grades, not based on academic achievement, but on lightness of one’s skin, the length and texture of one’s hair, whether one lived in a single family house or government housing or on family income. Nonetheless, her mother instilled in her an awareness of the family’s history and helped develop her strong desire for learning, achievement and independence.  After graduating from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School with honors, she entered the University of Dayton, during the challenges of integration. Upon graduation, she accepted a job to teach high school English and Drama in Oberlin, Ohio. After two years, she returned to Dayton and taught in Dayton’s public school system. When she was accepted into the Master’s in Education Program at Howard University, Lauretta Williams relocated, completed the program then made Washington D.C. area her home for the following 35 years.

Her experiences convinced her that all children regardless of the color of skin, hair, living accommodations or family’s income, deserved quality teachers who could provide an education better than what was passing as acceptable. That conviction led her to a career committed to public education, having served as a teacher, instructional specialist, principal and consultant. Ms. Williams has organized and facilitated workshops such as, “Utilizing Data for Instructional Adjustments”,

“Understanding County Mandated Documents for Assistant Principals”, “The Assistant Principal as an Instructional Leader and “Setting the Stage for Professional Learning Communities”.

For her work with children, she was recognized as “Outstanding Educator of the Year” in the state of Maryland. As principal of an alternative high school, Ms. Williams led a team committed to creating and sustaining a learning environment that supported students labeled as “rejected” and “disruptive”. Students were able to improve their academic and social skills after receiving a great deal of individual attention, strict and consistent discipline (understanding the code of student conduct), as well as re-enforcing critical thinking, reading language arts and math.

Today, Lauretta Williams volunteers as Chair of the Education Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Dayton Unit.  Additionally, she coaches teachers and principals on implementing best practices that get results. Ms Williams strongly believes that every child deserves teachers who teach and principals who lead with a strong sense of love and personal concern for each child.

Harvey C. Bolden


Assistant Treasurer



Harvey Bolden is a resident of Dayton, Ohio and a graduate of Colonel White High School. He worked at Dura-Crete for 11 years, Firestone for 5 years and medically retired from Grismer Tires after 6 years of service. 

He is currently an active Brother with Elks Waldorf Lodge 76 in Dayton, Ohio and has been serving as an Inner Guard for 5 years. 

Bessie L. Siler


Executive Administrative Assistant


Mrs. Bessie Siler has been a resident of Dayton for over 50 years. She was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and she graduated from Industrial High School where the subject of Black History played an important role in learning. She has a daughter and a son; a granddaughter and two great grandsons who call her "Granny" and love her dearly. Mrs. Siler enjoys cooking, reading, and sewing. 

She is a faithful member of the Sunlight Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend Ralph Guy, pastor. Her favorite song is "He Keeps on Blessing Me." 

Mrs. Siler worked for Dayton Public Schools as an Instructional Assistant in Early Childhood Education and the Montessori Program. 

She enjoyed her work and was very dedicated to helping children learn. She played an important role in starting the OAPSE Union #643 for professional. After 34 years of service, Mrs. Siler retired.

After her retirement, Mrs. Siler wanted to keep busy so, in 2004 she came to work at the Dayton Unit NAACP under the leadership of President Floyd Johnson, Dr. Robert E. Baines, Jr. and the current President Dr. Derrick L. Foward. She is an Executive Administrative Assistant to President Foward and is responsible for the processing of memberships and assists with the Freedom Fund Banquet. She is very dedicated to the NAACP and its mission. 

Jessie O. Gooding


President Emeritus


Youth & College Division Leadership On E.C.

La'Donna R. Hayes



Littlejohn Junior Youth Council


Westbrook Village Elementary School

Pamela D. Sloan



Littlejohn Junior NAACP Youth Council

Accounting  Clerk

Draughron College

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Executive Committee

Te'Nayia A. Bailey



Dayton NAACP Youth Council


Dayton Early College Academy (DECA)

Carolyn Y. Perkins



Dayton NAACP Youth Council

Retired Air Traffic Controller

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Endia Thomas



Move Foward Thurgood Marshall High School Chapter


Thurgood Marshall STEM High School

Nathan Shields



Move Foward Thurgood Marshall High School Chapter


Thurgood Marshall STEM High School

Wright State University


Nathan is a classroom teacher who works with Dayton Public Schools to prepare youth for college and career. He is the advisor for the Move Foward Thurgood-Marshall High School chapter.

Nathan knows that his work is significant to the future of the Dayton region as well as our country as a whole. Involvement in the NAACP is a way to participate in community service that has a substantial positive impact.

Nathan has collaborated with Sinclair Community College professors and the Dayton International Peace Museum to bring authentic experiences to his students.  

Nathan is a highly qualified educator in the State of Ohio and holds a Masters Degree in Education from Wright State University in Dayton, OH.  

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Shyanne Deasha Nichelle Rice



Wright State University NAACP College Chapter


Wright State University

Shyanne Rice is a senior at Wright State University. She is a middle school education major. She currently serves as the President of the Wright State University NAACP College Chapter. Her goal is to continue the legacy of the NAACP by carrying out projects that help and enhance the Dayton community. 

Tylar O'Neal-White



Wright State University NAACP College Chapter

Gender Based Violence Program Coordinator

Wright State University

Tylar O'Neal-Wright graduated from Wright State University in 2015 with her undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Services.  She is currently still a student at the university and is in her final year of the Masters of Social Work (MASW) program. She is a Dayton, Ohio native and still lives in the area.


Prior to working at Wright State, she worked for the Family Violence Prevention Center in Xenia, Ohio.  Tylar started at FVPC as the Prevention Specialist where she traveled to all the high schools and middle schools in Greene County and provided 3 to 4-day presentations surrounding teen dating violence and healthy relationships.


After serving in that role for little over a year, she began working as the Crisis Response Specialist in collaboration with Xenia Police.  Tylar was responsible for responding to all domestic disputes and domestic violence scenes with Xenia PD as well as making follow-up calls to all victims of domestic violence or domestic dispute cases throughout Greene county. 


As the Gender Based Violence Coordinator at Wright State University, Tylar is responsible for managing the Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) which is an interdisciplinary team with the common goal of increasing Wright State's capacity to prevent and respond to power-based violence on the campus. 


In every professional role that Tylar has filled, she has striven to serve as a model for other Black women, so they know they belong in these spaces and they have something to bring to the table. Tylar would say creating spaces and opportunities for Black people to thrive and grow in the ways they see fit is something she have always, and will always, be passionate about. 

No matter what specific job requirements she find herself responsible for carrying out, Tylar always makes it a point to highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion in her role, which is why she was extremely honored when she was asked to become the advisor for the Wright State University NAACP College Chapter. 

Eric Walker-Mabry



Young Adult

Chief of Operations

Wilberforce University

Mr. Eric (Willie) Walker-Mabry is Chief of Operations with 1st Advance Security & Investigations. In this role, Mr. Walker-Mabry manages a company staff roster yearly of 120 employees across Ohio. Focusing on growth and dynamic achievement in the Public Safety outlook of life. 


A big believer in Mr. Walker – Mabry has to be Dayton City Commissioner, Jeffrey J. Mims Jr, and Former Dayton City Commissioner Joey D. Williams. Currently he holds an Associates degree in Business Management from Penn Foster College, after completion of that he went on to Central State University and Wilberforce University CLIMB Program with a study in Organizational Leadership.   

Eric(Willie) is no stranger to the Greater Dayton area, having spent a numerous amount of years as a Community Activist within the City of Dayton, a Board Member with the Dayton Access Television Network where he is the chair for the Nominating Committee, other boards/ membership groups include, Wesley Community Center Sankofa Group, Dayton NAACP, Miami Valley Human Resources Association, Central State University Alumni Band Association, Former Board member for Cliff Park, Clark Prep Academy, and Marshall High School Governing Board of Education, Board member for the Dayton Foundation African American Community Fund, President Barack Obama Election team for Xenia, Ohio area. His biggest accomplishment was taking on the task as Interim Executive Director for Dayton Urban Ministry Center by putting on a summer camp program for the Otterbein Community in Dayton free of charge for six (6) weeks, eight (8) hours a day.  

Prior to starting his/her career at 1st Advance Security & Investigations, Eric spent a few years at City of Dayton Department of Recreation & Youth Services as an Intern, helping to coordinate the creation of the Mayor’s CityWide teen council under then The Honorable Rhine McLin. Mr. Walker was a 2010, participant of the Jack and Jill Beautillion.


Specializes in marketing and social media; presentation coaching; multicultural awareness; board leadership training, human resources, and non-profit leadership. He has successfully served a range of clients, including Miami Valley Urban League of Dayton, Omega Baptist Church, City of Dayton, Dayton United Way, Central State University and Wilberforce University. 


He is Passionate about today’s youth and the possibilities which awaits them.  Mr. WalkerMabry favorite quote that gets him going even when he is down is from the Bishop T.D Jakes,


“When you begin to realize that your past does not necessarily dictate the outcome of your future, then you can release the hurt. It is impossible to inhale new air until you exhale the old.” 

Executive Committee

Atty. Gary J. Leppla



Legal Redress

Principal Attorney

The Ohio State University School of Law

Gary J. Leppla, a native of Cleveland, Ohio has practiced law in Dayton, Ohio since 1978. Mr. Leppla is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, he has been recognized by his peers with an AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell, and is designated as a "Super Lawyer" by the Super Lawyers peer review publication. He lives with his wife Patricia in German Township, Montgomery County, Ohio, and has three adult children, including two lawyers.

Mr. Leppla is the principal attorney at Leppla Associates, Ltd. which serves individuals, businesses and family clients in a litigation practice emphasizing business and property matters, injury claims, product liability, malpractice, land use and ethics. He routinely advises and represents lawyers and judges in matters of professional ethics.

Professional activities of Mr. Leppla include election as President of the Ohio State Bar Association (2008-2009), President of the Dayton Bar Association (1998-1999) and President of the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association (2010-2012). Gary J. Leppla has been a life member of the NAACP for over 15 years. He has served as President of the Townview Advisory Council of the Salvation Army, in addition to many other community, political and professional activities.

Rev. Dr. David L. Fox



Criminal Justice

Retired Chief of Police

Central State University

United Theological Seminary


Rev. Dr. David I. Fox is a native of Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Roosevelt High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Central State University; a Master of Arts in Religious Education and the degree of Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary with a concentration in Social Justice and Political Action studies. 

Dr. Fox is best-known for his civil rights involvement and violence prevention efforts. He served for many years as both Chairman of the Peace Bridge Celebration and Coordinator of Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration. 

Dr. Fox retired from Wilberforce University as Police Chief and adjunct professor. He is a Baptist minister and his current civic activities include: Dayton Unit NAACP Criminal Justice Chair and Executive Committee member; member of the Justice Committee for the Montgomery County Jail, and Dayton Citizens' Appeals Board member.  He is also, a Silver Life Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Life Member of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

Ina M. Green



Membership and Life Membership

Retired GM Worker (Purchasing Expeditor)

Ina Green is involved in various organizations showing her passion and commitment for making a difference in her community and the world. After working for 35 years at General Motors Corporation, she retired and became more involved with serving her church Summit Christian (Disciples of Christ) and volunteering in the community. One of her greatest loves is working with people to bring about peace, justice, love, and understanding our rights as citizens in this country.

As a devoted Summit member, she is actively involved in service as Elder, Christian Women's Fellowship, Chairwoman of Christian Action Social Concerns.

A member of Church Women United in Greater Dayton, a diverse ecumenical group of Christian women who support such organizations as UNICEF, Church World Service (CROP Walk and Blankets Plus), Daybreak (homeless shelter for youth), Dayton Peace Action, YWCA and Mercy Manor (transitional housing for women, recently released from prison or recovering drug addicts).

A Life Member of the NAACP, and a Summit Christian Church's representative for procuring NAACP memberships and has facilitated in the voter registration of senior citizens. As a member of the League of Women's Voters she also helped in distributing The Voter's Guide throughout the community; she was a Presiding Judge for the Board of Elections for 18 years.

Other affiliations and organizations she is associated with include: Greater Dayton Christian Connections; American Business Women's Association, Polaris Chapter; Past Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau (Ambassador)for 20 years; supports the Good Friday Peace and Justice Walk; member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Born in Dayton and a graduate of Roosevelt High School Class of 1964 and attended Sinclair Community College. She has been happily married to Raymond for 36 years and together, they have 4 children, 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren.

Her motto is: For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.

Philippians 4:13

Deborah A. Smith




CEO/Owner of Alexis Enterprises

(Residential Real-estate Investment) & Realtor

Park University

Central Michigan University


In 1986, Deborah received a master’s degree in business from Central Michigan University

In 2010, after having served 36 years of federal government service, she retired from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, as a contracting officer

In 1986, while working for the government, she started her own company, Winn’s Enterprises, a residential rental real estate investment company. Over the years, the company has grown to 22 units

Since 2002, she has been a licensed realtor with Better Homes and Garden (Big Hill) Real Estate Company

A few of Deborah’s community involvements are as follows:

Deborah joined the Trotwood Chamber of Commerce Executive Board in 2012 and has served as secretary as well as chairperson for the Trotwood Business Pop-Up Program

For the last 6 years, she has served as the housing chair for the Dayton unit of NAACP

Terrence Williams, SMSgtUSAF (Ret)



Armed Services and Veterans Affairs

Wright State University

Sinclair Community College

Community College of the Air Force


Terrence Williams is retired with over 37 years of service in the U.S. Air Force Active Duty, Reserves and Civil Service. 

Mr. Williams has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration and Management from Wright State University, and Associate degrees from Sinclair Community College and the Community College of the Air Force. He is also a graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officer’s School, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer’s Academy, Military and Civilian Personnel schools. 

Mr. Williams is the recipient of several military, civilian and community awards including a Lifetime Achievement award for Community Service from President Barack Obama. 

Mr. Williams was born in Guyana, South America, grew up in Brooklyn NY and a resident of Dayton since 1978. 

He is happily married to Labertha and is the proud father of four, Terrance who lives in Atlanta GA, Brittney an employee at WPAFB, Brandon a resident of Dayton, and John (JC) an employee at Disney. He is also the proud grandfather of five, Jalen and Jaylah who lives in Atlanta GA, Arianna, Arielle and Samiyah who resides in Dayton OH.

Mattie White



Community Coordination

Program Manager / Intervention Specialist

Wright State University

University of Central Arkansas   

Mattie White has been driven to give back to the community and organizations in which she serves. She has worked in the social services and education fields for 30 years. Her desire has been to walk worthy of her vocation and show love as she serves.

Mattie has used her love for the arts to foster self-esteem and leadership skills in young people. She has directed Praise dance performances and theatrical productions at her church and service organizations.


Mattie is a member of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church. She directs the youth choir and programs. She is also a member of Missionary Circle 1 where she joins in visiting sick and shut-in members and providing an annual Widows and Widowers Banquet.

Mattie is also a life member of the National Council of Negro Women, Incorporated (NCNW). She has been instrumental in providing leadership and mentoring to the Dayton Section Youth Council of NCNW, Inc. through coordinating field experiences and service projects.

She serves as the Social Action Chair for the Montgomery County (Ohio) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. As the Social Action Chair, a primary focus has been general Voter Registration and collaborating with the "Teen Voting Project" which is conducted for area high school students.

Mattie is a Silver Life member of the Dayton Unit NAACP and was recently appointed as the Community Coordination Chair. She is extremely humbled to serve with other committed members of one of the most prestigious civil rights organizations.

Ms. White's employment experience includes: presently - A Behavior Specialist serving children in grades K-8 and their families; She has previously worked as a Program Manager for a children's residential treatment center; Adjunct Faculty; Central Office Administrator; Building Principal; Director of State and Federal Programs; Consultant for the Ohio Department of Education and Nova Scotia Provincial Department of Education.

She also extends her time and effort as a member of the Harrison Township Zoning Commission.

A scripture that she willingly shares is "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify our Father which is in heaven." - Matthew 5:16 

Arnetta G. Gary




Retired GM Worker (Quality Control)

Arnetta G. Gary is a native of Dayton, Ohio, but more importantly, she is an ambassador for Jesus Christ. 

Gary is a member of Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church. She has held positions as Sunday School Superintendent, President of the Ushers, and today President of Women’s Auxiliary. She also serves as the Dayton Unit NAACP Church Captain at Rising Star.

Gary graduated from Roosevelt High School, known as the Teddie’s. After high school, she worked for General Motors Frigidaire Division in 1970. She retired from Truck & Bus (GM) in 2001 with 31.1 years of service leaving as an E.T. 

Later on, Gary volunteered as a regular member for the Dayton Unit NAACP, then become an Executive Committee Member. In 2009. she became Silver Lifet Member. Today she is the Get Out the Vote Chair.

Lu Dale



Freedom Fund    

Retired Professional Educator

Former Vice Mayor

Central State University

Ball State University 



The Honorable Lu Dale, Retired Educator

Born in Greensboro, GA (Madison & Atlanta, GA)

Spouse: Marvin Dale, Retired Chief, Contracting Officer, United States Air Force

Two Children:  Stanley K. Dale & Marviette Dale Johnson

Two grands: Micah Julian Johnson & Malachi Julius Johnson


Post Graduate Studies - Psychology

Wright State University and University of Dayton 


Master of Art, Counseling Education & Administration 

Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana 

Bachelor of Science, Psychology & Education  

Licensed Certified Counselor

Serves as Guest Speaker

Community Servant and Political Consultant 

Candidate for State Senate  

First Black American to serve as Vice Mayor for the City of Huber Heights, Huber Heights, OH

First Black American Elected to Huber Heights City Council, Huber Heights, OH

First Black American Elected to the City of Huber Heights Board of Education, Huber Heights, OH

Awarded Master Board Member, M.B.M by City of Huber Heights Board of Education  

Served on the following Committees and Commissions in Huber Heights:

Served on Board of Zoning Commission - 15 years.

Public Works Committee

Member of Public Safety Committee  

Created and organized the Youth Commission for the City of Huber Heights.

Montgomery County Democratic Executive Board Committee and Central Committee, Dayton, OH

Member of Citizens Police Academy, Huber Heights, OH


Employed by Xenia School System, Xenia, Ohio  

Ramstein Education Center, Ramstein, Germany 

University of Maryland, Education Consultant


Employed by DOD, Kaiserslautern American High School Kaiserslautern, Germany as a Certified License Counselor/Administrator 

Weisenborn Middle School as a License Counselor 

Huber Heights, Ohio. Only minority in the building of 200 employees. 

Served as Department Chair of Counseling and Guidance, Weisenborn

Middle School, Huber Heights, OH


Organized The Black Awareness Club for the Students to Study and learn about their own Culture. 

The school did not teach any Black history.   

Organized and sponsored the Dr. M. L. King Annual sit- down dinner Celebration for 13 year In Huber Heights City School System, the Community, and the City Employees. Usually over 500 people attended the dinner celebration with an outstanding guest speaker.

Organized The Concerned Parents Organization (CPO) in City of Huber Heights to help parents to facilitate better relationships with teachers and their students thereby cutting down on students being expelled and increased academics.

Employed as Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Health Unit of Hospital, Ramstein, Germany, USAFE, D.O.D.

United States Air Force Europe.


Serves on Community Advisory Committee, Wright State University.

Member Top Ladies of Distinction 

Member Links, Inc. (Service to Youth Committee, Black Colleges Consultant)

Professional Women Association – PWA

American Association of University Women

American Business Women, Huber Heights, OH 

Past President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Dayton Alumnae Chapter  Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,

Life Member Central State University

Life Member Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary

Golden Life Member of NAACP

Past Division Coordinator (Supervise organizations in 4 States) and life member of AFSAA – United States Air Force Sergeants Auxiliary Association.

President of AFSAA 


Chapel III Gospel Service/ Prairies Chapel, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Wright Patterson, OH and Otterbein Campus Church, Lebanon, OH.

Roland Winburn



Economic Development

Former Ohio Legislator

Central State University

Chairman Roland Winburn is a Dayton native who has resided in Harrison Township since 1996. He is a 1965 graduate of Chaminade High School who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Central State University, and received certification in Mediation and Dispute Resolution from the Capital University Law School. Winburn was inducted into Who’s Who in Black Cincinnati/Dayton, CSU’s Achievement Hall of Fame, and Parity Inc.’s Top Ten African-American Male. He is a graduate of the Ohio Township Leadership Academy and the Midwest Council of State Governments prestigious Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development as a BILLD Fellow. 

Mr. Winburn assumed careers in mental health as a psychotherapist, a program coordinator who coordinated, planned and evaluated health, human and social service programs, and was a fund development director. He also successfully founded and owned a business spanning over twenty years. 

Mr. Winburn began his life in public service at Montgomery County before becoming an elected official as a Harrison Township Trustee.  After serving two terms, Winburn pursued then won his election to become State Representative for Ohio’s 40th House District, and subsequently was elected to serve the redistricted 43rd House District.

At present, Winburn is a board member of the Area Agency on Aging, and Reach Out Montgomery County. As Trustee, he serves on the First Suburbs Consortium of Dayton, Ohio Public Works District Four Integrating Committee, the National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT), and the Montgomery County Township Association (MCTA) where he is MCTA’s Governmental Liaison besides representing the MCTA on Montgomery County’s Human Service Levy Commission and the Children’s Trust Fund. 

Chairman Winburn is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the Knights of Saint Peter Claver.

Ayo O. Ogunduyile



International Affairs

Retired Product Design Engineer/Manager

Central State University

University of Dayton


Rev. (Engr.) Ayo Ogunduyile is the President of Emlay Group International, LLC. A consulting firm he started in 2007 after retiring from the position of Project Engineering Manager (Fasteners) at Navistar International Transportation Corporation, Springfield, Ohio with 21 yrs of employment. Prior to the positiont at Navistar, he was employed at Hobart Corporation, Troy, Ohio, Delco-Moraine in Dayton and BF Goodrich Aerospace Corporation. He also served the Dayton Public School System.

A graduate of Central State University, University of Dayton College of Engineering and Executive Management Leadership Program from the Haslam College of Business Administration, University of Tennessee, Knoxville in March 1999.

Ayo has served on several boards in the Miami Valley including five years (1982-1987) on the Congressional Advisory Council for Congressman Tony Hall. He also served for four years (1980-1984) on the Racial Reconciliation Board of Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio during which he travelled to Nigeria in the company of (Late) George C. Cooper, retired Human Services Director for the City of Dayton. Ayo is President Emeritus of National Society of Black Engineers, Dayton Professional Chapter (2001-2003). He has also served as the first President of Central State University Manufacturing Engineering Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC) for the first  two years (1990-1992). He also served on the Board of K.D.I. (Can Do It) program for mentally retarded students of Dayton Public School System. The program was attached to Grace A. Greene Vocational School.

Ayo attends Zion Baptist Church, Dayton, Ohio, where he serves as Associate Minister.

Felicia A. Hill, BSN, RN





Indiana Wesleyan University

Sinclair Community College 

Felicia Hill currently serves as Health Committee Chair for the Dayton Unit NAACP. She is a community activist and health care advocate that champions the God-given truths that all humans are created equal and have a right to health, happiness, and quality of life. Mrs. Hill also works for the Dayton Public School as a registered nurse, offering another opportunity to give back to the community. Her twenty-year career as a compassionate nurse is not only a profession but a life calling. Over the years she has served in varied capacities: from emergency rooms to high school classrooms. One of her numerous awards for her delivery of care, Mrs. Hill received the Good Samaritan Hospital's Nursing Excellence of the Year. 

As the Health Committee Chair through political lobbying, community education and partnering with like-minded organizations Nurse Hill’s mission is to improve health disparities that negatively impact our underserved, marginalized communities. Two of her top priorities are addressing mental health and infant mortality in the African-American community. She believes you can save our neighborhoods, communities, and the world, one person at a time, rooted from the African-American proverb "Each One Teach One."   

A native of Dayton, Mrs. Hill earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University and an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing at Sinclair Community College. She currently pursuing a School Nurse Certification with a Master of Education at Ashland University.

A twenty-six-year member of Omega Baptist Church, she was called to teach Youth Sunday School.  Mrs. Hill is grateful for her husband, of 31 years Jerry L. Hill which is he known as a great provider and the glue of the family. They are the loving parents of three adult children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. They both are NAACP Silver Life Subscribing Members.  

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. ~Author Unknown

Pastor Scott E. Sliver


Communications, Press & Publicity
Associate Pastor
Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Scott is Associate Pastor at Vineyard Church, a congregation with weekly attendance of 1,200 people. Hehelped start the church in 1990 with just seven families. He is on the speaking team and oversees their leadership community and is heavily involved in community outreach. 

Scott is also Executive Director of The Hope Foundation of Greater Dayton. Hope provides groceries to nearly 1,000 households every month 

in Greene and Montgomery Counties.

Scott is a former candidate for Dayton City Commission, having run for that office in 2015. Soon after the election, Scott was appointed to the Landmarks Commission that oversees the fourteen historic districts within the city of Dayton. He also serves on the Community Police Council, which endeavors to build and improve the relationship (trust, fairness, accountability and respect) between citizens and police.

Scott is on the Executive Committee of the Dayton Unit NAACP, serving as Chair, Communications, Press & Publicity. 

He is also a mentor with the Omega Community Development Corp. Restorative Passage Mentoring Program.

Scott has a degree in Visual Communication from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

He has worked on major accounts such as Merrill-Lynch, Holiday Inn, Delco Products, NCR, Huntington Bank and Kings Island. Before going full time in the non-profit world, Scott ran his own ad agency for six years. Having a heavy presence on social media, Scott was named to The Dayton Business Journal’s list of the Top 25 Dayton-Centric accounts to follow on Twitter.

Scott has been married 32 years to his wife Bonnie, who recently earned her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Dayton. They have four adult children.

They currently live in Dayton but have also lived in Cincinnati and New York City.

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Former Union President

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Agent Derrick Scales, Sr.


Security Detail
Executive Committee


Derrick’s mission is to provide residents with exemplary service in a quality home environment. Derrick provides client’s with unparalleled opportunities for personal and professional development. Derrick continues to provide partners and clients with maximized real estate asset value.

Derrick is loyal, committed, accountable and innovative when it comes to providing the best of services. Derrick’s personal touch provides quality home comforts to those whom seek to make change.

Derrick’s skills as a past union representative have launched him in the direction to be the voice and the design of integrity. Derrick is trendsetter when it comes to initiating neighborhood change.

As a heavy equipment operator Derrick understands the loads that can be cast upon one’s shoulders. As an Agent with the National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP) Derrick is charged to secure the general public and the Honorable Dr. President Derrick L. Foward.

Active Subscribing Silver Life Member.

Quote: “If you do what you love then you never work a day in your life” anonymous

Agent Eric L. Ellington, Sr.



Executive Committee
Sales Rep. / Support

Eric L. Ellington Sr. A native of Dayton Ohio, graduated from Patterson Co-op class of 1994. 

Currently employed at Heidelberg Distributing Company with 20 plus years of service where he works as a sales representative and sales support.  

Eric worked in several churches in the Dayton area as security and sound board engineer.  

He also volunteers for former NFL player and Dayton native Brandon McKinney youth football camp and Back to school drive. Eric also volunteers for Team Bingers Breast Cancer Awareness Committee Cooking For A Cure.  Volunteers for Inspired by Dayton Empowered by Us Miami Valley Organizing Collaborative. Whats Going On in Dayton feeding and clothing the homeless for Daryl Dalton. Thanksgiving give away food drive. Community Harvest Party  to increase the awareness of infant mortality. Also volunteers  at end of school year block party for DECA. Get out and vote. Getting US citizens registered to vote. 

Joined the Dayton Unit NAACP May of 2001 and became a Silver Life Member in November 2013. Serving a third term as Sergeant-At-Arms.

Agent William Thomas Spear


Security Detail

Executive Committee


William Thomas Spear, a native of Dayton, Ohio, is affectionately known as (Tee) or (Spear).

Will grew up on the Westside of Dayton and attended Dayton Public Schools until his  8th grade year. 

His family moved to Macon, Georgia where he graduated from Central Lanier High School. 

After graduating from high school, Will moved back to Dayton, Ohio. He was an avid skater and assumed the name of Tee because of his skating ability at Dayton's own Skate Land.

Will was proud to serve our Nation for 4 1/2 years in the U.S. Army. He left the Army with the rank of an (E4) Specialist where he was affectionately known as Spear.

While serving on the Dayton Unit NAACP Security Team, Will was led to serve as the armor-bearer to the President.

Will married Shuthee Bryant-Johnson. They have two sons, William Jr. & Joseph Aaron.

Stacey D. Benson-Taylor



Executive Committee

Union Staff Representative

University of Dayton

Wright State University

Sinclair Community College

Stacey D. Benson-Taylor. Employed at AFSCME Ohio Council 8 for 13 years, where she represented public employees as a Staff Representative for 12, and now as the Dayton Regional Director.  

Received an AAS in Paralegal Studies from Sinclair, BA in Political Science from Wright State, and JD from the University of Dayton School of Law.  

In addition to serving on the NAACP Executive Committee, serves on the Miami Valley AFL-CIO Executive Board, MLK Inc. Community Engagement Committee, Montgomery County Democratic Party Executive and Central Committees, and as a Lead Coordinator for the "Women of Soul Models" girls mentoring program.  

Attends The Way of The Cross Gospel Ministries and is a Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Beta Eta Omega Chapter.

Chris L. Shaw



Executive Committee

Business Owner

Wilberforce University


For more than 25 years, Christopher L. Shaw has operated a variety of successful business enterprises ranging from human resources consulting and business development, to commercial textile cleaning.

Chris is currently the owner/operator of a 107-year-old textile cleaning business. Shaw Cleaners is a full-service commercial and wholesale dry cleaning and laundry business. For almost 20 years Chris has grown the business into one of the Dayton region's premiere textile cleaning businesses specializing in the hospitality, logistics and entertainment industries.

An experienced human resources professional, Chris was the managing partner of Shaw and Associates, an HR consulting business specializing in executive recruiting, organizational development, management training, and business process re-engineering.

A respected community leader, Chris has served as the Economic Development Committee Chairman for the Dayton Unit NAACP, where he monitored economic development activities throughout the region. Chris is the incoming Economic Development Chair at the Greater Dayton Chamber of Commerce. Chris is known for his ability to lobby business and political stakeholders on behalf of his many community constituencies.

Chris is a graduate of Colonel White High School in Dayton. He studied International Business at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Organizational Management at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Through the years, his efforts in Dayton have included: 


Dayton Unit NAACP Economic Development Chair

Community Police Council (CPC) Charter Member

Minority Business Development Center Advisory Board Member

Greater Dayton Chamber of Commerce Board Member

Dayton Community Reinvestment Institute 1998

Germantown St. Business Association Charter Member

Chris was elected to his first term on the Dayton City Commission in November 2015 and was sworn-in on January 4, 2016.

Dr. Anthony B. Whitmore



Executive Committee

Retired Director of Government & Community Relations

Ashland College

Dr. Carl E. Moyler



Executive Committee    

Retired JTSD Administrator

West Virginia State University

Case Western Reserve University

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Executive Committee


Marvene A. Mitchell



Executive Committee
Assistant Deputy Director
Central State University

Marvene has served in roles of progressive leadership for more than 28 years, most recently serving as Montgomery County's Assistant Director of Workforce.

Prior to her time at Montgomery County, she served the State of Ohio in a variety of offices, including the Department of Job and Family Services, Office of the Treasurer, the Department of Technology, the Office of Education (Mayor's Office), and the Department of Finance and Management. She also worked in the Montgomery County Treasurer's Office and at the City of Dayton during the start of her career.

She gives back to the community and serves as a member of several boards, including: Dayton Public Schools Advisory Board, NAACP Dayton Chapter Executive Board, Clothes that Work Trustee Board, Central State Land Grant Board, Ohio Regional Pastoral Alliance Board, and the Workforce Investment Board.

Marvene earned her Master's in Public Administration from the University of Dayton, and her Bachelor of Arts in Business/Communication from Central State University.

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