Employee Spotlight Series: Rick Hindman
In our 2019 Employee Spotlight Series, we are creating space to highlight the 62 employees of Buckeye Hills Regional Council. Every year, we celebrate as a region the tremendous impact of our programs and services - an investment of nearly $1.3 billion into southeast Ohio since our inception in 1968 - but it’s our employees who work hard every day to breathe life into our mission and pour out into the eight-county region we serve.
Follow along as we feature three different employees every month!
Rick is the Assistant Executive Director for Buckeye Hills Regional Council and has been in his current position since February 1994.
What led you to your current position at Buckeye Hills?
Rick: My experience in community development originated with my work in the 1980’s and 1990’s in the U.S. Army in Germany. As the Deputy Installation Commander for two American bases, I served as the liaison between the American and German communities while providing community support services for American military families.
How would you describe your job to someone who is completely unfamiliar?
R: I oversee the departments and operations of the Agency and assist in identifying and working on various public sector initiatives. I also identify potential revenue-generating opportunities.
What do you find most rewarding about your position?
R: The opportunity to work with various people and a variety of communities and organizations on interesting projects and initiatives.
Why do you think the mission of Buckeye Hills is important to our region?
R: We are all about improving people’s quality of life by finding ways to best utilize the assets of our region.
What is one thing you wish more people realized about Buckeye Hills?
R: We are here to assist communities implement their plans and address their priorities. We are not here to plan and prioritize for them.
If you had to choose a favorite program, service, or initiative of Buckeye Hills, which would that be and why?
R: Providing resources and services to keep folks from entering institutional care as well as bringing them out of nursing homes, so that they can live in the community with as much dignity and independence as possible.
What are you looking forward to most in your position this year?
R: Deeper engagement of the Agency in the healthcare and addiction arenas.