Tera Myers

Tera Myers is sworn in by Richland County Commissioner Marilyn John on Tuesday as a Newhope board member.

MANSFIELD – Tera Myers is the newest member of the Richland Newhope/Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Myers, who was appointed by the Richland County Commissioners, took the oath of office at the Commissioner’s office on Tuesday. She has the opportunity to serve on the board for up to three four-year terms. Myers was sworn in on Tuesday at the Commissioner’s Office by Commissioner Marilyn John due to unusual circumstances regarding the Coronavirus.

“It is an honor to be chosen to serve on the Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities," Myers said. "I am looking forward to working together with the Board to help continue to provide opportunities and resources for individuals served by the county board.

"I am excited to collaborate with our Board and community to ensure an inclusive environment of options for all citizens.”

Myers is a member of Mansfield Alliance Church and currently a Mentor Mom at Berean Baptist Church MOPS Program. Tera serves as a state and national parent advocate for Education Freedom, specifically for children with special needs. In 2011, Tera helped with the passage of the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship.

In 2012, she started the Unique Learning Lab for children with special needs at Mansfield Christian School. While directing the program, Tera also taught social, and life skills classes, and also worked with local public and private schools to provide better outcomes for children with learning differences.

Myers is featured along with her son Samuel and daughter Lynsey in a documentary featuring Samuel's education journey titled: Tera & Sam. Tera and Samuel have taken their story and fight for Education Freedom to the Ohio Statehouse as well asthe Capitol in Washington, D.C., most recently meeting with current President Donald Trump.

Myers currently does consulting work with the American Federation for Children based out of Washington, D.C. She has over 30 years working directly with children ranging from 0-18 years and young adults 18-25 years in a social/recreation and education settings.

Myers is motivated by helping those she works with reach their personal highest potential. Tera holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University.

Richland Newhope supports more than 1,600 Richland County residents through early intervention, transition services, day services, supported employment, residential, therapy, and other family support programs.

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