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New Community Education Specialist

6/27/2018

Tricia Perry will be joining the MCBDD on July 9 as our new Community Education Specialist. In this position, Tricia will be cultivating relationships with community agencies, employers, schools, civic groups, media personnel and service agencies, planning special events for the agency, and maintaining the webpage and social media platforms; just to name a few.

Tricia Perry's Bio

Tricia Perry is a native of the Mahoning Valley, graduating from Poland Seminary High School in 1984. She attended Bowling Green State University to earn a BA in Communications in 1988, and returned to the area to be near family. Her first job was as a reporter for WHOT AM & FM. That led to WKBN in 1991, where she reported for radio and television. Tricia stayed at WKBN for 17 years, earning 10 Associated Press awards for broadcast reporting and writing, as well as a Woman of the Year award from the YWCA. During her WKBN years, she developed a love of history, which led her to enroll at Youngstown State University. In 2008, she completed her Master’s degree in history at YSU.

In 2007, Tricia left broadcasting to teach communications and fundraise for the Rich Center for Autism at YSU. She stayed at the Rich Center for five years, moving to WYSU 88.5 FM in 2013, to fill the position of Funding Officer. Some of her duties included station marketing, working two pledge drives a year, planning membership activities and fundraising events like Mad About the Arts at YSU, and hosting NPR speakers such as Scott Simon and Paula Poundstone.

In her spare time, Tricia likes to have fun with her 15-year-old daughter, read, cook for family and friends, and travel when she can squeeze it in. She has volunteered for several organizations including the Mahoning Valley Historical Society and Ballet Western Reserve.

Tricia is very happy to make the transition to the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities, beginning July 9, 2018.

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