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DAYTON, Ohio, Thursday, May 9, 2019 – The Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services (MCBDDS) has announced that Pamela Combs will join the agency as Superintendent June 10. She will replace Nancy Banks, who is retiring.
Combs recently served as Superintendent of the Gallia County Board of Developmental Disabilities, where her accomplishments included expanding housing options for people with developmental disabilities through the founding of a non-profit housing corporation and the purchase of homes to support their integration into the local community. She also oversaw the privatization of the Board’s adult day services program per federal mandates, and the closure of a 33-bed Intermediate Care Facility. During her tenure, the Board received a three-year accreditation from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and voters approved an additional one mill continuing levy.
In addition to her work with Gallia County, Combs’ experience includes service as Director of Provider Relations for the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and as Deputy Director of Information System Services for the Franklin County Job and Family Services agency, where she also served as a Management Analyst.
Combs is scheduled to receive an Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation from St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Fla., in 2019. She completed a two-year post-master’s certificate in Disabilities and Community Inclusion from Kent State University in 2016, and earned a Master of Science from the University of North Texas in Organizational Communication where she served as a graduate teaching fellow. She also earned a Master of Divinity with a focus on Ethics and Hermeneutics from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and served as its first female Student Body president. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Eastern Kentucky University.
Throughout her career, Combs has been a steadfast advocate for people often underrepresented in policy decision-making, including those with developmental disabilities, those who speak English as a second language, and those living in poverty. She has served on the Ohio Housing Advisory Task Force sponsored by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, and expanded housing options in Licking and Gallia counties for people with disabilities by seeking funds through local Metropolitan Housing Boards.
“Pamela has demonstrated a deep commitment to serving people with developmental disabilities throughout her career, most recently as the Superintendent of Gallia County, where she accomplished advancements that significantly improved and sustained the level of services to their citizens,” said MCBDDS Board President Madeline Iseli. “She is an empathetic listener, a genuine communicator and a strong leader, and the Board is looking forward to working with her.”
About MCBDDS: The Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services (MCBDDS) serves more than 4,300 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and works to empower them so they can live productive and rewarding lives aligned with their goals and choices. MCBDDS is a Human Services Levy-funded agency.