Staff & Board Directory

Administrative/Development & Communications

Michelle Decker
Chief Executive Officer
Ph. 740-677-4047 ext 19
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Candi Withem
Ohio Stream Restore Corps Director
Ph. 740-767-4938
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Shannon Stewart
Ohio Stream Restore Corps Program Assistant
Ph. 740-767-4938

Susi Rankis
Media and Communications Manager
Ph. 740-677-4047 ext 11
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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

Sustainable Agriculture

Tom Redfern
Director of Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry
Ph. 740-677-4047 ext 27
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Bob Fedyski
Local/Institutional Foods Specialist
Ph. 740-677-4047 ext 25
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Sustainable Forestry

Tom Redfern
Director of Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry
Ph. 740-677-4047 ext 27
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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
Director of Watershed Resources, Monday Creek Restoration Project
Ph. 740-394-2047
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Tim Ferrell
Monday Creek Restoration Project Water Quality Specialist
Ph. 740-394-2047

Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership

Marissa Lautzenheiser
Huff Run Watershed & Mud Run Watershed Coordinator
Ph. 330.859.1050
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Environmental Education

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

Erin Sykes
Interim Zero Waste Program Director
Ph. 740-677-4047 ext 28
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Rural Action Americorps Members

Luke Black | Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative
Tyler Bonner | Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative
Heather Fuston | Appalachian Ohio Zero Waste Initiative
Tim Prange | Environmental Education
Sarah Fisher| Environmental Education
Sam Romeo | Environmental Education
Gracie Umana | Environmental Education
Chelsea Shurmantine | Huff Run/Mud Run
Rachel Woods | Huff Run/Mud Run
Michelle Benedum | Monday Creek Restoration Project
Tony Minamyer | Monday Creek Restoration Project
Steve Glade | Somerset/Perry Co. Soil & Water
Sarah Boley Barnes | Somerset/Perry Co. Soil & Water
Dustin Gross | Raccoon Creek Partnership
Alicia Rector | Raccoon Creek Partnership
Austin Battles | Appalachia Ohio Alliance
Laura Marie Davis | Tuscarawas County Commissioners
Jeff Wunderly | Hocking Hills State Park
Matt Castells | Wayne National Forest
Hannah O’Malley | Burr Oak State Park
Brian Scholten | Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
Jennifer Johnson | Ohio Stream Restore Corps Capacity Builder
Homer Elliot | Sunday Creek Watershed Group
Michelle Robinson | Ohio Hill Country Heritage Area
Barry Unger | Buckeye Trails Association

AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers placed with Rural Action

Carrie Carson | Sustainable Agriculture
Megan Conkle | Sustainable Agriculture

ComCorps AmeriCorps Members Placed with Rural Action

Ryan Leach | Sustainable Agriculture

Rural Action Board of Directors

Amy Grove (6/5/10 – 6/5/16)
Board Chair
Ohio State University Extension, Program Assistant 4-H, Community Development & AgNR
Committee: Executive (Chair)

Gary Goosman (6/25/11-6/25/16)
Vice Chair
Senior Programs Director, Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development
Committee: Executive, Donor Development (Chair)

Susan Loughridge (5/8/09 – 5/8/15)
Board Treasurer
Grants Information Manager, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Ohio University, Retired
Committee: Executive, Finance (Chair)

Mitchell E. Farley (6/8/13-6/8/18)
Board Secretary
Environmental Specialist, Farleigh’s Hold Consulting, LLC
Committee: Impact

Randy Leite (6/8/13-6/8/18)
Dean, College of Health Sciences and Professions, Ohio University
Committee: Impact

Jane Woodrow (Completion Date 6/8/18)
Committee: Finance

Chad Bortle (6/14/14 – 6/2017)
Vice President, SJB Management

Sally Linder (6/14/14-6/2017)
Co-Owner and Real Estate Agent, Larry Conrath Realty

Nancy Crist (6/14/14-6/2017)
Human Resources Vice President, Rocky Brands Inc

Tom Johnson (6/14/14-6/2017)
Executive Director, Community Foundation for Perry County

Kent Spellman (6/14/14-6/2017)
Executive Director, West Virginia Hub

Mark Snider

Rural Action Committees

Rural Action Governance Committee
Susan Loughridge
John Kotowski
Jane Woodrow

Rural Action Finance Committee
Susan Loughridge
John Kotowski
Randy Leite
Mark Snider – Volunteer

Rural Action Impact Committee
Randy Leite
Mitch Farley
Kent Spellman

Rural Action Building and Grounds Committee
Susan Loughridge – Chair
Sally Linder
John Kotowski
Mitch Farley

Rural Action Donor Committee
Gary Goosman
John Kotowski
Jane Woodrow
Faith Knutson – Member Volunteer
Carol Kuhre – Member Volunteer
Tom McGuire – Member Volunteer
Kathy Gilmore – Member Volunteer
Sue Boyd – Member Volunteer