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Environmental Professionals Network

School of Environment and Natural Resources


Building relationships to increase prosperity and well-being of Ohio communities

May 14, 2019, 7:15am - 9:30am


Extraordinary fundraising success in a rural county and saving the Columbus Crew – what do these two stories have in common? Please join this Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast program to explore the ins and outs of two very successful community movements, touching on the layers of relationships that community leaders drew upon to enhance and preserve their community assets.  

With two very recent, unique, exceptional and successful Ohio-based experiences – one set in a rural county and another in Ohio’s most populous region – we ask Morgan Hughes with Save the Crew and Cindy Bond with the Guernsey County Foundation, “how and why did people support their community-level cause?” 

Attend this program, co-hosted with Ohio State University Extension, to hear two very interesting stories and to consider the social relationships that underpin successful mobilization of people and financial giving. Systems of community resources – in the form of social, cultural, political, human and financial assets – can be aligned with the conservation of our environment and natural resources.  

Dr. Joe Campbell will moderate this program to highlight creative thinking and community development strategies that build purposeful collaborative connections to achieve community goals.  

This EPN Breakfast is intended for community workers, non-profit volunteers, students and sustainability professionals alike!  

Co-Host: Ohio State University Extension  


Cindy Bond is an assistant professor and extension educator for Community Development at Ohio State University Extension in Guernsey County. She provides teaching, research and service to communities interested in strategic planning, Building philanthropy capacity, and strengthening rural development. Cindy has served on multiple county, state, and national committees and boards related to her area of expertise including community foundations, school endowments, workforce and education, and local capital campaigns. She completed post graduate courses in rural sociology and the culture of philanthropy, MA in Family Studies and BS in Home Economics Education from Kent State University.  

Morgan Hughes was born and raised in Columbus and is a passionate supporter of Columbus Crew SC, co-host of ACES Radio, leader of #TIFOSWEAT and the #SaveTheCrew movement. Hobbies include playing basketball, building furniture, and making giant art with my friends. He graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 2000. 

Twitter: @Morgan_Hughes  

Joe Campbell is a lecturer in The Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources and Director of the Environmental Professionals Network. His interdisciplinary research, teaching and professional focus is on the balance between community development and natural resource management. He is a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the University of Dodoma, Tanzania and has conducted research with multiple federal U.S. agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Surface Mining, AmeriCorps*VISTA, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland as well as civil society groups including OSU Extension, American Society of Agronomy, and the Kettering Foundation. He’s led applied, multidisciplinary research teams on studies of the impacts of energy development and regional planning in dozens of rural mining and agricultural communities in the U.S., Australia, Ghana, and Tanzania. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.