Kenneth Legats Award for Visionary Leadership in Administration
In conjunction with the Region V superintendents, the OACB Board of Trustees presents the Kenneth Legats Award for Visionary Leadership in Administration annually to recognize an experienced executive manager in Ohio's DD support system who has shown high ideals, vision, and moral leadership in the administration of programs for people with developmental disabilities. The award recognizes senior professionals who lead with innovation, thoughtfulness, and professionalism.
To be considered, nominees must have a minimum of 20 years experience in Ohio's DD field and must have served in an executive-level position at a county board or DD support organization. In addition, nominees should have had a hand in creating new and innovative structures or tools that improve operations and set an example for other boards/agencies to follow. Potential nominees can include superintendents, provider agency or non-profit CEOs, and county board department heads (i.e. business managers, SSA directors, etc.).
About Kenneth "Ken" Legats
Nominate a Person for the 2021 Kenneth Legats Award – Nomination Deadline is 10/1/21!
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2019 Award Winner
Past Award Winners:
2018 - Steve Williams, Superintendent, Belmont Harrison Noble Alliance
2017 - Jed Morison, Superintendent, Franklin County Board of DD
2016 - Kellie Brown, Superintendent, Guernsey County Board of DD
2015 - Nancy Neely, Superintendent, Licking County Board of DD
2014 - Rick Marriott, Superintendent, Ross County Board of DD
2013 - Mark Gerhardstein, Superintendent, Montgomery County Board of DD
2012 - Timothy Spitzer, Executive Director, Mid East Ohio Regional Council of Governments (MEORC)
2011 - Mary Ann Chamberlain, Superintendent, Morgan County Board of DD
2010 - Robert Morgan, Superintendent, Delaware County Board of DD
2009 - Monty Kerr, Superintendent, Belmont, Harrison and Noble County Board of DD
2008 - Cherl Phipps, Superintendent, Hamilton County Board of DD
2007 - Rick Pfannenschmidt, Superintendent, Jefferson County Board of DD
2006 - H. Michael Miller, Superintendent, Richland County Board of DD
2005 - Lee Wedemeyer, Superintendent, Marion County Board of DD
2004 - Sarah Winters, Superintendent, Perry County Board of DD
2003 - Fred Valerius, Superintendent, Butler County Board of DD
2002 - Mike Donzella, Superintendent, Cuyahoga County Board of DD
2001 - Charles H. Arndt, Executive Director, OACB
2000 - Stephen Pleasnick, Superintendent, Franklin County Board of DD