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Newhope welcomes New Board Members

January 26, 2021

Mike Ziegelhofer and Regina F. Jefferson are the newest members of the Richland Newhope/Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Mike and Regina, appointed by the Richland County Commissioners, 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 4-year terms. Commissioner Darrell Banks swore Mike and Regina at the Commissioner’s Office due to unusual circumstances regarding the Coronavirus.

 Mike 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. 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.”

Mike has forty-five years in education and retired as the Lexington Superintendent on August 1, 2020. He is a chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Consolidated Electric Company’s People Fund.

Regina said she could bring new ideas to the organization. “I have been an advocate for my son his whole life. I want to help people with disabilities with their transitions in life.”

 Regina has worked as a loan officer/sales assistance and auditor of office finances. She also provides daily supports to her adult son.

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

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