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Tracy recently accepted the position of Executive Director at Countryside after serving the organization in multiple capacities since 2012. Working closely with Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and the Countryside Initiative farmers, she provides both with promotional and agricultural guidance. She facilitates communication and works to advocate for this unique land-use model. Her goal is to not only assist in the management of Countryside, and the cultural resource program in CVNP, but also to promote and advocate for farmers, farmland preservation and sustainable farm management practices across Ohio. After raising her children, Tracy graduated magna cum laude at Kent State University in 2010 with a BA in Political Science and the KSU Writing Minor. She's been actively involved in agriculture since 2004. She is a proud member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, and serves as a volunteer Board member and co-committee chair for the Summit County Farm Bureau. Tracy has been a life-long entrepreneur, small business owner, as well as farmer and outdoorswoman. She lives is Wayne County Ohio on a small farm once belonging to her grandparents.
Serena considers herself a lifetime student of books and the world around her. Her long road of education has taken her to study Conflict Management and Political Science at Kent State University, and allowed her to explore her passions of nonviolent communication and social activism. While she considers herself a farm and food novice, she believes in the importance of grassroots organizing and growing local community. She comes from a decade of experience in coffee shops and interning in the non-profit sector, and is excited to embark on this new journey of connecting people, food and land with Countryside. Serena can be found running or hiking the trails of CVNP, daydreaming about her next backpacking trip, or watching detective shows.
Annie joined Countryside after spending the fall and winter of 2016 teaching environmental ethics to high school students in Colorado. With Countryside, Annie hopes to implement sustainable practices and zero-waste programs in our office and at the Countryside Farmers’ Markets. Topics of environmental sustainability have long interested Annie, graduating cum laude from Colgate University in 2016 with degrees in Environmental Studies and Geology. She hopes to use her past experiences and an ever-growing passion for local food systems to continue the mission and goals of Countryside! Annie lives in Hudson, where she spends time gardening and enjoys hiking and biking on local trails.
Alexis grew up in Stark Co. Ohio on her family’s 30 acre organic farm. After a ten year career in logistics she decided to look for something that was a little more in line with her ethic and moral compass. This brought her back to help on the family farm in 2015. Since then she has been apprenticing with her father to learn to grow various vegetables and small grains. Alexis brings to Countryside a passion about farming and local food, as well as extensive management and organizational skills. She most recently studied Business Management at Indiana Wesleyan University. She now lives in Bath with her husband Ellis. They enjoy hiking in the National Park with their three rescue dogs.