Staff & Board

Simply Living Staff

SARAH EDWARDS

Executive Director

sedwards@simplyliving.org

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GLORIA JONES

Office Manager

gloria@simplyliving.org

Simply Living Board of Directors

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DAN BARASH

President

Dan’s interest in all things sustainable comes from his concern about climate change and was accelerated by Simply Living’s NWEI class on Voluntary Simplicity He is also a strong supporter of local foods and has been volunteering for the Worthington Farmers Market for many years. Dan’s first steps in becoming more aware of his environmental  impact include becoming a vegetarian (often vegan) and bugging his neighbors to get rain barrels and electric mowers. Simply Living’s members are passionate and energetic, and Dan feels fortunate to be able to work with them in supporting Simply Living’s mission.

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CHRIS HARDIN

Secretary

Simply Living voted upon and warmly welcomed Christine Hardin as our newest member on the Board of Directors at its monthly meeting in August.  She’s a longtime resident of northwest Columbus, has a rich history of serving on boards throughout the city, and embraces “hand’s on” volunteerism.  We value her pragmatic approach to problem solving, along with her creative brain-storming spirit in collaborative planning and for outreach opportunities.

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CASSIE SHEARER

Treasurer

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JENNY ALBERTI

After graduating from Columbus College of Art & Design with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Advertising, Jenny worked for 7 years for a Short North advertising and design agency. In 2012 she started a video and design agency, Amelia Street Studio, with her two sisters. While living in Columbus she has developed a love for the city and welcomes learning new things about it. While producing a video for Simply Living’s 2014 Luncheon, she learned how meaningful and important Simply Living and working towards sustainability is.

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AMY CECCOLI

Amy joined Simply Living just a couple of years ago after taking a NorthWest Earth Institute course and became a board member soon after.  An avid lover of nature she has become increasingly interested in the delicate balance between modern living and our amazing eco systems. Working in restaurants has led her in her desire to know where our food comes from and how it is grown. She is interested in all ways we can build a local, sustainable and healthy food system and looks forward to helping Simply Luvjng further their mission, raise awareness and find solutions to the myriad of problems our society faces as we confront Climate Change. 

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KERRY GRIFFITH

As a connector for the community, Kerry has a unique talent for bringing people to people, consumers to goods and services, and helpful information to the community.  The love and dedication in her personal life to living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle allows her to support others with their choices and to support the natural health and sustainable businesses throughout Central Ohio.

Kerry has spent the majority of her career dedicated to the growth and development of her family’s sign and graphics company, The Redirections Group.  Kerry’s passion and strong beliefs in complementary health systems, wellness, and holistic lifestyles lead her to launch the Central Ohio publication of Natural Awakenings magazine in 2013. Currently, she designs and creates unique events to showcase all the businesses, organizations and people in Central Ohio in which she loves, including Simply Living.

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LAWRENCE HENDRIX

Lawrence is the Business Development and Product Manager for Volunteers of America Greater Ohio Retail Operations. Volunteers of America focuses on helping individuals and families return to societal productivity and self-sufficiency. Lawrence has previously held positions in financial management, international banking, sales and marketing and operations.

Lawrence is passionate about social justice issues – especially those related to providing opportunities and sustained and stable support for homeless men women and families. Lawrence is working to provide life skills programs, job readiness skills and transitional housing for those in need.

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CHUCK LYND

Chuck Lynd was one of the founding Board Members of Simply Living in 1992. He has served on numerous SL committees and participated in Earth Institute courses. An educator who retired from OSU in 2009, Chuck has a love of books and films and a passion to share and network resources that reinforce the Simply Living vision and mission. He chairs the Support Ohio Local Economies (SOLE) Coalition and he co-facilitates the Transition Hub meetings with Mac Crawford. Chuck also serves as Board Treasurer for the Ohio Sustainable Business Council. 

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JENÉE MURPHY

Jenée Murphy comes to the Board of Simply Living in pursuit of her continued intention to plant and cultivate seeds and ideas to improve her surroundings. A holistic nurse and massage practitioner by trade, having studied holistic approaches to health and wellness both in Ohio and abroad in India, Jenée brings compassion and love to all her endeavors, be they personal, professional or communal. A community organizer by nature, in Simply Living, she sees an opportunity to spread this message more broadly, and further impact her surrounding community.

Board members are elected by Simply Living members at our Annual Meeting in February and can be appointed at other times by the Board. They serve a two-year term, meet monthly and are actively involved in some aspect of program or operations.

Board members are selected by personal invitation and by engaged members stepping forward and offering to serve with the Board’s acceptance of their request. Particular areas of interest and skill desired for board members and/or volunteers include organizational dynamics, membership coordination, communications, and development.

Board Member Job Descriptions & Agreement

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Volunteer Staff

As an organization that encourages member initiatives, Simply Living is graced with many volunteers.

Listing them all would be impossible but each one commits his or her heart and soul to special projects and/or organizational work. We sincerely appreciate the time and talents of all of our volunteers – including the many not specifically listed here.

Chuck Lynd, Community Update Listserv Coordinator

Mariellen Miller, Membership Committee

Joanne Wissler, Event Promotion