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Tracy Emrick, Executive Director

temrick@cvcountryside.org

Tracy recently accepted the position of Executive Director at Countryside after serving the organization in multiple capacities since 2012. Working closely with Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and the Countryside Initiative farmers, she provides both with promotional and agricultural guidance. She facilitates communication and works to advocate for this unique land-use model. Her goal is to not only assist in the management of Countryside, and the cultural resource program in CVNP, but also to promote and advocate for farmers, farmland preservation and sustainable farm management practices across Ohio. After raising her children, Tracy graduated magna cum laude at Kent State University in 2010 with a BA in Political Science and the KSU Writing Minor. She's been actively involved in agriculture since 2004. She is a proud member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, and serves as a volunteer Board member and co-committee chair for the Summit County Farm Bureau. Tracy has been a life-long entrepreneur, small business owner, as well as farmer and outdoorswoman. She lives is Wayne County Ohio on a small farm once belonging to her grandparents.

 

 

Beth Knorr, Special Projects

A farmers' market professional with 18 years of experience in the sustainable agriculture, local food, and non-profit arenas, Beth has brought her hands-on farming experience, enthusiasm, and insight to bear on local, state and national policies affecting small and mid-scale farms, farmers' markets, and local food businesses.  Beth was recently named Director of Summit Food Policy Coalition.  She is a past president of Farmers' Market Management Network, University of Akron's Nutrition and Dietetics Advisory Board, and was recently re-appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsak to sit on the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee for a second term, where she was elected vice-chair by her peers. Beth was a 2006 delegate to Slow Food's international conference, Terra Madre, in Turin, Italy.  In September of 2009, she was honored with the first ever Local Food Hero Award from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and in January 2010 was named one of Cleveland's 32 most interesting people by Cleveland Magazine. She lives in Cuyahoga Falls with her husband and their two children, Maggie and Gus, where they manage their local fruit ice pop business, Popsmith.

 

Erin Molnar, Farmers' Market Manager

emolnar@cvcountryside.org

Erin returned to Countryside Conservancy in March 2016 after a two year absence, during which she embarked on an in-depth exploration of the world of coffee and small business management at Rising Star Coffee Roasters in Cleveland. Formerly the Assistant Markets Manager, Erin has seamlessly stepped into the role of Farmers' Market Manager, where she continues to build on established relationships with vendors and customers alike.  Erin's passion for food and agriculture, attention to detail, thoughtful and professional interactions, and love of data and analytics make her ideal to grow the markets and incubate new businesses through our venues. Erin holds a degree in Anthropology from Kenyon College, spent time as Executive Assistant to the Director of Slow Food USA, and also makes a fantastic cortado. Erin lives in Cuyahoga Falls, where fiber arts and reading occupy much of her time.

 

 

  Serena Jones, Assistant Farmers' Market Manager

sjones@cvcountryside.org

Serena considers herself a lifetime student of books and the world around her. Her long road of education has taken her to study Conflict Management and Political Science at Kent State University, and allowed her to explore her passions of nonviolent communication and social activism. While she considers herself a farm and food novice, she believes in the importance of grassroots organizing and growing local community. She comes from a decade of experience in coffee shops and interning in the non-profit sector, and is excited to embark on this new journey of connecting people, food and land with Countryside. Serena can be found running or hiking the trails of CVNP, daydreaming about her next backpacking trip, or watching detective shows.


 

  Annie Preston, Program and Development Associate

apreston@cvcountryside.org

Annie recently joined Countryside after spending the fall and winter teaching environmental ethics to high school students in Colorado. With Countryside, Annie hopes to implement sustainable practices and zero-waste programs in our office and at the Countryside Farmers’ Markets. Topics of environmental sustainability have long interested Annie, graduating cum laude from Colgate University in 2016 with degrees in Environmental Studies and Geology. She hopes to use her past experiences and an ever-growing passion for local food systems to continue the mission and goals of Countryside! Annie lives in Bath, where she spends time gardening and wildlife watching along Yellow Creek.