GALLIPOLIS — Melinda Kingery has taken over as the Superintendent of the Gallia County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
She replaces Pamela Combs who has taken a position as the Superintendent of the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Kingery obtained her Masters degree in School Psychology from Ohio University in 1988. She worked for the Gallipolis City Schools as a school psychologist from 1988 until 1999 where she evaluated students with learning challenges and assisted in planning intervention strategies. She joined the Gallia County Board of Developmental Disabilities as an early intervention specialist in 1999 where she served infants and toddlers and their families for 19 years.
She was promoted to Director of Early Intervention in 2016. In 2018, she became Director of Children’s Programs overseeing Guiding Hand School, Preschool and Early Intervention.
“Pamela started with Montgomery over the summer and has been handling that while helping me get trained,” said Kingery. “We’ve got so many day-to-day things going on.”
According to Kingery, since Gallco left its old location in Cheshire and before becoming Gallia PALS, talks are ongoing to rehabilitate the old Gallco headquarters near the Gallia Sheriff’s Work Release Center as Gallia-Meigs Community Action seeks an office location close to the border of Gallia and Meigs counties.