About the Shelby County Board of DD
We provide services, resources and supports to assist Shelby County residents with developmental disabilities in reaching their maximum potential from birth through adulthood.
We believe that everyone has the right to participate as fully as possible in their communities. Living, working and participating in the community should be the first option for people with disabilities.
Promote opportunities which support people of all abilities.
Everyone has opportunities and choices.
Shelby County Board of DD Members
Our Board consists of seven members, five appointed by the Shelby County Commissioners and two appointed by the probate judge. Three individuals must be eligible for our services or are immediate family members of such individuals. When possible, the appointments should represent at least one person eligible for adult services, one person eligible for services for children and one person eligible for residential supports.
The Board meets the third Monday of each month at noon in the Board Administration Conference Room.
Nate Counts, President
Nate Counts is a Commercial Underwriter with First Financial Bank. He has a B.A. in Economics from Marietta College and is also a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program in both Piqua and Troy. Nate has over 24 years of experience in the financial services industry. He currently serves on the board of Health Partners Free Clinic. Nate resides in McCartyville with his three children, Abby, Allie and Sam.
Lisa Benanzer, Vice President
Lisa Benanzer is the Member Service Manager at Pioneer Electric Cooperative in Piqua, Ohio. She has a B.S. in Financial Services from Wright State University and is also a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Programs in Piqua and Sidney. She is a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Fort Loramie and volunteered with the children’s liturgy and childcare programs; she completed the program Ministry of Moms Sharing (M.O.M.S.) and served as a CCD instructor. Lisa is currently a member of Sidney Rotary having served as President, is an Ambassador for the Shelby County United Way and Secretary for the Redskin Memorial Park Committee. In the past, she served as President of the Fort Loramie Education Foundation; on the Board of Directors for the Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development and Shelby County Chamber of Commerce; co chaired the Continue Excellence levy campaign for Fort Loramie Local Schools and Football Committee fundraisers; volunteered with the Miami County United Way; and served on the Fort Loramie Liberty Days Committee. Lisa and her husband, Bill, reside in Fort Loramie with their three children Troy, Hillary and Drew.
Tiffany Kemp is the Executive Director of Shelby County Victim Services. Tiffany has been with Victim Services for over seven years. She is a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and in the past was the Deacon of Education for several years. Tiffany is currently a member of the Tri County Response Team and of the Human Trafficking Coalition. She currently chairs the Sexual Assault Response Team of Shelby County and has served on the Houston Community Classic Committee. Tiffany is a part of the Adam Kemp Memorial Scholarship Committee and has co hosted the Adam Kemp Memorial Cruise In. She is also the Jr. High Cheerleading Coach for Houston Schools. Tiffany has a sister that attends S&H Products. She resides in Houston with her three children Alyssa, Brianna and Emma.
Joyce Rupert is a homemaker and special needs mom. She is a graduate of Saint Marys Memorial High School and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. She has 12 years of experience in the banking industry and in the past has served as secretary of the Auglaize County Arc. Joyce and her husband Terry currently reside in Sidney with their son Kyle.
Dallas Davis is an Assistant Chief at Sidney Department of Fire & Emergency Services. He has an Associate Degree in Fire Administration and is a graduate of the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program. AC Davis is a firefighter/paramedic, inspector, instructor, investigator, and a member of the rope and fast-water rescue teams and the Chief of the Technical Rescue Committee. He was Firefighter of the Year in 2015 and the YMCA Youth Volunteer of the Year in 2013. He is currently assigned to A Crew and resides in Sidney with his wife Bridget and three children Dalton, Braxton, and Brenna.
Jackie Ward is a Senior Reporting Analyst at HealthFitness Corporation. She is a graduate of Anna High School and holds a B.S. in Exercise Science and Kinesiology from Miami University. Jackie and her husband Brandon live in Sidney with their three children Lance, Kaleb, and Ellie. Jackie is active in the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network and advocates on a local and state level for rights, services, and programming for people with disabilities. She is a Community Outreach Coordinator with the Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association and is the Anna High School cheerleading advisor. Jackie is the church secretary and a family ministry teacher at House on the Rock Fellowship in Piqua.
Betsy O’Leary is a Certified Aromatherapist and business owner of Moonflower Aromatherapy in Sidney, Ohio. Betsy has a strong background in Human Resources and Business Management. She is also the step-mother of an adult special-needs child. Her passion is helping others through natural healing and loves being involved in her community. Betsy and her husband Sean live in Sidney with their youngest son Hunter.