Rural Action Announces Debbie Phillips as new CEO

The Plains, OH – Rural Action is pleased to announce Debbie Phillips as Rural Action’s new Chief Executive Officer. She will begin her new role effective April 9, 2018. “Debbie has a strong commitment to Rural Action and to our region. She has been a forceful advocate for Rural Action in her Development Director role .. read more

On April 3rd, 2018, posted in: Latest News by

Rollin’ Old School – Dow’s Roller Rink of Nelsonville

Roger and Helen Smith have owned and operated Dow’s Rollarena for over 50 years. Originally built in 1952 by Dow McCune, it remains an active part of the regional community by providing fun on eight wheels. Located just outside Nelsonville city limits, people come from nearby villages like Chauncey and The Plains and from further .. read more

On February 13th, 2018, posted in: Multimedia by

Rural Action Announces Search for New CEO

1/31/18 Rural Action Announces Search for New CEO The Plains, OH—Rural Action’s Board of Directors announced today their search for a new Chief Executive Officer to replace Michelle Decker, who leaves in March to begin her appointment as President and CEO of The Community Foundation, based in Riverside, CA. Ms. Decker has worked at Rural .. read more

On January 31st, 2018, posted in: Latest News by

Sustainable Business Social to Share Green Resources

Athens, OH – Local businesses and organizations are invited to attend the Sustainable Business Social, an informal networking event organized by Rural Action, Upgrade Ohio, and the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council. Attendees will learn what tools and resources are available to improve their sustainability and lessen their environmental impact. Representatives from Athens Impact Socially Responsible .. read more

On September 22nd, 2017, posted in: Latest News by

Beer businesses give back during Ohio Brew Week

The Plains, OH – Every year, Ohio Brew Week is undoubtedly the most anticipated week for beer sales in the Athens area. This year, Eclipse Company Store Craft Beer Hall, Jackie O’s Taproom and Brewery, and Fat Head’s Brewery, teamed up with Coldwater Consulting, LLC., an environmental consulting group, to give back in support of .. read more

On August 1st, 2017, posted in: Latest News by

Tyler Bonner

Tyler Bonner grew up in Athens County and received his associates degree at Hocking College for Eco-tourism and Adventure Travel before going on to obtain his bachelors degree from the University of Idaho in Conservation Social Sciences. After traveling for a couple years around the western United States, Tyler decided to move back to Athens .. read more

On June 21st, 2017, posted in: Latest News by

Brian Vadakin

Brian Vadakin is the Social Enterprise Coordinator at Rural Action. Brian is responsible for providing business development assistance to Rural Action’s two social enterprises, evaluating and developing new ventures, and connecting Southeast Ohio’s social entrepreneurs with technical assistance and investment to grow the social enterprise ecosystem. Brian first worked with Rural Action as a Development .. read more

On June 21st, 2017, posted in: Latest News by

Community members invited to tour sites highlighting current work with Rural Action

Trimble, Ohio — Community members are invited to join Rural Action’s Sunday Creek Watershed for the annual Sunday Creek Watershed Tour on Friday, July 7, 2017.  During the tour, participants will learn about the Millfield Mine disaster, acid mine drainage affecting the region, possible solutions to the acid mine drainage problem with an artistic flair, .. read more

On June 20th, 2017, posted in: Latest News by

Deb Moreland

Deb joined Rural Action in July 2014. She performs accounting work alongside Linda in the Finance office and oversees human resource functions for Rural Action staff. She is a graduate of Ohio State University with an Associate of Arts Degree. Deb loves to travel and visit US National Parks and her claim to fame is .. read more

On June 20th, 2017, posted in: Latest News by

Dan Vorisek

Dan joins the Rural Action team as the Entrepreneurial Communities Coach. He has worked in the outdoor recreation and education field since 1994, with an emphasis on adventure based programs. His experiences range from the indoor classroom of public schools to outdoor education centers and leading wilderness trip in the northeast and upper Midwest backcountry .. read more

On June 20th, 2017, posted in: Latest News by