There is no doubt that John Trunk, Summit DD’s new Superintendent, brings the professional expertise to fill the role as the head of one of Ohio’s largest counties. He has more than 30 years of experience in the field. “I started in this field as a direct care worker and loved what I did,” described Trunk. Most recently, he served the Toledo area as Lucas County’s Superintendent for 12 years, as well as top positions in Williams and Richland counties. Beyond professional experience, Trunk brings a very important leadership quality with him…a sense of community.
“I am anxious to get out in the community and get to know as many stakeholders as possible, from individuals and families to staff, stakeholders, providers and community members,” Trunk commented. “I want to know what we are doing well and what we need to do better. We need to be honest about the areas we can improve and work together to improve them.”
Community is what attracted Trunk to Summit County. “Summit DD has a great reputation around the state, and I would like to build on that reputation,” commented Trunk. “It’s important that we continue to cultivate positive relationships as well as build relationships with new collaborators.”
Trunk’s short-term priorities are to meet with and listen to key stakeholders. Over the next couple of months, he will meet with many community groups, parents, individuals, and providers to help shape the role Summit DD can serve in the community. “This is a great opportunity to share the talents of those we support.” Trunk continued, “Individuals should be working, socializing and adding to the unique diversity of each community.”
“I have high expectations for myself and for staff, we need to take on a leadership role in the community to make our neighborhoods a welcoming place for individuals with developmental disabilities. Everyone benefits when that happens.” Trunk added, “We have an important job to do here, we will work hard to listen and to get it done.”
Despite a tremendous work ethic, there will also be time to enjoy Summit County’s rich culture. Trunk is married with four children and two grandchildren, and is a new resident of the Highland Square area. He hopes to take in all that Summit County has to offer from restaurants, to arts, to sports. An avid participant of sports, there will be no shortage of competition from the Akron Rubber Ducks to the University of Akron Zips.
Please join us in welcoming John Trunk to Summit County. If you would like to invite Summit DD’s new leader to your next event, or to give him advice on the Summit County culture to experience, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.