Diana Block is executive vice president of Block Communications Inc. Before moving to Toledo to join the parent company, Diana worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as president and co-publisher. In 2012 she began teaching business communications at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. Diana has a BA in English from Yale University, an MA in English from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Amy and husband Robert are the parents of current MVCDS students, Bryce, Paige, and Blake. She currently serves as CFO for Champion Laboratories, a leading automotive filtration supplier, and has more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. Before joining Champion, Amy held various roles in finance, IT, and strategy at Ford Motor Company, Bosch, Timken, and Dana. She received her BA in Economics and Art History from the University of Michigan and her MBA in Finance from the Katz Graduate School of Business. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends at her lake house in Michigan.
Amanda is the mother of two MVCDS students, Klaus '20 and Cornelia '29. She is the Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Toledo/Medical Center. Amanda is also the Director of International Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention. She was an Intensive Independent Study advisor and was a member of the search committee for the Head of Middle School position.
Vallie Bowman-English received her Law Degree from the Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1995. She is married to Common Pleas Court Judge Ian English, and they have one son.
Vallie is a past president and current member of the Ohio Association of Municipal / County Court Clerks. Vallie was elected Clerk of the Toledo Municipal Court in November of 2003. As Clerk, she has used technology to make the office more efficient and better serve the public. She is also the Chair of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Vallie became the first minority President of the Toledo Bar Association in its 138-year history. She is the past Chair of the Susan G. Komen of NW Ohio Grants Peer Review Panel and a current member of the board. She is the Chair of the Lucas County Democratic Party’s Central Committee and has been appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court‘s Judicial Family Network Advisory Board.
A current parent at Maumee Valley, Areka is a licensed clinical counselor and registered art therapist at The Victory Center, Polly Fox Academy, and in the private practice. She is the co-founder of Growing 2 Give Garden, a non-profit that grows and donates fresh produce to area food banks and soup kitchens. She holds two Masters degrees, one in Guidance and Counseling (BGSU), and the other in Art Therapy and Counseling (Ursuline College).
Alan is the parent of Cranston Bannister '26. He is the Commissioner of Community Engagement for the City of Toledo. Alan earned a B.A. in Public Administration from Kentucky State University. He is a lifelong Toledoan and serves on the Toledo Fair Housing Board, the United Way of Greater Toledo African American Leadership Council, and is the President of his Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. graduate Chapter of Toledo.
His wife Patekka is the Commissioner of Plant Operations for the City of Toledo.
Rita graduated from MVCDS in 1968, attended Skidmore, then graduated, cum laude, from Lake Erie College. She started and, for five years, operated an early childhood/daycare learning center. After earning an MBA from the University of Michigan, she served in various operational leadership roles with Avery Dennison for 17 years. Since then, Rita has led a career transition firm, was certified as an executive coach while a practice leader with Lee Hecht Harrison, then launched her leadership and career consultancy in 2007. She is actively coaching executives and corporate board members across the US.
Rita lives in Cleveland, where she is a member of the Board of Directors of NSL Analytical Services, Inc. and a Board Member of In Counsel with Women, an organization of senior women leaders. She also advises early-stage companies.
Doctor Raj Kattar was born in India and raised in Wisconsin. He moved to Toledo in 1998 and joined the cardiology group of physicians which today is called Promedica Physicians Cardiology. He was Chief of Staff at St Luke Hospital from 2014-2016 and is currently President of the Promedica Heart institute, overseeing the cardiology service line for the entire system. Raj and his wife of 30 years Rajitha have two sons that graduated as “lifers” from MV, Nihal ‘13, and Sahil ‘18. Raj is a talented singer and an avid fan of sports and music.
A third-generation member of the Oberlin family to lead a broker/dealer, Cliff Oberlin is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Oberlin Financial International, a Broker/Dealer, and Oberlin Wealth Partners, a Registered Investment Advisor serving the ultra-affluent with an office in Miami and an Operations Center in Ohio. Cliff was also Founder, President, and CEO of NRP Financial, Inc., a broker/dealer and registered investment adviser founded in 2000. NRP Financial and NRP Advisors grew to over 450 Registered Representatives, 150 offices, and over $50 million in revenue prior to being acquired by LPL Financial in December 2010. NRP was a two-time INC 500 company, ranking #2 on the list in 2009.
Mr. Oberlin has over 35 years of experience in broker/dealer management. He formerly served as President and CEO of MFI Investments, the Oberlin family’s first broker/dealer. MFI was named an Inc. 500 company for three successive years and grew to 90 offices and 275 registered representatives prior to being purchased by a multi-billion dollar bank holding company in 1995 and renamed Sky Investments.
Mr. Oberlin is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). Cliff earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and graduated from the three-year Owner/President Management Program at the Graduate School of Business Administration at Harvard University.
He was a member of the FINRA Membership Committee, served as Vice-Chairman of The Securities Industry/Regulatory Council on Continuing Education, and was the Chairman of the Firm Element Committee. Mr. Oberlin has served on the FINRA District 8 Business Conduct Committee and was Chairman of the FINRA District 8 Business Conduct Nominating Committee. He is a past Chairman of the International Association for Financial Planning (now FSI) Broker/Dealer Division. He is currently a member and past Chair of the YPO Miami | Fort Lauderdale Gold Chapter, Vice-Chair of the YPO International Financial Services Network, and Chair of the YPO Family Office Network. Cliff holds various securities licenses, including FINRA Series 7, 24, 4, 53, 63, and 65. He is a Trustee of the Bryan Area Foundation and the Cliff Oberlin Foundation.
Mother of Mihir Joshi '20 and Avi Joshi '23, Maneesha is a Deputy Coroner, Forensic Pathologist in the Lucas County Coroner's Office as well as the program director of Forensic Pathology Fellowship program. She is also an assistant professor in Pathology at the Health Sciences department at the University of Toledo. Maneesha is a Vice President of the nonprofit organization Toledo Physicians of Indian Origin (TOPI). She serves actively in various committees and as a board of director for the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME).
Attorney and sole member of Rankin Law Office, LLC, Bonnie practices in the areas of family law, criminal defense, real estate, business issues, and general litigation. Bonnie is an active member of the Toledo community, currently sitting on the Toledo Zoological Society Operations Board, Executive Committee, Programs/Mission Committee, and Development Committee. She has held past seats as the Chair of West Side Montessori Board of Trustee, Chair of the Toledo Bar Association Certified Grievance Committee, and many other prestigious local organizations.
Bonnie and her husband, Gary Whitacre, are residents of Bowling Green, OH. They have two daughters: Sarah Whitacre '22 and Alexandra (Alex) Whitacre '17, who attends Tulane University in New Orleans.
Reema Ridi is the mother of three students that attend MVCDS Sami ‘23 Rami ‘25 and Jenna ‘28. Reema grew up in the United Arab Emirates and graduated from Al Quds University majoring in information systems. In 2004, Reema moved to the United States after she married her husband Thameen Tim Ridi.
Before moving to the United States, she was employed by the first lady of the United Arab Emirates as an office secretary. Reema has been part of the MVCDS community for the past five years serving as Treasurer and Vice President of the Parents Association and a parent rep in middle school for the past three years. Currently, she is the President of the Parents Association. Reema is very passionate about helping and volunteering. She has worked on the administrative staff of various schools and is very involved as a community member in the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo.
A current parent of three Maumee Valley students, Andy is an Associate Vice President with Morgan Stanley. Before moving to Toledo in 2008, he spent 32 years in New England, where he met his wife, Sarah, originally from Toledo. Andy graduated from St. Andrews School, Barrington, RI, and from Unity College in Maine. He subsequently provided consulting services to the commercial banking and lending industry before discovering his passion for working with individual people and families. Andy also serves as Chairman of the Board at Sunset Retirement Communities, a local non-profit, and is the Chair of the Investment Committee.
Sy currently serves as the head of investor relationships at Balance Capital, a real estate private equity fund headquartered in Seattle, WA. At Balance, Sy works closely with fund investors and homebuyers to constantly meet their capital needs as well as property management and related duties. Before joining Balance, Sy accumulated four years of bilateral real estate work experience with commercial real estate developers in New York and a Chinese real estate developer in Beijing. Sy earned his BBA from the George Washington University with a concentration in Finance and Real Estate.
Sy resides in Beijing, China, where he is father to four-year-old George and husband to Emma.
Ann, a dedicated member of this community, served as President of the Board in the 1980s. She created and produced the documentary on Maumee Valley for Toledo Stories and wrote the school's 125 Year History. Ann is an author, poet, and humanitarian. She is a past parent, current grandparent, and strong advocate for Maumee Valley.
Georgia is a community leader and has provided support for a large variety of non-profit organizations across the country, including Maumee Valley Country Day School. She has worn many hats for the school, including parent, grandparent, trustee, and president of the board. Georgia continues to mentor the administration of the school to ensure the longevity of Maumee Valley for generations to come.
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