The Highland County Board of Developmental Disabilities welcomed its newest member, Paul Pence (Merchants National Bank), at the June 20 board meeting.
Commissioner Shane Wilkin administered the oath of office for Pence, who replaces former member Sam Snyder. Snyder, a past board president, was serving in the capacity of vice president at the time of his resignation. Elizabeth Fryman was elected to fill the seat of vice president for 2017.
Board president Karen Adams welcomed Pence to the organization, which is celebrating 50 years of service to Highland County. The theme for the year amongst all 88 county DD boards is “Always There.” The theme emphasizes that although services and philosophies may adapt and improve over time, the county board system in Ohio is committed to continually providing guidance and support for individuals with developmental disabilities from birth through their adult lives.
Superintendent Deb Buccilla expressed appreciation for the devotion and dedication of Snyder and looks forward to working with Pence as he joins Adams, vice president Elizabeth Fryman, secretary Deborah Tissot, Cheryl Lyle, Matt Roberts and Linda Allen on the board.
Submitted by Kraig J. Walker, community first director, Highland County Board of DD.