Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors.
The Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners appoints five members, and the senior probate court judge appoints the two others. Two of the board members appointed by the commissioners must be immediate family members of individuals served by the agency, one with a family member eligible for adult services, and one with a family member eligible for children's services. One of the members appointed by the senior probate judge must be an immediate family member of an individual eligible for residential services or supported living.
Board meetings are held at 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, except in February and July, at the HCDDS Support Center, 1520 Madison Road. The agency's governing Board welcomes and encourages individuals to attend and participate in these important meetings.
All upcoming Board meetings are listed on our calendar. Minutes from the previous meeting are generally approved at each meeting and made available the next day. Click here to review minutes from past Board meetings or contact Kim Sexton with any questions or for more information.
Nestor Melnyk, President
Nestor Melnyk was appointed to the Board by the senior probate court judge in 2011. He is a Principal at MSA Architects, and has also voluntarily served on the Medicaid and Early Intervention workgroup through the Ohio Early Childhood Cabinet; completed two terms on the Ohio Development Disabilities Council, chairing its Children's Issues Committee; and has helped advance patient and family-centered care initiatives at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He was elected as a trustee to the Ohio Association of County Boards of DD in 2015.
Andrew Magenheim, Vice President
Andrew Magenheim was appointed to the Board by the Hamilton County Commissioners in 2012. Andy manages the Pi•E3 Financial Collaborative and holds designations as a Certified Financial Planner, a Chartered Financial Consultant, and a Chartered Special Needs Consultant. His career has included positions as a consultant and Director of Product Development for Berkshire Corporation, a New York Life Insurance Company agent, and a Senior Scientist for Safeskin/Kimberly Clark. He was also an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University. He has two children with autism.
Stephen Jones, Secretary
Stephen J. Jones was appointed to the Board in 2017 by the Hamilton County Commissioners. He is a Senior Vice President and Commercial Banker with KeyBank. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Miami University and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati. Steve is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati and currently resides in Anderson Township with his wife. Steve and his wife have twin adult sons, one of which has Down syndrome.
Alan H. Abes was appointed to the Board in 2018 by the Hamilton County Commissioners. Alan and his wife have two sons, one of whom has Down syndrome. Alan is a Partner with the law firm Dinsmore & Shohl, where he helps manage the commercial litigation practice and contributes to the firm’s diversity, pro bono, and recruiting efforts. He graduated from The Ohio State University and Northwestern University School of Law. His many volunteer efforts reflect his commitment to leadership, equity, and inclusion for all populations.
Rene Eisele was appointed by Probate Court Judge Ralph Winkler in 2015. She is the Managing Director at TIAA-CREF, a financial services organization. Rene’s son, Logan, was one of the faces of our agency's 2014 levy campaign. She founded The Lovis Foundation in 2017 to honor his life and legacy, and they support initiatives and non-profit partners that reflect Logan’s passions: the arts, American history, first responders and community outreach.
Dr. Tasha Faruqui was appointed to the Board in 2018 by the Hamilton County Commissioners. She is a pediatrician at TriHealth Partners who works with children with a variety of disabilities and participates in their transition of care as they become adults. Dr. Faruqui also brings a valuable perspective as a mother of a child with a disability. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her doctorate from Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also serves as co-chair of the DDBP Family Advisory Council at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Leesha Thrower was appointed to the Board in 2022 by the Hamilton County Commissioners. She is the Chair of the Communication and Theater Arts Department at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Michigan University, and her doctorate from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Thrower has given lectures and presented at conferences around the topic of disability and the intersection of race and ability. She has 3 children, with her youngest having Down syndrome.