About IKRON

Board of Trustees

IKRON's Board of Trustees

IKRON's Board of Trustees is comprised of a team of dedicated professionals and community leaders from a wide range of professional fields who are committed to the organization's mission. The Board oversees the organization's financial and organizational structure and ensures that ethical and legal practices are in place to ensure successful implementation of our mission.

Neal Shah

Neal Shah - Board President

Neal has been a member of our Board since 2013.  Neal is also an attorney at Frost Brown Todd, LLC – who specializes in employment law. He is a graduate of Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a graduate of Boston College Law School.  Neal is married with two daughters and loves spending time coaching his daughter’s soccer team.  Neal is also an active member of the Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program. 

 

 

George Stricker

George Stricker, Jr—Board Vice President

George has been a Board Member since 2009 serving on the Facilities and Operations Committee and since 2015 as Board Vice President. He is an attorney who has worked for tho Ohio Attorney Generals Office and Hamilton County Prosecutor handling various health care matters representing governmental agencies. Since his retirement from his government positions in 2009 he has continued to volunteer with local mental health agencies and with an educational program for seniors operated by the University of Cincinnati.

Matt Faust

Matt Faust - Treasurer

Matt Faust is the Director of Internal Audit for Cincinnati Bell. Prior to joining Cincinnati Bell in 2014, Matt was a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers and held various Internal Audit roles at Fifth Third Bank.  He is a graduate of Miami University’s Richard T. Farmer School of Business with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.  Matt joined IKRON’s board of directors in 2011 and has served in various roles including chair of the Finance committee and as a member of the Golf Outing committee.  A lifelong Cincinnatian, Matt lives on the city’s west side with his wife, Krista, and their three children.

Jeff Dierker

Jeff Dierker - Board Member

Jeff has been a Board Member since 2007 and serves on the Board Development and Executive Committees since 2009. He has worked at Duke Energy for approx. 33 years, and as Health & Safety Manager for the last 13 years supporting Midwest Gas Operations, Transmission & Distribution, Metering Services, and most recently Midwest Fossil & Hydro Stations, Solar and Combustion Turbines sites.

A lifelong east-side Cincinnatian, Jeff is married with two boys and two girls, and enjoys traveling with his family.

Joan M

Joan Murray, OT/L, LICDC - Board Member

Joan, a graduate of Ohio State University, practiced Occupational therapy at local Hospitals including the Children's Convalescent and Good Samaritan Hospitals, specializing in developmental disorders.  She was director of Occupational Therapy in the Department of Psychiatry at University Hospital and the Lewis Center, specializing in Mental health.  Joan completed advanced training in Addiction Counseling, completing two years at the Cincinnati Gestalt Institute.  Her community involvement includes membership in The Greater Cincinnati Friends of Jung, as well as twenty years as both a student and moderator for OLLI (Osher Lifelong learning institute.)  She enjoys the arts, especially opera, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. 

Jake S

Jake Stricker - Board Member

Jake has been a member of our board since 2010 and has served as President, Vice President, and Chairman during that time.  He received his Masters of Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and has spent the majority of his career working for PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he currently is the the Director of Risk Assurance and Midwest Industry Leader.  Jake is a two time NCAA Academic Award Winner and holds CPA, CIA and CFE Certifications.

Scott Schmitz

Scott Schmitz - Board Member

A lifelong resident of Cincinnati and board member since Spring 2015, Scott brings more than 20 years of award-winning marketing experience to IKRON. His background includes Creative director at a leading Cincinnati advertising agency as well as his current position as Marketing Director for one of Cincinnati’s largest and most successful real estate brokerages, Comey & Shepherd Realtors. Scott, along with his two adult daughters, is an active volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. Scott is a member of the American Marketing Association and the Sales and Marketing Council of Greater Cincinnati.  

Scott is inspired by IKRON's mission and the invaluable services they offer to the community. He feels honored to serve on the Board and offer his talents and experience to help enhance lives by furthering IKRON's cause. 

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