Meet the Team



Hannah Scott, Program Manager –

Hannah Scott is the Program Manager for the CFAES Center for Cooperatives where she leads the creation and implementation of programs and technical assistance to foster cooperative business and education in Ohio, West Virginia, and beyond. Hannah is especially passionate about cooperative opportunities in agriculture, having worked with a variety of agricultural producers to establish co-op enterprises and leading the innovative Ohio & West Virginia Food Hub Network. Hannah is a board member of the international Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE) and is a Certified Business Advisor through Kent State University’s Graduate School Ohio Small Business Development Centers.

Joy Bauman, Program Coordinator –

Joy serves as a Cooperative Development Specialist for the CFAES Center for Cooperatives where she collaborates with staff at OSU South Centers, Ohio State University Extension, West Virginia University Extension Services, USDA Rural Development and other rural economic development organizations to create and deploy programming to support the mission, goals, and priorities of the Center.  Joy provides technical assistance to new and emerging cooperatives and rural businesses, develops and deploys educational programming on small business development, and communicates with the Center’s network of stakeholders internal and external to the University. She works to foster cooperative development, strengthen existing cooperatives, and educate the next generation of cooperative leaders.

Joy has been employed by The Ohio State University since 2006 and is presently a representative to the CFAES Staff Advisory Council. She is well-experienced in farm and agricultural business planning. Raised on a family farm and owning and operating Turkey Run Farms with her husband and family in Adams County, Joy has a lifetime of experience in agriculture. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Agriculture and Extension Education.

Charissa Gardner, Program Coordinator –

Charissa Gardner began her career at The Ohio State University South Centers in 2011. She has served as the Program Coordinator for the Specialty Crops program for the past seven years, and as Program Coordinator for the Direct Marketing program for the past five years. For Specialty Crops, she managed the news and event publications, website, social media, listservs, and served as the event coordinator. Gardner was also Co-Editor of the VegNet and Hops Newsletters. With Direct Marketing, she also served as the Program Coordinator and managed the Ohio MarketMaker program, was the news and event publications coordinator, website, social media, and listserv manager, and was the event coordinator. Gardner also served as the OSU South Centers Campus Campaign Ambassador from 2014 through 2018, and is currently a member of Chi Epsilon Sigma and JCEP. Prior to joining OSU, she was an English teacher for Adams County Christian school for 3 years, and worked as a Business Manager for the Peebles Monument Company for 12 years. Gardner is a graduate of Peebles High School. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and English Humanities from Shawnee State University.