Governor Appoints New Members to Ohio DD Council

November 18, 2021 (Ohio) — Governor Mike DeWine has appointed six new members to the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (Ohio DD Council), a federally designated organization whose mission is to create change that improves independence, productivity, and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life. The terms of the new members began November 12, 2021 and will end December 31, 2023.

The new appointees from across Ohio fill several open positions on the Council. They include:

  • JaVan Brown (Franklin County)
  • Molly Dible (Hancock County)
  • Isabel Ganz (Hamilton County)
  • Kari Jones (Franklin County)
  • Monica McCain (Lucas County)
  • Timothy Newell (Clark County)

In addition, the Governor re-appointed Matthew Harrison (Darke County) and Rhonda Rich (Miami County) for another Council term. 

“We are always pleased to welcome new members to the Ohio DD Council who bring new perspectives from their own experiences and from the communities they live in. Their input and work on Council will help us in our commitment of self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities throughout Ohio,” said Carolyn Knight, executive director of the Ohio DD Council.

The Ohio DD Council is one of a national network of state councils, which are federally designated through the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. The Council has over 30 members of which 60 percent represent people with developmental disabilities, and parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities. The remaining members include representatives from state agencies, non-profit organizations and agencies providing services to people with developmental disabilities.

For more information on the Ohio DD Council, visit ddc.ohio.gov.


About Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council: The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council is made up of over 30 members, with the majority being individuals with developmental disabilities, and parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities who are appointed by the Governor of Ohio. By the direction of our members, the Ohio DD Council funds grant projects that aim to enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities with an emphasis on self-determination, diversity and inclusion.