WAVE Foundation Board of Directors
Tabitha Tolliver – Chair
Blue and Co, LLC
Tabitha earned a bachelors degree in the Science of Accounting at the University of Kentucky and a Masters of Accountancy at Northern Kentucky University. Tabitha is a business tax specialist and effectively utilizes her full understanding of business tax on the owner’s tax situation. She successfully works on related advanced financial issues such as formulating and financing a succession plan, an acquisition, or planning a divestiture. She enjoys working with clients and helping them achieve their financial goals whether it’s related to them on the business or individual level. Tabitha has served clients in numerous industries including construction, distribution, manufacturing, non-profits, and business and consumer service industries. Tabitha takes pride in serving our clients with the highest level of service, as if it’s her Company and her family.
Tabitha is married with two sons and lives in Northern Kentucky. She spends her free time with her family, being active in the outdoors and following University of Kentucky basketball. Tabitha also serves as a board member of the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati chapter of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. She is passionate about promoting the University and raising funds for scholarships for students in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area to attend the University.
Jeff Weisker – Vice Chair
Senior Vice President
Fund Evaluation Group
Jeff has been working with 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations for over 17 years and specializes in advising non-profits on their overall investment program, including asset allocation, investment policy statement development, education, portfolio structure, investment performance reporting and ongoing due diligence. Jeff is a lifelong Cincinnatian and holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati. In addition, to the WAVE Foundation, Jeff serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio and is on the Board of Advisors at the Second Harvest Food Bank. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys golfing, reading and spending time with his daughter at the various parks throughout the Greater Cincinnati Area.
Shayna Nevermann – Secretary
Strategic Advisers, LLC
Shayna Nevermann is an Account Executive at Strategic Advisers, LLC. She manages multiple accounts specializing in public relations, public education, media relations, social media strategy and executive and event planning. She manages clients from a broad range of industries including healthcare, education, financial, government and nonprofits. Shayna understands the dynamics of newsrooms, and works with reporters and editors on a daily basis. She has executed robust media management and public relations strategies along with grassroots campaigns. She has also worked on multiple political campaigns in both Ohio and Kentucky. Shayna received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Kentucky University. She also serves on the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center Board of Directors and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Public Relations Committee. She is an active member of Legacy, an organization for young professionals in Greater Cincinnati. Born and raised in Northern Kentucky, Shayna now lives in Bellevue with her husband and their two dogs.
Jacob Purcell – Treasurer
Jake Purcell is not in a hurry; he just likes getting things done. College? Why not graduate summa cum laude in three years at age 20? Can’t quite decide on law school or business school first? Just add courses from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business while getting a law degree.
You may think that a person who can pack so much into smaller than usual amounts of time must have the outward affect of a hummingbird or must rush through things, but that’s not Jake. Jake brings a very thoughtful, studied, measured approach to every problem he tackles – in the law firm and in life. Jake’s accomplishments are not a result of haste; rather, they are the reflections of a draw toward the complex and a desire to simplify.
While attending Miami University, Jake studied accounting with a focus on internal managerial systems. In 2012, Jake was awarded the Arthur H. Carter Scholarship for excellence in accounting. During law school, Jake served on the University of Pennsylvania’s Journal of Business Law, eventually becoming a senior editor. Jake was also awarded the Animal Law Project’s Volunteer of the Year award, in 2015, for his research into the effects of noise pollution on whales and the ability to add companion animals to restraining orders in Florida.
Jake practices in the corporate and transactional group with a focus on general business representation. He also represents for-profit and not-for-profit organizations with a focus on board advisory, contractual negotiation and drafting, and sunshine law guidance.
Vice President of Business Development, Specialized Logistics Division
Planes Moving & Storage
The son of an Air Force Colonel, Greg and his family traveled extensively growing up in cities throughout the US and Europe. They ended up in Oklahoma where Greg attended high school and was a Division I All State soccer player. Greg earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. After following his parents to Cincinnati, he began his career with Planes Moving & Storage. After several positions increasing in responsibility and 20 years of service with the company, he is the Vice President of Business Development in their Specialized Logistics division where he developed and runs a successful seven figure portfolio of business. In October & November of this year, Greg qualified for the Masters Club at United Van lines as one of the top logistics salespersons. In March of 2016, Greg launched a family venture, Mama Flasch, which offers gourmet products including their widely popular classic salsas: Gregular, Scott some heat and Incindyary, named after the three Flasch kids.
Greg’s love of aquatics began back in 1993 when he purchased his first aquarium in Cincinnati and took it back to college. Every place he’s been since, saltwater tanks have gone with him. “Aquatics have given me many days of happiness, peace and a place to escape to when you need a break. It’s a beautiful living piece of art. Being a part of The Wave Foundation is my way of giving back and I love it. With my time, money, connections or my influence I am here to help and grow this organization.”
Jennifer K. Gothard, Esq.
Jennifer K. Gothard, Senior Attorney for The Kroger Co., an Ohio corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates since November, 1999, practicing real estate law. Licensed in Ohio. Member of the Ohio State Bar Association. Responsible for preparing, reviewing, and negotiating legal documentation for the acquisition, expansion, relocation, and disposition of grocery supermarkets, fuel centers, shopping centers, office buildings, and manufacturing facilities, and the management and protection of existing company assets. And, of course, dispute resolution from time to time.
Born in Springfield, Ohio and married to Jon Gothard, also a native of Springfield, Ohio. Mother to Katie Gothard, a senior majoring in biology at Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana; Ben, a sophomore majoring in computer science at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana and a student athlete; and Oliver, our Bichon Frise.
I have supported and encouraged animal education and environmental conservation in my children from a young age, and to this day, it is a love we all share. We also realize we have a role to play, and avidly recycle in our home – routinely having more in our recycle bin than in our trash bin.
Interests include being a supportive and dedicated volunteer to the sports and activities of my children throughout the years, especially out on a cross country course, rooting for the University of Cincinnati, teaching swim lessons, participating in outdoor endeavors that contribute to an active lifestyle, and supporting all the major institutions that make Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky a great place to live and raise a family.
I am passionate about being a good steward of the Earth so as to pass along its majesty and the animals that call it home to future generations. I am thrilled to be considered for a Board position, excited by the opportunity to make a difference, and have connections that can help bring The Wave Foundation’s vision to life.
Dr. Stephanie Koch is an assistant professor in the department of Biological Sciences and the director of the Marine Biology Program at Thomas More University. As a researcher, she studies open ocean migrations of large fishes, such as dorado and albacore tuna. As an educator, she leads courses in tropical biodiversity in Ecuador and the Galapagos, mentors undergraduate research in marine biology and animal behavior, and incorporates service learning into her curriculum. Through her work at TMU and through collaborations with local conservation groups – such as WAVE, Dr. Snyder hopes to inspire students to enjoy, investigate, and protect the natural world.
Kim is a vice president and business banking relationship manager at Huntington Bank. She has more than 29 years of banking experience, 27 of which have been in business banking in the Cincinnati area. She acts as a trusted mentor and advisor to her small business customers.
Prior to joining Huntington, Kim served for 12 years as a business banking senior relationship manager at Fifth Third Bank, and was with Key Bank for 14½ years as a relationship manager in business banking. Her banking experience, augmented by her experiences growing up in Michigan in a family-owned business, means that she understands the challenges of small business ownership and management.
Kim’s goal is to assist business owners in choosing financial solutions that are consistent with their short and long term business goals. She offers a wide range of depository and lending solutions for any industry by utilizing her banking expertise and business knowledge.
Kim earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Central Michigan University. She stays current in business trends and financial options through regular seminar attendance, and learns from every client encounter. Kim was born and raised in Michigan. She and her husband, Chris, live in Loveland and have three boys. She is very active in her children’s school activities such as sports and music.
Tom has been an Idea Thinkerupper for 30 years. He believes: Love what you do. Be inclusive and ever-learning. Solve problems with passion and when you win, win with humility. Be a great team-mate and help elevate the abilities of those around you. Trust your instincts and revel in the fact that you are an influencer of culture.
Kathy L. Dye, Ph.D
After successful careers as a corporate consultant and a college professor, Dye retired. In retirement, she engages with not-for-profit agencies around social services and environmental causes. She applies her extensive workplace experience to help organizations work more effectively and efficiently, and she looks for volunteer opportunities, like WAVE, that result in fun and enriching activities.
Dye joined the WAVE Foundation’s Dive Crew in 2007 and has been a regular and avid dive volunteer since that time. In addition to doing regular tank maintenance, Dye has been both presenter and safety for the shark shows, Pixie the Elf for Scuba Santa, a member of the shark ray feed team, and an underwater reader of “One Fish, Two Fish” on World Ocean Day (her absolute favorite job ever!). In April of 2014, Dye hit the 1000-hour mark for volunteer service hours.
Khalid Kareem is a native of Detroit, Michigan. A Notre Dame graduate with a bachelors degree in management consulting and a minor in studio art. Khalid played football at Notre Dame for four years and was voted team captain in his senior season. Kareem was drafted in the 5th round of the NFL Draft to the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020 and currently plays an integral role in the Bengals’ defense.
Kareem fell in love with the ocean while training for the NFL Combine in Pensacola, Florida. He hopes to become a marine biologist to spread awareness and the importance of ocean conservation, specifically working with large marine life, following his NFL Career.
Marcus LaiFook is the Executive Vice President of Global Operations at McCue Corporation. LaiFook has decades of experience in supply chain and product supply, including 11 years at P&G. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University. Originally from Trindad & Tobago, Marcus loves the ocean. His response to the interview question “Why do you want to volunteer?” epitomizes his passion for WAVE. “I grew up on an island surrounded by sea water, I lived in Boston for many years next to the ocean, and now I am in Cincinnati and the largest nearby body of salt water is your tank . . . and I want IN!”. LaiFook has been a Volunteer Diver since 2009.
Marcus lives in Loveland with his wife Stacy, and they have 3 children.
Rebecca is the Vice President & Executive Director of Newport Aquarium, owned by Herschend Family Entertainment Corp., and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. She has spent more than two decades at NAQ devoted to bringing families closer together and creating memories worth repeating.
In 2021, she started serving as a Share It Forward Board Member. Share It Forward is a thriving 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves Herschend employees in times of personal crisis, providing hope through financial assistance, education, and promoting wellness of body, mind & spirit. Rebecca recently participated in the 2020 class of the Executive Leadership Development Program hosted by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in conservation, education, science, and recreation. The program goal is to develop executive talent and leadership for individuals who demonstrate the ability and interest to advance to the role of Director within an AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium within five years. Rebecca is also a member of the Herschend Inclusiveness Council. The council ensures Herschend to be a great place to work with great people, providing a diverse population that has access to all aspects of the HFE workforce and where all employees and guests feel loved and welcome.
Besides her time in Richmond, KY receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Kentucky University, she has resided in Ft. Thomas, KY, where she raised her son, Eddie. Rebecca and her husband, David, are active in their church and enjoy riding their bikes on local trails, bowling, and caring for their two cats, Miss Puss and Mr. Boots.
Emeritus Board Members
Mark Evans, P.E., Esquire – Immediate Past Chair
Attorney at Law
Bricker & Eckler LLP
Mark Evans is a partner in the Bricker & Eckler LLP Construction and OSHA groups. Located in the Cincinnati-Dayton office, Mark represents owners on a variety of construction matters, including drafting contract documents, defective and / or non-conforming workmanship claims, delay claims and bid disputes. As a former project engineer for the City of Columbus’ Construction and Inspection Division, he scheduled and supervised inspectors for various construction projects and managed a $20 million infrastructure installation of sanitary sewers, water lines, roads and bridges. As a structural engineer, he performed preliminary layout and estimation of new and existing bulk material handling facilities; designed and engineered structures, including transfer towers, trusses, tunnels and foundations; and inspected existing structures for structural integrity. As a soils and concrete testing technician, he performed pavement coring for testing and conducted field concrete tests and site soil investigations.
Joseph U. Meyer
Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
Joseph U. Meyer joined Kentucky’s Education and Workforce Development Cabinet as deputy secretary in October 2008 and was chosen by Gov. Steve Beshear to head the cabinet in November 2009. During that time, Meyer has been instrumental in the success of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Task Force, which produced legislation to modernize the state’s UI system. As co-chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Early Childhood Development and Education and a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Transforming Education in Kentucky, Meyer is working to help ensure a cohesive education system is in place to meet the needs of the state’s children and to better prepare them for success in the 21st century. Meyer is also an education leader on the national level. As the state coordinator in Kentucky for the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) State College and Career Readiness Initiative, Meyer is working with leaders from seven other states to define key steps each state can take to improve students’ readiness.
Meyer has served as chief of staff for the chair of the House majority caucus and as general counsel and deputy director for the Kentucky Association of Counties. From 1979 to 2003, he practiced law, where he served as city attorney for the City of Bellevue and was general counsel for the Covington Board of Education and the Ludlow Board of Education. As a state senator, Meyer represented Kentucky’s 23rd Senate District from 1989 to 1996. During that time he served as chair of the Senate Education Committee and Senate State and Local Government Committee. Meyer also represented the commonwealth’s 65th House District as a state representative from 1982 to 1988, where he chaired the House Cities Committee.
A native of Covington, Meyer received his law degree from Northern Kentucky University, a master’s degree in urban affairs from St. Louis University and a bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine College. He has also completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has been married to his wife, Dale, since 1974. They have four grown children.
President & CEO
Taft Broadcasting Company
Dudley Taft is President and Chief Executive Officer of Taft Broadcasting Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. Formerly he served as President and Vice Chairman of the predecessor company, Taft Broadcasting Company from 1976-1987, as well as other company positions from 1967-1976. Previously, he served as an attorney at Koteen and Burt in Washington, D.C. from 1966-67. He graduated from Taft School in 1958; Graduated in 1962 from Yale University with B.A. Degree, and Graduated from University of Virginia Law School in 1966, LLB Degree.
Taft Serves on several Boards of Directors, including Duke Energy, UNIFI, Fifth Third Bancorp, Tribune Company and Newport Aquarium’s WAVE Foundation. Besides serving on the WAVE Foundation Board, Taft serves the community in the following capacities: Chairman, Cincinnati Association for the Arts; Trustee, Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts; Trustee, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati; Trustee, Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau; President, Louise Taft Semple Foundation.