Board of DDS Superintendent Receives Prestegious State Award

The Superintendent of the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services, Mark E. Gerhardstein, was presented with the Kenneth Legats Award Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Ohio Association of County Boards (OACB) 30th Annual Convention at the Easton Hilton Hotel, Columbus, Ohio.

Superintendent Gerhardstein was honored with the award presented annually to an executive manager in the Developmental Disabilities delivery system with more than 20 years of service who has shown high ideals, vision, and moral leadership in the administration of programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Mark was nominated by Montgomery County Board President Emmett Orr. In his nomination, Orr praised Mark’s passion, solid leadership and genuine concern for staff and the wellbeing of individuals with disabilities. “He has managed the challenge of doing more with less as we have had to deal with cutbacks at the federal, state and local levels. His concern was always about how we can reduce our costs without causing undue hardship to those whom we serve.”

Additionally, Superintendent Gerhardstein was endorsed by Montgomery County Commissioners’ Foley, Dodge and Lieberman. They commented, “His forward thinking and championing of change has developed high functioning, results oriented teams that produce clear outcomes. Committed to quality services, he emphasizes “Quality Services, Cost Effective” at every opportunity. He focuses on the needs of the Board’s customers and produces outcomes that consistently exceed expectations.”

Superintendent Gerhardstein also received and endorsement from prior Board Superintendent and Ohio State Director Kenneth W. Ritchey who commented, “I consider him to be a true friend of individuals with disabilities and their families. He has worked hard to support parent groups and help individuals reach their potential. People are better-off today because of Mark!”

Mark is pictured with Bridget Gargan, Executive Director of the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities.

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