Staff


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teresa mills (grove city, OH)

For over 20 years Teresa has worked as a grassroots leader to help communities to find their voices, analyze data and develop strategic plans. She began her activism career by shutting down the Columbus Incinerator, which was polluting her neighborhood and was later defined as the largest emitter of dioxin in the country. Today she works with Torch CAN DO! and other community groups living near and around toxic injection wells.


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Heather cantino (Athens, OH)

Since coming to southeast Ohio in 1981, Heather has been doing public education, campaign development, fundraising, and lobbying on a variety of environmental and social justice issues at the local, state, and national levels. Most recently she has been focused on organizing against fracking and injection wells with Athens County Fracking Action Network (acfan.org), whose website she maintains. She has served on the Buckeye Forest Council board since 2003, is a past Board Chair, and has been serving as Vice Chair for the past year.  Heather has a strong interest in media work, grant writing, and understanding relevant science, generally neglected or misused by our state agency in charge of both public forests and oil and gas regulation.

 
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Loraine McCosker (ATHENS, OH)

Worked as a public health nurse for many years and believes human health is intricately related to health of our environment. She received a masters in Environmental Studies where she now works at Ohio University educating and providing outreach related to environmental sustainability. Loraine loves forests and the life that is dependent upon their health. She has been an advocate for forests in Ohio since 2004, after learning about BFC’s work to protect Dysart Woods and later opposition with the Sierra Club to the Nelsonville Bypass which has transected older growth forest and Indiana Bat habitat.  She has worked on Wayne Forest issues as well as state forests issues since that time co-chairing the Forests and Public Lands Committee of the Ohio Sierra Club. Loraine believes that we must advocate for species that have no voice in policy and protections, working to preserve remaining ecosystems, while advocating for healthy communities and individuals.

 
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Lainie Rini (COlumbus, OH)

graduated from Ohio State, where she first became involved in political resistance. Her senior year she co-lead a campaign to stop the privatization of Ohio State's energy systems, which revealed for her the intricate connections between the labor justice and the climate justice movement. She is committed to Columbus Ohio, and her primary focus is co-developing and building the Ohio Student Climate Resistance. She believes in grassroots, direct action movements and is excited to bridge the intergenerational gap between student movements and community organizing. She currently works as a nanny in Columbus OH and actively participates in her neighborhoods community garden.

 

Sandra Engle (Mogadore, oh)

has been a school psychologist for over 30 years and a Flower Essence practitioner for over 20 years.  After personally suffering from the toxic air emissions from a horizontally fracked well, Sandra and her husband, Newt, started the fractivist grassroots group entitled Preserve Rural Randolph.  She currently is an active member of the Portage Community Rights Group.  Sandra is passionate about teaching children and adults about the health, mental health and cognitive benefits of connecting deeply with Nature.  

 
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Kenny Myers (Columbus, Oh)

I started organizing during my Undergraduate years at The Ohio State University. My first experiences were with our local College Democrats, working to win electoral campaigns in 2010, 2011, and 2012. After graduating, I ended up in New York City for two years and became intensely aware of the scope of injustices in our institutions and economic systems. I decided to come back to the Buckeye State to organize on environmental issues because I'm tired of progress on climate change falling to gridlock and partisan politics. As a strong believer in grassroots organizing, I know that by empowering communities to advocate with their own voices, we can demand environmental justice and push our leaders to act, because we don't have time to ask anymore.

 
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Roxanne Groff (Amesville, OH)

After graduating from Ohio University in 1972, Roxanne decided to make Athens County her home. In 1978 she became a founding member of Save Our Rural Environment (S.O.R.E.), a grassroots group protesting the permitting of strip mines in eastern Athens County. Her interest in state law and in the lack of implementation of rules by regulatory agencies led her to run for public office, first for Township Trustee, then for the County Commissioner, a position she then held for 12 years. Believing that people must have a voice in decisions made about protecting our environment, Roxanne has participated in many campaigns to raise communities’ awareness to challenge abuses by industry that affect the health and wellbeing of citizens. Most recently, Roxanne has been working with Athens County Fracking Action Network (ACFAN) to oppose permitting toxic radioactive injection wells in Ohio and the sale of mineral parcels on public lands, especially Ohio’s Wayne National Forest.

 
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Felicia Mettler (Coolville, OH)

I am a lifelong resident of Athens county and have chosen to raise my family here. Since learning of injection wells and frack waste in June of 2015, I have been determined to educate our community and others on these highly toxic, explosive, hazardous facilities. I am now Chair and spokes person of a grassroots organization Torch CAN DO which I helped form over the past year. I have good organizational skills, leadership, and communication abilities. Torch CAN DO has fully supported the BFC's efforts to to stop the proposed leasing of land to allow fracking in the Wayne National Forest. The BFC has helped educate and has been a mentor to not only this grassroots group but others as well.