Contributors

Jeremy CarterJeremy Carter
Jeremy grew up in southern Ashland County and is a 1998 graduate of Loudonville High School. He attended Hocking College where he earned a degree in Recreation and Wildlife Management. Jeremy has served as a State Wildlife Officer with the ODNR/Division of Wildlife since 2002, working in most counties in northeast Ohio. He took his current assignment in Holmes County in 2007. Jeremy is a field training officer for new officers and in his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and traveling. Jeremy and his family are members of the Grace Brethren Church of Millersburg. He has been married to his wife, Stacey, since 2002 and has three sons.
Lora HowellLora Howell
Lora Howell is the Executive Director for the Holmes County Farm Service Agency. She has been with the agency for 29 years. Her family operates a diversified livestock farm near Danville. Lora graduated from The Ohio State University majoring in animal science with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. She has two children; Linsey (also employed by USDA) and Justin (age 12). Lora enjoys cooking for family and friends and farming.
Sean HoxworthSean Hoxworth
An almost life-long resident of Holmes County Sean grew up in Killbuck and graduated from West Holmes in 1981. He now lives in Millersburg with his wife, Deb Sarchet, and their two dogs. Daughters Dawn Ace and Morgan Hoxworth both live in Columbus. Sean has worked all his adult life in public service as a paramedic, deputy sheriff, and as a intensive supervision probation officer for the Holmes County Adult Probation Department. Sean is a fan and supporter of high school sports, and developed his interest in photography to record Morgan’s high school athletic moments. When not taking pictures at high school sporting events, Sean often works security details at concerts and events throughout Ohio.
John LorsonJohn Lorson
Area folks know John Lorson through his weekly humor column “Send Help” which, accompanied by his wife Kristin’s comic illustrations, has appeared in local newspapers including The Daily Record and the Holmes Shopper every week for nearly 20 years. Raised in Orrville as the youngest of eight children, John is now the proud father of three. He draws great comic inspiration from the daily blessings of being surrounded by a huge, often hilarious family, as well as his adventures beyond the home. According to John, his daily commute, most often by bicycle, from Orrville to his job in Millersburg with the Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District, “Passes through some very fertile ground for comedy.” Lorson, who was honored as “Regional Writer of the Year” for 2015 at the Annual Wayne College Writers’ Workshop, is author of a book, “Send Help: Delights, Dilemmas and Delusions of a Modern Midwestern Man” (1999) and he is thrilled to be developing a weekly comedy show now airing on TheVoiceofHolmesCounty.com. John is a frequent speaker at venues throughout Wayne and Holmes Counties and is currently booking events for fall and winter. You can keep up with him by visiting his Facebook page at JohnLorsonSendHelp or email him at LorsonSendHelp@gmail.com
Bill MartinoBill Martino
Bill was born and raised in Canton but his family would drive to Holmes County at least once each month. He is amazed at how much of the county those weekend jaunts missed. Prior to being hired at the Holmes County District Public Library he was the Executive Director of the NE Ohio Regional Library System. From 2002-2007 he was the Director of the Minerva Public Library. He has also worked at libraries in Upper Arlington, Steubenville and Canton. Bill is also an adjunct faculty member at both Kent Stark and Kent Tuscarawas where he teaches history. Bill has degrees from Hiram College, The University of Akron and Kent State University. When not at the library or teaching, Bill likes to spend time with his children Alex, Emma and Chloe and his wife, Jana.
Shasta MastShasta Mast
Shasta has served as the director of the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau since Jan. 1, 2004. Prior to returning to Holmes County in fall 1999, Shasta worked for the State of Ohio where she served in the communications department of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. What began as a college internship in 1994, evolved into a five-and-a-half year career in corporate communications. Shasta worked as a publications editor, public information officer, speech writer, special project coordinator, script writer and more. Shasta holds a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from Otterbein College.
Kate ShumakerKate Shumaker
Kate is employed by OSU Extension in Holmes County, where she is an Extension Educator for Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development. In this position, Kate acts as a county educator in the areas of health, foods and nutrition, food safety, family resource management and family development. Kate received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania to be the birthplace of Jimmy Stewart. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University where she earned a master’s degree in public health nutrition and completed a dietetic internship. Kate is a registered and licensed dietitian. She lives in Dover with her husband, Chad, and one-eyed cat, Jack.
Darla StitzleinDarla Stitzlein
A graduate of Geneva High School and The Ohio State University, Darla worked for the Ohio Division of Wildlife (1990-91) as a Private Lands Biologist And Public Wildlife Area Intern. She was then employed as a conservation technician and Program Coordinator for the Holmes Soil & Water Conservation District from 1991 to 1999 before assuming the position of Executive Director for the Holmes County Education Foundation. She has served as a volunteer for many community organizations, held various local leadership positions, and has won the Reverend C. King Wynkoop Award 2002, as well as being named Ohio’s Big Sister of the Year 2003 and Outstanding College Access Volunteer in 2005.
Michelle WoodMichelle Wood
Michelle Wood has combined a love of natural resources and a background in communications into her current position as program administrator for the Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District. She previously worked at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District in public relations positions. A graduate of New Philadelphia High School and Mount Union College, she enjoys all things outdoors, especially kayaking and biking. She lives with her husband, Duane, and son, Wyatt, in the Moreland area.