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Thank you, Mark

Mark and his wife Patti serve as judges at our 2013 Choices Talent Show.

Mark and his wife Patti serve as judges at our 2013 Choices Talent Show.

Partners For Community Living joins with organizations and individuals throughout the region and across Ohio in honoring the advocacy and service of Mark Gerhardstein upon his retirement as Superintendent of the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Mark was an important partner with us over so many years. He was instrumental in obtaining funding for our nationally-distributed Lest We Forget: Silent Voices film documentary, in addition to sharing his message of advocacy and acceptance in the film. He also led the Montgomery County Board as one of the first sponsors for our 22-county Art & Soul juried art exhibit, with the Board serving as a sponsor for all of our seven years in presenting our celebration of the creative talents of artists with developmental disabilities. He has also played a pivotal role in the important work of The Brighter Tomorrow Foundation.

The best part of being Superintendent of the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services is evident in Mark's face as he enjoys time at our Choices Talent Show with Kirk Ford (left) and J.R. Grant.

The best part of being Superintendent of the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services is evident in Mark’s face as he enjoys time at our Choices Talent Show with Kirk Ford (left) and J.R. Grant.

He has been a familiar face at many of our events, including our Fish Fry and as a judge at Choices annual Talent Show. He also frequently appeared on our DATV public access television program to promote services provided by the Board and in support of the Human Service Levy.

We thank him for his professional leadership and his personal friendship over so many years of significant and meaningful changes.