Sep 21, 2020

Board appoints superintendent

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The Board of Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (HCDDS) appointed Leia Snyder as its new superintendent. Snyder will succeed Superintendent Alice Pavey, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Snyder has been the superintendent for the Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Pioneer Center) since 2015. Prior to that, she was the quality assurance director of the Butler County Board of DD and an investigative agent and supervisor for the Southern Ohio Council of Governments. A former educator, she also taught English and special education for the Eastern Brown Local School District. Snyder has bachelor’s degrees in Education and English from Wilmington College and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Xavier University. She is active in many disability-related and community organizations. 

“Hamilton County DD Services is a leader in providing high-quality services and supports to people with developmental disabilities," said Snyder. "It's an honor to be selected as the next superintendent of HCDDS, and I'm looking forward to working with this dedicated team to continue to advance the mission of the organization." 

Snyder will join HCDDS on Nov. 16 to serve alongside Superintendent Pavey during a training and transition period leading up to Pavey’s retirement. Pavey has been superintendent of HCDDS since 2011, where she oversaw significant changes to the DD services system, led the implementation of several statewide initiatives, and streamlined the agency’s finances to support people as efficiently as possible.

The HCDDS Board selected Snyder after an extensive interview process of highly qualified candidates from across the state of Ohio. “The superintendent position requires a unique combination of executive management skills and a heart for our mission,” said Nestor Melnyk, president of the HCDDS Board. “Leia truly impressed us with her genuine and personable leadership style. We look forward to welcoming her to this position, and we’re excited for this new chapter at HCDDS as we continue to work toward our mission.”
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