Jeanie R. Addington
Board Member Since February 2015
Jeanie Addington graduated with a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business Pre-Law and a master's degree in Business Administration from Ohio University. During her 30-year career as a Certified Public Accountant with JC & Co., she worked in various capacities ranging from entry-level accountant to the firm's first female partner in its nearly 60-year history. Addington's work in public accounting led her to specialize in business consulting for government and non-profit organizations, including educational institutions.
She is the fundraising chair and special events volunteer for Driven Charity OSU Basketball Games. She is also a special events volunteer for Pink Out Cancer Awareness Basketball Games.
Board Member since February 2011
Mike Brooks graduated with a degree in pattern engineering and shoe design from Ars Sutoria in Milan, Italy. In June of 1975, he returned to Nelsonville, Ohio to work for his family's shoe business Wm. Brooks Shoe Company where he became the Manger of Production Development and then the National Sales Manager. In the 1970s, he re-branded the shoe company as the outdoor-inspired Rocky Boot Company. Since that time, the company has undergone changes and brand acquisitions and is now known as Rocky Brands, Inc. He retired as the Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Brands, Inc. and currently serves on the executive board of the American Apparel and Footwear Association.
Brooks was awarded Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year for Central Ohio and one of Footwear News' Power 50. He is also the recipient of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, Child of Appalachia award. Brooks was one of six finalists for the Ohio Association of Community College (OACC) Maureen C. Grady Award for Special Achievement.
Civic / Charity Work:
He serves on the board of the Two/Ten Foundation and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville.
Board Member since Semptember 2011
Budzik is a Hocking College alumnus. He began his career with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife in January 1975 as a conservation aide. He also held positions as Area Manager of the Delaware Wildlife Area, District Private Lands Biologist in Southeast Ohio, and Assistant Administrator of Wildlife Management and Research. In 2003, he retired from his position of Chief of the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Budzik has been honored by the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate for his "Distinguished Career in Wildlife." He was also awarded Ohio's Man of the Year by the Woods and Water Conservation Association, in addition to Conservationist of the Year by the League of Ohio Sportsman. He also received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Hocking College and the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.
Civic / Charity Work:
In 2011, Budzik served as the Hocking College commencement speaker. He also served on the executive committee of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, in addition to serving as Chairman of the Wildlife Resource Policy Committee.
Board Member since April 2016
Leon Forte has been an Athens County resident since 1975, living in Athens, The Plains and, currently, Nelsonville. He attended Word of Life Bible College, was ordained through Victory Christian Center and holds a Master's of Theology from Jacksonville Theological Seminary. He is the founder and Senior Pastor of Grace Christian Center, a non-denominational, multicultural Christian church located in The Plains and has devoted over 25 years to Christian ministry work. Additionally, he works as a hair stylist at Attitudes for Hair located in the Historic Square Arts District of Nelsonville.
He works extensively with Athens County youth in his ministry and travels around the country speaking to churches, businesses and leadership groups.
Board Member Since May 2014
Tom is currently the Mayor of the Village of Somerset and Director of the Perry County Community Improvement Corporation where he has significant funding for community led development and infrastructure projects. Tom previously had a successful career in international banking serving as a Senior Vice President for Standard Chartered Bank and as Assistant Vice President of First Interstate Bank, Ltd. He received his Master's of Business Administration in at Henley Management College in England and his Bachelor of Arts degree at The Ohio State University.
Tom received the Governor's Award for the Arts for Community Participation from the Ohio Arts Council as well has Heritage Ohio's Community Preservation Award.
Tom serves on multiple boards, including the Ohio Arts Council and the Community Foundation for Perry County and is past-president of the Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society.
Board Member Since December 2015
Ben Mitchell completed his MBA from Urbana University in 2015 in addition to completing graduate chemistry programs at the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Louisville. In 1990, he began his career with AkzoNobel Coatings, Inc. where he has achieved several promotions from Lab Technician to Senior Chemist to Global Services Manager to his current position as a member of the North American Strategic Marketing Management Team. He is the co-author of "Innovative Leadership Workbook for Global Leaders", published in 2014. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specification Institute.
He serves on committees for the National Fenestration Ratings Council, the Window and Door Manufacturer Association and the American Architectural Manufacturer Association. He also served on Urbana University's Board of Trustees for three years.
Board Member since November 2011
Stone graduated Cum Laude from The Ohio State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He then served as an Engineer Officer for the United States Army for 4.5 years. Later he became the director of the street department for the City of Athens, Ohio for nearly 5.5 years. Stone is currently a city engineer and the Director of Public Works for the City of Athens, Ohio. Additionally, since 2003, he has been an Engineer Officer in the Ohio National Guard.
Civic / Charity Work:
Stone serves on the Board of Directors for the Nelsonville Restoration Foundation and is a member of the Nelsonville Area Chamber of Commerce. He also is a member of Paramuthia Lodgge #25 F & AM.
Board Member since September 2011
Tucker graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Ohio University in 1966 and completed her Master's Degree in Special Education from the same institution in 1973. Tucker was a teacher in the Logan-Hocking School District for 30 years and served as the Mayor of the City of Logan from 2000-2003. She then served as a tutor for the Logan-Hocking School District for six years. She currently is employed as a tourism staff member for the Nelsonville area.
Civic / Charity Work:
Tucker was the co-chair of the Logan Cancer Support group, a member of the teacher society Delta Kappa Gamma and a charter member of The Friends of the Hocking Hills. She has also served as a board member of The Logan-Holl Foundation and served as a founding member of the Washboard Music Festival.
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