Judy Hennessey, Ph.D. is the Superintendent and CEO for the Dayton Early College Academy including: DECA High, DECA Middle and DECA PREP. From an idea to a thriving institution of almost a thousand college-bound students, Dr. Hennessey has been the visionary and enduring face behind DECA. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton.
She served as the Superintendent in Oakwood, Ohio from 1998-2004. During this period, the district renovated all of its schools, tripled enrollment in AP courses, opened an early childhood center through private dollars and revised the curriculum to include foreign language beginning in grade one.
Dr. Hennessey’s career of over 40 years has provided experience as director of personnel, special education supervisor, college instructor and, most importantly, classroom teacher. She was honored by the DECA Board of Trustees in September 2017 with the naming of the newly constructed Dr. Judy Hennessey Parent Center at DECA PREP after being awarded an Ohio Facilities Construction Commission Grant. Judy has been engaged in a number of community boards and civic organizations, including Oakwood Rotary, the American Red Cross, and the National Council for Community and Justice.
David Taylor is the Deputy Superintendent for DECA’s three schools. With the growth of DECA’s school district to include a partner elementary, DECA PREP, David was appointed Assistant Superintendent in 2013. David has served on committees with the Ohio Department of Education, Battelle for Kids, and the Reform Support Network. David is committed to creating education policies that benefit our schools and students. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Public Media Connect and Ginghamsburg Church.
He earned two degrees from Cedarville University: a B.S. in Middle Childhood Education as well as a M.Ed. Additionally, he completed the Program for Leadership at Harvard Business School.
In 2004, he joined DECA as a language arts and social studies teacher. Since then he has served in multiple leadership roles at DECA, including Dean of the Junior High School, Assistant Principal and Principal.
STEVEN HINSHAW, Ph.D.
Steven Hinshaw, Ph.D. is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Dayton Early College Academy including DECA High, DECA Middle and DECA PREP. Since 1993, Dr. Hinshaw was the Chief Financial Officer in local public school districts such as West Carrollton and Centerville and was the Deputy City Manager for the City of Centerville. His career in school finance is marked by a commitment to efficiency, that is, containing costs while maximizing the allocation of resources to students. His leadership in financial reporting and stewardship has earned him several awards from the Ohio Auditor of State and Government Finance Officers Association.
He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton, an M.S. in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a B.A. in Economics from Indiana University. For several years, he has served as adjunct professor at the University of Dayton and Miami University regularly teaching graduate-level education and business courses. He received the national University Council for Educational Administration’s “Excellence in Educational Leadership Award” for his exemplary record of promoting and supporting educational administrator and leadership preparation efforts.
His community service activities have included serving on the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Board of Trustees, Five Seasons Club Board of Governors, Centerville Rotary Club as Treasurer, and as a member of Governor Taft's Blue Ribbon Task Force for School Funding Reform.