Sugar Bush Board of Directors
Hylie Voss, President
Hylie Voss, President of the Sugar Bush Foundation, is the daughter of Sugar Bush Founders, Don and Mary Anne Flournoy. She and her family moved back to Ohio from Texas in 2017. She currently serves as the Managing Director for Sugarbush Valley Impact Investments, a company that invests in local agricultural or environmental-related businesses. Hylie also manages her family’s farm outside of Athens, and 600 acres of pine timber in East Texas.
While in Texas, Hylie pioneered the discovery-learning garden program at her kids' school. When she taught 5th grade, Hylie trained and took students to work with the homeless and in nursing homes. In addition, she trained children's workers in Albania, worked earthquake relief in Turkey, assisted refugees in Germany, Uganda, and Texas, and once swam in a race from Asia to Europe.
Carol Kuhre, Vice President
Carol Kuhre is the founder and former Executive Director of Rural Action, a non-profit working on sustainable development initiatives in Appalachian Ohio. Prior to Rural Action, Ms. Kuhre served as co-director of United Campus Ministry — a center for social justice and spiritual growth. She also served in Lutheran campus ministry positions at Penn State University and at Ohio University and helped to form seven community-based organizations.
Carol has served as President of the Athens Foundation and the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, a national foundation based in New York City. Carol is coordinator of the Earth Justice Network, an interfaith group working on issues of global climate change and energy efficiency.
Carol is also a trained fiber artist who has exhibited and taught fiber arts for over twenty years. She has traveled and lectured in Europe, Africa, the Philippines, and Central America on art, theology and social change. She is married to Dr. Bruce Kuhre, Professor Emeritus of Sociology from Ohio University, and is the mother of two daughters and a foster daughter.
Chip Rice, Secretary
Chip currently works for Ohio University’s Patton College of Education as the Research Grant Development Coordinator supporting faculty and staff in seeking external funding for education-based research and program development. Prior to this, Chip spent 20 years working in the environmental restoration and policy fields in southeast Ohio, Colorado, and Virginia.
After graduating with a master’s degree in Geography from Ohio University, Chip had the great opportunity to work with the burgeoning watershed based, acid mine drainage restoration work in the southeast Ohio which lead to the creation of prominent watershed projects in Raccoon Creek, Monday Creek 4 and Sunday Creek projects. Work he considers the most impactful of his career. Currently, Chip is residing with Kristin, his wife, and daughter, Kella, in Athens, Ohio, and enjoys getting out on the local trails running and riding
Robert Foehl, Treasurer
Prior to joining the faculty of the College of Business, Rob was Target’s first Director of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, establishing the vision, strategy, and team charged with ensuring an effective compliance program and advancing Target’s reputation for being one of the world’s most ethical companies. During his tenure at Target, Rob also served as senior legal counsel in Target’s Law Department. Rob has also served various legal roles, including Chief Legal Officer, for multinational organizations, was a compliance professional for one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, and served as a federal regulator.
Larson Lovdal, Technical Advisor
Larson Lovdal is pursuing a dual Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan. He focuses on ethical energy systems that promote environmental and social wellbeing locally and globally. Larson works on direct heat to electricity conversion with Dr. Ashley Bucsek and is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. In addition, he is a Conference VP for the Energy Club at the Ross School of Business and served as a research assistant for the U of M President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality Energy Consumption Policies team. Prior to attending U of M, Larson worked as an energy strategy & facilities consultant at The Stone House Group and in residential construction. He received his B.A. in physics from Middlebury College. Larson grew up in the woods near Athens building trails, tree houses, and a deep appreciation for community.
Dakota Flournoy is a journalist specializing in social media video verification for newsrooms at Storyful, a social intelligence agency in New York. In her work at Storyful, Dakota was part of a team embedded with the New York Times video department from July, 2017, to December, 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and previously worked on the international desk at CNN International in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dakota is the daughter of board member Eli Flournoy, and granddaughter of founders Mary Anne and Don Flournoy.
Eli is a social impact investor and co-founder of SBV Impact Investments – a company focused on environmentally sustainable economic development in Southeastern Ohio. Eli serves on the board of New Resource Solutions, a financial technology firm connecting non-profits and philosophically motivated for-profits and individuals to mission-aligned investment opportunities in renewable energy projects.
Eli has served as a director of the Sugar Bush Foundation since his parents, Mary Anne and Don Flournoy, founded it in 2005.
Eli is also a veteran journalist, living in Atlanta and consulting for international news media companies following a 24-year career at CNN. Eli is an active member of Environment Georgia and the Arbor Day Foundation, and practices sustainable forestry with family timber businesses in Texas and Ohio.
Dr. Funk serves as Executive Director of the American Real Estate Society providing administrative leadership to one of the leading real estate research and education associations globally. Previously David was director of the Baker Program in Real Estate at Cornell University, where he also taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as in the Cornell Law School.
A native of Athens, Dr. Funk founded Capstone Properties following his graduation from Ohio University with a mission focused on affordable housing, historic preservation, woodland stewardship, and community development, which Capstone Enterprises continues today with a commitment focused on Athens County.
Dr. Geiger was the Executive Assistant to the President of Ohio University from 1984-2007, representing the President and the office on official University matters and serving as the President’s delegate. As Secretary to the Board of Trustees, he was the liaison between the Board, the President, and other executive officers of the University, responsible for the general coordination of this governing body’s activities.
Dr. Geiger currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hocking Valley Bank.
Bruce Voss, MAIA ’06, is the son-in-law of Sugar Bush Foundation founders, Don and Mary Anne Flournoy. Bruce also has a Master’s degree in Global Health from Loma Linda University. Prior to that Bruce was a corporate international travel consultant for 19 years. Bruce wears several different hats simultaneously. He has worked on development projects in Ethiopia since 2009. He works from home as the support person for several family businesses, and keeps the Voss family humming along most of the time. But when the weather is nice, he will be found gardening and growing berry patches, orchards and nut groves, and enjoying the 13 acres of deep-rooted native prairie grasses and pollinator plants he restored. His other passions include further development of renewable energy sources and increasing public awareness of environmental causes.
Annie Voss, Student Director
Annie Voss is a student director for the Sugar Bush Foundation. She also serves on an analyst team for the Intelligent Community Forum. Annie has received multiple awards, most notably the Ohio Academy of Science Dr. Lynn E. Elfner Young Scientist Award, and has competed at the state level for Mock Trial. She plans to pursue a career in global public health, and is especially interested in disaster relief. Annie currently attends Alexander High School.
Alexis Kuhre Haag, Student Director
Alexis Kuhre Haag is a junior at Ohio University, majoring in Specialized Studies, combining Sociology and Environmental Studies. She grew up in Athens, Ohio and is the granddaughter of Carol and Bruce Kuhre. She has been involved in Rural Action since she was a little girl, attending their annual Sunday Creek Watershed summer camp. From 2015 to 2018, she worked as a Jr. Counselor for said camp. Because of this, she received the inaugural Youth in Action award from Rural Action. She recently attended a study abroad program in The Bahamas to study Caribbean ecology and the impacts of climate change on marine life. She currently serves as a Sustainability Ambassador for Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability, and is eager to continue her work towards a more environmentally conscious future here on the Sugar Bush Foundation.