Ohio Farm Bureau has two new staff hires and two staff promotions. Pictured above, top left to right Marihugh and Wells, bottom left to right Lee and Orahood.
John Marihugh hired as director of member services
Marihugh will focus on helping members make full use of available products and services. He also will explore new benefit programs for members.
Marihugh has an extensive background in business services having been employed in or as a consultant to financial, construction, aviation and environmental industries since 1994. He is a graduate of Cedarville University with a degree in accounting. Marihugh is active at Northwest Chapel in Dublin and coaches youngsters in the Hilliard Baseball Association. He and his wife Kirsten are the parents of three children.
Callie Wells promoted to director of digital communications
Wells, who started at Ohio Farm Bureau in 2012 as a communications specialist, will provide leadership for the organization’s website and social media. Last year, Ohio Farm Bureau launched a new website, ofbf.org, which combines the former Farm Bureau and Our Ohio sites into a comprehensive source of useful information and provides access to the organization’s resources. Wells also produces videos as well as contributes to Our Ohio magazine and Buckeye Farm News, Ohio Farm Bureau’s consumer and farm publications.
Wells grew up in Butler County. She has a master’s degree in agricultural communications and a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agricultural education from Ohio State University. She is a 2013 graduate of AgriPOWER, Ohio Farm Bureau’s year-long leadership training program.
Melinda Lee named organization director for Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene and Miami counties
Lee was hired as an organization director-in-training in September 2015 and has spent the last several months learning the job under the supervision of Steve Berk, organization director for multiple central Ohio counties.
In her new role, Lee will act as liaison between the county Farm Bureaus and OFBF. She will assist the county groups as they develop and implement programs to strengthen their organizations and enhance their ability to serve members and affect positive change in their communities.
Lee is a 2013 graduate of Ohio State University where she majored in animal sciences and agribusiness. She received her American FFA degree in 2010. Previously she worked at Aldermere Farm in Maine helping plan and facilitate agricultural education programs and at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center. She also was an agricultural ambassador for Ohio Farm Bureau during the 2012 Ohio State Fair. Lee continues to help out on the family’s beef, sheep and grain farm in Cardington.
Amanda Orahood named organization director for Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Mahoning and Trumbull counties
As organization director, Orahood will act as liaison between the county Farm Bureaus and Ohio Farm Bureau. She will assist the county groups as they develop and implement programs to strengthen their organizations and enhance their ability to serve members and affect positive change in their communities.
Before accepting the position with Ohio Farm Bureau, Orahood spent more than three years as a meat inspector for the Ohio Department of Agriculture. She grew up on a small farm in Caldwell and is a member of the Columbiana-Mahoning-Trumbull Cattlemen’s Association. Orahood is an advisory member for the association’s beef ambassador program. She is a graduate of both the Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute, with a associate’s degree in livestock science and Ohio State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in animal sciences. She and her husband, Lee, live in Canfield with their son, Colter.