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.
Julia Honchel graduated from Antioch College with a degree in Environmental Science and experience at environmental justice organizations and small, organic farms. She has worked at Community Solutions since 2012, providing support in office management, social media development, Spanish translation, and grant writing. She currently works as an Americorps Vista developing local food and sustainable agriculture related programming. She lives right here in Yellow Springs.
Gabby Amrhein is an Antioch College Miller Fellow from Yellow Springs, Ohio. Gabby has years of work experience in small scale farming and sustainable design and construction, and is an avid birdwatcher and all around avian enthusiast. Gabby strongly believes that the struggle for ecological and social justice go hand in hand and that the farm at Community Solutions provides unique opportunities to put these beliefs into practice.
David Diamond is the Media and Education Coordinator at Community Solutions. He manages the day-to-day aspects of the organization’s electronic outreach and educational programming, and helps shape its educational mission. Before joining Community Solutions, David was a trumpet player in the U.S. Air Force Band program. Besides playing the trumpet, he also did many other types of work for the bands—everything from managing money to arranging music and updating the website. During this time, David enjoyed volunteering for sustainability-related activities at the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu. He is very excited to be working in a job that reflects these interests! David lives in Yellow Springs with his family, and enjoys riding his bike around here and there to try and keep up with his family’s many activities.
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.
Sage Pence joined Community Solutions in July of 2017 as an AmeriCorps VISTA, specializing in local food access and community revitalization for south Springfield. Sage is a 2017 graduate of Wittenberg University majoring in Political Science with a special interest in how policy intersects with environmental and social sustainability. She is fortunate to have past experience in water and soil research, including lead testing for urban garden plots, as well as working on environmental safety campaigns and trail conservation.
Lisa Odafe is a Springfield, Ohio native who joined Community Solutions in September 2017 to collect data for a Farm to School grant for the Springfield City School District. Her interest in pollinators, mentoring from a local beekeeper and acquisition of several beehives has lead to her new hobby of raising honey bees.