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Marquitta Riggins Named Opelika Regional Center Director

Marquitta Riggins Named Opelika Regional Center Director


Marquitta Riggins has been named Director of the new Opelika Regional Center. Riggins began her career at AIDB in 2018 as Assistant Director of Development in the Office of Institutional Advancement where she was responsible for the creation and leadership of fundraising campaigns and managing relationships with donors, corporations and community partners.


“We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Marquitta in this new and important initiative,” said AIDB President, Dr. John Mascia. “During her time at AIDB, Marquitta has proven herself to not only be an indispensable member of the team, but to also be a well-respected colleague. Marquitta’s experience will enable AIDB to quickly begin making a positive impact in the Opelika community.”


Riggins brings extensive program administration and leadership experience to her new role. Prior to joining the AIDB team, Riggins was the Development Director for Enrichment Services Program, a community action agency in Columbus, GA. Riggins has also served as the Program Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Chattahoochee Valley where she lead a team of case managers, managed daily operations and worked within the community to ensure the services provided met the needs of the community; and as a Group Home Manager at the Learning Tree, a nonprofit serving children and adults with an array of behavioral and mental disabilities where she was part of the multidisciplinary team that reviewed and created clients’ Individualized Education and Service Plans.


Riggins is a graduate of Jacksonville State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Behavior Science and a Master of Public Administration in Education.


“I am truly elated to serve as the Opelika Regional Director. AIDB is an extraordinary place that changes the lives of individuals who are deaf, blind, deafblind, and multidisabled every day. I’m looking forward to working closely with our staff, consumers and their families to transform the lives of those we serve beyond expectations,” said Riggins. “Moreover, I look forward to working collaboratively with the community to expand our services throughout the Opelika Regional Center’s service area.”


Karla Smith, Executive Director of Field Services, said, “We welcome Marquitta to the Office of Field Services, where her expertise in program management development will definitely be an asset.  It's a pleasure that Marquitta already has a deep appreciation and love for AIDB.”


Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind operates a statewide network of regional centers that are strategically located throughout the state. Regional centers embody the spirit of AIDB’s total statewide mission and represent a continuum of education, rehabilitation and service programs that span an entire lifetime from birth through senior citizens. Infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors can all find services to fit their individual needs in their own homes and communities. Each center is as unique in its programs as the communities, individuals and families that it serves.


Photo Description: The attached photo is a photograph of Marquitta Riggins.