Susan Jennings became Executive Director of The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions (AMICS) in 2014. Since that time, she has partnered with the AMICS board to implement a new strategic plan oriented toward the support of resilient communities. She also led AMICS in the 2017 purchase of Agraria, a 128-acre farm on the outskirts of Yellow Springs which is being developed into a Center for Regenerative Practice. Susan serves on The Village of Yellow Springs’ Economic Sustainability Commission, the Board of the Greater Dayton Conservation Fund, and on the national Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching on behalf of Central State University. She also facilitates a Community Climate Resilience class for the University of Dayton’s lifelong learning institute.
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.
Gabby Loomis-Amrhein is a Sustainable Land Manager and Naturalist at Agraria. She is a long time resident of Yellow Springs, Ohio, with years of localized and far-reaching experience in small scale farming, sustainable design, and construction. In her free time she is an avid birdwatcher, writer, and woodworker. 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. He 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.
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.
Noah Yasgur has been working as a Miller Fellow with the organization since summer 2018. He will be graduating from Antioch College in June of this year and hopes to be putting up solar panels no later than September. He appreciates being outside, something that Community Solutions gives him an outlet for, and prefers to wear earth tones while doing it. Proven conversation starters - Permaculture, the good life, anarchism, and Townes Van Zandt.
Matthew’s role at Community Solutions is as a Project Manager, setting the scope for upcoming projects and partnerships. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Sciences and a diploma combined with further postgraduate studies in English Literature, as well as, a teachers training diploma. He currently holds a seat with the Environmental Commision for the Village of Yellow Springs and is an elected Supervisor with the Soil and Water Conservation District for Greene County.
Matthew also owns his own business, Trillium Organic Services, and serves as the Executive Director of B-W Greenway
Julien Stainback started at Community Solutions in Spring of 2018 as a website and social media coordinator. Since then, he has cultivated his skills and branched out to other areas here at Agraria. Being a Miller Fellow changed his views on conventional work and brought along an appreciation for the simpler things in life like long hikes and edible plants you can find in the wild. Julien’s love of psychology let him see the benefits of working the land to human health and behavior. The environment here gave him insight into how those benefits could work for him as well.
Adam Green is a Miller Fellow from the class of 2020 at Antioch College. Adam studies political ecology at Antioch and is excited to apply theory to practice through their hands-on work at Community Solutions. Adam's primary study interests center around the interconnected and inseparable relationships between social injustice and ecological degradation. Adam is excited to learn and practice methods for combatting these issues through Community Solutions' regenerative efforts. In their free time, Adam enjoys hanging out in streams, looking for cute bugs, and napping in hammocks.