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Michele Giess has been named the next superintendent of Richland Newhope. She succeeds Elizabeth "Liz" Prather, who is retiring at the end of this year, according to a news release from the Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities (RCBDD.
Giess was selected from a field of eight qualified candidates and was one of three people interviewed by the RCBDD Search Committee, which included three board members. The Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (OACB) assisted in the search, according to a news release.
A 27-year employee of Richland Newhope, Giess has served as director of the agency’s Service and Support Administration (SSA) since 2013.
“Michele is truly worthy of this position,” RCBDD president Nicholas Gesouras said. “Her dedication to this organization for over 27 years has prepared her for future challenges and successes for the Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities.”
Giess said she is honored to be given the opportunity to lead the organization and work with the wonderful group of employees in this capacity.
“The Richland County Board has maintained a great reputation for supporting individuals to live the lives they want and be a part of their community. I look forward to leading our organization as we continue this mission,“ she said.
Born and raised in Richland County, Giess attended Lexington High School and is a graduate of Ashland University. She has a master's degree in business administration from Kaplan University.
Giess completed OACB’s executive development program and has a superintendent certificate from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
She lives in Lucas with her husband, Brian. Giess will assume her new role on Jan. 1, 2018.
In 2016, Richland Newhope supported more than 1,700 individuals through early intervention, preschool, adult, residential, therapy, transportation, and other family support programs.
This article has been reproduced for educational purposes only and appeared in the Mansfield News Journal. The original story can be found at: http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2017/11/09/richland-newhope-new-superintendent-named/848851001/
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