2019 DD Awareness & Advocacy Day Program
THANK YOU! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Nametag & Material Pick-up in Ohio Statehouse Museum Gallery
Please be sure to arrive early, there is heightened security at the Ohio Statehouse.
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PROGRAM IN THE OHIO STATEHOUSE ATRIUM
WELCOME – SHARI COOPER
GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE
LT. GOVERNOR JON HUSTED
Jon Husted is the 66th and current Lt. Governor of Ohio. He is an experienced public servant, having previously been Ohio’s Secretary of State, a member of the Ohio Senate, and was Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives. He began his career as the Vice-President for Economic Development at the Dayton-Area Chamber of Commerce. As Lt. Governor, he leads the state’s efforts for workforce and economic development, taking a leadership role in the Office of Workforce Transformation and the Common Sense Initiative. He also serves as Director of the newly-formed InnovateOhio, which seeks to look at every service the state government provides through the lens of the customer so Ohio can receive better services at a lower cost. Of all his responsibilities, he considers his most important roles to be that of husband to his wife, Tina, and father to Alex, Katie, and Kylie.
TREASURER ROBERT SPRAGUE
Robert Sprague currently serves as Ohio’s 49th Treasurer of State, where he manages the state’s financial assets. As Treasurer, he has the unique and important responsibility of overseeing Ohio’s STABLE program. Through STABLE, thousands of people with disabilities have had the opportunity to save and invest, improve their quality of life, and achieve greater financial independence. Treasurer Sprague believes healthy finances are just as important for families as they are in business or government. Prior to being elected Treasurer, he worked in the private sector as a business consultant before entering public service at both the local and state level. He resides in his hometown of Findlay, where he lives with his wife, Amanda, and their five kids. &
My name is Travis Dresbach, I am 39 years old and I have Spina Bifida. I was diagnosed with Spina Bifida at birth and have used a wheelchair to get around since the age of 7. I am a part-time receptionist and Self Advocacy Representative for the Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Some of my interests related to the Advocacy work I do are accessible bathrooms in public places, accessible public transportation in/around the Ohio area and working closely with the Stable Account Team to spread the word about what the Stable Account is and what it can do to help individuals with disabilities. I really enjoy the work I do and if I can make a difference in 1 persons life then I feel I have done my job.
OUR SYSTEM TODAY
DIRECTOR JEFF DAVIS
Jeff Davis was appointed Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities by Governor Mike DeWine in January of 2019. Davis previously worked for the Department of Developmental Disabilities from 1991 to 2007. He returns to the Department of Developmental Disabilities after serving as the director of the Ohio Provider Resource Association and as director of integrated health services for Buckeye Community Health Plan. Throughout his career, Davis has been an advocate for Ohioans with developmental disabilities and their families. He currently also serves as a City Council Member for Grove City.
DIRECTOR KEVIN MILLER
Kevin L. Miller is the Director of the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency. Director Miller, who was re-appointed by Governor Mike DeWine in January 2019, has more than twenty-five years of state service, most of them in senior level leadership at various state agencies. As a father of a son diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, he believes strongly in being active in organizations and advocacy groups. He is a member of the National Autism Society, Autism Speaks, Association of Ohio Commodores, and is past President of the Mark J. Youngpeter Memorial Scholarship Fund. Miller is a former member of the West Jefferson City Council.
My name is Dara Walburn. I am 28 years old, and I have Williams Syndrome. It is a genetic disorder. I’m missing a small portion of my 7th chromosome. I was diagnosed when I was 6 months old, and my parents did some research about Williams Syndrome. I am an advocate in Athens County, Ohio. I am also a member of the Ohio DD Council, and am the current chairperson of the Public Policy Committee. I wanted to speak up for myself and others, and so I began to advocate and to learn. My parents fought for me and as time passed, I realized I am making a difference. Having Williams Syndrome is a part of who I am.
Dustin began his career as a Direct Support Professional with a private provider in Indiana, while attending Purdue University. After graduation, Dustin continued his work in the field of developmental disabilities as a QMRP and Director of Program Services. Dustin Wright was one of the founders of Rest Assured® in January 2006 as Executive Director. In this role he oversees operations at the company’s “state-of-the-art” remote support center and is responsible for marketing, sales and development. Dustin is the founder of Disability Cocoon. Disability Cocoon is a technology catalyst designed to make learning, discovering, funding, implementing, and supporting enabling technologies easy.
CLOSING – SHARI COOPER
11:30AM – 3:30PM
- If you registered and marked that you wanted to meet with you legislators then you will receive an email with the time(s) of your appointment prior to the event. The event planners will be arranging these appointments for you and others from your legislative district. You will have an appointment time with your name badge.