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The Chatfield Edge, Former College Turned Nonprofit, Appoints First Executive Director

St. Martin, Ohio (August 28, 2023) – The Chatfield Edge, a newly-founded nonprofit in Southwest Ohio, has appointed its first executive director to lead the organization in helping first-generation and non-traditional students attain a postsecondary education. Mr. Roger Taylor, a native of Adams County, Ohio, assumed the role on July 1, 2023.

Taylor is a first-generation college student from a rural, hard-working agricultural background. He put himself through school while supporting his family by working at a local gas station. He earned a bachelor’s degree in intervention specialist education from Shawnee State University and a master’s in educational leadership administration from the University of Dayton. For 15 years, Taylor has served the Cincinnati, Dayton, and Southwest Ohio communities as a high school administrator, special education teacher, coach, athletic director, and adjunct college faculty member.

Tommie Lewis, chair of Chatfield’s board of trustees, believes Taylor’s professional track record and personal story bring a unique perspective to the executive director role. “He has worked with disadvantaged populations, including at-risk students, his entire career. His flexibility in meeting students where they are, familiarity with the tri-state area, and ability to develop strong relationships with community stakeholders will allow him to expand the footprint of The Chatfield Edge.”

In his first year, Taylor hopes to partner with K-12 school districts, local colleges and universities, and community organizations to identify individuals who can benefit from The Chatfield Edge’s services.

Mr. David Hesson, who served as interim executive director during the nonprofit’s first six months of operations, has been appointed to director of programs. In this role, he will oversee mentors and community partnerships. He will help scholars choose a field of study, identify the right institutions to attend, fill out applications, secure financial aid, and connect with ongoing coaching, mentoring, and support services needed to complete their studies successfully.

About The Chatfield Edge

The Chatfield Edge is a nonprofit organization that offers a unique approach to supporting first-generation and non-traditional students as they gain success in life through education. Built upon the 177-year-old educational legacy of the Ursuline Sisters of Brown County, The Chatfield Edge combines student support services, scholarships, and mentoring to empower individuals to achieve their life goals. The Chatfield Edge welcomes people of all faiths or no faith backgrounds. Visit

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