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Jennifer Neal Recognized at Clermont DD Board Meeting

Jennifer Neal was recognized for her dedication to the Wildey School PTO and Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities at the Board’s April 26 meeting.  Pictured from left are:  David Thamann, board member; Mary Jane West, board member; Kim Pellington, board vice president; Robert Grant, board president; Neal; Michael Chapman, board member; Jay Williams, Wildey School Principal; Emily Chesnut, board secretary; and Dan Ottke, Superintendent.

At the April 26 meeting of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Jennifer Neal of Miami Township was recognized for her volunteer services over the years.

Neal has been a member of the Wildey School PTO since it was created.  She stepped up to become the President and has assisted the school with fundraisers to purchase equipment and support students in many ways.

Neal is the mother of four; her twin daughters receive services from CCDD and attended the Wildey School.  It was her dream in the 2016-17 school year to produce a prom for students who have special needs.  The first event was held on May 6, 2017 at the Leming House in Miami Township.  Neal planned everything from decorations to volunteers that helped with the evening, to special food for the students as well as their chaperones.  Over 40 students attended.  It was so well received, Neal planned a second prom that took place this year on May 5, 2018.

At the CCDD Board meeting, Neal was presented special gifts from Wildey Principal Jay Williams.  Although she will be stepping down as President of the PTO, Neal remains committed to assisting children and adults with disabilities to lead meaningful lives.  She plans to be part of the planning process for the 2019 Prom, as well as other special projects for the future.



Wildey School Graduation

The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) celebrated the Class of 2018 at the Thomas A. Wildey School Commencement Ceremony on May 24.  Those honored were:  Madison Cooper, Molly Cooper, Andrew Johnson, and Catherine May of Milford Exempted Village School; Jacob Friedman of West Clermont Locals Schools; Joshua Fox of Batavia Local Schools; and Brandon Gray of Williamsburg Local Schools.

CCDD Superintendent Dan Ottke welcomed the audience and introduced special guests that included former Superintendent Donald A. Collins, who is also a member of the Clermont DD Empowers Me Board, and members of the current CCDD Board:  Kim Pellington, Emily Chesnut, Michael Chapman, Mary Jane West, and David Thamann.  Staff from the Wildey School also attended, as well as family members and friends of the students.

“These young adults are headed for bright new futures,” said Ottke.  “We will miss them and their families, who have been very active in our school program over the years.”

This year’s ceremony was dedicated to Thomas A. Wildey, III, who passed away in August, 2017.  Wildey was a CCDD Board member for 12 years and was the son of Thomas A. Wildey, Jr., of whom the Wildey School is named.  Wildey and his family have been present at most graduation ceremonies over the years and, in his honor, an empty chair was left for him during this year’s ceremony.

“It was a shock to us all when Mr. Wildey passed away last year,” said Principal Jay Williams.  “We reserved a seat for him tonight, and we know he is with us in spirit.”

Several members of Wildey’s family were in attendance at this year’s ceremony.  In keeping with tradition, they plan to attend future commencements.

Catherine May received the Donald A. Collins Achievement Award. May received this achievement for always following her class schedules, making mature choices throughout the years, and expressing great leadership whenever necessary.  Mr. Collins presents this award each year to a student who has made a lasting impressing on the Wildey School.

Carla Tobergte, a representative of the Clermont County Special Education Association, presented special gifts to each graduate on behalf of the members of the Association.

Certificates of attendance were presented by Superintendent Ottke, as well as Todd Wells of Milford Schools, and representatives from West Clermont Schools.

Guests enjoyed a reception immediately following the ceremony.  To view pictures or video from the night, visit


Clermont DD Donates Rosebush in Honor of Kern Family

For six years, the Loveland American Legion Post 256 and Ladies Auxiliary have held a picnic for the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) in honor of two long-time members.  This year, the picnic was a celebration and memorial for one additional family member who recently passed away.

Bill and Carol Kern (known affectionately as Momma and Poppa Kern to all who knew them) were members of Post 256 and Ladies Auxiliary respectively and became volunteers of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) in the 1990s. Over the years, they helped the Legion host yearly social activities for teenagers and adults with developmental disabilities that included summer dances, cornhole tournaments, and other fun activities.  There were lots of friendships made between the participants from CCDD and the Legion members, some of which continue to this day.  When the Kerns passed away, their son Mike and daughter-in-law Emily decided to continue the tradition of yearly CCDD activities by adding a spring picnic to the list of activities they host each year, as a way of remembering Momma and Poppa Kern.

In February of this year, their family suffered another loss when Mike passed away.  It seemed only fitting that, at this year’s picnic on May 16, CCDD honor Mike and his parents with something that would be a lasting memory for them.   During the picnic, CCDD presented a rosebush to honor the Kerns.  The bush will be planted on the Legion grounds.

CCDD presented a rosebush and plaque in honor of Mike Kern and his parents at the May 16 All American Picnic, sponosored by the Loveland American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary. The rosebush was donated as a way to remember the Kerns and the Legion for all they’ve done for those served by the CCDD agency. Pictured from left: Nancy Kern, Lydia Kern, Shelly Stafford, Bill Kern, Tom Kern, Emily Kern and Carolyn Miracle representing the Kern Family and Loveland Legion Auxiliary; Angie Stanton and Dan Ottke of CCDD; Dave Casteel, Pat Mornaroth, Margie Hominy, Bev Hudson, Bud McKinley, Sarge, Jack Hominy, and Jim Hudson of the Loveland American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary.

“Today, we donate this rosebush, as a symbol of our appreciation to Mike and his family for continuing to host our activities over the years,” said Superintendent Dan Ottke.  “We chose a red rosebush, so we can remember the love Mike and his parents shared with us over the years.”

For more information about the Loveland American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary, visit their Facebook page @AmericanLegionPost256.  For CCDD info, visit

Loveland Legion Donates to Clermont DD

Members of the Loveland American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary donated a combined total of $1,100 to the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD).  These funds will be used for community activities for teenagers and adults who receive services from CCDD.  This year’s donation will be used to fund activities that have been scheduled for the rest of 2018; leftover funds will help purchase bowling trophies for the CCDD spring and fall bowling leagues.

“Our thanks to the Legion and Auxiliary for these donations,” said CCDD Superintendent Dan Ottke.  “We would not be able to host as many community activities without their support and generosity.”

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Loveland American Legion Post 256 and Ladies Auxiliary presented a total of $1,100 to CCDD for 2018 activities that will be held at the Legion Hall.  Pictured from left:  Emily Kern, Ladies Auxiliary; Dave Casteel, Post 256; Angie Stanton, CCDD Activity Coordinator; Dan Ottke, CCDD Superintendent.


CCDD Board Meeting, Ethics Committee, and Graduation Ceremonies

The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the Thomas A. Wildey Center, located at 2040 US Highway 50, Batavia.  The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Early Childhood Conference Room.  Prior to the Board meeting, the Ethics Council will meet at 5 p.m.

At 7 p.m., CCDD will join with Milford, West Clermont, Batavia, and Williamsburg Local School Districts to honor the Wildey School Class of 2018 at their graduation ceremony.  The event will take place in the Wildey School Gym and will recognize Madison Cooper, Molly Cooper, Jacob Friedman, Joshua Fox, Brandon Gray, Andrew Johnson, and Catherine May.  A reception for families and guests will immediately follow the graduation ceremony.

Please contact or (513) 732-4921 for more information.