Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Faces of Rural Action

New VISTAs at Rural Action
By Katy Sulfridge, AmeriCorps*VISTA for Media

A new addition to the Rambler will be a section titled “Faces of Rural Action,” which will spotlight staff and VISTAs who otherwise may not be known to members. The first “Faces” will examine some of the newest editions to our team: our new VISTAs.

The end of 2006 brought some changes to the Rural Action team. On December 11, we were joined by five new VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) volunteers. Each new member has brought his or her own unique talents to the team, and we are looking forward to moving into the New Year as a diverse and highly driven group. We welcome our new team members!

Bob Fedyski: Bob is an Athens resident who has given much to the community over the years. . He has worked as a professional chef, teaching culinary arts in Ohio prison systems through Hocking College. Bob has also been involved with the organization of the Athens area Sustainability Festival for several years.

Jeff Hardin: Jeff is a native of Eastern Virginia, specifically the coastal region of Newport News. Jeff has worked for the Newport News Parks and Recreation department, where he worked as a Ranger Technician. He will be working with the Sustainable Forestry department here at Rural Action.

Kimberly Klosterman: Kim is working with the Friends of the Lower Muskingum River in Marietta in order to help develop awareness of the environmental issues within the watershed of the Muskingum River and surrounding communities. She is the Outreach and Education Coordination VISTA. Kim comes to us from the suburbs of Akron.

Matt Presutti: Matt is a 1998 graduate of Athens High School, and also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University. He was active in the community as a member of Boy Scout Troop 71. Matt will be working as a graphic designer for the Development and Communication team for Rural Action.

Katy Sulfridge: Katy grew up in Northern Ross County, but now is a resident of Washington County. She is a volunteer with the American Red Cross, where she works in Public Affairs. Katy is using this experience as a member of the Development and Communication team with Rural Action.

Tune in next time for a new face(s) of Rural Action!