Executive Director

While pastoring in the center city of Dayton, Ohio, John was frustrated at the ability of his congregation to act on fundamental problems of poor schools, run-down housing, lack of jobs, and crime. That frustration led him to work with other clergy to start a congregation-based community organization that came to be known as LEAD.


Associate Director

Holly Holcombe is the co-founder and Associate Director of DART.  A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Holly moved to the Midwest and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1974.  Her commitment to community change and fairness led her to a ten day training event on community organizing in Chicago that served to launch a lifelong career in organizing.


Director of Organizer Training

Kristin Powell has a BA from Dartmouth College where she studied Urban Geography. During her first year in college she went to New Orleans to help with relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina. Her experience in New Orleans became the catalyst for her career in organizing. She saw the ways the local government oppressed its own citizens during the darkest moments of their lives and she knew she had to do something. She wanted a career that challenged unjust local systems and city leaders so that all citizens would be treated fairly by their government.  


Training Director

Leah Woodward Wiley has a BA from Florida A&M University and a Masters of Mass Communication from the University of Florida. Leah served as the President of the Black Graduate Student Organization and produced several short documentary films during her time at the University of Florida.