Who We Are

Board of Trustees

Board Group
Neal Shah, President    
George Stricker, Jr., Vice President    
Jennifer Rulon, Treasurer    
Joan Murray, OT/L, LICDC    
Jeff Dierker    
Jake Stricker    
Scott Schmitz         
Barry Myers    
Bruce Pullens    
Avery Blair-Wilson    
Kyle Broderick    
Barb Smith    


Contact the Board    

    2347 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45213
Phone:   513.621.1117
Email:   ikron@ikron.org

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, 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.


Jennifer Rulon - Treasurer

Jennifer currently works for Frost Brown Todd where she concentrates her practice in employment law counseling, including advising clients on issues related to hiring and firing, workplace investigations, employment policies, and wage and hour compliance. She joined the firm in 2014 after graduating cum laude from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Before law school, Jennifer served for two years as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa, where she trained more than 60 local farmers and students in agricultural and marketing techniques. Through her service, Jennifer gained invaluable experience in project management and cross-cultural communication.

Jennifer received her history degree magna cum laude in the Philosophy, Politics, and the Public Honors Program at Xavier University. During her time at Xavier, Jennifer completed an internship at the National Endowment for the Arts and volunteered with various community organizations in Cincinnati.


Joan Murray, OT/L, LICDC

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 the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. 


Jeff Dierker

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.


Jake Stricker

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 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

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. Currently, Scott is on a leave of absence from the board.


Barry Myers


Bruce Pullens

Bruce is a recent addition to the IKRON Board. He received his Bachelor's degree in Sociology and his Master's degree in Organizational Management at Ashford University. He is the director of customer service at Lane Bryant, Cacique & Catherines. Over his career, Bruce has been a managing director of collections, customer service, and credit-granting at Macy's Credit & Customer Service. Bruce has served on the board of advisors for the Ecommerce Operations Summit in 2018 and 2019 and won several awards for his excellent work in customer service.


Avery Blair-Wilson

Avery is a recent addition to the IKRON Board. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts at Ohio University and her Masters of Art in Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is licensed as an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist Assistant, an Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and a Registered Art Therapist. Over her career, Avery has worked as an Art Therapist and Trauma Counselor at various community agencies throughout Illinois and Ohio. She has experience training staff on appropriate trauma care and has also presented at conferences to inform others about the positive impact of expression therapy on clients who have experienced trauma. 


Kyle Broderick

Kyle is a recent addition to the IKRON Board. He works at Merrill Lynch where he specializes in helping clients with retirement planning and investing in his role as a financial advisor. Kyle has been in the financial services industry since 2012 and is a Certified Public Accountant. He holds both a bachelor's degree in Accounting as well as an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Kyle and his wife live in Columbia Tusculum with their daughter and enjoy traveling and running in their spare time.

Barb Smith