Charles E. Rucker
Chuck is from Dayton and is a graduate of Nettie Lee Roth High School. Chuck worked for General Motors Corporation and Delphi Corporation from where he retired after a combined total of 42 years of service, working in the areas of Production, Organizational Development and Human Resource Management. Chuck holds a Bachelor of Arts (areas of concentration, Psychology and Sociology) from Wilmington College and a Masters of Business Administration (Organizational Development) from the University of Dayton. He also received the Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification from the Society of Human Resource Management.
Bro. Jack Somerville, S.M.
Jack Somerville is a Marianist brother who serves as the chair of the Dakota Center Facilities Committee. He is the Director of Facilities at Mount Saint John which is a 150 acre campus in Beavercreek, OH. Jack is an electrician, plumber, welder, and an Ohio licensed stationary steam engineer. He also has extensive experience in HVAC and energy management. Over the years, he has served a combined 8 years of service in the countries of Ireland, Zambia and Kenya. Music is one of his deep interests as he is an accomplished guitarist and vocalist.
Marilyn Schwieterman has been a member of the Dakota Center Board since March 2000 and is currently serving on the Executive Committee. Marilyn retired from the position of Resource Coordinator at the North American Center for Marianist Studies in 2001. Retirement allows her to visit her four children and their families (six grandchildren) who all live out of state; she has one family in each time zone of the continental US! She enjoys gardening, camping, and music--especially singing. Marilyn has been a lay Marianist for over 25 years having served on the Leadership Team for the Marianist Lay Network of North America and continues to serve as Archivist for the organization. She is a member of the Nazareth Lay Community, a small Christian community within the Marianist tradition.
Stevie Watson is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Dayton. He received his undergraduate (BBA in Marketing, 1995) and graduate (MBA, 1996; Ph.D. in Marketing, 2006) degrees from Mississippi State University. Prior to his current position, Stevie was an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Rutgers Business School - Newark and New Brunswick. His industry experience includes working as a financial analyst, business information specialist, and marketing analyst for Bryan Foods (a Sara Lee company).
Stevie has published several research articles in marketing, psychology, and law journals. One of five national winners of the 2010 Ernst & Young Inclusive Excellence Award for Accounting and Business School Faculty, Stevie has assisted numerous small businesses with free marketing plans and strategic marketing campaigns through student class projects.
Susie Goedde is a real estate agent in Cincinnati and was asked by Fr. Philip Hoelle to be involved before his passing in 2005. Susie's father, Paul Reisinger, was the first President of the Dakota Center in 1965. She grew up going to Camp Dakota as her parents were very active and took a strong interest in seeing the future of the Dakota Center's success. Susie and her husband Phil have been married for 27 years and have 3 children. They are members of St. Susanna Parish in Mason, OH. She is the youngest of the 7 Reisinger children several of whom have volunteered their time at the center.
Roger W. Brucker is a retired advertising executive from OIA Marketing Communications and former teacher of marketing at Wright State University. He serves as a marketing consultant for several clients. He has written five books on cave exploring subjects, Roger has four adult children and four grandchildren. He and his wife are long-distance bicycle travelers, agility dog trainers, and cavers. Roger is an elder in the Dayton Xenia's Christian Fellowship.
Denise (Vonda) Porter-Ford also serves as 3DI’s business manager. She is the administrative assistant for the Nuclear Medicine Department at Dayton's VA Medical Center, PTO President for Trotwood Madison Middle School, and she serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the Trotwood Express Girls basketball team. Vonda, a Dayton native, has two daughters, enjoys watching movies, traveling and activities improving the well being of kids.
Upon graduating from Lima Senior in 1964, Billy went to University of Dayton on a full scholarship to play football for the Flyers. He was named the MVP his senior season. A graduate in 1968 with a BS in Physical and Health Education, he earned his MS in counseling in 1972. Billy taught at Roth High School for 2 ½ years after graduating from UD. He returned to UD full time in 1971 to start a recreational and intramural sports program for the University community. Billy was honored by UD with the Marianist Service Award in 2006 and was inducted into the UD Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. In 2009, Billy retired after 38 years of service to the University as the Director of Campus Recreation. He plays golf, spends time with family and friends, and volunteers at his church and on the Dakota Center Board, a place he knows about from his college days where he volunteered as a student.
Gerald R. Kotler
Educated at Stanford University (PHD Materials Science), Carnegie Mellon University (MS Metallurgy) and Polytechnic Institute of New York (BS Metallurgical Eng), Jerry has had a career in the Industry (including Ford and Westinghouse and other smaller companies) with various R&D positions up to VP Engineering. The latter part of his career (27 yrs.) was as President of Management Recruiters of Dayton, where he distinguished himself as Account Executive of the Decade for over 600 offices and over 3000 AEs nationwide.
Keith McFarland is a Portfolio Manager and Assistant Vice President for Fifth Third Bank in Western Ohio. He has over 20 years of investment experience and manages a wide variety of portfolios - including portfolios for trusts, corporations, governments, non-profits, endowment funds, and high net worth individuals. Keith is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He has served on various boards and finance committees. Keith is a 2005 graduate of the Black Leadership Development Program from Parity, Inc. and the Dayton Urban League. He is married with two daughters.
Quincy E. Pope Sr.
Quincy E. Pope Sr. is the Police Chief for the City of Trotwood. He is a graduate of Wright State University, where he received a Masters of Public Administration Degree. He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) and is a Certified Law Enforcement Executive and Certified Public Manager.
An Indiana native, Alan moved to Dayton, and received a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) in Computer Science from the University of Dayton. He is a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) from the American Payroll Association. His wife Marilynne, along with Alan, built a payroll service company from scratch and expanded to 800 clients before selling the business in 2007. Alan owns Triple M Software, which does software needs-analysis, design, selection, and implementation services, plus custom software development. He enjoys playing baseball, bowling, sports of all kinds, music, travel, and working in the yard.
Brian Roberts, Esq.
Gerald W. VonderBrink has served as Treasurer, Vice-President, and President of the Dakota Center and was Chief Financial Officer of the University of Dayton from 1961 to 1992. He currently volunteers at the homeless shelter of St. Vincent DePaul. He is Treasurer of the University of Dayton Library Advancement Association and Vice President of Places, Inc., an organization that operates six group homes for mentally ill adults.