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DAYTON, OH – Hannah’s Treasure Chest is proud to announce the appointment of Deanna Murphy as Executive Director of its Centerville-based organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of children in need.

“All of us at Hannah’s Treasure Chest are thrilled to see Deanna moving into this new role,” stated Board Chair, Paul Robinson. “We look forward to the fresh perspective and community-minded leadership she will bring to the organization. Deanna has innovative ideas and the expertise to guide the organization as we plan new ways to better serve local children in need.”

Murphy has already designed a new funding strategy to better aid partner agencies. Thanks to generous supporters, current and future partners can increase the quantity and types of items children will receive and need most. According to Murphy, the new structure will make vital supplies more affordable and accessible to partner agencies.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Hannah’s Treasure Chest,” said Murphy. “Our staff, volunteers, Board Members, partners, and community all play important roles in realizing our mission, and I’m looking forward to steering our collective energies toward that common goal.”

Murphy, a Miami Valley native, joined the Hannah’s Treasure Chest team as Development Director in 2017 after co-founding another local nonprofit, Brigid’s Path. She is stepping into this role with a wealth of knowledge and experience addressing the needs of children in the Dayton area. Murphy lives in Miamisburg with her husband, Andy, and three children. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Wright State University.

The Board of Directors expresses deep gratitude to out-going Interim Executive Director, Dr. Stuart A. Merl, who served in the role for five months prior to Murphy’s appointment. Dr. Merl is noted for his support of the organization as a previous Board Chair and long-time advocate. He led the organization through a period of transition, and the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers are grateful for his steadfast leadership.