The Ohio Association of County Boards recently announced the Board of Trustees for 2014. Their peers at the Annual Delegate Assembly in Columbus elect the Trustees during the Annual Convention.
Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities Board Vice President Mike Thoroughman was elected and began his term as an OACB Board Trustee on January 1. He, along with 12 others from across the state, will serve as delegates to represent their areas on varying decisions and interests involving programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
“If I can make a difference and be a voice for our region, that is what is most important,” said Thoroughman of his election to serve as a Trustee. “We have such vibrant programs here in Scioto County and there are more connections that can be made to increase that vibrancy for those we serve.”
Thoroughman is serving his second of a two-year term as the At-Large Middle Third Trustee for the OACB.
“I feel I have played an integral role in increasing financial stability and implementing strategic planning at Scioto DD,” Thoroughman commented, “I believe there is much to be accomplished in the future and I want to be a part of that not only on the local level, but also as a representative for SCBDD at the state level. I am confident that as we move toward the future, a strong voice will not only serve as a push to alleviate funding issues, but also maintain a significance of our services throughout the state.”
Thoroughman served as a school principal at Greenup County High School for 19 years. His passion for working the developmental disability world grew out of a personal connection. His grandson was diagnosed with autism.
“I want to provide a voice and utilize my diverse background and training to benefit those with developmental disabilities,” he said. “It is my ambition to incorporate past skills as well as offer new outlooks for the state.” Thoroughman said.
For more information on opportunities available for individuals with developmental disabilities, visit us on the web at www.sciotodd.org, like us on Facebook at Scioto County Board of DD or follow us on Twitter @SciotoDD.