ABOUT US

Board of Directors & Staff

Meet the team behind our dancers.

Active Board and Dedicated Staff

DCDC is fortunate to have the support of an active and involved board of directors along with a dedicated paid staff to ensure all aspects of our productions are flawless.

Board Members

Jacqueline Gamblin

Board Chair
CEO, JYG Innovations

"I believe that Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is truly a national treasure, and it is an honor to serve as the DCDC board chairperson. These are challenging times for many non-profits, especially for performing arts organizations. Despite these challenges, we are excited to embrace the opportunity to re-imagine how we showcase the incredible talent and creativity of our dancers, choreographers, and the entire staff. "

Paul H. Benson, Ph.D.

Board Vice-Chair
(Provost, University of Dayton)

"The internationally acclaimed DCDC is an artistic and cultural jewel for Dayton and for our country. The creativity and cultural intelligence that DCDC brings to contemporary dance are what the human family needs. It is an honor to participate in such an uplifting and powerful enterprise."

Charlotte Harris, Ed.D.

Retired Dean, College of Education & Human Services, Wright State University

"I love dance, and the world-renowned DCDC speaks to my passion. Having been introduced to DCDC when I moved to Dayton in 1987, and a member of the Board of Directors since 2014, I am proud to be able to support DCDC’s exceptional mission and vision."

Deirdre Logan, J.D.

Judge,
Dayton Municipal Court

"I serve on behalf of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company because I believe in its mission! Before joining the Board of Directors, I was a longtime patron. I enjoyed being in the theatre or any other venue, and being mesmerized by the performances. The exceptional talent and creativity is impressive. The original works, production of the art form, and the messages in the performance are all reasons why I support DCDC. I feel the history and the struggle of the company to sustain for 52 years. I am proud of its heritage. I will continue to do my best financially and structurally to support the mission of DCDC."

Doug Lunne

President and Creative Director, Lunne Marketing Group

"I am involved in DCDC because their people inspire me. Not only the performances themselves but the overall organization and board. They are persistent, inclusive, fearless, and kind—quite a combination of traits that have worked for DCDC for more than 50 years. Please join me in supporting this international treasure right in our backyard!"

Gary LeRoy, M.D.

Assoc. Dean for Student Affairs & Admissions,
WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine

"It is an honor to be a member of the DCDC Board of Directors. The spirit of its founder, Jeraldyn Blunden, lives on in the irrepressible gift she created for generations to cherish in the form of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. I discovered the magic of DCDC in my youth. I look forward to helping the world discover that same magic."

Kevin L. McDonald

Senior Vice President, Trust Officer, KeyBank

"It is an honor to volunteer as a member of the board of DCDC. This organization provides nationally recognized contemporary dance locally, nationally and internationally. No other arts organization based in Dayton has such a broad following. In addition, the audience for DCDC reflects a diverse background of every sector of society."

Michael Powe

Managing Director & Credit Risk Executive, J.P. Morgan Chase

"I am involved with DCDC given its status as the premier dance company rooted in the African-American experience and decades long track record of giving back to the community."

Ronald Jackson, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication, University of Cincinnati

"I joined DCDC because of my love for the arts and my love for the community. DCDC helped me to combine both of these passions because of their long-standing commitment to community uplift through the creative and performing arts. I’ve always loved the way that performers can transform our sense of place and expand our imagination. DCDC stands tall among the best dance companies of its kind in America."

Roland Caldwell

Director of Transportation, Greater Dayton RTA

Sharon Davis Gratto, D.M.A.

Professor of Music, Graul Endowed Chair in Arts & Languages, University of Dayton

"As a professional musician and arts educator, I have always supported all of the arts in any community where I have lived. One of my first experiences when I came to Dayton in 2008 to Chair the Department of Music at the University of Dayton was attending a performance by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company at the Victoria Theatre. I was absolutely amazed by the energy and dance skills members of the Company demonstrated that evening. I have served on the DCDC Board for a number of years because it is important to me that the company continue to share their magnificent art locally, nationally, and internationally as they realize the dream of their founder, Jeraldyne Blunden, under the artistic direction of her daughter, Debbie Blunden-Diggs."

Jeffery Hall

Principal, Frederick Douglass Elementary School

Lisa Roberts-Rosser

Program Officer
PNC Charitable Trust

"DCDC offers such an array of opportunities to connect Art to community. It is a privilege and honor to be able to bring my skills to DCDC but also gain extensive experience in development, branding, community affairs, and operations. Building upon the legacy of such a premier organization is something I do not take lightly."

Karl Ulrich

Shareholder, Sebaly Shillito Dyer

Samantha E. Elder, MPA

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communication, Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services

“The DCDC is truly a gem to our community that we must protect and help continue to flourish. The Company attracts remarkable artists across the Nation, and one of our jobs is to ensure we cultivate that talent and spread their gifts to future generations.”

Agnes George

Retired Software Designer, AT&T

"I love DCDC because they are not just a 'little dance troupe.' They are GROUND BREAKING PERFORMERS...'rooted in the African-American spirit'...who have not only presented though provoking programs. They have glazed the world with their dance. DCDC is my oxygen!"

Clinton Brown

Owner, Alliance Engineering, LLC

Susan Hines

Manager, Medical Staff Services, Grandview Medical Center

Steve Petitjean

Executive Director, Ohio Masonic Home Foundation

Zillah Fluker, Ph.D.

Vice President, Division of Institutional Advancement, Central State University

F. Erik Brooks, Ph.D.

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Central State University

Richard Lapedes

Retired CEO, Lion Apparel

Samantha Elder

Director of Strategic Initiatives & Communication, ADAMHS Board Montgomery County Ohio

Staff

Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders

D.F.A. Chief Executive Officer
937-228-3232 ext. 103

Debbie Blunden-Diggs

Chief Artistic & Producing Director
937-228-3232 ext. 107

Crystal Michelle

Associate Artistic Director

Qarrianne Blayr

Associate Artistic Director
937-228-3232 ext. 100

David Hoard

Vice President of Development
937-228-3232 ext. 101

David Young

Development Assistant
937-228-3232 ext. 108

Debi Chess

Director of Strategic Initiatives
Project Manager
937-228-3232 ext. 114

Deron Bell

Music Director

Angela Burdon

Creative Programs Manager

Donnel Jones

Grants Administrator & Corporate Writer

Gil Williams

Business & Finance Director
937-228-3232 ext. 104

Jay Peterson

Director of Marketing & Special Events
937-228-3232 ext. 113

Kevin Ward

Former Artistic Director and Dancer Affinity Manager

L'Amour Ameer

Costume Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor

Matt Evans

Production Director

Michael Green

Dancer Artist and Social Media Manager

Sheri Sparkle Williams

Stage Manager & Company Fitness Trainer

Shonna Hickman-Matlock

Director of Education and Outreach Services and Director of DCDC2
937-228-3232 ext. 110

Suzy Edwards

Executive Administrator
937-228-3232 ext. 105

Travis Dwyer

Production Associate

Dawn Carter

Master Teacher
Horton Technique

Omar Ingram

Touring Consultant

David Alfano

Video Coordinator

Greg Robinson

Master  Teacher

Ballet

Bryan L. Goldman

Senior Development Officer