Staff, Board, and National Service Members

Administrative/Development & Communications

Debbie Phillips
Chief Executive Officer
Ph. 740-677-4047 ext. 13
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Eric Smith
Chief Program Officer
Ph. 740-677-4047 ext. 24
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Susi Acord
Media and Communications Manager
Ph. 740-677-4047 ext. 12
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Shannon Stewart
Ohio Stream Restore Corps Program Director
Ph. 740-767-4938
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Penny Morgan
Ph. 740-677-4047 ext. 10
Administrative Assistant
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Allan Withem
Computer Specialist
Ph. 740-767-4938
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Linda Thornton
Chief Financial Officer
Ph. 740-797-2783
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Deb Moreland
Financial and Administrative Assistant and HR Manager
Ph. 740-797-2783
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Sustainable Agriculture

Tom Redfern
Director of Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry
Ph. 740-677-4047 ext. 21
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Joe Barbaree
Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry Program Manager
Ph. 740-677-4047

Sustainable Forestry

Tom Redfern
Director of Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry
Ph. 740-677-4047 ext. 27
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Joe Barbaree
Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry Program Manager
Ph. 740-677-4047

Tanner Filyaw
Non-Timber Forest Products Manager
Ph. 740-677-4047 ext. 24
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Watershed Restoration

Sunday Creek Watershed Group

Michelle Shively
Sunday Creek Watershed Coordinator
Ph. 740-767-2225
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Monday Creek Restoration Project

Nathan Schlater
Monday Creek Watershed Coordinator
Ph. 740-394-2047
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Tim Ferrell
Monday Creek Restoration Project Water Quality Specialist
Ph. 740-394-2047
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Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership

Marissa Lautzenheiser
Middle Tuscarawas Watershed Coordinator
Ph. 330.859.1050
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Environmental Education

Joe Brehm
Environmental Education Program Director
Ph. 740-767-2225
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Zero Waste Program

Erin Sykes
Zero Waste Program Director
Ph. 740-677-4047 ext. 28
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Andrea Reany
Zero Waste Program Manager
Ph. 740-677-4047 ext. 15
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Entrepreneurial Communities and Social Enterprise

Brian Vadakin
Social Enterprise Coordinator
Ph. 740-677-4047 ext. 32
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Dan Vorisek
Entrepreneurial Communities Coach
Ph. 740-677-4047 ext. 30
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Rural Action Americorps Members

Laura Diaco | Zero Waste Program
Mary Jeter | Zero Waste Program
Dylan Bueche | Zero Waste Event Productions
Nick Cruise | Environmental Education
Brett Smith | Environmental Education
Kristen Vandervaart | Environmental Education
Caitlyn Park | Monday Creek Restoration Project
Emily Keil-Loudner | Raccoon Creek Partnership
Abby Costliow | Raccoon Creek Partnership
Daniel Clepper | Little Cities of Black Diamonds
Jeremy Maple | Wayne National Forest
Brandt Taylor | Wayne National Forest
Jessica Westbrook | Wayne National Forest
Theo Peck-Suzuki | Ohio Stream Restore Corps Capacity Builder
Jeremy Held | Sunday Creek Watershed Group
Selina Nadeau | Ohio Hill Country Heritage Area
Tristan Kinnison | Rural Action Sustainable Forestry
Luke Welch | Rural Action Sustainable Agriculture
Sally Sugar | Buckeye Trail Association
David Conkle | Camp Oty’Okwa
Rudi Beutner | Camp Oty’Okwa
Jenna Balazs | Hocking Soil and Water Conservation District
Heather Brindza | ReUse Makerspace
Meghan Ellis | Dairy Barn
Bailey Grenert | United Plant Savers
Destiny Langdon | Captina Conservancy
Kennedy Gardner | Licking Soil and Water Conservation District
Jenna Horiuchi | Entrepreneurial Communities
Erin Valek | Middle Tuscarawas Watershed
Sebastian Teas | Middle Tuscarawas Watershed

AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers placed with Rural Action

Caitlin Bond | Sustainable Agriculture
Caroline Keyes | Sustainable Agriculture

COMCorps AmeriCorps Members Placed with Rural Action

Meredith Hamsher | Sustainable Agriculture

Rural Action Board of Directors

Randy Leite
Board Chair
Dean, College of Health Sciences and Professions, Ohio University 
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Mark Snider
Vice Chair
Founder & Principal at Snider, Fuller, and Stroh
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Rick Hindman
Assistant Executive Director, Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District
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Jane Woodrow
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Mitchell E. Farley
Environmental Specialist, Farleigh’s Hold Consulting, LLC
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Chad Bortle 
Vice President, SJB Management
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Max Mark 
CEO & Board Chair, Ed Map
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Richard Wetzel
Mayor of Chesterhill, Ohio
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Dave Simon
Independent Consultant
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Kay Tousley
Kay’s bio is coming soon!

T. Chris Wilson
Chris’s bio is coming soon!

Rural Action Committees

Rural Action Governance Committee
Jane Woodrow – Committee Chair
Kay Tousley
Debbie Phillips – CEO

Rural Action Finance Committee
Rick Hindman – Chair and Board Treasurer
Susan Loughridge – Member Volunteer
Max Mark
Mark Snider
Linda Thornton – CFO

Rural Action Impact Committee
Randy Leite
Mitch Farley
Rick Hindman
Kay Tousley
Eric Smith – CPO

Rural Action Building and Grounds Committee
Sally Linder – Committee Chair
Susan Loughridge – Member Volunteer
John Kotowski – Member Volunteer
Mitch Farley
Robin Kinney – Member Volunteer
Dave Simon
Linda Thornton – CFO

Rural Action Donor Development Committee
Dave Simon – Committee Chair
John Kotowski – Co-chair
Jane Woodrow
Chad Bortle
Carol Kuhre – Member Volunteer
Sue Boyd – Member Volunteer
Mary Anne Reeves – Member Volunteer
Cita Strauss – Member Volunteer
Debbie Phillips – Development Director

Rural Action Policy Committee
Randy Leite – Committee Chair
Gary Goosman – Member Volunteer
Debbie Phillips – CEO

Rural Action Social Enterprise Committee
Max Mark – Committee Chair
T. Chris Wilson
Rick Hindman
Chad Bortle
Jon Sowash – Member Volunteer
Richard Wetzel
Brian Vadakin – Social Enterprise Coordinator