Working together to build communities.

The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community works with several local organizations and government agencies to help bring out the best in our local community.


Adventure Central

Nate Arnett, Director

Liaisons to the Fitz Center: Nate Arnett, Ashley Krogel, Kim Catchpole (Graduate Community Fellows, Semester of Service)

Collaborations: Graduate Community Fellows, Neighborhood School Centers, River Stewards, Rivers Institute, Semester of Service

Mission: To promote positive youth development education and leadership skills using an environmental foundation in a welcoming, safe, fun, active setting that utilizes volunteers and community resources with adult and youth interaction.

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Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley

Laura Roesch, Executive Director

Liaisons to the Fitz Center: Peggy Seboldt (Head Social Worker), Leslie Jones (PR)

Collaborations: Graduate Community Fellows

Mission: Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley strengthens individuals and families in need through actions of faith, service and charity.

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City of Dayton

Tim Riordan, City Manager

Liaison to the Fitz Center: Nan Whaley, Commissioner

Collaboration: Dayton Civic Scholars

Mission: As stewards of the public trust, our mission is to provide leadership, excellent services, and participatory government to enhance the quality of life and sense of community for all who live, work, raise families, play, or conduct business in Dayton.

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City of Dayton Water Department

Felicia Graham, Environmental Compliance Coordinator

Liaisons to the Fitz Center: Felicia Graham, Michele Simmons

Collaborations: River Stewards, Rivers Institute, River Leadership Curriculum

Mission: To enhance the City’s environmental awareness and compliance by providing sound environmental support and guidance to the City organization.

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Dakota Center

Sharon Barrett-Mitchell, Director

Liaisons to the Fitz Center: Sharon Barrett-Mitchell, Benjy Klein (Board Chair)

Collaborations: Graduate Community Fellows, Semester of Service

Mission: The Dakota Center is a community service center primarily devoted to offering educational and social programs to youth, adults, and seniors on Dayton's west side. Our ultimate goal is to assist our clients to become self-reliant, productive citizens who contribute to the community.

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Daybreak

Linda Kramer, Chief Executive Officer

Liaisons to the Fitz Center: Linda Kramer, Cindy Minton (Graduate Community Fellows), Karen Garcia-Van Dyke (Semester of Service)

Collaborations: Graduate Community Fellows, Semester of Service

Mission: To eliminate youth homelessness in the Miami Valley through comprehensive and results-oriented programs that provide safety and stability for runaway, troubled, and homeless youth ages 10 to 21.

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Dayton Christian Center

Tasha Johnson, Executive Director

Liaison to the Fitz Center: Tasha Johnson (Semester of Service)

Collaboration: Semester of Service

Mission: Dayton Christian Center is a faith-based community center that nurtures youth, empowers families and promotes community.

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Dayton Early College Academy (DECA)

Dave Taylor, Principal

Liaisons to the Fitz Center: Judy Hennessey, Ph. D. (Superintendent), Anne Rasmussen (Community Involvement)

Collaborations: Semester of Service, River Stewards, Rivers Institute, Dayton Civic Scholars

Mission: The Dayton Early College Academy (DECA) is a nontraditional charter high school singularly focused on preparing first-generation urban students to go to college. It is located on the University of Dayton campus.

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East End Community Services

Jan Lepore-Jentleson, Executive Director

Liaisons to the Fitz Center: Jan Lepore-Jentleson, Amy Jomantas, Leah Werner, Amanda Arrington, Janice James, Mario (Ruskin PK-8 NSC)

Collaborations: Neighborhood School Centers, Semester of Service

Mission: To listen to and work with residents of Twin Towers and surrounding neighborhoods to bring about a prosperous, healthy and caring community.

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Five Rivers Metroparks

Rebecca BennĂ¡, Executive Director

Liaison to the Fitz Center: Carrie Scarff

Collaborations: Ohio's Great Corridor, River Stewards, Rivers Institute

Mission: Five Rivers MetroParks is dedicated to protecting Greater Dayton's natural heritage and to providing outdoor recreation and education experiences that inspire a lasting personal connection with nature.

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Five Rivers Metroparks Outdoor Connections

Greg Brumitt, Director of Outdoor Recreation

Liaisons to the Fitz Center: Greg Brumitt and Amy Dingle (Outdoor Recreation Coordinator)

Collaborations: Ohio's Great Corridor, River Stewards, Rivers Institute

Mission: Five Rivers MetroParks is dedicated to protecting Greater Dayton's natural heritage and to providing outdoor recreation and education experiences that inspire a lasting personal connection with nature.

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Life Essentials

Linda Roepkin, Executive Director

Liaison to the Fitz Center: Debbie Conn

Collaboration: Semester of Service

Mission: Life Essentials helps people who slip through gaps in community services. Through a dedicated network of volunteers, we provide over 25,000 hours of service each year to fragile seniors in the Greater Dayton area. But we still have so many more people to reach.

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Miami Conservancy District

Janet Bly, General Manager

Liaison to the Fitz Center: Sarah Hippensteel Hall

Collaborations: Ohio's Great Corridor, River Stewards, Rivers Institute

Mission: The Miami Conservancy District is protecting lives, property, and economic vitality within the Great Miami River Watershed through an integrated and balanced system that provides unfailing flood protection, preserves water resources and promotes enjoyment of our waterways.

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Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

St. Joseph Hall 433 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1445

937-229-5400