Penny joined the Rural Action staff in May of 2015 as our Administrative Assistant. A graduate of the Master of Science in Geography program at Ohio University, she has many years of administrative, database management, and information technology management experience with non-profits. She was also a teaching assistant in Geographic Information Sciences at Ohio University for two years.
Penny continues to research the use of environmental assessment tools in planning for sustainable natural disaster preparedness, mitigation and recovery in the three county study area of Hocking, Athens and Meigs counties in Southeastern Ohio. The emphasis her work measuring vulnerability of particular groups of residents and determining whether their needs are being adequately considered during the county hazard mitigation planning process. The goal of the study is improving county planning processes in the future to more adequately protect all citizens, especially those most vulnerable to flooding in the study area.
Along with her most recent degree, Penny also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography specializing in Environmental pre-law, and a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, both from Ohio University. She resides in the The Plains.