Early Intervention and Service and Support Administration have joined forces to create a single department of Programs and Services. The combining of these two departments will provide added benefits to both the people we support and our employees. “A single department provides smoother transitions throughout the lifespan of the people we serve, provides consistency in the quality of services people receive, and increases the knowledge of and access to community resources for the people we support,” explained Superintendent Kristine Hodge.
Leading this department are two familiar faces. Tina Overturf, former Director of Early Intervention, will serve as the Director of Programs and Services. Cheryl Smart, former Director of Service and Support Administration, will serve as the Assistant Director of Programs and Services.
“Throughout my experiences with the county board system, I have come to understand the importance of continuity across all age ranges,” shared Tina. “I look forward to aligning the Early intervention Department and the SSA Department to capitalize on the strengths of each department for the benefit of the people we serve.”
Tina and Cheryl passionately believe in serving others. “I believe in people,” said Cheryl. “We are all humans with talents, imperfections, valued relationships, skills yet to be developed with contributions to make. This agency believes in that and more importantly, DCBDD actively supports everyone’s right and responsibility to lead a fulfilling life of their choice.”
Together, this compassionate duo will transform our Programs and Services Department. “I truly believe that we have the ability to positively impact the people we serve and our community through inclusion and empowerment,” shared Tina. “Our work is to listen and support the connections from each individual we serve to their family, friends, work and community.”
Get to know our two fearless leaders by reading their bios below. We are confident that Tina and Cheryl will continue to move our agency forward and enhance the services our community has come to know and expect.
Get to know our directors!
Meet Tina Overturf, Director of Programs and Services
Tina has been working in the County Board system for 17 years. For the last 12 years, Tina experiences have been focused on Early Intervention. While her most recent experience is in leading our Early Intervention Department, she also has experience in Service and Support Administration, adult services, job coaching, school age services and preschool services. Tina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Walsh University and her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Kent State University.
Tina loves to spend time with her husband and two daughters. Her hobbies are reading and connecting with family and friends. She loves to cook and listen to music (There is always a dance party going on at the Overturf house!).
Meet Cheryl Smart, Assistant Director of Programs and Services
Cheryl began her work in this disability field volunteering in high school with the Summit County Board of DD with their children’s program. In 1986, she became an Independent Living direct support professional (DSP) for a residential agency in Akron, Ohio. While there, she also worked as a support coordinator and home manager for people with disabilities. In 1989, she began working with Goodwill Industries as an employment specialist while attending Kent State University for her Master’s Degree in education and rehabilitation counseling. Cheryl’s work in rehabilitation counseling brought her to the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities in 1993 for a semester internship. That semester internship has blossomed into a nearly 30 year career of excellent support to people in Delaware County.
Chery is married and has a step daughter, son in law and an amazing grandson. She is a self-proclaimed homebody, enjoys gardening, exploring local and state parks, and traveling with her family and friends.