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 Vice President with Unity National Bank specializing in commercial lending. 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 15 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.
Kelly Albers, Secretary
Kelly Albers is a Financial Analyst at Emerson Climate Technologies in Sidney, Ohio. She is a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Fort Loramie. She resides near Fort Loramie with her husband, Scott, and their three children, Dylan, Grant and Jessica.
Dan Bensman is an attorney and partner with the law firm of Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister & Shenk. He is a member of the Ohio State and Shelby County Bar Associations and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Shelby County United Way, the Community Foundation of Shelby County, the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Anna Local Schools Education Foundation. He has served on many community organizations including serving as the President of the S&H Products Board, President of the Shelby County Habitat for Humanity and President of the Village of Anna Endowment Fund. Dan resides in Anna with his wife, Lori, and their three children, Carter, Avery and Claire.
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.
Karen Ballas is a stay at home mom. She is a graduate of Anna High School and has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Wright State University and is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She resides in Fort Loramie with her husband, Mike, and their five children. They are members of St. Michael Catholic Church in Fort Loramie.