From left to right: Aimee Townsend, Sam Shafer, Anne Rubin, Nina Andrews, David Couch, Joseph Bianco, Arian Smedley, Nancy Cunningham, Sue Meeks, Victoria Hilliard. Not pictured: Sebastián Díaz, Jane Hamel-Lambert and Laura Harms.
David Couch, Board Chair
David has worked in the field of developmental disabilities since 1993 but has been in public service much longer. After receiving his Degree in Biblical Studies from Johnson University, David and his wife lived in Ghana for nine years, during which David taught at Ghana Christian University. Upon returning to Southeast Ohio, David worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer in Morgan County. In 1996, he became superintendent in Morgan County.
Laura is the Family Support Unit Supervisor with the Athens County Children Services and has been in this position for 6 years. Prior to this supervisory position, she was the Program Director for Athens Help Me Grow Program which was also administered through Athens County Children Services.
Prior to coming to Athens County, she held the Program Director’s position for Vinton County Help Me Grow for fifteen years as well as the Family and Children First Coordinator.
Laura began her career in teaching, having taught Special Education in Illinois and Iowa. After relocating to Ohio, Laura worked for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, before accepting a position at Fairfield County of Developmental Disabilities as a Program Director over Case Management and Residential Services. Laura has always been a strong advocate for families which is one reason that the Help Me Grow Program and Family and Children First were such good fits for her in her endeavors to bring the best services and supports available to families.
Now as the Family Support Unit Supervisor, Laura and her staff work to create a more positive family environment at a time that is very stressful and emotional for parents and children. She continues to provide advocacy to families.
David Couch, Chair
Anne Rubin, JD, Treasurer Samantha Shafer, SecretaryBoard Members
Jane Hamel-Lambert, Ph.D.
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