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 Ohio DD Council strives to have representation from all counties of Ohio. As of 2020, our current and past members represent 45% of Ohio’s 88 counties. Click here to see a map of our member representation by county.
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.
Brenda Brandon, Ottawa County
Michael Denlinger, Hamilton County
Matt Harrison, Darke County
Courtney Hineman, Butler County
James Plasencia, Crawford County
Rachel Rice, Warren County
Michael Richards, Highland County
Dara Walburn, Athens County
Jodi Young, Putnam County
William "Bill" Ackman, Franklin County
Rochelle Hall-Rollins, Lucas County
Debbie Lozano, Lake County
Jill Radler, Allen County
Rhonda Rich, Miami County
Brian Veith, Hamilton County
Victor Wilson, Franklin County
Amanda Via, Miami County
Jean Jakovlic, Franklin County
John Banchy, Butler County
Pamela Green, Hamilton County
Annette Wood, Summit County
Disability Rights Ohio: Kerstin Sjoberg
The Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University: Paula Rabidoux
University of Cincinnati UCEDD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: Ilka Riddle
Ohio Department of Aging: Emilia R. Jackson
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities: Vicki Jenkins
Ohio Department of Education: Mark Smith
Ohio Department of Health: Bobbi Krabill
Ohio Department of Medicaid: Jacquelyn 'Jackie' George
Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services: Ellie Jazi
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities: Shannon Komisarek
Guernsey County Board of Developmental Disabilities: Kellie Brown
The Ohio DD Council strives to have representation from all counties of Ohio. As of 2020, our current and past members represent 45% of Ohio’s 88 counties.
Map of our member representation by county
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, learn what our members have to say.
Visit our Council in the Community section for articles and videos of many of our members talking about what being a Council member means to them and other activities they are involved in.
You can make a difference in the lives of Ohioans with disabilities! We are always accepting new applications.
Learn more about applying to become a member of Ohio's DD Council