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Coshocton DD is committed to quality supports for individuals with disabilities. As an agency, we have received a five-year Accreditation with the Ohio Department of Development Disabilities. This is the highest level accreditation that can be awarded and demonstrates an exceptional level of service. 

Coshocton DD also achieved a three-year accreditation from CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) in the areas of Employment Services (Job Development, Job Supports and Job Site Training), Child and Youth Services, and Community Services Coordination. This is the highest accreditation that can be achieved and demonstrates exemplary conformance to quality standards.


Agency Directory







  • For Emergencies Call: 740-622-2674 (during regular business hours)
  • For emergency assistance after hours, call 740-502-1768 and an on-call Service and Support Administrator will assist you.

In situations where an individual is at risk for substantial harm, Service and Support Administrators (SSAs) take action to alleviate that immediate risk. The Service and Support Administration Office provide support 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days a year. SSA staff work with the individual and/or family to access or link with appropriate providers or resources to address financial, medical, educational, habilitation, housing, placement, therapy, behavior support and other such needs.



The phone number to report a MUI immediately upon its identification or notification is:

  • 740-622-2674 (during regular business hours)
  • 740-502-1768 (after hours, holidays, weekends, etc.)

When calling, the caller may be asked:

  • His/her name, and a phone number where the caller can be reached
  • Name(s) of the victim(s)
  • Name(s) of the primary person(s) involved,
  • Witnesses, if any
  • Brief description of the incident(s)
  • The date/time of occurrence,
  • If the necessary action has been taken to ensure that the health and safety of the victim(s) regarding the incident being reported.

All written MUI reports are to be provided to Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Reports can be faxed or hand delivered to Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities Office of Service & Support, 646 Chestnut Street, Coshocton, Ohio 43812. Written reports are required by 3:00 p.m. the next working day following the identification or notification of the incident (MUI) report.



23720 Airport Road, Coshocton, OH | 646 Chestnut Street, Coshocton, OH  43812
Steve Oster Superintendent 740-622-2032 EXT: 57345
Jill Lahna Human Resources Manager 740-622-2032 EXT: 57344
Rob Mahle Fiscal Director 740-622-2032 EXT: 57344
Andrea McKay Outreach & Compliance Director 740-622-2674 EXT: 41049
Carey Fry Facility Director 740-622-2032 EXT: 41009


 646 Chestnut Street, Coshocton, OH  43812 | 740-622-2674
Martha Richardson SSA Director 740-622-2674 EXT: 54824
Laura Hall Administrative Assistant 740-622-2674 EXT: 41039
Carolyn Shustar Service & Support Administrator 740-622-2674 EXT: 41036
Ellen Holdsworth Service & Support Administrator 740-622-2674 EXT: 41037
Bambi Zinkon SSA (MUI Contact) 740-622-2674 EXT: 41035
Farrah Cunningham Service & Support Administrator 740-622-2674 EXT: 41038
Paige Wright Service & Support Administrator 740-622-2674 EXT: 41041
Charity Orr Service & Support Administrator 740-622-2674 EXT: 41042
Sharon Burns Service & Support Administrator 740-622-2674 EXT: 41043
Debbie Christmas Service & Support Administrator 740-622-2674 EXT: 41061
Melissa Williams Bridges to Transitions Coordinator 740-622-2674 EXT: 41045


 23720 Airport Road, Coshocton, OH  43812 | 740-622-2032
Shannon Shontz Principal 740-622-2032 EXT: 41014
Tracy Chaney Administrative Assistant 740-622-2032 EXT: 41018
Amy Brown Administrative Assistant 740-622-2032 EXT: 41004
Kathy Tenney School Nurse 740-622-2032 EXT: 41006
Ben McCormick Preschool Instructor 740-622-2032 EXT: 41001
Laura Emig Preschool Instructor 740-622-2032 EXT: 41008
Nikki Crabtree Preschool Instructor 740-622-2032 EXT: 41011
Amanda Hittle Preschool Instructor 740-622-2032 EXT: 41019
Tiffany Wehr School Age Instructor 740-622-2032 EXT: 41012
Kayla Wise School Age Instructor 740-622-2032 EXT: 41000
Mike Huntsman Custodian 740-622-2674 EXT: 41009
Mary Howes Occupational Therapy Assistant 740-622-2032 EXT: 41017
Tami Brenneman Early Intervention Director 740-622-2032 EXT: 41016


 23720 Airport Road, Coshocton, OH  43812 | 740-622-2032
Shana Miller Help Me Grow Director 740-622-2032 EXT: 41054
Heather Grogro HMG Specialist 740-622-2032 EXT: 41052
Jen Darr Central Intake Coordinator 740-622-2032 EXT: 41053
Rachel Murphy HMG Specialist 740-622-2032 EXT: 41051
Debra Blair


740-622-2032 EXT:  


 23720 Airport Road, Coshocton, OH  43812 | 740-622-2032
Deb Croft Director Of Therapy/PT 740-622-2032 EXT: 41002
Beth Tumblin Physical Therapy Assistant 740-622-2032 EXT:  
Tonya Fish Occupational Therapist 740-622-2032 EXT:  
Renee Stein Speech Language Pathologist 740-622-2032 EXT: 41014
Mary Howes Occupational Therapist Assistant 740-622-2032 EXT: 41017
Roseann Stypula Speech Language Pathologist 740-622-2032 EXT:  


Agency Overview





  Created from Muskingum County in 1810, Coshocton (pronounced CO-SHOCK-TON) County, which gets its name from the derivative of a Native American word meaning “union of waters,” lies against a beautiful rural setting in central Ohio where the Tuscarawas and Walhonding Rivers meet to form the Muskingum river. courthouse


The City of Coshocton is home to many historic and wonderful things. Among them are the Coshocton County Board of DD’s Hopewell School, Coshocton County Service and Support Administration and Community Employment.


Individuals with disabilities are more active in the community today than ever before. They are employees, volunteers, home owners, business owners, and consumers. The Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities provides the added support individuals with disabilities may need to become an active part of their community. The Coshocton County Board provides services for qualified individuals with a developmental disability. Examples of Developmental Disabilities are Autism, Down Syndrome, or Cerebral Palsy.


The services the County Board provides are built around the strengths and needs of each individual and family. These services can begin in infancy with Early Intervention Services when a child first begins to exhibit delays. These services may be provided throughout an individuals' life or an individual may no longer need services.


The County Board provides individuals and families with resources, referrals, advocacy, and service coordination. The County Board acts as a gateway to specialized financial resources that help support the special needs of individuals with disabilities.


In addition, Coshocton DD monitors for health, safety, and quality of life. We provide a 24-hour emergency on-call number that people can call if there is an emergency for an individual with a disability. The services provided by The County Board today touch a vast network of specialized service providers, community agencies, and community businesses.


Coshocton DD Service and Support Administration assist individuals to help direct their lives and enriches opportunities for them. The Community Employment department assists individuals to find employment opportunities


Hopewell School provides individualized educational opportunities for children with disabilities of Coshocton County with developmental disabilities. Our curriculum is aligned with the Ohio Academic Content Standards for maximum learning capacity for each child.

As the lead agency for those with disabilities, the Coshocton County Board of DD partners with many private provider agencies and local businesses to meet the needs of those served.



Board Members





Claxson Casey Claxon, President
Appointed: 02-13-2008
Term Expires: 12-31-2017
Eligible for reappointment

Dean Hettinger, Vice President
Appointed: 01-13-2015
Term Expires: 12-31-2018

  Jami Hammersley, Secretary
Appointed: 12-15-2006
Term Expires: 12-31-2016
Eligible for reappointment

Barb Karr
Appointed: 03-01-2015

Term Expires: 12-31-2016

Eligible for reappointment


Shawn Hart
Appointed: 01-01-2016

Term Expires: 12-31-2017

Eligible for reappointment

  Shawna Maloy
Appointed: 01-13-2016
Term Expires: 12-31-2017
Eligible for reappointment

Shakira Robbins
Appointed: 04-26-2016
Term Expires: 12-31-2018

Eligible for reappointment


2016 Board Meeting Calendar




Career Opportunities






The Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities complies with all laws regarding nondiscrimination in employment, including those with respect to race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, military service, and disability. Employment with Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities is contingent upon completion of a successful background investigation which includes, but is not limited to, social security verifications, criminal convictions, driving records, educational credentials, employment verification and drug screening.


Job Postings: Vacant positions will be posted as they occur. If a position is listed as available below, please click on it to open the listing qualifications, responsibilities and deadline for submitting application.


Positions Available (Click to open):




Application Process:

  • Click on the link above or call 740-622-2674 for copy of the position description (to be picked up or mailed to you.)
  • An application can be obtained by clicking the "Employment Application" above or by calling Human Resources at 740-622-2032 to arrange to pick up an application or to have one mailed to you.
  • Complete and return application, as instructed, to the Human Resources Director.
  • Submit all requested documents listed on posting by deadline.
  • Candidates selected for an interview will be called to schedule date and time.
  • A letter will be sent to all candidates not selected for interviews.

The Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate in any way against any person because of race, color, national origin, handicap, age, sex, sexual orientation and/or religion.

This policy applies to all services or benefits rendered by the Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities and its employees.










Service & Support Administration (Case Management)
Human Resources
Quality Assurance (QA) Department
Early Intervention

Help Me Grow

Hopewell School


Service & Support Administration (Case Management)

The Service & Support Administration department (formerly Case Management) is responsible for coordinating services and the development of community options. A Service & Support Administrator (SSA) works directly with eligible individuals to assist in the planning, implementation and monitoring of services. The department manages home supports that include Medicaid Waivers and Supported Living and serves as the connection to Coshocton County providers in the community. The SSA Manager oversees the 7 Service and Support Administrators that make the SSA Dept. For more information contact the SSA Manager at 740-622-2674 ext:41040.

Early Intervention

The Early Intervention (EI) program is a non-mandated program that receives 100% of its funding locally. It is designed to meet the identified needs of eligible infants and toddlers (birth to age three) and to meet the needs of the family related to the child’s development. EI services are flexible, build upon family strengths, and are responsive to family choice. EI Specialists provide services in the home and in the community. Families learn how to use everyday experiences and materials in their child’s natural environment to engage their child and promote their developmental achievement. Each child’s services may incorporate play-based occupational, physical and speech therapy.


EI has been found to be a good investment in future success.  After receiving these specialized services at a young age, about 40% of school-aged children are able to successfully join their peers in a typical classroom and there is an estimated 700% cost savings in what Cosh DD would pay for future services.This department is supervised by the EI Director. For more information, contact the Help Me Grow program at 1-800-755-GROW


Human Resources

The Human Resource (HR) Department manages the agency’s personnel functions, including recruitment and hiring of employees, maintaining employee files, administering employee compensation and benefit packages, maintaining the Policy manual and also acts as the Heath Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy officer. The Coshocton County Board of DD is dedicated to providing equal opportunities for employment regardless of age, sex, marital status, race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, handicapped status or sexual orientation. Upon request to the HR Director, the Board shall make reasonable accommodations for a person with a disability to be able to participate in these processes. For more information contact HR.


The Fiscal department oversees the management of all Board funds. The employees of the fiscal department provide support to providers, process payroll, and process payments to vendors. In addition to managing the Board funds, the Fiscal department is an important part of the overall operation of Board services. The Fiscal Department is comprised of the Fiscal Director, a Federal Funds Manager, and a Fiscal Specialist. For more information regarding payments or fiscal operations contact the Fiscal Director.


The Superintendent is the chief executive officer operating under the direction of the Board. The Superintendent implements the Board's agenda and oversees all departments and their operations. The Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent is Steve Oster.

Quality Assurance (QA)

The Quality Assurance Department assures that individuals and families are receiving quality services and supports that comply with their individual service plan and that the organization is meeting quality standards and moving towards continous improvement. Provider Compliance Reviews are coordinated and completed by the Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Internal QARs are completed annually for each department of the Coshocton County Board in accordance with accreditation standards. The Quality Assurance Department is supervised by the Compliance & Outreach Director.

Help Me Grow

The Help Me Grow program is designed to ensure Ohio’s children receive a healthy birth and the resources to warrant a healthy and productive start in life. An integral part of Ohio’s prenatal to age three system of supports, the services offered by Help Me Grow equip parents with the means to help their child acquire the early building blocks necessary for long term success. These initial achievements last a lifetime, as scientific evidence strongly suggests that a child’s success is significantly determined by the quality of nurturing in the first three years of life


Help Me Grow believes all young children deserve the same opportunities to realize their full potential in life, regardless of economic, geographic, and demographic considerations. The parenting education and child development resources provided to families allows them to maximize this critical period of development in their child’s life, providing a foundation for lasting success.


Help Me Grow professionals in this department work with families and children to learn how to support their children in achieving their goals.

Hopewell School

Hopewell School was founded in 1965 by a group of parents who wanted their disabled children to receive educational services like other children their age. These parents and all those parents who have followed are the first piece of the Hopewell School puzzle. Hopewell School has changed significantly since that day but our mission remains the same: to provide an equal and appropriate education to the children of Coshocton County with disabilities so that they may grow into adults who have goals and dreams that are within their reach. 

The Hopewell School staff believes that every child is unique and valuable and has a gift to share with society. We strive through education and other services and supports to provide children with the opportunity to share their gift and to contribute to their community throughout their lifetime. The staff of Hopewell School faces this challenge daily through reevaluating, rethinking, and exploring new ideas, methods and materials. This professionalism and dedication is a piece of the Hopewell School puzzle. The community of Coshocton County has supported Hopewell School unfailingly and continues to provide support in many different ways. This also is an important piece of the puzzle. Parents, dedicated staff and a caring community complete a picture of Hopewell School. We are proud of the work we do, we are sustained by every success, and determined to continue to meet the needs of children with disabilities in Coshocton County.











It all began in March of 1964, a time when there were no good options for children that had physical and/or intellectual challenges.


Highlights of 1964

  • After completing what would have been the final year of John F. Kennedy’s first term, President Johnson re-elected in a landslide over Barry Goldwater
  • President Johnson declares "war on poverty," introduces a variety of federal welfare programs, including Medicare (initially proposed by Kennedy in 1960)
  • Three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi during "Freedom Summer"
  • 24th Amendment to Constitution adopted, ensuring fair voting practices
  • Race riots break out in Harlem and other U.S. cities
  • Investigating the Kennedy assassination, the Warren Commission determines that "Oswald acted alone" in killing the president
  • U.S. military forces launch attacks on North Vietnam in response to an alleged attack on a U.S. destroyer off the Vietnamese coast; Congress passes Gulf of Tonkin resolution that gives the President greater freedom to authorize combat actions in Vietnam
  • Soviet leader Khrushchev falls from power, is ultimately replaced by Leonid Brezhnev
  • Anchorage, Alaska hit by massive earthquake
  • Turkey attacks Cyprus
  • Space probe Mariner IV flies by Mars, transmitting pictures of the planet’s surface back to earth
  • The world’s longest suspension bridge, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York, opens
  • World’s Fair held in New York
  • First lung transplant
  • Cassius Clay (the future Muhammad Ali) defeats Sonny Liston to win heavyweight boxing title"
  • Beatlemania" over the singing group The Beatles become a global phenomenon
  • Movies: Lord of the Flies, A Hard Day’s Night, My Fair Lady, Goldfinger, Zorba the Greek, Mary Poppins
  • Songs: I Want to Hold Your Hand, Hello Dolly!, She Loves You, Can’t Buy Me Love, Do Wah Diuly Diuly, Oh Pretty Woman, Baby Love, My Guy
  • TV Shows: The Munsters, The Virginian, Daniel Boone, Outer Limits, Gilligan’s Island, Man From UNCLE, Flipper, Dr. Kildare, Voyage the the Bottom of the Sea
  • Books: A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemmingway (posthumous publication); Herzog, Saul Bellow; In His Own Write, John Lennon
  • Musicals Hello Dolly, Fiuller on the Roof debut
  • Elizabeth Taylor marries Richard Burton after divorcing Eulie Fisher 10 days before
  • Cole Porter dies

Children with special needs were not accomadated in schools and so they were either forced to stay home, often hidden away, or society pressured families to hand the care of their child with a disability over to large institutions where contact with family was often discouraged.


Two local parents valued the abilities they could see in their children that had intellectual challenges and they set out to create a program that would meet the needs of their children and other children like them.


Mrs. Russell Ashcraft of Warsaw and Mrs. James Gauerke of Coshocton were mothers that knew that their children had potential and that with the right resources they could develop their unique abilities and have a better life. They were determined to create a resource fo rchildren like their own to learn. Mrs. Ashcraft sought

Click the time capsule to see other events from 1964


out and found 20 other children in the county that had similar needs as her own child. She took her idea and the contact information for these familes to Dave Tompkins who was the executive secretary of the Child Welfare Department. Mr. Tompkins then gathered more information, located facilities and tested the children. But most importantly, Mr. Tompkins, through his vision and advocacy, convinced the county commissioners to advance the money to begin Hopewell School.
Hopewell School opened in September of 1965 at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church in two rented rooms with two teachers, two aides and 23 students. A lunch program was not provided so sack lunches were brought from home. Drivers using their own private vehicles provided transportation all over the county. At that time services were not offered for Early Intervention, Pre-School, or any therapies.


In 1968 a levy was put on the ballot to take the Hopewell Program from under the Children Services’ Board and make it stand on its own. Hopewell also hoped to purchase a bus and hired a home trainer with this levy.


A music program was established in 1969 along with a hot lunch program. The Salvation Army donated the use of their gymnasium for a physical education program. By 1971 the school had 25 pupils, 3 classrooms, 3 teachers, 2 aides, 3 buses and four drivers. One driver still used a private vehicle. Plans were being made to include a preschool class, speech therapy and another bus. In 1973 Hopewell School had a speech therapist and it would be until 1987 before Hopewell School would have a Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist.


In 1984 thanks to the voters of Coshocton County, the State Legislature and the dedication of Representative James Ross, the program moved into the current facility located at 23720 Airport Road. In this building, Hopewell School currently houses Hopewell School, Coshocton Board of MRDD Administrative Offices, Early Intervention, Service and Support and Transportation.


Hopewell Industries began in 1965 and by August of 1971 was in operation in a room rented from Tom Sutton on Walnut Street with 7 employees and two staff members. By September of 1972 the number of employees had grown to 14. In August of 1976 the Industries had moved into a larger facility at the County Services Building.


In 1985 with funds left from the building of Hopewell School, the workshop moved into its current location at the corner of Seventh and Chestnut Streets. By 1993 the new addition to the workshop was completed. Hopewell Industries offers many services including lawn care, janitorial, sign engraving, wood shop, day habilitation services, job training, skill development and community employment. Hopewell Industries currently serves 192 individuals.









Our Agency Mission helps give our organization direction. In addition some departments have developed individual missions that tie to the agency mission but provide more specific guidance on what their department is working to achieve.


Agency Mission: The Mission of the Coshocton County Board of DD is to embrace individuals with disabilities and incorporate them into the community.


SSA Dept Mission: The Office of Service and Support will coordinate the integration of individuals with disabilities into the community.


School Mission: The Mission of Hopeweell school is to partner with families and community to prepare children for their future.









The Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities believes that each human being is unique and valuable regardless of his or her physical ability or intellectual functioning. Each human being should be provided with appropriate opportunities to contribute to society and to reach the same goals as other persons. It requires that the value of an individual not be measured on an economical, social or political scale.


The Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities is charged through federal, state and local regulations to provide developmental training to help individuals with developmentally delays or disabilities to develop capacities, skills and resources which will help them play a part in the community in which they live. The services provided will depend upon their needs and each individual's plan will be individually tailored.


The persons served by our program are both children and adults. As children, they have need for self-confidence, self-respect, security, community acceptance, friendship, love, etc. As they grow, they have the right to make mistakes, and to learn from the consequences of their acts. They deserve the same community acceptance and toleraance of mistakes as any other person in the community.


We must keep in mind at all times that each person in the program, whether child or adult, exists in a community, has a way of life that suits him and others, and has a certain effect on members of the larger community. We realize, too, that many groups of people live different lives within the community served by our program. It is not our desire to take, or keep any person from the way of life of his family and friends.


As a result, the services received by the individuals we serve will be, to the greatest extent possible, person-centered, not provider oriented. As important as teaching an individual specific skills and objectives is, it is just as important to teach the individual the ability to make choices.


We will work with the community and the family to provide programming that enhances an individual's prospects of of being independent and as integrated into the community as possible.


In order for the Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities to carry out the duties of the program in agreement with the philosophy, it must strive to accomplish various objectives which follow:

  1. To continually strive to improve the curriculum at all levels.
  2. Through both formal or informal means, to seek and assess the various opportunities for individuals to take advantage of in the community.
  3. To promote a positive relationship with the community.
  4. To strive to have each individual become as independent as possible.











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