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Meet Ohio Direct Marketing Team Members

The Ohio Direct Marketing team includes core members who help set direction, affiliate members who contribute to specific projects, and informational members who want to contribute and receive information. Team members represent various colleges and universities; industry associations; and other groups who influence direct marketing in Ohio. 

Advancing direct marketing in Ohio involves a variety of facilitators and community leaders.  The Direct Marketing team provides resources to support those who provide leadership and assistance to connect consumers, producers, markets, and communities.

The word "facilitator" includes individuals representing organizations that support small farmers and farmer direct marketing.  This term (facilitators) was used in  USDA's publication, Direct Marketing Today Challenges and Opportunities, to refer to representatives from state agriculture departments, state and county Extension specialists, and nongovernmental groups with a variety of relevant interests.

Ohio Direct Marketing Team Members

Emily Adams

Core Member

Extension Educator
Ag and Natural Resources, County Director
OSU Extension Coshocton County
740-622-2265

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Cottage Foods
  • Farm & Farmers' Markets
  • Farm-based Food Businesses
  • MarketReady
Emily Adams

Eric Barrett

Core Member

Extension Educator
Ag and Natural Resources
OSU Extension Mahoning County
330-533-5538

Email Eric

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Agritourism
  • Branding the Farm
  • Emergency Management/Crisis Communications
  • Farm & Farmers' Markets
  • Marketing Plans
  • Marketing Research
  • MarketMaker
  • Market Ready
  • Merchandising
  • Mobile/Social Media Marketing
  • Urban Food & Agriculture
Eric Barrett

Brad Bergefurd

Affiliate Member

Extension Educator
Ag and Natural Resources and
State Horticulture Specialist
OSU South Centers, Piketon
740-289-2071 Ext. 136

Email Brad

Area(s) of Expertise

  • CSA's
  • Farm & Farmers Markets
  • Marketing Plans
  • MarketReady
  • Social/Mobile Media Marketing
  • Urban Food & Agriculture
Brad Bergefurd

John Berry

Affiliate Member

Agricultural Marketing Educator
Ag Entrepreneurship / Economic & Community Development Team
Penn State Extension
Lehigh County
610-391-9840

Email John

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Agritourism
  • Farm & Farmers Markets
  • Marketing Plans
  • Marketing Research
  • Merchandising
  • Multi-State Project Collaborator
  • Retail farm marketing and agritourism risk management
  • Retail farm market employee training
John Berry

Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant

Affiliate Member

Extension Educator, Local Foods System and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
Menard and Sangamon Counties
217-782-4617

Email Deborah

 

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Agritourism
  • CSA's
  • MarketMaker
  • MarketReady
  • Multi-State Project Collaborator
Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant

Christy Eckstein

Affiliate Member

Executive Director
Ohio Grape Industries Committee
614-728-6438

Email Christy

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Agritourism
  • MarketReady (Wineries)
 

Stan Ernst

Core Member

Food & Horticulture Market Specialist/Ag Economist, Specialty Crop Business Program Manager
Ohio State University Extension

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Advertising/Promotion
  • Consumer Trends
  • Marketing Research
  • Merchandising
Stan Ernst

Mike Estadt

Informational Member

Extension Educator, County Director
Ag & Natural Resources
OSU Extension, Pickaway County
740-474-7534

Email Mike

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Farm & Farmers Markets
  • Merchandising
 

Julie Fox

Core Member/Team Leader

Program Manager, Direct Marketing
OSU Extension, CFAES
OSU South Centers
740-289-2071 Ext.. 225

Email Julie

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Agritourism
  • CSAs
  • Emergency Management/Crisis Communications
  • Farm & Farmers Markets
  • Marketing Plans
  • Marketing Research
  • MarketMaker
  • MarketReady
  • Meet the Buyers
  • Merchandising
  • Social/Mobile Media Marketing
  • Urban Food & Ag

Mike Hogan

Core Member

Extension Educator & Associate Professor, Agriculture & Natural Resources, County Director
OSU Extension, Fairfield County
740-653-5419

Email Mike

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Farm & Farmers Markets
  • Local Food System Development
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Urban Food & Ag

Michael Jones

Affiliate Member

Co-Founder & Executive Director
Local Matters
614-263-5662

Email Michael

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Agritourism
  • Meet the Buyers
  • Merchandising
  • Urban Food & Ag
Michael Jones

Matt Kleinhenz

Informational Member

Associate Professor
Horticulture & Crop Science
OARDC, Wooster
330-263-3810

Email Matt

Area(s) of Expertise

  • CSAs
  • Farm & Farmers Markets
  • Marketing Plans
  • Marketing Research
  • Urban Food & Ag
 

Rob Leeds

Core Member

Extension Educator
Ag & Natural Resources, Director,
OSU Extension, Delaware Co.
740-833-2030

Email Rob

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Agritourism
  • Emergency Management/Crisis Communications
  • Farm & Farmers Markets
  • Marketing Plans
  • Marketing Research
  • MarketReady
  • Social/Mobile Media Marketing
  • Urban Food & Ag
Rob Leeds

Dave Marrison

Affiliate Member

Associate Professor
Ag & Natural Resources Extension Educator
OSU Extension Ashtabula & Trumbull Counties
440-576-9008

Email Dave

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Farm & Farmers Marketings
  • Urban Food & Ag
 

Heather Mikulas

Informational Member

Program Manager, Community Based Agriculture
Penn State Cooperative Extension, Allegheny County
412-473-2540

Email Heather

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Agritourism
  • Cooperatives
  • CSAs
  • Farm & Farmers Markets
  • Food Policy Councils
  • MarketReady
  • Meet the Buyers
  • Merchandising
  • Marketing Research
  • Supply Chains
  • Urban Food & Ag
  • Using Ag as a CED Tool
  • Value-added

Cindy Meyer

Affiliate Member

Extension Educator, Ag, NR
County Director
OSU Extension, Butler County
513-785-6654

Email Cindy

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Agritourism
  • Farm & Farmers' Markets

Lori Panda

Affiliate Member

Senior Program Manager
Ohio Proud & Specialty Crop Block Grant Programs
Ohio Department of Agriculture
614-466-8798

Email Lori

Area(s) of Expertise

  • MarketReady
  • Meet the Buyers
 

Eric Pawlowski

Affiliate Member

Sustainable Agriculture Educator
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
614-421-2022 Ext. 209

Email Eric

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Agritourism
  • CSAs
  • Emergency Management/Crisis Communications
  • Farm & Farmers Markets
  • Marketing Plans
  • Meet the Buyers
  • Urban Food & Ag
 

Brian Raison

Core Member

Extension Educator
Community Development
County Chair
OSU Extension, Miami County

Email Brian

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Marketing Research
  • Urban Food & Ag

Sabrina K. Schirtzinger

Affiliate Member

Extension Educator
Ag & Natural Resources
OSU Extension, Knox County
740-397-0401

Email Sabrina

Area(s) of Expertise

  • CSAs
  • Farm & Farmers Markets
  • MarketMaker
  • Urban Food & Ag
Sabrina Schirtzinger

Rebecca Singer

Affiliate Member

Vice President
Director of Ag Programs
Center for Innovative Food Technology
419-535-6000 Ext. 109

Email Rebecca

Area(s) of Expertise

  • CSAs
  • Marketing Plans
  • MarketMaker
  • MarketReady
  • Meet the Buyers
  • Merchandising
  • Marketing Research
  • Start-up Food Business
  • Urban Food and Ag
Rebecca Singer

Tom Snyder

Affiliate Member

Program Manager
Ohio Cooperative Development Center, OH-WV Cooperative Partnership
OSU South Centers
740-289-2071 Ext. 220

Email Tom

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Food Hub Cooperatives
  • Grower Education, Training & Farmer Incubation
Tom Snyder

Christie Welch

Affiliate Member

Program Manager
Ohio Cooperative Development Center
OSU South Centers
740-289-2071 Ext. 234

Email Christie

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Farm & Farmers Markets
Christie Welch