OUR BOARD

We are looking for community leaders to position our organization for a period of expansion and growth and positively impact our region's local food system. If this sounds like work you're passionate about, join us! Please fill out a Board member application form here.

MEET OUR CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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ELIZABETH DOUGLASS

CHAIR

Elizabeth has served on the board since 2017. She is a Child Nutrition Education Program Specialist for the Ohio Department of Education and Clinical Dietician for The Buckeye Ranch in Grove City, Ohio. Elizabeth co-chairs the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Public Policy Committee, and serves as a Project Advisor on the Livestock Sale Committee for Franklin County 4-H. Elizabeth has been shopping at the market with her family for over 15 years.

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TODD MILLS

VICE CHAIR

Todd is an entrepreneur with a passion for local food and sustainability. He is the former owner of Acre restaurant, and former development director of Local Matters. He lives in Clintonville with his wife and two children. He has been a frequent shopper at the market since moving to Columbus in 2010.

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ALEX RIDER

TREASURER

Alex has served on the board since 2019. He is a Senior Budget Analyst for the Ohio Department of Medicaid and oversees the budget for the State of Ohio's Federal grants. Alex is a resident of the Clintonville neighborhood and enjoys walking in Walhalla Ravine.

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JENNIFER RUSSELL

SECRETARY

Jenn has served on the board since 2018. She is a Columbus Realtor with RE/MAX Metro Plus, and an Executive Assistant for Veritas Technologies LLC. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Ohio University, and holds an MBA with a focus in Organizational Management from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Jenn previously worked at the market for Sunny Meadows Flower Farm and enjoys hiking, cooking and gardening in her free time.

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JACK DECKER

is a semi-retired attorney with more than 42 years’ experience in civil litigation and labor, employment and federal civil rights law, with some experience representing not-for-profit organizations.  A native of Marietta, Ohio and graduate of the Capital University School of Law, he currently serves as Chair of the Victorian Village Commission and formerly served as Board President for the Neighborhood Design Center. Interests include cycling, American history, architecture, historic preservation, his dog and thought-leader Samantha, travel and food.

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KATE HODGES

joined the board in 2019 as a producer and currently serves on the market committee. She brings a background in large-scale community event production and has been engaged as a voice in local foods discussions since she founded certified organic herb and berry farm Foraged & Sown in 2015. Kate resides in North Linden with her farming professional musician husband and son.

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MILO PETRUZIELLO

has worked in local food and sustainable agriculture in Ohio since 2011. He currently works for Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, and has played a key role in planning their annual conference since 2012. A great lover of food, Milo gains much satisfaction from cooking with ingredients he buys from many farmers he knows at the market. 

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TRACEY SLAUGHTER

loves all things plants. In 2018, she teamed up with Marcie Todd at Freshtown Farm to grow vegetables, farming on two small plots in urban Columbus. Tracey first got started farming in North Carolina and served on the board of the Durham Farmers' Market while there. In 2017, she fell in love and moved to Columbus. She has a background in public health and enjoys all things outdoors.

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KENDRA TAK

began volunteering onsite at the market with her husband in 2013 before joining the board in 2015. She currently serves as the chair of the market committee. 

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