Meet the Staff
Weston Lombard is the co-founder of RAW and the owner of Solid Ground Farm. Inspired by his work as a camp counselor in a woodland sanctuary as a teenager, Weston has devoted himself to his interests in sustainable agriculture, community economic development, outdoor adventure and education. A graduate of OU's College of Business, he Directed Ohio Brew Week for several years, has worked as an organizer for the Ohio Pawpaw Festival for the last decade and currently teaches Sustainable Resource Management at Hocking College and manages an experimental agroforestry site. He is a husband, father of two, and an amateur ninja.
Interim Executive Director
Kent Orr is the Interim Executive Director of Rising Appalachia. Since 2009 he has worked with children in non-profit and private camps in Texas, California, and Ohio. Kent holds an Associates in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel as well as a Bachelors in Recreation Management. When he's not completely absorbed in spreadsheets you can find him wandering in Wayne National, listing the scientific names of trees to anyone who will listen, or walking backwards off a cliff to pass the time rappelling.
Director of Development
Chloe is the Director of Development for Rising Appalachia. She recently earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and Sociology-Criminology from Ohio University. She is pursuing her Master’s of Public Administration at Ohio University in the fall. Additionally, Chloe has extensive experience working with high school students, parents, community members, and program alumni through OHIO Upward Bound, a college access program that serves low income and first-generation college students. She has a passion for education, which makes her particularly excited to join the RAW team. Outside of RAW, Chloe enjoys catering to her cat’s every need, exploring the ancestry and existence of Bigfoot, and protecting her enamel.
Communications and Marketing Manager
Meredith S. Jensen is the communication/marketing manager for Rising Appalachia and the "Science Lecture Girl/Yes, You Have to Learn Something This Summer Girl" for RAW Camp. She is a full-time creative, part-time faerie, freelance writer, and jack-of-all-trades. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, birding, hiking, arguing with her umbrella cockatoo, and serving as a volunteer naturalist for the State of Ohio. She's the super short counselor with the fishing hat, tattoos, and weird hair.
Jamie Betit has worked multiple seasons with RAW Camps specializing in teaching movement and exercise. When not at RAW Jamie runs his own business as a personal trainer. You can often find Jamie at camp teaching kids to play, exercise, and make positive lifestyle choices. In his spare time he enjoys the company of his two daughters and is an active member in the Athens community.