Ric Wasserman began his Athens business career with the founding of World’s Best Bagels in 1991. As an independent businessman, Ric has interests in the food, beverage & entertainment industries as well as real estate management and construction.
As the owner of the 20 year-old Pigskin Bar and Grill, Ric was a founding member of the Athens Independent Restaurant Association and has worked actively to encourage the proliferation and growth of locally-owned food establishments. He was also a founding member of the Boogie on the Bricks festival in uptown Athens. Ric’s business portfolio also includes the Bella Vino wine and craft beer store.
Ric holds a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University’s School ... Read More
Chef Kathryn Mosher, CEC, CHE, grew up in Lancaster, OH though originally from Lexington, Ky. After high school, she attended Bowling Green State University and received a bachelor of science in Interior Design. Chef Katie then moved to Savannah, GA where she attended Savannah College of Art and Design to study Historic Preservation. While attending SCAD, she started working in the hospitality industry, prompting a switch in careers and, eventually, encouraging her to attend Hocking College to receive her Associate of Applied Business in Culinary Arts.
After graduating from Hocking, Katie worked at several local restaurants and catering operations. In 2011, she began teaching at Hocking College, eventually becoming the Department ... Read More
Sarah Milligan is an Athens County transplant from Zanesville, Ohio. She has been employed by Rocky Brands since 2005 holding a variety of roles in the areas of sales and customer service. Sarah’s current role of VP of Customer Experience has her understanding, overseeing, and bettering all customer interactions with Rocky from initial discovery all the way to purchase. In addition to her work at Rocky, Sarah also runs a photography business named @45764PHOTOGRAPHY specializing in senior, and family photography. She earned an undergraduate degree from Ohio University in History and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Capella University.
Sarah is engaged in many community efforts with a focus specifically ... Read More
Donna Russell has served for 14 years in her current job capacity as Manager of Member Business Services at the Ohio University Credit Union. Donna joined the Ohio University Credit Union, a local non-profit financial institution, to establish their expansion to provide business financial services. Her vast involvement with commercial lending institutions in the region has been a tremendous asset to the growth of the fund as well as assisting with deal flow and internal review processes.
Donna received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Ohio University. She is an Ambassador for the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, serves as the Vice President for the Friends of CASA Board and is ... Read More
Sky Pettey is an attorney in private practice with the Athens law firm Lavelle and Associates, which he joined in 2001. He engages in a general practice of law focusing on criminal defense, civil rights, personal injury, and probate matters. Sky earned his B.A. in English from Oberlin College and his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. After law school he went to work as a Staff Attorney for Ohio Legal Rights Service, an independent state agency that was the State of Ohio’s federally-designated protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities.
Sky volunteers his time as the Chairman of the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing ... Read More
Mollie Fitzgerald is the Executive Director at the Athens County Economic Development Council where she works to increase economic opportunities for Athens’ businesses, workforce and residents. Prior to this role she served as the Assistant Director of the ACEDC and the Executive Director of the Athens-based nonprofit Live Healthy Appalachia.
Mollie graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Health Communication Studies and has a Masters of Public Administration also from Ohio University. She is deeply invested in the Athens community and serves on several organizational boards including the Area 14 Workforce Development board, Community Food Initiatives board, and the Athens Community Leadership Council for PPGOH. Mollie resides in Athens with ... Read More
Paul Mass is an “Entrepreneur-in-Residence” in Ohio University’s College of Business and serves as Associate Director of Ohio University’s Center For Entrepreneurship.
Paul has benefited from a diverse career beginning as a corporate attorney and continuing on as a successful entrepreneur and business executive helping to create, fund, manage and lead companies in the cable television, radio, information service, biotech and e-commerce industries. He has served as a Partner, General Counsel, Chief Operating Officer, and President and CEO, respectively, at various times throughout his more than 35 year professional career. Two of the companies he helped start and manage still operate out of San Diego, CA: ClosingCorp, Inc. (www.closing.com) and GovX, ... Read More
Laurie McKnight is the Director of Area 14 Workforce Development Board which includes Athens, Meigs and Perry counties. She has been in this roll since August of 2018. Prior to that, Laurie was a WIOA case manager at the OhioMeansJobs center in Athens County. She has over 25 years in public service agencies including My Sister’s Place for victims of domestic violence, Athens County Children Services, and Athens County Job and Family Services. Laurie is part of the National Family Center Employment Community of Practice initiative through the National Association of Workforce Boards and Innovate and Educate. Area 14 is one of 15 Areas in the United States that is ... Read More
Sean Terrell currently serves as the Dean of Workforce Development and Community Engagement at Hocking College. In his role as Dean, Sean leads a team of dynamic workforce and economic development professionals who are passionate about transforming the Appalachian Ohio economy through short-term, for-credit and non-credit training programs that lead to rewarding careers in high demand, high-wage industries. In addition to sector-led workforce development, the Hocking College Office of Workforce Development supports new business development in Southeast Ohio through a number of entrepreneurship programs including the Hocking Makers Network and EntreEd.
The Hocking College Office of Workforce Development oversees 15 academic programs, including Construction, Manufacturing, Culinary, and Laboratory Sciences. In addition ... Read More