WAVE Foundation Board of Directors
Elizabeth M. Shaffer, Esquire – Chair
Attorney at Law
Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Libby Shaffer is a member of themich Litigation Department at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP. Libby’s practice primarily involves commercial litigation at the state and federal trial court level through appeal. She focuses on the defense of litigation claims brought pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and related state consumer protection laws. She also focuses on construction litigation, insurance coverage and insurance extra-contractual litigation.
In addition, she is a frequent speaker and author on the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and practical litigation issues. Libby recently spoke at the Ohio State Bar Association’s Consumer Law Institute CLE program on “Pitfalls in Collection Letters Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act.” She was also recently published in the American Bar Association’s The Practical Litigator magazine for her article on effective post-trial motion practice.
Robert J. Grossheim – Vice Chair
Owner and Lead Advisor
Family Wealth Advisory Group
Rob is the owner and a lead advisor for Family Wealth Advisory Group in Cincinnati. He is an avid scuba diver and volunteer diver for the Wave Foundation along with his Board duties. Aside from these activities, he is a board member for several other not-for-profit organizations in Cincinnati. Rob is an active Nidan (2nd Degree black belt) level Shotokan Karate student and lives with his wife and two sons in Sycamore Township.
Tabitha Tolliver – Treasurer
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.
Kathy L. Dye, Ph.D – Secretary
Department of Business Administration
Thomas More College
Kathy L. Dye, Ph.D., holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Business Administration at Thomas More College. Dye teaches the research-based capstone course in the Master of Business Administration program and the action research course in the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Dye also has extensive volunteer work with the regional accrediting association, SACSCOC, and has served as Chair of numerous review committees. Prior to teaching college, Dye ran a successful consulting practice in the field of human resource development. She worked with a wide range of clients, including global clients and small local not-for-profit organizations.
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.
Charles Acosta, Ph.D
Professor of Biology
Northern Kentucky University
Charles received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of New Orleans and his Ph.D from Old Dominion University. He has worked on research projects in Everglades National Park with the U. S. National Park Service and on the Belize Barrier Reef with the Wildlife Conservation Society. He currently teaches zoology, marine biology, and conservation science courses at Northern Kentucky University. He has an extensive research record on coral reef ecology and conservation, including studies of biodiversity patterns and fishing impacts. He is also the director of the International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program at NKU in which students conduct summer research on marine ecology and sustainability issues in Belize. He is a strong supporter of the WAVE Foundation’s mission to raise awareness of ocean conservation for the people of the greater Cincinnati region.
Jeff Daniher, CFP, CTFA, CLU, AEP
Senior Financial Advisor
Ritter Daniher Financial Advisory, LLC
Jeff is a highly accomplished professional with 30 years of financial industry leadership, planning and consulting experience. He graduated Cum Laude from Grove City College and later received his MBA in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. He has a tremendous amount of leadership experience in the personal financial world as he is a faculty member of the NAPFA University School of Estate Planning, and current Dean of the NAPFA University Estate Planning curriculum. He has recieved multiple certifications to bolster is experience including, Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and Accredited Estate Planner (AEP®). He has also been a featured speaker at several conferences including, TD Ameritrade National Conference (2006, 2007, 2009) and NAPFA National Basic Training Conference (2004,2005, 2006). Jeff is married to Nanci and a proud father of three, Ian, Megan and Sean. He enjoys cycling, pairing wine with great food and exploring interesting out-of-the way places.
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.”
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.
Gwendolyn Steffen, DVM
Henehan Animal Hospital
Raised in rural Campbell County, Dr. Gwendoly Steffen received her B.S. from Northern Kentucky University before studying abroad to receive her DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Christopher and Nevis. Dr. Steffen has never know life without an ever-present menagerie of animals to enrich her expereinces. From within her own tri-state, to Oklahoma, to St. Kitts, to Newfoundland, to Greece, Dr. Steffen has interacted, globally, with people who love animals so that she may better understand the depths of the relationships and the cultural values held in areas way beyond the scope of her textbook and clinical training. As the new owner of Henehan Animal Hospital, Dr. Steffen now incorporates holistic approaches that envelop the more traditional methods to practicing veterinary medicine. Selflessly, Dr. Steffen also gives of her time and energy to move beyond the walls of her veterinary practice. She has provided relief work to veterinary clinics/hospitals in various locations along with donating her time and skills to help animal shelters adn other organization in the tri-state area with spays and neuters. She has established and facilitated a lucrative fund-raising event, The Blu Cat Benefit, annually since 2009 to benefit local no-kill, non-profit animal rescues. Dr. Steffen is on her third term as recording secretary for the Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association’s Board of Directors. Prior to her appointment to the WAVE Foundation Board of Directors, Dr. Steffen has served on the Nauti Nite and Resource and Development Committees since 2012.
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.
VP & Executive Director
Eric joined Newport Aquarium in 2005 and is responsible for leading the facility’s major initiatives. Eric has a strong background in aquariums and management including roles with the Walt Disney Companies and Sea World Orlando. Eric led the husbandry, animal collection and exhibit development activities for the Living Seas Aquarium at Walt Disney World Resort until 1997 when he left to work with the Sydney Aquarium as a key contributor to several expansion projects. He returned to Disney in 1999 serving in a number of consulting, marketing & sales roles.
Eric received his bachelor’s degree in aquaculture and environmental sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology and his MBA from Rollins College. He is a member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association and lives in Union, Kentucky with his wife, Martine and their daughter.
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.