The Wood Lane Spotlight is posted every “Featured Friday” on our Facebook, Instagram and website. This is our way of putting the spotlight on the people who make the mission of the Wood County Board of DD possible: Direct Support Professionals, Board employees, and the people we serve!

 

October 2019

Person Served: Dennis Miller

Dennis sits, smiling at the camera with his hands folded.

We’re putting the spotlight on one of our very own, Dennis Miller. If you know Dennis, you know his joy is contagious; he’ll instantly brighten your day with his big smile and kind words. Dennis is currently working towards some amazing goals to live independently including learning how to read so that he can get his driver’s license. He’d also like to move into his own home in the near future! He’s supported in these goals by his mom and his SSA Jessica.

Dennis currently works as a Dietary Aide at Heartland of Perrysburg and has 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and a chihuahua named Molly. He is very active in the community and participates in People First of Wood County as well as AKtion Club. He loves helping others and has truly done it all: from helping building houses with Habitats for Humanity, to serving meals at the Senior Center in BG and reading to kids at Wood Lane School.

In his free time, Dennis enjoys participating in Wood County Special Olympics sports including volleyball, basketball, swimming, golf, and bowling. He likes going to church and hanging out with his friend Kristin. He’s an active member of Best Buddies with his best buddy Erin and attended the national Best Buddies Leadership Conference this past summer. Another fun fact about Dennis: he can bust a move! Give him a dance floor and he will break out some awesome dancing skills!

Dennis, we think you’re AMAZING! You bring so much light and positivity to our Wood County community! Be sure to let Dennis know how awesome he is when you see him!

Board Employee: Diane Ward

This month we’re highlighting Diane Ward, a dedicated and fun-loving employee here at the Wood County Board of DD. Diane got her start here 16 years ago as a Substitute Shuttle Driver and later was responsible for the Shuttle Transportation Department. In 2015, she began her current position as the Bus Transportation Supervisor.

Diane and her husband Rick have a beautiful family with seven kids, three grandkids, plus two fur babies. She’s expecting her first great, great, grand niece in February 2020! In her free time Diane enjoys cooking and baking, and even took home the blue ribbon at the Pemberville Fair this past year for both her delicious brownies and chocolate chip cookies. She also loves listening to her music at maximum volume and can never get enough of her all-time favorite show, The Office.

Diane has an infectious enthusiasm and helps make every day at work fun. She truly cares about the people she works with and is very knowledgeable about all things transportation at Wood Lane. When asked what the best part of her job is, Diane said, “I thoroughly enjoy the times that I get to drive the kids around on the school bus as a substitute driver and highly recommend it. My department is the best on campus! Visit our building and see for yourself!”

If you see Diane around town, be sure to thank her for all that she does. We truly appreciate her dedication and hard work. Thanks for supporting, empowering, and inspiring our community, Diane!

Direct Support Professional: Tedd Meyers

Tedd has worked with people of varying disabilities for over twenty-five years. He began his career in 1992 working for Wood Lane Residential Services as an aide, and now works for WLI–Work Leads to Independence. Throughout his time at WLI, Tedd has encouraged the people he serves to be independent and has an unwavering amount of compassion. He makes a point of planning activities that are interesting and person-focused when he’s with groups in the community. His colleagues describe him as, “the person that is always willing to go above and beyond in everything he does”. If you see Tedd, be sure to say thanks! We appreciate all that you do!