Summit DD Appoints New Board President and Officers

(Tallmadge, Ohio) – The Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, or Summit DD, is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph Siegferth as Board President, David Dohnal as Vice President and Denise Ricks as Secretary. Siegferth replaces Randy Briggs as Board President, who served in the role since 2012.

“We would like to thank Randy for his service, commitment and leadership to Summit DD,” said Siegferth of Briggs. Briggs will continue to serve his second Board term through December 2016.

Siegferth was appointed by the County Executive/County Council and is also serving his second term on Summit DD’s Board. He is the former Superintendent of Hudson City Schools and currently consults for EdFOCUS, a not for profit group providing consultation to school districts to improve student achievement, and NEOLA Incorporated, which develops and provides board policy services to more than 750 school boards in seven states.  Siegferth has been a member of Summit DD’s Board since 2009.

David Dohnal, who will assume the role of Vice President, first served on Summit DD’s Board in 1997 and has also served on the Board of the Ohio Association of County Boards (OACB), the Governor’s Victims of Crime Task Force, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) Abuser Registry Panel External Review Committee and as a Board Member with Advocacy and Protective Services (APSI).

Denise Ricks will continue her role as Board Secretary and is an Intervention Specialist at the Buchtel Community Learning Center for Akron Public Schools. She has been an advocate and mentor for many of her students and their parents, as well as for her own daughter. Ricks began her first term in 2013.

Summit DD’s seven member Board also includes, Jennifer Dwyer (first term through December 2016), Thomas Quade (second term through December 2017) and Meghan Wilkinson (first term through December 2016).

“We sincerely appreciate and thank Randy for his leadership throughout the past few years,” remarked Summit DD Superintendent John Trunk. “And we welcome Joe to his new role as President. I have every confidence that our Officers and Board will continue to challenge us and keep us moving forward for all those we serve.”

Additional information about Summit DD’s Board can be found at Summit


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