Ric Wasserman, Board Chair

Ric Wasserman

Board Chair

Ric Wasserman began his Athens business career with the founding of World’s Best Bagels in 1991. As an independent businessman, he 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, he 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. Mr. Wasserman was also a founding member of the Boogie on the Bricks festival in uptown Athens. His business portfolio also includes the Bella Vino wine and craft beer store.

Mr. Wasserman holds a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University’s ... Read More

Scott Zielinski, Vice Chair

Scott Zielinski

Vice Chair

Scott Zielinski is currently the UI/MUI Coordinator of the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Mr. Zielinski was previously the Executive Director of the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services, an agency devoted to assisting low-income Athens County residents through a variety of programs and services.

Previously the Director of the Area 14 Workforce Development Board, an organization charged with the responsibility to procure workforce services, develop policies, and oversee Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding for a three-county area (Athens, Meigs and Perry), Mr. Zielinski has spent over 15 years with the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services in multiple roles. These include the supervision of ... Read More

Kathryn Mosher, Secretary

Kathryn Mosher


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, Chef Katie worked at several local restaurants and catering operations. In 2011, she began teaching at Hocking College, eventually becoming the ... Read More

Sarah Milligan, Treasurer

Sarah Milligan


Sarah Milligan is an Athens County transplant from Zanesville, Ohio. Ms. Milligan has been employed by Rocky Brands since 2005 holding a variety of roles in the areas of sales and customer service. Her 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, she also runs a photography business named @45764PHOTOGRAPHY specializing in senior, and family photography. Ms. Milligan earned an undergraduate degree from Ohio University in History and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Capella University.

Ms. Milligan is engaged in many community efforts with ... Read More

Aaron Thomas, owner of Class “A” Sounds, moved to Athens from East Cleveland, Ohio. As a graduate of Ohio University, Mr. Thomas is one of the first of his family to attend college. After college, he realized that Athens could support a car stereo and home theater business and he launched Class “A” Sounds in 2003.

In addition to running his own business, Mr. Thomas is very involved with the community. He served on the Athens Chamber of Commerce Board for six years and was an initial planner and business participant in the Athens County Business Education Partnership which was established in partnership with Ohio University and the Ohio University Credit ... Read More

Andrea Lewis brings an extensive background in grant writing, event planning, and community building and donor cultivation. Ms. Lewis works as the Events and Marketing Coordinator for APG Media of Ohio at the The Athens Messenger. Ms. Lewis has worked as a tax preparation consultant for the Ohio University Credit Union and most recently as the former Business Development Officer for Citizen Bank Logan.

Ms. Lewis was the Executive Director of The Dairy Barn Arts Center from January 2005 to March 1, 2012. Ms. Lewis has served on the Athens Municipal Art Commission and is a passionate advocate for the arts and education.

Ms. Lewis graduated from Ohio University in 1997 with a Bachelors in ... Read More

Brent M. Hartman is the President & Owner of O’Nail-Hartman Insurance Agency, Inc. and received his Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science from Ohio University. He was a founding board member of the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery and served on the board for Athens Professionals for Philanthropy. Mr. Hartman lives with his wife, Dr. Sara Hartman and their two daughters Emma and Elizabeth.

Donna Russell has served for 14 years in her current job capacity as manager of Member Business Services at the Ohio University Credit Union. Ms. Russell 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.

Ms. Russell 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 ... 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. Attorney Pettey 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.

Attorney Pettey volunteers his time as the Chairman of the Ohio Supreme Court Commission ... Read More