BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ROBERT STERLING, JD - 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, LPCC, NCC, EMDRC - Secretary
Dr. Jared S. Rose is an Ohio licensed professional 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 and assessment services. In a variety of helping profession and educator roles he has over 20 years working with LGBQ+, Trans*, 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 85 conference presentations and educational trainings at regional, state, national, and international arenas; and given more than two-dozen educational television and radio broadcasts. Dr. Rose has received numerous 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 the Ohio Counseling Association’s Professional Service Award. 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.
Karen Hoblet, PhD, MSN, RN, CNL
Karen L. Hoblet, PhD, MSN, RN, CNL is employed at the University of Toledo as an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing. Dr. Hoblet’s career spans over forty years caring for individuals, populations and communities. Her research foci include human trafficking, competence as nurse, and building community to prevent aggression, violence, and crime. She is known for her research in human trafficking and building community based upon Boyer’s, 1990, six principles of community. She has presented nationally and internationally actively promoting health care and the need for social justice in health management. She has served in multiple executive, administrative, as well as front line positions in healthcare. Dr. Hoblet serves on health and educational advisory boards to share her knowledge of healthcare systems and community partnerships to address societal disparity and the need to confront issues and resolve them through cooperation. Her ultimate goal is to serve to better communities, countries, our world, and the life of persons living within.
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.
Faith Kelleher, MSW
KATE KELLeY, CFP
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.
William G. Meyer, JD
Long-time Toledo attorney Bill Meyer joined Spengler Nathanson in May 2015, in an of-counsel capacity. Bill practices primarily in the areas of immigration and nationality law and has represented thousands of individuals in their quests to become U.S. permanent residents and citizens. He has also represented a diverse variety of employers in solving their personnel needs through legal employment of qualified foreign nationals.
Bill is a past-Chairman and current board member of the Board of Advisers of the Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio. Bill previously served as a Board member and Vice-President of the Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity, and twice traveled to El Salvador on Habitat building missions. Bill recently completed six years of service to the Toledo Bar Association as a member of the Board of Directors. He is rated "AV" (preeminent-highest level of professional excellence) by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and has been included in "The Best Lawyers in America" under immigration and nationality law for over twenty years.
In 2001, Bill received the Community Service Award from the Toledo Bar Association for his activities for various community service organizations. Also in 2001, he received the Public Interest Law Award from ABLE/Legal Services of Northwest Ohio recognizing his advocacy for immigrants in the Toledo Area.
In October 2014, Bill received the Jack Schlageter Award from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo recognizing his volunteer work on behalf of those in need. In June 2016, Bill received the Henry Herschel Commitment Award from the University of Toledo College of Law Alumni Affiliate. He has served as President of Parish Council at the Church of the Most Blessed Sacrament and previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He is married to the former Valerie Jan Hinds, and has four children and three grandchildren.
Anna Moorman, SHRM-CP
Anna has 10 years of diverse human resources and management experience and worked with large and small organizations in various stages of their business cycles. She has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including: policy development and implementation, compensation strategy, employee relations and performance management, leadership training and development, compliance reporting and succession management. She has experience in providing consultation in the for-profit and non-profit sectors through her consulting firm, The Spark Consulting.
Prior to joining Advocating Opportunity Board of Directors, she has served the Toledo community as the Vice President of Membership and Vice President of Community Impact on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Toledo. She has been a member of the Junior League since 2014.
While Detroit is her hometown, she has called Toledo home since 2014. Her favorite Toledo pastimes include catching a Mud Hens game, wandering the halls of the TMA and walking the trails of the Metroparks. Anna is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Association for Talent Development (ATD).
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.
Corey Tomlinson, JD
RONNIE L. WINGATE, JD
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.
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.
Andria Dorsten-Ebert has extensive experience in working with victims of human trafficking in academic, volunteer, and professional roles. She had her start in the fight against human trafficking in 2008 while writing her undergraduate thesis on international human trafficking legislation. From 2009-2010, she volunteered for Gracehaven House in Columbus and served on their Speaker's Bureau, as well as participating in multiple fundraising events. Upon her move to Toledo in 2011, she worked as a Youth Advocate for Toledo Area Ministries' Second Chance program, and received a series of promotions, culminating in Grant and Finance Administrator. Ms. Dorsten-Ebert has also served on the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition since 2011, serving as Treasurer for the 2013-14 term and as Grants Review Subcommittee Chair 2014-present. Through her work on the Coalition, she was also instrumental in writing and receiving recent statewide federal anti-trafficking grant award, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition, and End Slavery Cincinnati. She is currently the Director of Development at the University of Toledo Foundation.