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Steve Rubenstein
Executive Director

Since December 2007, Steve has been instrumental in organizing the start-up effort for a teacher free store in Dayton, Ohio. Immediately prior to his work at Crayons to Classrooms, he served for five years as director of development for the Kids In Need Foundation, a national education nonprofit also based in Dayton. Steve also brings experience from 22 years of progressively responsible positions in retail management at companies including Target Corporation and Federated Department Stores. He is a graduate of Drury University and has continued his education in the nonprofit sector at the University of St. Thomas and Indiana University. He is also a graduate of Aileron’s Course for Presidents, Leadership Dayton, class of 2010 and the Emerging Leader Program at the University of Dayton. Steve is very active in the Dayton community. He is currently a member of the Dayton Rotary Club and the Dayton Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He serves on the national board of the Kids In Need Foundation and is a past member of the board of the Human Race Theater Company.

In his spare time, Steve enjoys golf, cycling, walking his dog Ruby, family activities, and watching his favorite sports team – The Missouri Tigers. Steve is married to Karen and they have one son, Elliot. Steve is a native of Springfield, Missouri.

Dave Hargrove
Operations Manager

Dave became a member of the Crayons to Classrooms team in February 2016. He works in the warehouse and retail operations part of the organization. Dave has over 20 years’ experience in the Dayton area in manufacturing and warehousing/logistics as a plant manager and warehouse manager. A native of Michigan, Dave is a graduate of Michigan State University, and spent four years as a Supply Officer in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Rhode Island, Georgia, and Scotland.

Dave is married to Jenny Warner, and he enjoys reading, hiking, cycling, and is an avid fan of MSU teams as well as Detroit sports teams. Dave has three children – Drew, Ethan, and Hannah; and also two dogs – Monk and Tillie.

Laura Rapoch
Fund Development Manager

Laura joined Crayons to Classrooms in January 2018. A native of Toronto, Canada, Laura moved to Dayton in 1998. She completed her undergraduate degree and MBA at Wright State University in 2005 and 2015 respectively. Prior to joining C2C, Laura spent time in higher education administration, non-profit management and fundraising for various organizations. Laura is a member of the Dayton Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Generation Dayton. She is also a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk here locally and past board member of the Suicide Prevention Center.

Outside of the office, Laura enjoys traveling, photography, music, dancing, and running. An avid cook, you’ll often find her in the kitchen experimenting with a new recipe or putting her own twist on a classic. Laura has a daughter, Kylie, who is in the 3rd grade and three cats – Sammie, Bella and Luna.

Jim Gabringer
Warehouse Supervisor

Jim joined Crayons to Classrooms in July, 2008 as the organization’s Operations Manager. Prior to our free store, Jim spent ten years working for the School, Home, and Office Products Association, most recently as a Customer Service Manager for the SHOPA Buyer-2-Seller Program. He was in charge of recruiting manufacturers in the school and office products industry to attend various trade events managed by SHOPA. He participated in trade events not only in the United States, but also Ecuador, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. Jim also spent 25 years in retail food, including 10 years owning his own business in Xenia, Ohio. In 1995, he was awarded Retailer of the Year by the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce.

In his spare time, Jim enjoys golf, traveling, and watching his favorite sports teams – the Cincinnati Reds, the Dayton Flyers, and the Cleveland Browns. Jim has been married to Terri for 44 years, and they have 2 dogs, Bentley and Hope.

Carlye Rausch
Volunteer/Teacher Facilitator

Carlye joined Crayons to Classrooms in June, 2018. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from Eastern Kentucky University in 2011. Prior to joining C2C, Carlye lived in Lexington, Kentucky and worked for the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road. She loves to volunteer for organizations that she is passionate about including Girl Scouts and Chi Omega Sorority. As a native Daytonian, Carlye is excited to serve her home community and develop new relationships through this role.

In her free time, Carlye enjoys spending time with her family, all types of crafting and spending time in the great outdoors. Carlye and her husband Andrew enjoy traveling, discovering local places, and love to watch their favorite sports teams – the Cincinnati Bengals, Dayton Flyers and UK Wildcats.

Robin Demarse
Store Facilitator

Robin joined Crayons to Classrooms in April, 2017 as the Store Facilitator.  She brings nearly 20 years of experience in retail management from Target Corporation, where she not only managed her own store, but also served as the Community Captain, managing Target’s Grant Program benefiting the Columbus and Dayton communities.  She led an Extreme Library Makeover for Valerie Elementary in 2011 and was awarded Target’s Community Achievement Award the same year.  In addition to her retail career, Robin also holds a medical degree and is a Registered Veterinary Nurse; she works a few hours each week at WPAFB caring for our military working dogs and the pets of our military families.  Robin is an Ohio native, has two Associate degrees, one in Retail Management and the other in Veterinary Science, and served in the U.S. Army for 6 years.

Robin is married to Todd Williams and they have 4 grown children, Brian, Kyle, Sara and Maggie.  In her spare time, she enjoys practicing all manner of fiber arts, including spinning, weaving, felt work, and most recently knitting.  Robin and Todd have 3 dogs and enjoy hiking, cycling and spending time with their families.

Debbie Hanna
Systems Administrator

Debbie started with Crayons to Classrooms first as a volunteer in 2013, and now works part time in our office, assisting our Program Managers and working with our internal systems. Before joining Crayons to Classrooms, Debbie worked for Perficient Inc. as part of their help desk and internal system support, and also worked as an independent contractor.

Debbie and John, her husband of over 25 years, are avid readers and gamers, and love to travel. Debbie also scrapbooks and has a keen interest in culinary experiments.

Danielle Dabbs
Development Associate

Danielle joined Crayons to Classrooms in June 2013 as a Program Manager. She now focuses on fund development via grant writing. Prior to that, she spent 6 years working in public schools in Dayton and Chicago with the Neighborhood School Center and Community Schools Programs.  At those schools, she held an administrator role where she was responsible for extra-curricular activities, parent engagement, and community partnerships. She has also previously worked with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Grants and Contracts Management and as an Americorps Volunteer. She strongly believes in providing resources and opportunities for teachers and students in need, and is excited to continue that work through her role here at Crayons to Classrooms.

In her spare time, Danielle loves to travel, play tennis, and read, but doesn’t have much spare time with her three children, Audrey, Grant and Bridget. She has been married for over 10 years to her husband, Chazz, and they are both very involved in their church.