August 15, 2013

The Dayton Foundation Names New Governing Board Chair

Ellen IrelandThe Dayton Foundation has named a new chair to its Governing Board, which provides stewardship for the Foundation and its charitable activities.

Succeeding Jerome F. Tatar as Governing Board chair is Ellen S. Ireland, a longtime Dayton-area resident, well-known community volunteer and advocate for education. She will serve an 18-month term. Ireland’s professional career includes 20 years of experience in the fields of finance and health care.

"I am pleased to welcome Ellen S. Ireland as The Dayton Foundation’s new Governing Board Chair," said Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation. "Her vast experience and wise leadership will be a great asset to the Foundation."

A Governing Board member since 2005, Ireland most recently served as Board vice chair, chair of the Foundation’s Development Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. She also is a longtime member of the Foundation’s Marketing and Public Relations Committee.

Ireland’s passion for education runs deep and is evident in her many community activities, as well as in her involvement with The Dayton Foundation. She currently serves as chair of Dayton Leadership Academies and as a member of the board of Dayton History. Ireland is an active volunteer with Dayton Public Schools' Residence Park World of Wonder PreK-8 and Dayton Early College Academy. She also is a volunteer mentor for the Montgomery County Ohio College Promise program, a Dayton Foundation funded program that is helping to support up to 500 eighth-grade students from low-income families through college.

She previously served on the Board of Trustees for the Alliance for Education, Oakwood Schools Business and Superintendent’s Advisories, Oakwood Schools Education Foundation, Opera Guild of Dayton, Southminster Presbyterian Church, Suicide Prevention Center and YWCA Dayton.

The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton. Since 1921, the Foundation has helped people to help others, managing charitable funds that have provided over 225,000 grants totaling more than a half-billion dollars to nonprofits over its 92-year history. More information about The Dayton Foundation is available at

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File date: 9.17.14


Chris Smith

“I like the idea my funds will be here long after I'm gone, that Foundation people who care about the community will take care of them in perpetuity. I like that we're doing what people before us did, passing on something for the community’s future.” – Caryl Philips, Emeritus Governing Board Member and Foundation donor since 2001

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