Board of Directors
Thaddeus J. Nestheide, Psy.D., President
Dr. TJ Nestheide is a psychologist working exclusively with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He currently works for the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (HCDDS) providing support throughout the agency, including at two agency-run schools and four agency-run adult centers. Prior to moving to HCDDS he worked with adults at the Southwest Ohio Developmental Center, a state-run residential center with approximately 100 residents, and with children at The Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He did his doctoral work at Xavier University, internship at Kennedy Krieger and Johns Hopkins and fellowship at Cincinnati Childrens.
“My brother, Josh, was one of the first riders at Milestones, so I’ve been aware of the organization for many years. I was asked to become more involved and joined the Board in 2013. I have enjoyed helping provide oversight as Milestones grows as an organization. Milestones provides excellent and much-needed programs and the organization has potential to touch the lives of even more individuals with disabilities. I have also learned quite a bit about the therapeutic programs and a lot about horses as well!”
Sally Feldmann, Vice President
Sally is the Marketing Director at an aviation services company. Sally’s involvement with Milestones began almost 15 years ago, shortly after her brother became a rider in the program. She volunteered as a side-walker during lessons and helped out at fundraising events. Sally joined the Board of Directors in 2012 as Secretary and is also the Chairman of the Marketing Committee.
“Milestones is important to me because I see how happy and fulfilled my brother is after riding and volunteering. Everyone is welcome at Milestones, no matter what life challenges you face.”
Jeannie Nestheide, Treasurer
Dan Allen, Board Member
Dan Allen received his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University College of Agriculture and Forestry. In 2016 he received his Master’s from Northern Kentucky University. Dan came to the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service as the Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resource Education for Kenton County 12 years ago, after a career in horticulture and non-profit management. Prior to his work at the Extension Service Dan served as the Operations Director of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society, producers of the Cincinnati Flower Show. Dan grew up on a beef farm, and met his wife of 33 years thanks to collegiate 4-H. Dan and his wife, Rosie live in Edgewood, but they still have a mini-farm in south Kenton County. They have two children and two granddaughters.
Rachel Jones, Board Member
Rachel is the founder and CEO of Mommy’s Dream Team, a company offering an array of services from pregnancy planning to early childhood development. Her professional experience includes small business owner, marketing research, horseback riding instructor, care giver and child care provider.
Rachel has always been an active member of the community. Her volunteer efforts include being the founder and president of HCDC Toastmasters, Scarlett Oaks Early Childhood Education Advisory Board, Bad Girl Ventures Alumni Advisory Board and more.
Rachel was a member of the University of Cincinnati’s Equestrian Team in college and is the owner of JR and Eve, two of the program horses for Milestones. Her horse knowledge and riding expertise lends itself well to her new role as Horse Committee Chairperson on our Board. A life-long horse lover, Rachel looks forward to assisting Milestones in continuing to serve the community.
Clint Kappesser, Board Member
Clint Kappesser is a scientist, working with ATC Group Services LLC, specializing in materials testing, environmental monitoring, and environmental remediation. Clint graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2015 and holds a bachelor’s degree in both Geology and Criminal Justice, with a minor in Environmental Science. Clint became involved with Milestones 13 years ago, when his sister Catherine became a rider in the program. Over the years he has been an active participant in Milestones’ program by volunteering as an assistant in lessons. Clint’s goal in joining the Board of Directors is to be able to give back to the program that has done so much for him and his family.
Honorary Board Members