Meet Our Board
Farmer Bob Jones, CEO, The Chef’s Garden
In the farming business for more than 50 years, Bob Jones, Sr. has led The Chef's Garden to innovate new methods in how vegetables are grown, harvested, packaged and delivered to the kitchen door of top chefs around the world. It was Mr. Bob, as he's fondly referred to on the farm, who recognized the value in meeting the needs of chefs that were driving a return to sustainable agriculture, a reconnection with food producers and a focus on quality and flavor.
In 2003, one of Bob Jones, Sr.'s dreams became reality when The Culinary Vegetable Institute® opened its doors to chefs as a culinary retreat, research and teambuilding facility. He was also instrumental in the vision and creation of Veggie U®, a nationwide not-for-profit children's program.
Bob Jones, Sr. attended The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and Bowling Green State University. An avid reader, he has amassed a personal library of several thousand copies of old and new agricultural and business volumes, all of which he has personally read. Jones regularly attends American Management Association (AMA) seminars and is a member of several area chambers of commerce, in addition to serving as a wellness committee member for the Berlin-Milan school district.
The Jones patriarch has been married to his high school sweetheart Barbara for close to 50 years.
Scott Kuhn, Restaurateur
Scott David Kuhn moved to the East side of Cleveland in 1986 where he graduated from Solon High School. Following his childhood dreams, Scott attended the University of Akron’s culinary program while working in local restaurants and finished his degree in management from Malone College.
The Driftwood Restaurant Group was born with the purchase of the Allegheny Grille in the small town of Foxburg, Pennsylvania in 2005. In 2007, Scott reestablished the Welshfield Inn in Burton, Ohio and opened 87 West, located within in Crocker Park in Westlake, Ohio. In 2010, Scott opened Washington Place Bistro and Inn, located in Little Italy in the space where the once famous Baricelli Inn existed. Scott and Washington Place Bistro have been featured on Food Network’s Unique Eats — which spotlights America’s most exciting and revolutionary restaurants. Most recently Scott has launched Hodge's with Chef Chris Hodge in Cleveland's downtown.
Scott is passionately involved in volunteering and helping others. Scott is a board member of Veggie U, a program dedicated to educating elementary and special needs students with a holistic food approach, from understanding how food is grown to developing healthy eating habits. A proud member of the Slow Food Movement, Scott is passionate about supporting local farmers. Scott is also on an advisory board for University Hospitals.
Paul Wright, Attorney-at-law
Paul Wright is the founding principal in Wright Law Co. LPA. Many Ohio farmers and agribusinesses seek his counsel. Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education in 1960 and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics in 1970 from The Ohio State University. In 1978 he earned a Law degree from the University of Toledo.
Paul's career includes 29 years of service with The Ohio State University Extension and serving as a County 4-H Agent, Area Farm Management Agent and State Specialist in Agricultural Law. As State Specialist, he focused on conducting educational programs in agricultural law including continuing education and on-campus teaching. Paul retired from The Ohio State University as Associate Professor Emeriti in January 1988.
Paul has written numerous Ohio State University Extension publications, magazine articles and research papers and has spoken extensively on topics related to Agricultural Law and Agricultural Economics.
Paul served as President of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) in 1998, as President Elect in 1997 and as a former Director of the Association. Paul was Chair of the AALA Strategic Planning Committee in 2000-2001. Paul has also served as Chair of the AALA's Membership Committee and was a member of the Association's Distinguished Service Award Committee. He was State Chair of the Association's Program Committee when the conference was held in Ohio. In 1994, Paul was recognized by the AALA when he was given their Distinguished Service Award. As a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Paul has served as the Chair of its Agricultural Law Committee.
In 2003, Paul was honored by The Ohio State University by receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognized his 16 years of practicing law, 29 years with OSU extension and his service as Area Farm Management Agent and State Specialist in Agricultural Law.
In August 2006, Paul was inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame. This award recognized his 46 years of being of service to the Agricultural Industry. Paul feels very honored to have received this recognition.
Paul is very active in community activities. He is a member of the Northwest United Methodist Church in Upper Arlington, Ohio and serves on its Capital Funds Management Committee. He is a Past Chair of the Board for the Methodist Eldercare Services, an elder care organization with several affiliates in central Ohio, and is currently chairing the Long Range Planning Committee and Vice Chair of the Board. Paul served as Chair of the Wesley Glen Board of Trustees (a retirement center), and prior to being Chair, headed the building committee that oversaw a $14,000,000 expansion.
Paul and his wife Sue live in the Dublin area and share the experience of four adult children and their families.
David Schrader, VP, Institutional Relations & Development
David Schrader is currently Vice President for Institutional Relations and Development at University Hospitals Health System, Cleveland, OH. In this role David leads an experienced team of development professionals in securing ongoing philanthropic support for a hospital network which includes a major academic medical center (Case Medical Center) and six premier community hospitals across Northeast Ohio. In 2011 alone, private support of University Hospitals Health System exceeded $102 million.
David has more than 15 years of experience in major gift fundraising leadership in large, sophisticated non-profit environments including the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University. Having served as a volunteer in various capacities at the Child Care Resource Center (Lorain OH), The County Cupboard Foodbank (Lorain OH), The WG Nord Community Health Center (Lorain, OH and others, David has developed a strong understanding of the daily challenges faced by small to medium sized non-profit organizations in the efforts to support their various missions.
David received his undergraduate degree in Organizational Communications from The Ohio State University and holds a Masters Degree in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University.
David, his wife Fran and their three sons reside in Broadview Heights, OH.