Meet Our Presenters

Dontae’ DeVaughn

In-School Presenter

I’m 38 years old, divorced and a father of 2 daughters. I am from Dayton and graduated from Trotwood High School.
My favorite hobby is working out and doing physical activities. My favorite game is Spicy Uno. My favorite movies are The Green Mile and The Pursuit of Happiness 
My favorite quote is Want better, Do better – Author: Me lol
What I like most about my job is that I can leave a positive imprint on the lives of the students.
I believe that every student has the potential to grow, progress and achieve success if they understand the power they have through the choices they make.

TeLana Lee

In-School Presenter

As a child, my family nicknamed me “Motor Mouth” because of being of many words.  My mother’s favorite game to play with me was the Quiet Game. I always lost.  Today, I allow my many words to empower youth to make healthy life choices and reach their fullest potential; which is why my job is so rewarding to me.  My favorite quote is “For every choice there is a consequence therefore choose wisely!

Melissa Tackett

Data and Evaluation Specialist

Avid lover of humans, coffee, memes, and guacamole. I go throughout my day with the mindset that attitudes are contagious, and I try to make mine worth catching.  I believe the information in all of our programs can benefit teenagers where they are now and where they will be in the future. Through life’s journey, I make sure to live with these words of wisdom: “Don’t let your struggle become your identity.” By Joshua Hook.

Morgan Snyder

In-School Presenter

I am 25 years old (although I am often mistaken for a high school student when I’m presenting our program!) and a wife of 4 years to Caleb (he’s what I’m smiling at in the picture you see there). Spending time with so many unique groups of students and having such life-changing conversations with them always keeps my extroverted nature satisfied and gives me hope in future generations (how did I get such an awesome job!?). Outside of work, my hobbies include breakfast, lunch, dinner, time in the gym or nature, people-watching and playing Bohnanza (the best bean farming game in the whole world). I love inside jokes; I’d love to be part of one someday.

Thank you all for taking the time to read about me; I’ll leave you with a quote from the wise Leslie Knope, “We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third.”

Chawn Clark

In-School Presenter

One of my most valued lessons: “Choose you!” Be willing to invest in your own health and well-being in order to show up as your best self for someone else. We’ve all heard the saying, “Life is what you make it!” Did you know you can improve your odds of having a great life by simply investing in you? As a In-School Presenter and a Family LIfe Educator, I love seeking and providing information that motivate and initiate healthier, happier, and better living. I welcome you along the journey. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started and “GO for the GOLD!”

James Keys

In-School Presenter

I strive to be a flat out Change Maker! My life has not always been easy.  At the Age of 7 I acquired a stutter that remains with me today, but I did not let that stop me! Often getting teased and bullied, I would use my stutter as an opportunity to be the best at whatever I was doing whether it was sports, school, or building relationships. That mindset continues today as I connect with people across multiple opportunities that have given me the ability to influence others in a positive way.

I have been married for 26 years, have 2 daughters, and 3 grandchildren. My 30 years as a professional, my journey as an athlete, my community leadership and youth coaching and mentorship combined with my life experiences have given me a passion to share the message taught in the Go For The Gold Program. My favorite quote is by Gandhi –  “Your thoughts become your words, your words become your behavior, your behavior becomes your habits, your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” Think Positive!

Danny Brooks

In-School Presenter

I love my wife, Dungeons and Dragons, personality tests, and my job! I really like playing any kind of board games, video games, or sports. These things have taught me that you can make choices that affect your success or you can whine about the hand you’re dealt and blame circumstances. I’ve been dealt some bad hands just like everyone has, but I believe it’s how we deal with those things that shows our true character. Be better than the world around you.

One of my favorite quotes is “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” because in truth, no one is inferior to anyone. We are all equal. This is why I love my job, because I get to talk to high school students about relationships and help them see that there are ways to end up with the right person and have healthy boundaries.

I was patient and waited 28 years before I met the love of my life and it was so worth it! I’m passionate about the fact that our high school students shouldn’t be told to settle for less. Go for the Gold!

Kim Danon

Program Manager

I love my role because I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with many amazing, talented presenters and awesome students. Being in a position to impact today’s teens is an honor and privilege that I do not take lightly. Helping teens receive pertinent information that I did not have the opportunity to hear as a teen, fuels my passion to help young people make life-altering, path-changing and success-planning decisions that will affect generations to come.

I love my family, my friends and all the adventures that my life has offered to make me who I am today!
My favorite quote is “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

Josh Johnigan

In-School Presenter

I am 29 years old and from Dayton, Ohio. I graduated from Northmont High school. I enjoy spending time with family, watching movies, shopping, bowling, coaching basketball, eating foods of all kinds, and I am a huge shoe fan. 

What I like most about my job is being able to go to different schools and centers all around the Dayton area and spending time with kids from all different cultures and backgrounds. I enjoy informing them about healthy life choices and teaching valuable skills they can use on a day to day basis.

Everyone is placed on this earth for a purpose, but only you can tap into what that purpose is. I believe in sharing your struggles and experiences to encourage and prepare the next generation so they can be better and do greater things than you! 

– Blessed beyond your imagination. 

Darryll Rice

In-School Presenter

As an advocate for youth and young adults, I pride myself on ensuring that whatever information the listener receives from me will build them up an make them a better person! That’s my goal! In return, their presence is what builds me and makes me a better person. In all things you do, do great! Failing isn’t failure unless you quit! It’s not being selfish if you are trying to build yourself up in order to effect the people around you! Stand firm in truth! I am also a husband, father, youth mentor and business owner!

Get in touch