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Disabilities Commission
The Athens City Commission on Disabilities is an agency of city government whose commitment is to provide a means for the concerns of people with disabilities to be heard; to advocate for public policy change; to provide expertise to the community on disabilities; and tell the community about the strengths and limitations of people with disabilities, as well as how the community can help them improve their quality of life, thereby ensuring equality of opportunity and full participation in community life for everyone. 

The Commission consists of eleven members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by Athens City Council, one City Council Representative, and the Mayor or his designee. Term length is three years.

 Member  Term Ending
 Brigante, Robin
 February 2020
 Dennis, Scott
 February 2020
 Dikis, Rose
 September 2017
 Dilley, Berry
 December 2019
 Edge, Lara (Chair)
 January 2019
 Kinney, Lori (Acting Secretary)
 January 2018
 Lewis, Carolyn
 June 2019
 McNelly, David R. (Vice-chair)
 April 2019
 Purdy, Darrell
 January 2018
 Trembly, Noah (Treasurer)
 February 2020
 Wessinger, Joseph
 January 2019
 Non Voting Members  
 McKee, Patrick (City Council Representative)
 Patterson, Steve (Mayor)

Powers & Duties 
  • Make recommendations to the Athens City government on city services related to the needs of persons with disabilities
  • Act as liaison between members of the community and local government
  • Respond to questions from the public, local government, and community
  • Consult with Athens city officials, council, and citizens
  • Inform the city of grant opportunities 
  • Submit activity reports and recommendations to the Athens City Council

This board meets the third Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm at 
the Athens Community Center.  The public is welcome to attend.  
To make a presentation or to add agenda items contact the Mayor's Office: (740) 592-3338 Email

Contact Us


City of Athens
8 E. Washington St. 
Athens, OH 45701

Ph: (740) 592-3338
Fx: (740) 592-3341