The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) consists of at least 30 members appointed by the governor. Members are people with developmental disabilities, parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities, representatives from concerned state agencies, and nonprofit organizations and local agencies providing services to people with developmental disabilities. More specifically, the federal DD Act requires that the membership must comply with the following categories:
The following is a list of current DD Council members and the category that each represents. If you would like to contact a member, click on their name to access their email address. Please note that some members do not have an email address.
Brenda Brandon, Oak Harbor, OhioMichael Denlinger, Cincinnati, OhioMorgan Gattermeyer, Hamilton, OhioMatt Harrison, Greenville, OhioHeather McFarlin, Sandusky, OhioBlaine O'Leary, Sidney, OhioJames Plasencia, Bucyrus, OhioMichael Richards, Greenfield, OhioMarci Straughter, Galloway, OhioDara Walburn, Athens, OhioBrandon White, Marion, Ohio
Rochelle Hall-Rollins, Holland, OhioKaren Kerr, Swanton, OhioBenjamin Pesich, Dublin, OhioJill Radler, Delphos, OhioRhonda Rich, Troy, OhioJoanna Spargo, Uniontown, OhioVictor Wilson, New Albany, Ohio
Lori Kershner, Springboro, Ohio
Jean Jakovlic, Columbus, Ohio
Disability Rights Ohio: Susan Willis
The Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University: Paula RabidouxUniversity of Cincinnati UCEDD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: Ilka Riddle
Ohio Department of Aging: Emilia R. JacksonOhio Department of Developmental Disabilities: Vicki JenkinsOhio Department of Education: Mark SmithOhio Department of Health: Bobbi BurkeOhio Department of Medicaid: Laura LeachOhio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services: Mindy VanceOpportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities: Shannon Komisarek
Guernsey County Board of Developmental Disabilities: Kellie Brown
Children & Health: R. Neil Castilow, Canton, OhioCommunity Living: Renee Wood, Toledo, OhioOutreach: Michael Schroeder, Westerville, OhioPublic Policy: Diane Cox, Avon, Ohio
Being a member of the Ohio DD Council not only helps Council to achieve its goals, but also helps Council members learn how to be stronger advocates and to stay informed about issues that affect people with developmental disabilities.
But don't take our word for it! Instead, listen to what our members have to say. Visit our YouTube channel for videos of many of our members talking about what being a Council member means to them and what they have learned from their experience as a member.
You can make a difference in the lives of Ohioans with disabilities.
Learn more about becoming a member of Ohio's DD Council.