Our staff has a strong commitment to serving the many constituents of our organization across Southeast Ohio. But first and foremost, they focus their energies on those who take advantage of our programs and services, from CHIP to Live Healthy Kids and everything in between.
A resident of Southeast Ohio for 25 years, Sherri has a deep personal interest in improving the health and wellbeing of the region through her work with LHA. Sherri holds a Master of Public Administration from Ohio University. Previously, she served as the Public Relations Coordinator for Athens County Children Services and as an AmeriCorps VISTA at ReUse Industries. Sherri lives in Athens with her husband Brian, dog Bosco, and cat Maggie.
Director of Children’s Programming
Cara grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio and has a Bachelor of Arts in English and political science from Ohio State University. She previously worked as the Director of Marketing and Development at Ohio House Rabbit Rescue, and CHIP Area Developer for Live Healthy Appalachia. Cara is passionate about changing the mindset about healthy foods and physical activity in children of all ages. She lives in Athens with her husband Ian, dogs, Maple and Cypress, and cat, Ash.
Director of Adult Education
Amy has lived in Athens since 1998 and has previously worked as a Program Coordinator for several local non-profit organizations, including Rural Action, Paper Circle and The Ohio Fair Schools Campaign. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts Kent State University and an Associate Degree in Geographic Information & Global Positioning Systems from Hocking College. Amy loves experimenting with new recipes at home in her kitchen or out and about at local community events and walking her dog Bella on the bike path.
CHIP Area Developer & Support Specialist
Rachel moved to Athens in summer 2016 and wasted no time in joining team LHA. She has a background in epidemiology and statistics, and holds a Masters in Health Studies and Gerontology from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. Rachel previously served as the state of Nebraska's trauma registrar and Medicaid quality specialist. She is passionate about evidence-based, lifestyle medicine. Originally from Massachusetts, Rachel has lived all over the place, and is excited to put down roots in Athens with her husband and daughter.
Margaret moved back to Athens, Ohio in 2013 with her family, as they wanted to raise their daughter in a community that encourages sustainable living and healthy, local food. Margaret is also the administrator of Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning and is a board member of The Birth Circle. Margaret holds a M.A. in Women’s Studies from Ohio State University and a B.A. in English from Mount Union University. Margaret lives outside of Athens with her husband, her daughter and a trove of animals.
AmeriCorps VISTA Member
A transplant from the East Coast and originally from Southeast Asia, Shei graduated with a B.A. in Art History from New York University and a Master’s in TESOL from School for International Training in Vermont. Besides finding time to write stories and wax poetic about food and teaching, Shei believes in empowering people to improve their health. Shei has taught English across the U.S. and abroad, including Thailand, where she met her partner. They live on a farm outside Athens with their dog Colleen, cat Finn, and a medley of chickens.
AmeriCorps COMCorps Member and Live Healthy Kids Coordinator
Born in Athens and raised a little bit of everywhere, Laura studied Communication Sciences and Disorders at Ohio University. After graduating, Laura joined COMCorps, serving a year at Trimble Local Schools before returning for a second year to serve at Live Healthy Appalachia. Laura is passionate about exposing healthy foods to children in Athens County and helping to mold the building blocks for students to make healthier choices. Laura lives in Athens with her dog, Titan, and her two cats, Sobe and Mouse.
AmeriCorps COMCorps Member and Adult Education Coordinator
Emily is a Virginia native who graduated from Virginia Tech with her bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise. Her passion for community health and wellness motivated her to move to Athens in the summer of 2015 and serve as the COMCorps Diabetes Patient Navigator. Emily embraces total health as a physical, nutritional, and mental entity. After her service term she plans to further her graduate education in public health with a concentration in health policy and management.
Our Board of Directors
Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised directly affect those in need.
Current board members:
Tom Kostohryz – Founder, Chairman
John Kotowski – Vice Chair
Janelle Gellermann – Treasurer
Ruth Dudding, CHES – Secretary
James R. Gaskell, MD
Kathryn McGushin, CEC
Bela Bhatt-Koshal, DO