Swearing in

Richland County Commissioner Daryl Banks swears in Regina F. Jefferson and Mike Ziegeholfer to their new posts as board members at Richland Newhope.

MANSFIELD – Mike Ziegelhofer and Regina F. Jefferson are the newest members of the Richland Newhope/Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Ziegelhofer and Jefferson were appointed by the Richland County Commissioners, and took the oath of office at the Commissioner’s office on Thursday, January 7. They both have the opportunity to serve on the board for up to three, four-year terms.

Commissioner Darrell Banks swore in Ziegelhofer and Jefferson last week at the Commissioner’s Office due to unusual circumstances regarding the Coronavirus.

Ziegelhofer said he looks at joining the board as a great opportunity.

“Serving and meeting the needs of individuals and families who need us the most would be an honor and privilege," he said. "What I miss the most since my retirement are the opportunities we had each day to make a positive, meaningful difference in the lives around us, students, their families, and the staff.”

Ziegelhofer has 45 years in education and retired as the Lexington Superintendent on Aug. 1, 2020. He is a chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Consolidated Electric Company’s People Fund.

Jefferson said she could bring new ideas to the organization.

“I have been an advocate for my son his whole life," she said. "I want to help people with disabilities with their transitions in life.”

Jefferspm has worked as a loan officer/sales assistance and auditor of office finances. She also provides daily support for her adult son.

The next meeting of the Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 27.

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Richland Newhope supports more than 1,500 Richland County residents through early intervention, transition services, day services, supported employment, residential, therapy, and other family support programs.

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