BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ROBERT STERLING, CHAIR
Robert Sterling is the founding member and partner in Weber & Sterling, LLC since 1990. Mr. Sterling graduated from University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1967 and from the University of Toledo College of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1971. He began his career in 1971 with Toledo Trust Company as Vice-President, Trust Department; Secretary, Trust Administrative Committee. He then moved into private practice as a partner with the firm of Marshall & Melhorn 1980 before founding Weber & Sterling, LLC. Mr. Sterling has received numerous honors including a preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell, rated as one of the Best Lawyers in America for 20 years, including being named Toledo Trust and Estates Lawyer of the Year, 2014. He is the recipient of a Jefferson Award in 2006 and of the John Goerlich Distinguished Service Award, from The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio. Mr. Sterling has extensive experience serving as a board member in various capacities in the community including Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo Area Humane Society, Toledo Zoological Foundation, United Way of Greater Toledo, and the Toledo Bar Association.
Jared S. Rose, PhD, MA, LPCC, NCC, Secretary
Dr. Jared S. Rose is an Ohio licensed clinical counselor, national certified counselor, and an EMDR certified therapist. Dr. Rose acquired his doctorate in counselor education and supervision from the University of Toledo. He is an Assistant Professor in Bowling Green State University’s Clinical Mental Health & School Counseling Program, and owner of Moose Counseling & Consulting, LLC where he continues to provide clinical mental health services. In a variety of helping profession and educator roles he has over 20 years working with LGBTQ+ and trafficked and exploited persons at the individual, community, and social justice and advocacy levels. Dr. Rose has produced over two dozen publications in books, peer-reviewed journals, state-wide education curricula, and public media outlets; provided over 80 conference presentations and educational trainings at regional, state, national, and international arenas; and given two-dozen educational television and radio broadcasts. In the past few years alone, Dr. Rose has received eight professional awards including the Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling Graduate Student Award, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Emerging Leader Fellow Award, University of Toledo Rising Star Award, Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute Social Justice through Anti-Trafficking Efforts Award, and Chi Sigma Iota Newsletter Award (as Editor). He continues to teach and research in his areas of expertise including human trafficking; sex, sexuality, and gender minorities; HIV and AIDS; sex and sexual health therapy; the impact of culture on sexualization of children and the sexual exploitation of women and girls; and ethical issues in the counseling profession.
Shelly Schaffer, treasurer
Shelly Schaffer is an independent Medical Advocate for patients with chronic illness and other medical issues. Ms. Schaffer has worked with patients for the past fifteen years and is a graduate of the University of Toledo with BA in Biology and attended medical school at the Medical College of Ohio. Ms. Schaffer volunteers with several organizations in the Toledo area including youth organizations, organizations working with women and girls, and faith based organizations.
Jemma Hostetler is an art director and designer working in branding and advertising, in both print and interactive. Her work has been recognized in numerous reviews, books, and has been presented at design conferences internationally. Jemma’s clients are from multiple industries such as entertainment, cultural institutions, and non-profits, and include the brands IBM, Target, ABSOLUT, Ikea, and Nike.
RONNIE L. WINGATE
Ronnie Wingate is an accomplished criminal defense attorney, speaker, active board member, and mentor to countless young attorneys in Toledo, Ohio. Following Mr. Wingate began his practice in 1979 as a partner with Jones & Wingate, later joining McConnell, Taylor, and Tolliver in 1995, and finally joining the Adams Street Law Group in 2000 where he currently practices. Mr. Wingate has spoken extensively on best practices in criminal defense including cross-examination techniques, void dire, opening statements, and defending capital cases in state and federal courts. He is an active member in the Maumee Valley Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Thurgood Marshall Law Association, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Wingate is a past board member of the Children’s Dyslexic Society, Northwest Ohio, and a member of the Toledo Botanical Garden’s Glass Guild, the Charitable Events Committee at Mary Immaculate School, and has raised funds for numerous charitable community organizations and programs.
Desiree Sakho, MA
Desiree Sakho earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Psychology from The University of Toledo in May 2013 and graduated with honors the University of Toledo with a Masters in Public Administration with a certificate in Non-Profit Management in December 2014. Ms. Sakho is dedicated, passionate, and driven to work in the specialized fields of human rights and immigration law. She has a particular interest in policy concerning domestic and foreign born persons trafficked and exploited for their labor, and hopes to help bring more awareness on this issue in Ohio. She has experience in assisting in preparing training materials and organizing training sessions on human trafficking legislation, and other relevant topics; conducting general research and analysis to maintain up-to-date training material on human trafficking legislation, legal aid, and identifying best practices in prevention efforts surrounding human trafficking in the state of Ohio.
As a Financial Adviser with Eagle Strategies LLC and Agent of New York Life Insurance Company, Ms. Kelley sincerely believe that most people want to do what's right: right for themselves, right for their families, and right for their communities.
Kate has a vested interest in seeing our friends and neighbors succeed in the community and shares Advocating Opportunity’s values and goals. Ms. Kelley is a licensed agent through New York Life Insurance Company and a Financial Adviser of Eagle Strategies LLC licensed to offer advisory services. In addition to her over 20 years of experience, I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from Salisbury University (MD), have participated in New York Life's well known training program, NYLIC University, and have been a Quality Council agent for the past 2 years.
Christi Ansberg received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo where she studied Administrative Services with a minor in Business. Christi began her career in the automotive industry and fell in love with helping our not-for-profit hospitals at ProMedica prosper with the philanthropic support from the amazing people in our community. Beginning her career with ProMedica nearly 10 years ago she worked with multiple foundations on fundraising events, corporate giving, and eventually Executive Director. Currently, she serves as the Vice President of Philanthropy Operations where she is responsible for day to day philanthropy operations for all ProMedica foundations and capital campaigns. Christi is grateful to have the privilege of working with an amazing team and who are striving to change the face of philanthropy in the hospitals ProMedica serves as well as in the community.
Christi on the board of trustees for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society based in Cleveland, Ohio and currently serves as Board Chair of the Advisory Board for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Toledo. She also serves as the Man & Woman of the Year Campaign chairman for 2017 and 2018 and on the board for the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio. Christi is graduate of the Toledo Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy class of 2015. In June of 2015, she was named Woman of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society raising a record breaking $77, 456 to help those affected by blood cancer and their families. In the fall of 2015, she was recognized as a 20 under 40 recipient with an amazing class of individuals representing our young business community leaders.
Hobbies and interests include spending time with her husband, Todd and their two beautiful daughters, Brianna and Elise. They enjoy traveling, family time together, and golf. Christi thoroughly enjoys capturing all of our special moments with photography and is known as “picture girl” by our daughters. She am passionate about the charitable organizations where she serves and strive to incorporate philanthropy and giving back into her family life. Christi loves the fulfillment she receives by giving her time, treasure, and talent to help others in our community.
Professor Susan Martyn
Professor Susan R. Martyn, a University of Toledo, College of Law faculty member since 1980, is a graduate of St. Olaf College and Marquette University Law School. She teaches Torts, Legal Ethics, Health Care Provider Liability and Bioethics. She also serves as Professor of Medicine at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Martyn was Assistant Dean and Associate Professor at Wayne State University Law School.
Professor Martyn is a national authority on issues of legal ethics and has served on two of the most important national bodies to shape the law governing lawyers in the past twenty years. She is a life member of the American Law Institute and was an advisor to the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Third) of the Law Governing Lawyers from 1987 until its publication in 2000. She is a fellow in the American Bar Foundation and she served on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility from 2007-2010 as well as the American Bar Association’s Ethics 2000 Commission from 1997 through 2002. She also has contributed as a member of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Task Force on the Rules of Professional Conduct from 2003-1006.
Professor Martyn is a member of the Ohio, Michigan and Supreme Court Bars. She is a frequent speaker on issues of legal ethics, and co-chairs ALI-ABA’s annual Legal Ethics Update.
With coauthor Lawrence J. Fox, Professor Martyn seeks to make legal ethics accessible to all audiences. Together, they have authored notable amicus briefs in Holland v. Florida, 130 S. Ct. 2549 (2010) and Maples v. Thomas 132 S. Ct. 912 (2012). Professor Martyn’s briefs amicus curiae also include Quill v. Vacco , 521 U. S. 793 (1997) andWashington v. Glucksberg, 521 U. S. 702(1997) reprinted in Landmark Briefs & Arguments of the Supreme Court of the United States: Constitutional Law, and Cruzan v. Director, 497 U.S. 261 (1990) reprinted at Vol. 193 Landmark Briefs & Arguments of the Supreme Court of the United States: Constitutional Law.
Her publications include five books about legal ethics intended for clients, practicing lawyers, and law students, and numerous articles about both legal and bioethics.