Dr. Shashi Sharma
Dr. Shashi Sharma is our newest dedicated board member. Shashi received his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from THE Ohio State University. Shashi has a wide range of experience in the DD field and Government that gives him the ability to contribute to the success of TI. He was the receipient of the 1992 U.S. Air Force Scientific Achievement Award and the 2016 U.S. Air Force Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports and staying active.
Dr. Mary Rose Zink
Vice ChairDr. Mary Rose Zink is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Wilmington College in Ohio. She has over 25 years of experience in higher education and has worked with entities like Panasonic, Armstrong, Xavier University, Capital University, and more. She has taught professional development workshops, been the keynote speaker at various conferences, and has been featured on both television and radio shows for her expertise in analyzing and addressing the unique challenges and dynamic issues that organizations are facing today. Mary Rose joined the TII Board of Directors in 2012 and was appointed to the office of Chair for 2014 after serving initially in the offices of Secretary and Vice Chair. She currently resides in the Cincinnati area.
SecretaryJan Young formally joined our Board in February of 2016. A registered nurse, Ms. Young works as a clinical analyst at Miami Valley Hospital. She holds her BSN from Wright State University. Ms. Young became interested in the field of developmental disabilities through her son Benjamin, a TI client, who has cerebral palsy. Ms. Young said she wanted to join TI’s Board so she could “help make things better for people with disabilities while learning how laws, finance and politics impact thequality of their lives.” In her spare time, Ms. Young likes to read, watch zombie movies, garden and dance.
TreasurerKathy Rentz is an Assistant Controller at ITW Food Equipment Group in Troy, Ohio. She is a Certified Public Accounting with 7 years of experience in attestation with Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Additionally, she is a member of the Ohio Society of CPA’s, the American Institute of CPAs, and serves as the Treasurer and Board Member for the United Way of Troy. She has a Bachelors’ and Masters’ degree of Accountancy from Miami University. Kathy joined the TI Board of Directors in 2015 and was appointed as the Treasurer in 2016
As long as she can remember, helping people has always been a goal of Anne’s. She is a lifelong resident of Jamestown and Xenia areas and truly believes in the growth of the Dayton region. She is a successful Realtor and esteemed in her community.
Dr. Julie Gentile
Member EmeritusJulie P. Gentile, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and the Project Director for Ohio’s Coordinating Center of Excellence in Mental Illness/Intellectual Disability. She has been the Professor of Dual Diagnosis for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, DODD, and the Ohio DD Council since 2003. She is the recipient of both the American Psychiatric Association’s and the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed’s Frank J. Menolascino Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Services for DD, the Excellence in Contributions to Clinical Practice Award from the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed, and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She is also the recipient of the Nancy Roeske Award in Medical Education from the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Gentile has been awarded more than $5,000,000 in grants and contracts to support her work in dual diagnosis since 2003.
Rakesh Gupta has over 30 years of experience in business management and is the co-founder of three successful technology start-ups. Mr. Gupta first became acquainted with TI about five or six years ago through his nephew Ashish Gupta who is a client of TI. “I was impressed by TIs vision and professionalism in providing services to Ashish,” said Mr. Gupta. After learning there was an opening on the board, Mr. Gupta said, “I felt this to be a great opportunity to fulfill my dream of giving back.” Mr. Gupta first became interested in the field of developmental disabilities in 1976 when he moved to The United States and began his graduate studies at Wright State University. While studying at WSU, he become close to some people with a DD. “I was very impressed to see their strength, hard work, intelligence and spirit to achieve their goals. This really motivated me for the fact that I have no excuse. It was a big lesson for me that helped me work harder to achieve my goals,” Mr. Gupta said.
Bob Novak, the family member of TI client, joined the Toward Independence Board in 2021.
Paul Osterfeld holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Wright State University and attended the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He has over 30 years experience in the commercial banking industry. Paul joined the TII Board of Directors in 2007 and was appointed to Vice Chair in 2014 after serving as Treasurer for several years.
MemberAdam Webber practices law at Falke & Dunphy, LLC in Dayton, Ohio. His legal practice focuses on labor and employment matters, estate planning, trusts, and probate. Additionally in his profession, Adam has served in leadership roles with the Dayton Bar Association and the Dayton chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He has a B.A. in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and received his law degree from The Ohio State University. Adam joined the TI Board of Directors in 2013 and was appointed to the office of Secretary in 2014. Adam currently resides with his wife and three sons in Kettering, Ohio.