Ohio University

Board of Directors

Dakota Flournoy

Dakota Flournoy

Dakota Flournoy is a journalist specializing in social media video verification for newsrooms at Storyful, a social intelligence agency in New York. In her work at Storyful, Dakota was part of a team embedded with the New York Times video department from July, 2017, to December, 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and previously worked on the international desk at CNN International in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Dakota is the daughter of board member Eli Flournoy, and granddaughter of founders Mary Anne and Don Flournoy.

Don Flournoy

Don Flournoy

Co-Founder of the Sugar Bush Foundation, 2005

Dr. Don Flournoy is a Professor Emeritus, Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, and a founding member of ECOTAF, an angel fund helping to provide capital for start-up businesses in the Southeast Ohio region.

Don and his wife Mary Anne live west of Athens on 400-acre Sugar Bush Farm where, for 40 years, they have hosted a maple syrup making operation among neighbors. Don has planted more than 3500 native hardwoods as a riparian strip along the three large creeks that run through his farm. He looks forward to further plantings with his children and grandchildren.

Eli Flournoy

Eli Flournoy

Executive Director, SBV Impact Investments

Eli is a social impact investor and co-founder of SBV Impact Investments – a company focused on environmentally sustainable economic development in Southeastern Ohio. Eli serves on the board of New Resource Solutions, a financial technology firm connecting non-profits and philosophically motivated for-profits and individuals to mission-aligned investment opportunities in renewable energy projects.

Eli has served as a director of the Sugar Bush Foundation since his parents, Mary Anne and Don Flournoy, founded it in 2005.

Eli is also a veteran journalist, living in Atlanta and consulting for international news media companies following a 24-year career at CNN. Eli is an active member of Environment Georgia and the Arbor Day Foundation, and practices sustainable forestry with family timber businesses in Texas and Ohio.

Alan Geiger

Alan Geiger

Retired, Assistant to the President of Ohio University and Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Dr. Geiger was the Executive Assistant to the President of Ohio University from 1984-2007, representing the President and the office on official University matters and serving as the President’s delegate. As Secretary to the Board of Trustees, he was the liaison between the Board, the President, and other executive officers of the University, responsible for the general coordination of this governing body’s activities.

Dr. Geiger currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hocking Valley Bank. He and his wife reside in Athens.

Richard Greenlee

Richard Greenlee

Retired, Dean of Ohio University Eastern Campus and Retired Interim Dean of Ohio University Zanesville Campus

As the Dean of Ohio University Eastern, Dr. Greenlee served as the chief administrative and academic officer for a campus of 1100 students, 17 full-time faculty, more than 90 adjunct faculty, and a staff of 27. As Interim Dean of Ohio University’s Zanesville Campus, Dr. Greenlee oversaw a campus of 2000 students, 50 full-time faculty, more than 100 adjunct faculty, and a staff of 50. Dr. Greenlee has served as the Associate Provost for Appalachian Access and Enrichment Programs with the Office of the Provost. Dr. Greenlee was named an Appalachian Teaching Fellow 2010 as designated by the Appalachian Regional Commission, and has been the recipient of numerous other professional awards. Dr. Greenlee has worked in the areas of social work and social work education for over 40 years.

Carol Kuhre

Carol Kuhre

Organizational Development Specialist

Board Vice President, Sugar Bush Foundation

Carol Kuhre is the founder and former Executive Director of Rural Action, a non-profit working on sustainable development initiatives in Appalachian Ohio. Prior to Rural Action, Ms. Kuhre served as co-director of United Campus Ministry — a center for social justice and spiritual growth. She also served in Lutheran campus ministry positions at Penn State University and at Ohio University, and helped to form seven community-based organizations.

Carol has served as President of the Athens Foundation and the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, a national foundation based in New York City. Carol is coordinator of the Earth Justice Network, an interfaith group working on issues of global climate change and energy efficiency.

Carol is also a trained fiber artist who has exhibited and taught fiber arts for over twenty years. She has traveled and lectured in Europe, Africa, the Philippines, and Central America on art, theology and social change. She is married to Dr. Bruce Kuhre, Professor Emeritus of Sociology from Ohio University, and is the mother of two daughters and a foster daughter.

Tom Lovdal

Tom Lovdal

Owner of T.H. Lovdal & Co. Ltd.

Treasurer of the Board, Sugar Bush Foundation

Growing up on a Connecticut dairy farm, Tom learned to love the outdoors and care for the environment.

Tom served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Northern Brazil and worked for USAID in Guinea Bissau. Tom worked as a construction manager on large industrial projects in the United States and Canada before starting his own residential building business in 1982.

Tom was building the "Not so Big House" long before its popularity entered the mainstream always emphasizing energy efficiency, compact floor plans and use of local, healthy materials. Recently Tom completed a life-long dream by building a “Net-Zero” home, a home that produces as much power as it consumes.

Tom currently helps with Habitat for Humanity projects and enjoys his retirement by taking long daily hikes in the woods.

Ed Newman

Ed Newman

Board President, Athens-Hocking Recycling Center

Ed has been promoting alternatives to the linear path of consumption and disposal of materials in waste since 1981 through grass roots organizing and then with the Athens City-County Health Department, helping to develop the first multi-material curbside collection of recycling (for the city of Athens) in Ohio.

He was the recycling and refuse manager for 22 years at Ohio University.

He currently is board president of Athens-Hocking Recycling Center and involved with several other organizations locally, in the state and nationally.

He is also the bee inspector for Athens and Meigs counties, and a renowned brick collector.

Art Trese

Art Trese

Associate Professor, Sustainable Agriculture

Art Trese is an Associate Professor at Ohio University. Art’s research focuses on the efforts to establish Sustainable Food systems, ranging from local to global economies.

Art’s courses include introductory plant biology, Sustainable Agriculture as well as upper level Plant Pathology and Plant Breeding courses. His departmental involvement includes advising the Applied Plant Biology major and managing the OHIO Student Farm and its markets.

Hylie Voss

Hylie Voss

President, Sugar Bush Foundation

Hylie Voss is the daughter of Sugar Bush Founders, Don and Mary Anne Flournoy. She and her family moved back to Sugar Bush Farm from Texas in 2017. She currently serves as the Managing Director for SBV Impact Investments, a company that invests in local businesses. Hylie also manages a 600-acre pine plantation in East Texas.

In Texas, Hylie started and ran the garden program at her kids' school. Prior to raising kids, Hylie taught school for six years, worked with the homeless for six years, and worked in character and abstinence education for four years. She has trained children's workers in Albania, worked in a tent kitchen following an earthquake in Turkey, assisted refugees in Germany, Uganda and Texas, and once swam in a race from Asia to Europe.

Winter Wilson

Winter Wilson

Student, senior Honors Tutorial College

Winter Wilson is a senior Cutler Scholar and double-major in Environmental Studies and Journalism at Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College. She grew up in Athens, Ohio, and is passionate about campus and local sustainability solutions. Winter works on climate change communication, adaptation and mitigation and is especially interested in social innovation and entrepreneurship. Winter is excited to be serving as a Student Director for the Sugar Bush Foundation.