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Charissa E Gardner

Charissa E Gardner
MEP Growth Advisor
1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Oh 45661


Charissa is a graduate from Peebles High School.  She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Arts and English Humanities from Shawnee State University. 

OSU South Center Career:  

Professional Experience:

Charissa Gardner began her career at The Ohio State University South Centers in 2011. She has served as the Program Coordinator for the Specialty Crops program for the past seven years, and as Program Coordinator for the Direct Marketing program for the past five years.  Gardner currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Center for Cooperatives

For Specialty Crops, she managed the news and event publications, website, social media, listservs, and served as the event coordinator. Gardner was also Co-Editor of the VegNet and Hops Newsletters. 

With Direct Marketing, she also served as the Program Coordinator and managed the Ohio MarketMaker program, was the news and event publications coordinator, website, social media, and listserv manager, and was the event coordinator. 

In her previous years, Gardner also served as the OSU South Centers Campus Campaign Ambassador from 2014 through 2018, and is currently a member of Chi Epsilon Sigma and JCEP.

Prior to joining OSU, she was an English teacher for Adams County Christian school for 3 years, and worked as a Business Manager for the Peebles Monument Company for 12 years.

Gardner is a graduate of Peebles High School. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and English Humanities from Shawnee State University.

Personal Involvement:

Her hobbies include gardening, raising market goats, hogs, fancy rabbits, and traveling.  She is active in 4-H, FFA, and school educational and sport activities with her teenage daughter, Carrington.

Gardner currently resides in Peebles, Ohio with her daughter Carrington.