Sharon Barrett-Mitchell
Executive Director

Sharon is responsible for the administration and operation of the non-profit community center and joined the Center in 2000. Ms. Mitchell is a retiree of the City of Dayton with 25 years of service. She is a 1994 graduate of the Dayton Neighborhood Leadership Institute and a 1996 graduate of the Community Reinvestment Institute.

Ronald C. Foster
Program Director

Ron, a native of Dayton, born October 30, 1947 to the parents of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Foster, attended Garfield Elementary and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1965. He is also a 1973 graduate of Central State University with a BA in Science (Education) and veteran of the military. Mr. Foster is a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church of Dayton, Ohio. He has volunteered for many years, including service as a volunteer speaker at the MacFarlane Middle School’s "Motivational Speaker Series", a volunteer for the Senior Resource Connection Nutrition Program, a volunteer for the Dayton Public Schools Math Olympics, and a member of the West Dayton Youth Serving Agency Coalition (WDYSAC). Mr. Foster has been employed at the Dakota Center since 1979.

Lois Hugee
3DI Director

Lois is a native of Huntsville, Alabama born to David L. Crutcher Sr. and Hannah B. (Crutcher) Haliburton. Her family came to Dayton in 1950 where she was educated at Edison and Roosevelt High School. Her education includes Alabama A&M, Wright State University, the University of Illinois in Education and Sinclair Community College in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Hugee is a mother of 2 children and 7 grandchildren, most of whom have participated in the Dakota Center & 3DI Drill Team Program. Ms. Hugee retired from Montgomery County Educational Services after 25 1/2 years, and has also worked with Model Cities and Montgomery County Action Agency. She has been employed at Dakota Center as 3DI Director/Instructor since 1969.

Emily Gray
After-School Coordinator

Emily joined the Dakota Center staff after serving a year with AmeriCorps as the after-school literacy tutor. She is a graduate of Kettering Fairmont High School and a graduate cum laude of Smith College with a BA in Studio Art. She is also a 2012 graduate of the Dayton Neighborhood Leadership Institute. Ms. Gray is excited to lead the after-school program.

Chaunte Lacy
Administrative Assistant

Chaunte began her career at Dakota Center as a volunteer in 2009. She was formally hired in February 2010. Ms. Lacy is a graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. In addition, she has also earned several computer class certificates, as well as a SkillPath certificate. Ms. Lacy loves making a difference in the lives of children. She is not only dedicated to her position, but is willing to help in any endeavor that will benefit Dakota Center.

Freddie Hugee III
3DI Percussion Instructor

Mr. Hugee is a native of Dayton, born to Freddie Jr.& Lois Hugee. He was educated in the Dayton Public Schools and attended Southwestern College. He was in the school of arts in music from elementary to high school. He took drum lessons under Jimmy "Diamond" Williams, Hauer Music, and with Central State Band Percussion Section. Freddie has been playing the drums since the age of 2. Freddie has 5 children, 3 of whom participate in Dakota Center and the 3DI Program.

Charles Averette
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