COLUMBUS – The Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (OACB) has announced that—following a national search in which 85 applicants from 18 states were considered for the position—the organization’s board of trustees has selected Adam Herman, the association’s former chief operating officer, to serve as its next CEO.
“During this pivotal time in our system’s history, we knew that our next chief executive must have a strong working knowledge of county board operations as well as deep, meaningful relationships with the association’s members, state policymakers, and other DD stakeholders across Ohio,” said Steven M. Licciardi, the association’s board president. “Fortunately, we did not have to look far to find the right person for the job, and we are excited to see the association thrive under Adam’s leadership.”
Following the trustees’ announcement, Herman reflected on the many challenges that county boards must overcome to maintain the long-term viability of Ohio’s DD system, which include securing additional state funding to increase wages for direct support professionals (DSPs), adopting new technology solutions that promote greater personal independence and increase provider capacity, and implementing regulatory reforms to reduce overall bureaucracy in the system.
“For more than a half-century, county boards have created, managed, and funded a wide variety of groundbreaking programs and services to support people with developmental disabilities as they live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives,” Herman said.
“To ensure these programs are sustainable for another 50 years, county boards need a strong voice to advocate on their behalf in Columbus,” he continued. “I am honored that they have asked me to help lead their association in the years ahead in pursuit of these important goals.”
Herman, who joined OACB in 2011 as communications director after working on behalf of various state and local elected officials, managed all internal and external outreach efforts on behalf of members and served as the organization’s chief spokesperson for nearly a decade. After assuming greater levels of day-to-day operational oversight for key association initiatives, including many strategic advocacy efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic, he was appointed chief operating officer in January 2021.
A Canton native, Herman is a graduate of Kent State University in Kent, OH. He lives in the Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus.
About OACB: The Ohio Association of County Boards of DD (OACB) is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization that provides advocacy, communications, professional development, and technical assistance to all 88 of Ohio's county boards of developmental disabilities. Founded in 1984, OACB provides a host of services and supports to the 616 volunteer board members and thousands of career professionals in Ohio's DD service delivery system as they support people with developmental disabilities in living happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives.
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