2017 Annual Report

Every person has value and should receive the supports necessary to create opportunities for them to choose where they wish to live, to be gainfully employed, and to choose their relationships, hobbies and beliefs. That was the underlying theme for the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities in 2017.

Director Martin offers praise to Superintendent Deb Yenrick

With Deb Yenrick's retirement only a few months away, the Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities offered some well-deserved praise.

Self-Advocates attend Awareness Day at the Statehouse

Self-advocates Cassandra Wilson and Jerelle Rollins are with State Senator Edna Brown at DD Awareness Day activities at the State House. The event is designed to educate and empower people with developmental disabilities, their families, and community members. The morning program featured speeches from prominent advocates, state policymakers, and community leaders. During the afternoon advocates were able to visit their legislators to talk about issues that are important to them and their community.

Spirit Award presented to Lori Stanfa

Lori Stanfa began her career in the developmental disabilities field by working at NODC when it first opened as a direct care staff member!  With efforts increasing toward Supported Living, Lori became a fierce advocate and took on the “not in my backyard” crowd with conviction and certainty. Always up for a challenge, Lori became the first Executive Director for Community Living Options in Lucas County and eventually the Clearwater COG.

An incredible advocate, an attorney and a brilliant analyst, it made perfect sense that Lori would eventually work with the Ohio Association of County Boards.  She has served on every important work group addressing the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities for the past 37 years.  No direction, no statute, no rule, no public policy takes place in Ohio without Lori’s involvement and much respected input.

Lori Mariucci promoted to Assistant Superintendent

The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities has promoted Lori Mariucci, its Director of Human Resources, to the position of Assistant Superintendent. In that position, she has been designated by the Board to succeed Deb Yenrick as Superintendent when Ms. Yenrick retires in 2018. Read more.

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