November 26, 2012

Marc D. Guthrie President Barack Obama has named of Newark, Ohio to the U.S. Access Board. Guthrie is the Director of Development and Advocacy for the American Council of the Blind of Ohio and an at-large member of the Newark City Council. He previously served as a member of the Access Board from 1996 to 2005 and as Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Ohio from 1995 to 2001. Elected offices in Ohio previously held by Guthrie include President of the Newark City Council, Heath City Councilman, County Commissioner in Licking County, and State Representative from the 77th House District for six terms. As a state legislator, Guthrie authored Ohio’s early intervention law for pre-school age children with disabilities. He also was appointed Administrator of Business and Human Resources for District Five of the Ohio Department of Transportation by Governor Ted Strickland in 2009.

The Access Board is an independent Federal agency that provides leadership in accessible design under the ADA and other laws. Its governing Board is structured to function as a coordinating body among Federal agencies and to directly represent the public, particularly people with disabilities. The Board is comprised of 13 members from the public appointed by the President and representatives from 12 Federal departments.