Susan Jennings became Executive Director of Community Solutions in 2014. She has a BA in English and Political Science from Washington and Jefferson College, and studied International Relations at the University of Keele in England. Her previous work includes six years as the Director of the Office of Campus and Community Sustainability at UMass Dartmouth, where she co-founded The Southeastern Massachusetts Time Exchange, a DOE-weatherization training center, and The Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability. Susan will be researching and writing about lifestyle changes to lower CO2 emissions. Her specific interest is in individual and community responses to the challenge of Climate Change.
Lance Hetzler has been working as Office Manager for Community Solutions since February of 2015. He grew up in Yellow Springs, and has recently returned after living in California, Costa Rica and Texas. In his spare time, he works on his Tiny House, prepares Indian cuisine, and plays with his dog, Sophie. Some of his favorite things are foreign films, Belgian Ale, stinky cheese and occasionally using a few choice French words in a pretentious manner.
Don Hollister has worked as our Senior Fellow since October 2015. Don grew up in Yellow Springs and his contact with our organization goes back to a high school paper about Gandhi’s ideas on education that he researched in Arthur Morgan’s library. Later Don was assistant to Morgan in 1971 while he wrote his book on the Tennessee Valley Authority. Don worked for Community Solutions, then called Community Service, Inc., during three different periods and was Board President 1998-2001. Inspired by Arthur Morgan’s ideas about community, Don’s passion has been local government and politics. He served as a Policy Analyst on Ohio Governor Celeste’s staff in 1983-86 and has been civically active in various roles both in Yellow Springs and in Ohio environmental advocacy organizations.
Eric Johnson has been an educational video producer for 25 years and a video producer for 35. He is the developer of the Yellow Springs Energy YouTube channel which features dozens of videos on the many things being done in Yellow Springs to limit green house gas emissions and strategies to develop resilience in the coming challenges that may result from climate change. In 2004 he was hired by the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions to edit the film The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006) and more recently The Passive House Revolution. Currently he is working on Earth Island: Energy, Community and Climate Change is Cuba. He has been an activist around energy issues since the first energy crisis in the mid seventies and currently serves on his local village’s Energy Board.
Jonna Johnson earned her Master’s degree with Northern Arizona University’s interdisciplinary, student-activist Sustainable Communities program. Her academic concentration and professional expertise is in sustainability education and community empowerment. Her passion for authentic relationships with children and the earth has guided her to work with community-based nonprofits, social justice organizations, national parks, higher education, residential outdoor education, and summer camps. Jonna specializes in advanced analysis of Dr. Seuss and gourmet peanut butter and banana combinations.
Lucas Bautista is a Community Solutions Miller Fellow and first year Antioch student from Chicago, IL. Before coming to Antioch College he took a gap year. During that year he spent three months in Uganda as a substitute teacher, three months working in a cafe in Mexico and a month on a sustainable farm in West Virginia. He works with Community Solutions doing technical support as well as translation, transcription and video editing.
Rose Hardesty is an Antioch College Miller Fellow from San Francisco, CA. She has previous work experience in office and childcare settings, and has volunteered in alternative pre- and K-12 schools, a restorative outreach program for incarcerated youth, and on a sustainable urban farm. Community Solutions represents an intersection of her interests in environmental conservation and the creation of caring and just human systems.
Scott Montgomery is a first year student at Antioch College and a Miller Fellow at Community Solutions. Scott is a Political Economy major from Cincinnati, OH. Scott works on Community Solutions' website and social media accounts.
Alexander (Alex) Wragg is a first year student at Antioch College, working at Community Solutions as part of his Miller Fellowship. He is planning on majoring in Environmental Science. He is from DeKalb, Illinois, a college town a little bigger than Yellow Springs. Alex has been working on updating the donor database, adding events to Facebook and the website calendar, and has begun the process of cataloging the library. He soon plans on writing and distributing surveys about various topics to increase awareness in Yellow Springs.
Peter Bane is the author of The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country, and a frequent contributor to Permaculture Design magazine (formerly Permaculture Activist). In 1994, he helped to found Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina where he built an off-grid home of natural materials. A solar energy pioneer, home remodeler, and microfarmer, Peter has provided consulting advice and design to landowners, municipalities, and universities for over 25 years. After moving to Bloomington, Indiana in 2006, he and his partner rebuilt an older home to achieve energy use reductions of 60% measured against the per capita U.S. residential average, based chiefly on the deployment of conventional building materials, passive solar design, grid-intertied photovoltaics, and changes in household practice that include rainwater collection, wastewater re-use, sustained yield harvest of wood fuel, sheet mulching with organic wastes, edible landscaping, and home food production and storage. He went on to advise the city of Bloomington on prospects for an Energy Descent future through his service on its 2008-09 Peak Oil Task Force. His teaching career has taken him from Canada to Patagonia, and among its highlights are launching permaculture education in the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago and helping to inaugurate permaculture design at the Ecovillage Training Center in Tennessee, at Indiana University, and at Paul Smiths College, New York. In 2005 his work in Media, Education, Trusteeship, and Community Development was recognized with the Diploma of Permaculture Design by the Permaculture Academy of Britain. He currently serves on the board of the Permaculture Institute of North America, and is at work on a book about biological approaches to climate cooling.
Immediately prior to establishing his consulting firm in 1993, Dr. Freeman served for six years as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Earlham College. The primary focus of his work as Vice President was the planning and implementation of a $37 million capital campaign and oversight of all fundraising, marketing, and communications activities for the College.
Prior to his tenure as vice president at Earlham, Henry served as a Director of Major Gifts at The University of Michigan where his primary responsibility was the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of gifts of $100,000 or more. While at Michigan, he also directed a successful $9.7 million campaign for construction of the W. K. Kellogg Eye Center, a state of the art facility affiliated with the University’s healthcare and hospital system.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wofford College in South Carolina, Dr. Freeman also holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Yale and the Ph.D. in higher education administration from The University of Michigan. His dissertation in the area of enrollment planning and merit-based scholarships received academic honors from the University upon its completion in 1986. His research findings also received national recognition two years earlier at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Higher Education and in subsequent years has been credited with shaping the future of merit-based scholarship programs both nationally and at individual colleges and universities throughout the country.
Saul Greenberg, PhD, is a core faculty member in the School of Education and Director of Education Partnerships Development at Antioch University-Midwest. He provided input into the new program at that institute on energy sustainability. Saul has completed the first phase of retrofitting on his own house. He and his wife are developing a “food forest” at their home.
Laird Schaub has lived over four decades in intentional community, and has served as the main administrator for the Fellowship for Intentional Community for the last 20 years. In addition to being an author and public speaker, he's also a meeting junkie and has parlayed his passion for good process into a consulting business on cooperative group dynamics.
Kat Walter is a coordinator with the Yellow Springs Resilience Network, enabling efforts among individuals, organizations, local government, and businesses to greatly reduce our carbon footprint. The six major areas include buildings, transportation, food, energy, goods & services, and waste & consumption. Even more, YSRN works to build longterm resilience to the effects of climate change as well as strength in the community, which requires equity and inclusion of all villagers. Kat previously worked as an organizer for The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund throughout the United States to support communities intent on rewriting local charters or constitutions to confer more decision making powers to citizens and recognize the rights of nature. She then formed a non-profit to do this work specifically with Ohio communities.
Dave Westneat is a long time resident of Yellow Springs, Ohio, home of Community Solutions. He received a BS in Chemistry from Allegheny College and a PhD in Chemistry from the Univ. of Pittsburgh. He worked for the DuPont Co. in Wilmington, DE and for the University of Akron in Ohio. In 1965 he joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH where he taught for over 25 years. He has been a past President and also a Trustee of the Glen Helen Association’s Board in Yellow Springs. Dave is a longtime member of Community Solutions.
Linda M. Wigington is involved in initiatives to evaluate and redefine the process, scope, and value of residential energy reductions. She is demonstrating the feasibility of achieving deep reductions (beyond 70%) in existing dwellings through North American Thousand Home Challenge. Linda is the founder of and has been associated with the ACI (Affordable Comfort Inc) Conference since its inception in 1986 and served as director, deep energy reduction initiatives until May 2013. She has been a technical consultant for residential utility programs throughout the country. In the past Linda served as an advisor for Habitat for Humanity International's Green Team and is currently on the Editorial Board of Home Energy magazine. She received the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s 2002 Champion of Energy Efficiency Award. Her specialties: residential deep reductions & energy efficiency, development of training events and conferences.
Glenn Gall, a northern Ohio native, has been involved over the last decade with numerous natural solutions to restore a livable planet. He trained with Peter Bane, Darren Doherty, Dave Jacke, and Mark Shepard in permaculture, and also taken training in climate science, biological farming, and livestock management. Glenn does small-scale fruit, vegetable, and livestock farming, and teaches agricultural methods that impact soil, water, climate, and provide nutrient rich food. These methods include permaculture, holistically planned grazing, water harvesting, agroforestry, and biological farming. He is now a dealer for plant and soil bio-mineral solutions and cover crops, and assists the organization Biology for a Livable Climate in promoting the restoration of ecosystems, biologically capturing carbon, and restoring water cycles to reverse global warming.
Nancy Lee Wood, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology at Bristol Community College (BCC) and Director of the Institute for Sustainability and Post-carbon Education, teaches courses and organizes events focused on sustainability. She currently is guiding a 60-credit Sustainability Studies Program through the curricula committee at BCC, working with colleagues throughout New England in developing a New England Resilience Group, and as advisor to the BCC student group - Seeds of Sustainability - promoting local agriculture throughout southeastern MA.
Vickie Hennessy grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her BS and MS in Ecology and Systematic Biology from San Francisco State University in 1980. Vickie joined the faculty at Sinclair Community College as a professor of biology where she taught a variety of biology courses, developed and taught courses in River Ecology-focusing on local Ohio rivers, and Tropical Ecology. In 2004, she was given the Innovator of the Year Award by the League for Innovation in the Community College, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement.