Countryside Conservancy in Peninsula announces the appointment of Tracy Emrick as its new executive director.

"We are delighted to announce that the Countryside Conservancy Board of Trustees has approved the new Executive Director to replace the late Darwin Kelsey," said Ernie Estep, Countryside's Board Chairman.

Emrick has been serving as the Interim Executive Director since September 2016. Prior to the interim role, Emrick was Director of Operations, Core Partnership Manager and Countryside Initiative Coordinator since joining Countryside in 2012.

"Her background in farming, marketing and her active membership in farm and agribusiness organizations serves this role well," said Estep. "In addition, she is fully committed and attuned to the important partnership Countryside has with Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Tracy is extremely passionate about the future of local food and farming. She brings a wealth of experience that will keep the legacy of Darwin's vision alive --- in addition to adding a strong operating perspective that is critical for the sustainability of the Countryside Programs and the future Countryside Learning Center."

The purpose of Countryside Conservancy is to connect people, food, and land by increasing public awareness of how food and farming impact personal, community, and environmental health, and by inspiring personal commitment to building a resilient, sustainable food culture. Countryside pursues its purpose across Northeast Ohio through numerous regional collaborations and a partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park. To learn more visit