The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities recently welcomed two new board members — Edward Perkins of Medina and Lisa Morrison of Sharon Township.
The board is made up of seven volunteer members appointed by Medina County commissioners or a Medina County probate judge.
Board members have various professional backgrounds and include community leaders and family members of individuals with disabilities.
“We are happy that county Commissioner Tim Smith and Probate Court Judge Kevin Dunn are committed to appointing the very best, and most talented citizens to the MCBDD’s board,” board President Sandra Thomas-Fain said in a statement.
“We are sure that Mr. Perkins and Ms. Morrison will bring their expertise and experience. … I’m confident they will make important contributions as we move forward to provide better services, strengthen our community partnerships, and build value for Medina County taxpayers.”
Perkins received an education degree and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
He worked as a commercial lender and credit officer with two of America’s largest banks, as well as FirstMerit, and as chief financial officer for two small businesses. He has held memberships in the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce and the Council of Smaller Enterprises.
In a statement, Perkins said, “I will advocate for the best experiences for individuals with disabilities, and help make real their opportunities to have and share healthy, meaningful lives in our community.”
Since 2003, Morrison has been an adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department at Cuyahoga Community College, the University of Akron and Lorain County Community College.
She has experience working with students with all levels of need, the board said in a news release, and enjoys helping people with academics.
She also has conducted research at Case Western Reserve University in the Psychiatry Department and volunteered with Special Olympics.
Morrison said in a statement: “I look forward to working with all the wonderful people that provide important, life-changing services and support to so many individuals and their families.”
Board meetings are held each month and agency business, policy, budgets and program planning are discussed. Meetings are open to the public.
“It is a huge benefit to be able to get direction from a board made up of such experienced business and community leaders,” said Annette Davis-Kramp, board superintendent. “We’ve made a promise to our community to provide the best services possible, and with the support of our board members, we know we will be able to deliver that promise.”