Advocacy Partners

People First Athens County

Integrate Athens partners with The Arc of Ohio to support the local Chapter of People First.

President: Billy Peacock Vice President: David Hartinger

“People First of Ohio values all employees with disabilities and supports Ohio’s Employment First Initiative.  Therefore, People First calls for the elimination of all subminimum wages and of 14(c) certificates which allow employers to legally pay less than minimum wage.”

Respect – Equality – Advocacy – Empowerment!
Ohioans with Developmental Disabilities –
advocating, uniting, educating & empowering

William “Billy” Peacock

Billy was born and raised in The Plains, Ohio, and is a graduate of Athens High School.  The 2023 recipient of the Athena Advocacy Award , he has been a lifelong advocate for himself and others with developmental disabilities.  Billy has been a Keynote Speaker for many local events, Emcee for ATCO Idol and the Annual ACBDD March on Court Street.   Billy is an active member of The Plains Lions Club and numerous advocacy efforts, he is proud to share that he was one of the advocates who launched the process of having legislation introduced to remove the “R” word from the Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in 2009. Ohio successfully changed the department name officially on May 24th, 2016.

Billy has several presentations he is available for hire as an independent consultant and trainer.

 Jason Licht

Jason is an Athens County Native, Athens High Alum, local artist, Ham radio Operator, longtime advocate for fellow people with disabilities, and especially focused on helping those without a voice be heard. 

As a longtime local artist, he has recently found a love of acrylic paints and sells his work locally.  Jason lives in The Plains, Ohio and has learned to empower himself with the decisions that impact his life. Jason also supports people with computer skill training, such as basic computer skills, social media, and setting up and maintaining your email.  Jason has several presentations and is a great resource for accessibility. He is available for hire as an independent consultant and trainer.

 Noah Trembly

Noah Trembly, owner of Noah Trembly Enterprises offers a variety of services related to inclusion of individuals living with disabilities. He accomplishes this through a multitude of educational and advocacy work. Services include Motivational and Educational Presentations, Facilities Assessments, Special Event Assessments, Technology Assessments, Mentoring and Advocacy.

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