Staff spotlight: Mechanic happy to jumpstart career with FCBDD

Man wearing sunglasses smiling and standing in front of a school bus.

Deshaun Washington couldn’t help but notice how often his neighbor seemed to be out helping people, lending a hand or offering guidance. And if he wasn’t helping someone, James Leonard likely was working. “He’s a good man,” Washington said of Leonard, the Transportation Director at the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. “A good, hardworking …

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Transportation Director Bill Ryan wraps up three decades of service

Bill Ryan sits at his desk. He is smiling and has a long white beard.
Bill Ryan says the last time he shaved off his beard, his grandmother told him to grow it back. He took her advice.

Many years ago, long before he was in charge of the Transportation Department at the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Bill Ryan happened upon a colleague strapping his own daughter into her seat on the bus. The girl had significant disabilities and couldn’t speak. That didn’t stop her dad from chattering away, holding up …

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