AMP Staff

Kevin Armstrong
GIS Application Developer
Kevin ArmstrongKevin Armstrong graduated from Cedarville University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in History/Political Science.  His career in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) began in 2003 when he was hired by TechniGraphics Inc. in Wooster, OH where he learned about GIS, database administration, data conversion, and website development.  Kevin started work with AMP as the GIS Application Developer in September 2013.  He lives and works on his family’s 200-year old farm with his wife and 5 children. Email Kevin.

Kathy BielekKathy Bielek
Program Assistant
Kathy has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from David N. Meyer College.  In her part-time position at OARDC she assists with financial tracking and proposal submissions for AMP, as well as being the program assistant for the Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) Program.  She is also a shepherd, raising registered Katahdin sheep. Email Kathy.


Suranga BaSuranga snagala
Research Associate 
Suranga graduated from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka with a BSc in Agriculture (specialization entomology) and a M.Phil. in insect taxonomy. He started working with AMP as a Research Associate on a project called “Diversification Strategy for Small and Medium-sized Farms” in 2017. He is responsible for project scheduling, managing trials, coordinating meetings, data collection and data analysis for diversification research at Mellinger farm. In his free time, Suranga enjoys gardening and painting. Email Suranga.


 Logan Rance

Logan Rance
AMP Graduate Administrative Assistant
Logan grew up in rural Columbiana County, Ohio. She spent her first year of college as an English major, but fell in love with her science electives and chose to pursue her BS in biology. As an undergrad, Logan worked in a plant pathology lab under Dr. Terry Niblack, studying the agricultural pest Soybean Cyst Nematode. Working in this lab exposed her to some incredible research being done in the department, and Logan became further interested in plant pathology, sustainable agriculture, and environmental science. Her research project will center on the repurposing of human biosolids as an energy source, agricultural fertilizer, and restorative agent. Under her adivsors Nick Kawa and Casey Hoy, Logan hopes to learn more about the cultural stigmas that prevent this resource from being used mainstream. In her spare time, Logan enjoys training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and painting. Email Logan.

Jennifer Harrison, PhD
Postdoc Researcher
Jennifer HarrisonJennifer graduated from Ohio State in the Environmental Science Graduate Program where her research focused on sustainability metrics in Ohio’s organic dairies. In addition to her PhD she earned a BA in History from the College of Wooster and an MS in Environmental Studies with a focus on Environmental Administration from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, NH. Before deciding to return to school she spent many years traveling the country working on a wide variety of environmental issues. Just prior to enrolling at OSU, she spent three years in Wisconsin managing the Sustainability Department at Organic Valley. It was during that time that she realized her passion for research and the desire to contribute to the organic movement through defensible scientific study. Email Jennifer

Brian Gwin
Office of the Director, OARDC
Brian GwinBrian has served as a program and portfolio manager as well as stakeholder coordinator for AMP, and now works on special projects for the Director of OARDC. He has a wealth of experience in economic development connected with agriculture, and he frequently helps out on his family farm.  Email Brian.