Andy is a familiar face to many Ottawa County residents.  He worked at a local supermarket for eighteen years, where his strong work ethic and fun personality made a very positive statement about the benefits of the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the workplace.

In 2015 Andy needed a change, and started a new job at a local motel where he cleaned the common areas including the lobby, hallways, pool area, gym, and restrooms. In previous interviews, his boss indicated that Andy did an awesome job keeping things in great shape for the motel guests. In 2023 he made a job move to a hotel closer to his home.

What does he do when he’s not working? Andy is a busy guy! He bowls on a weekly league and enjoys watching his dad shoot pool. Faith is an important part of his life, and he is a lector at his church.  He is also involved with a lot of the activities that OCBDD’s REC Team offers to the individuals we serve.  Andy is one of the founding members of the OCBDD self-advocacy group SASSY (Self-Advocates Sayin’ Something Yeah!). He is also a statewide trainer for Project STIR (Steps Towards Independence and Responsibility), a training program for self-advocates designed to provide people with disabilities with the tools to advocate for themselves, work with others in advocacy and gain leadership experiences.

Andy also likes to do stand-up comedy in his spare time and enjoys honing his skills with friends and family. When you leave Andy’s presence, it is most likely with a smile on your face.

In 2019 Ottawa County Probate Judge Hany appointed Andy to serve on the Board of Ottawa County Board of Disabilities. His life experiences bring an invaluable point of view to our board.