Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Faces of Rural Action

Federal Valley Hires New Coordinator
By Katy Sulfridge, AmeriCorps*VISTA for Media

Leslie Horner, former resident of Springfield and graduate of Central Catholic High School, has accepted a position as Watershed Coordinator with the Federal Valley Watershed Group.

Horner received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences with a concentration in Biology from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. She also went on to earn a Master of Science in Forestry from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. This background has greatly prepared her for the responsibilities of this position. Horner says, “Working at the watershed level provides a great opportunity to build on existing community linkages, and to strengthen the capacity of residents of the Federal Valley watershed to work together to address concerns relating to Federal Creek and its tributaries. The Watershed Group also can be a forum to work toward the hopes residents may have for the watershed.”

This is not Horner’s first experience with Rural Action. In 1999, she served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA, the 41-year-old national service program dedicated to helping fight poverty in the United States. Her assignment was to work with the Environmental Learning Program with Rural Action.