For further information, contact:
Holly Riddle, NC Council on Developmental Disabilities, 919-850-2901,
Roy Wallace, The Wallace Group, 877-832-4548 or roy@wallacegroup.com

 

RONALD REEVE APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF
NC COUNCIL ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue chooses experienced Charlotte business leader and parent-advocate to chair panel guiding efforts to support and advocate for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities

Ronald Reeve, who has extensive experience in the business and nonprofit sectors and as a parent-advocate, has been named chairman of the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) by Governor Beverly Perdue. The Charlotte resident had recently been named a member of the Council, which supports initiatives that improve the lives and promote community inclusion for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD).

A longtime advocate for people with disabilities, Reeve currently chairs the Mecklenburg Disability Action Collaborative and leads the “Employment First” community group aimed at increasing employment of people with disabilities. He is a founding member of the NC Business Leadership Network and a member of the NC Alliance for Full Participation.

Reeve brings personal understanding of the issues to his role, given his family’s experience with both developmental disabilities and mental illness. He and his wife, Janie, started a chapter of Arc in western Connecticut in 1973, and formed the Ridgefield Organization for Special Education, a PTA for special education. They moved to Charlotte in 1989 and continued their advocacy of inclusion for people with developmental disabilities.

A native of Mattituck, New York, Reeve’s business career included service with IBM and American Management Systems in marketing, business development and consulting. He is a graduate of Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, and served in the U.S. Army.
“We are pleased to welcome Ron Reeve as the chair of the Council,” said Holly Riddle, executive director of the NCCDD. “His leadership in business and nonprofits, and his family’s experience are valuable assets that he brings to this important post.”

The 40-member NCCDD was established in 1973 and seeks to support effective, innovative initiatives that improve the lives and promote community inclusion for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The Council awards grants to grass roots advocacy groups, government agencies, disability nonprofits and other community organizations.

# # #