This month we are spotlighting the President of our Board of Directors, Sheriff Terry Grice. Terry was elected Medina County Sheriff in 2020 after serving as the Police Chief in Montville Township for over nine years. He is also the Executive Director of the Medina County Police Activity League – MCPAL, which promotes positive relationships between law enforcement agencies and county youth.
Sheriff Grice has served on The Children’s Center Board of Directors since 2016 including serving as the Board President for the past two years. We want to thank Sheriff Grice for his ongoing commitment to the children of Medina County and ensuring that our youngest victims get the services they need to heal from abuse.
We asked Sheriff Grice to share a little more about himself so that we could all get to know him a little better.
How did you learn about The Children’s Center of Medina County? Why did you decide to join the Board of Directors?
I was aware of the amazing work that the CCMC does based on working with them in my role in law enforcement. I feel that the mission of CCMC is vital to Medina County children and families, which was my driving factor to join the board.
What is your current role on the board? What do you do in that role?
I will be rolling off the Board, based on term limits, at the end of June. I have served as VP and then as President for the last two years.
What are you most proud of in your work with The Children’s Center?
We built an amazing new facility and with the help of so many generous partners, we were able to pay off the mortgage. Although that is fantastic, I’m most proud of the wonderful team that has been assembled to work day in and day out to make a positive impact in the lives of others. The staff are the true bricks and mortar of our operation.
What is the best advice you were ever given?
Some of the best advice I was given was to be yourself and don’t settle for comfortable. Often times it is easy to stay in our comfort zone, but we grow exponentially when we push ourselves to do challenging tasks.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Truly, I wanted to be in law enforcement from a very young age. Looking back, it is funny how things happen and we set goals that ultimately put us in the position we are as we move through our careers.
What is your favorite way to unwind after a busy day?
Our family enjoys being outside; running, camping, etc. It is nice to spend time with my wife and boys relaxing. Time goes by so fast, we need to embrace all of these special moments.
What season is your favorite?
My favorite season is the fall. I love the changing of the leaves and watching football.
What does the community need to know about The Children’s Center?
The staff at CCMC truly cares about each and every child that comes through the doors and puts so much effort into easing their pain. Children are some of the most innocent victims and the CCMC is the first step in healing. We, as a community, need to continue to assist CCMC to ensure they have the resources they need to perform this tremendously important service. It has been a true pleasure working with the staff and board members for the last six years. I wish them all nothing but success in the years to come.