Board Members

Section 4713.02 of the Ohio Revised Code is the authority for the State Board of Cosmetology. The Board meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month unless otherwise noted. The provision provides for the creation of the State Board of Cosmetology, consisting of the following nine members appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate: three graduate licensed cosmetologists, two of who are actively engaged in the management of a beauty salon at the time of appointment; one regularly licensed physician; one owner of a licensed school of cosmetology; one member of the public; one Independent Contractor or owner of a salon that employs ICs; one person who represents individuals who teach the theory and practice of a branch of cosmetology at a vocational school; and one owner of at least five licensed beauty salons. Terms of office are five years for each Board member.

Board Member Name Board Member Position Term Expires
Valerie Benfer
Board Member
Appointed by Governor John R. Kasich for the term commencing November 1, 2011 fulfilling the need for a Cosmetologist who owns a salon. October 31, 2017
Dr. Shalini Gupta
Board Member
Appointed by Governor John R. Kasich commencing May 2, 2013 fulfilling the requirement for a Medical Doctor October 31, 2017
Luke Hanks
Board Member
Appointed by Governor John R. Kasich commencing February 1, 2013 fulfilling the requirement for the Owner of a Private School of Cosmetology. October 31, 2017
Clara Osterhage
Board Member
Board Member Appointed by Governor Ted Strickland commencing November 1, 2008 fulfilling the requirement for the Owner of 5 or more salons. October 31, 2014
Charles Penzone
Board Member
Board Member Appointed by Governor John R. Kasich commencing February 1, 2013 fulfilling the requirement for a Managing Cosmetologist who actively manages a Salon. October 31, 2017
Tasha Sheipline
Board Member
Appointed by Governor John R. Kasich commencing March 15, 2013 fulfilling the requirement for an Instructor of a Career Technical School. October 31, 2017
Thomas Taneff
Board Member
Board Member Public Member, Appointed by Governor John R. Kasich representing the people of Ohio. October 31, 2018
Steve Thompson
Board Member
Board Member Licensed Appointed by Governor John R. Kasich commencing November 1, 2011 fulfilling the requirement of a Cosmetologist Independent Contractor Salon Owner. January 31, 2016
Position Vacant
Board Member
Awaiting Appointment October 31, 2015