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Wednesday Nov. 9th 7pm
Year in Review, a Look Ahead & New Board Members
This year's annual meeting will be held on Wednesday November 9th at 7pm at Local Roots. This will be an important time for any interested cooperative members to get together, spend some time hearing about the year in review and discuss the year ahead. We will spend time continuing to get to know each-other, members and board. There will be a time to chat and enjoy a few snacks together.
Take a look below to learn more about each of our board members up for election. Two are new Board Members and two are current Members seeking re-election. Please note voting is now closed as of Tues. Oct. 25th.
Read about our Board Member Panel!
*Your Yes or No vote will be for the full panel as a whole.
New Prospective Board Members
My name is Morgan and I have been a manager at Local Roots since September 2021. This position has provided me continuous opportunities to learn about Local Roots and most recently I have begun to learn how to run producer management. When I am not at Local Roots I am working on my own farm business as I am also a producer who sells at Local Roots. I have a large garden and have been honing my skills to scale up my production this year. In addition to vegetables I also direct market pasture raised hogs and would like to expand to more pasture raised livestock in the future. Other possible endeavors for my business in the future include adding a CSA, expanding my seasonal production, and providing educational opportunities for people interested in agriculture and where their food comes from.
Thank you again for this opportunity,
- Morgan Lang
Hello, I am Rachel Relle. I am a long-time resident of Wooster. I grew up here and graduated from Wooster High School. I then went to Miami University for undergraduate, and The Ohio State University for law school. My husband, Nick, also grew up here - yes, we are high school sweethearts! After graduate school, we both practiced in the Columbus area until 2011, when we returned home to Wooster to raise a family. We have an older daughter, Kalie, who lives in Wooster; as well as two sons, Calen (9th grade) and Emmett (5th grade). Our family loves soccer, hiking, and getting together with friends all year round.
I work at the Noble Foundation in downtown Wooster. I love being in the heart of our town! My husband has a dental practice near the hospital. We are active in our church, the Unitarian Universalists Fellowship of Wayne County. I am involved in several other organizations: Camp Nuhop, the Women's Fund at the Wayne County Community Foundation, the Wooster City Schools Diversity Task Force and Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO). I am a past board member of the Montessori School of Wooster and Wayne Center for the Arts.
I am passionate about healthy living and supporting all things local. When I was asked to learn more about this position, I jumped at the chance. Local Roots and its partner, Food Sphere, support community members, our local economy, and healthy living. I am thrilled to be a part of this important expansion project. I look forward to sharing our vision and building support for our upcoming location!
Board Members Up for Re-election
My name is Matthew Knight and I have lived in Wooster since 2011. My wife Tina and I moved here as a result of me getting hired to teach science at Wooster high school. Since moving to Wooster we have renovated a neglected house and made it our home, and to that home we have added a great dog, our son Emmet, and our other son Henry. I have started my 13th year teaching science here in Wooster. I teach physical science and geology. I regularly participate in programs such as the College of Wooster’s B-Wiser camp, boys and girls club of Wooster, United Way’s Bridges out of poverty, and tutor everything from algebra to college physics. I enjoy being outdoors and as active as possible playing basketball, golf, ice hockey, hiking, swimming, etc.
The safety, health, and happiness of my family is of the utmost importance. I have settled down and decided to live and raise our children here in Wooster Ohio. The community in which my children grow up needs places like Local Roots. A place to allow local artists, chefs, and farmers to present their crafts is necessary to a healthy society. I want my children to grow up eating fresh local meats and produce, eating recipes created by people we personally know, and experiencing art and music that was created by people who can teach and inspire others in our community. Growing up I gained experience working in a small health food grocery store, farmed sweet corn and pumpkins on a moderately sized agritourism farm, both cooked and served in multiple restaurants local and corporate. I want to use the skills and knowledge I’ve learned to help ensure that Local Roots remains part of this community for my family and the hundreds of others that it supports and nurtures.
Hello, I am Doug Streeval and have been serving on the board for Local Roots since late 2019. I would be thrilled to serve this organization with another term. Growing up in a small town in Kentucky, community became one of my core values. I love the Community aspect of Local Roots and what this organization does for Wooster & Wayne County. I reside in Wayne County and enjoy hiking/backpacking/being outdoors, spending time with loved ones, cooking with local foods, and finding ways to contribute to the local community. Over the last few years I have developed a hobby business of buying and reselling antiques + cast iron cookware with some collecting here and there. It is a fun hobby, but my Monday – Friday working days are spent leading a team of Product Managers for Parker Hannifin Corporation. Using the corporate business and marketing experience coupled with the community focus I feel Local Roots Board of Directors is the best place for me to volunteer and work with an organization that is making a real impact to the health and growth of a local community.