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Board of Trustees

Mike Brooks

Board Member since February 2011
Nelsonville

Background:

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.

Awards:

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.

Mike Budzik

Board Member since Semptember 2011
Logan

Background:

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.

Awards:

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.

Gary Edwards

Board Member since September 2012
Nelsonville

Background:

Edwards graduated from Nelsonville-York High School in 1978. He also graduated from Hocking College with an Associate of Business. He is also the local business owner of the Pit Stop Drive Thru in Nelsonville.

Civic / Charity Work:

Edwards served nine years as a Nelsonville-York School Board member and was president of the Nelsonville Charter Commission in 1993.

Tom Johnson

Board Member Since May 2014
Somerset

Background:

Tom has retired from a career in international banking and is now devoting his time to public service efforts around his interests in local civic and economic development, historic preservation and the arts and heritage tourism. He is currently the mayor of the Village of Somerset where he has secured more than $4.5 million in private and government grants. Tom has also served 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 England and his Bachelor of Arts degree at The Ohio State University.

Civic/Charity Work:

Tom serves on multiple boards, including the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Board, Eastern Ohio Development Alliance Board and the Appalachian Leadership Academy Board. He is currently president of the Perry County Farmer's Market Co-Operative and has been past-president of the Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society.

Joseph B. Ogden

Board Member Since December 2013
Nelsonville

Background:

Joseph has been involved in the operations of Ogden Insurance Agency Inc, a family owned business, since 1963. He has served as President of the corporation since 1976. He also has experience as a real estate broker and auctioneer. His specific skills include small business development, business operations organization, and client account management.

Civic/Charity Work:

Joseph has been awarded a 2013 Small Business Award by Perry County Chamber of Commerce. He has held numerous charity auctions for the community and has served on several boards, including the New Lexington Board of Education and the Lions Club.

Andrew Stone

Board Member since November 2011
Athens

Background:

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.

Dr. Keith Taulbee

Board Member since September 2011
Logan

Background:

Dr. Taulbee graduated with a degree in chemistry / pre-medicine from Capital University and went on to complete his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree / Bachelor of Science from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa. Since 1997, he has owned a private practice chiropractic business in Logan, Ohio.

Civic / Charity Work:

Dr. Taulbee is a member of the Ohio State Chiropractic Association (OSCA) and the Chiropractic Association. He also served as the OSCA District 12 Director and OSCA Board Member in 2007. Dr. Taulbee served for four years as the District Chairman for the Hocking District of the Simon Kenton Council of the Boy Scouts of America and served three years as a Board Member for United Way of Hocking County, two of which he served as campaign co-chairman or chairman. He was also a three year member of the Rotary Club of Logan.

Robert Troxel

Board Member since September 2011
Athens

Background:

Troxel graduated from Hocking College with a degree in an Associate of Science in Fire Science Technology and transferred to the University of Cincinnati to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Fire and Safety Engineering. He then completed his Master of Science in Environmental Studies at Ohio University. He served in the United States Navy as a Fire Control Technician for three years. Following his Navy career, he was an electrician for Athens Mental Health Center, a firefighter for the City of Athens, and a paramedic for the Southeast Ohio Emergency Medical Service in Athens. He was the chairman of the Region 7 Urban Search and Rescue team for two years and has been the Region 7 Ohio Fire Response Plan Regional Coordinator since 2005. He also has served as an adjunct instructor and is a sitting member of the Fire Science Advisory Committee. For the last 25 years, he has served as Chief for the Athens Fire Department.

Awards:

Troxel was honored as one of 175 Distinguished Alumni during the University of Cincinnati's 175th Anniversary Celebration.

Civic / Charity Work:

Troxel has served as a member on the Advisory Board of Hocking College and of the Athens County American Red Cross. He also served on the Board of Directors as the Finance Chair for Athens County Children Services, and was president of the Athens Rotary Club. He is a member of Athens County Emergency Medical Services Board, Local Emergency Planning Committee, 911 Continuing Technical Advisory Committee, and the International Fire Chiefs Association.

Paula Tucker

Board Member since September 2011
Logan

Background:

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.