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2020 Conference was Held Feb. 13-14

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Power Of One Conference

Power of One

Award Banquet




Conference Summary

The Ohio Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Board selected the 2020 conference theme, “The Power of One” Encouraging Sustainable Living.  It is the vision of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences to be “recognized as the driving force in bringing people together to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities” (AAFCS, 2010).  This emphasis on individuals and families and its well-established presence in American schools and communities, affirms that Family & Consumer Sciences programs are a logical discipline to promote consumer and environmental sustainability with the family.


All of the speakers have a national reputation with a practical approach that will address Ohioans needs. The overall goal of this year’s conference is to educate and introduce attendees to know how to collectively advance consumer and environmental sustainability.


Thursday, February 13th  - Conference Featured Speakers were:

  1. Alana Shockey, JD gave an overview and introduced “Steps to Sustainable Living”.  As Assistant Director of Sustainability, City of Columbus, she has developed and implemented sustainability goals for the City of Columbus, Ohio. 

  2. Co-presenters Brian Roe, PhD an agricultural, environmental, and development economics professor and Marybeth Motasem, Bexley, CFCS, CPFFE, High School Family and Consumer Sciences educator presented “Collaborative Efforts to Reduce & Redirect Consumer Food Waste”.

  3. Fadehl Kaboub, PhD is the Associate Professor of economics at Denison University and President of the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity.

  4. Erik Porfeli, PhD, Professor and Chair of Human Sciences, College of Education and Human Ecology, Department of Human Sciences at the Ohio State University.  He was the Award Banquet Speaker.


Friday, February 14th  

A post-conference entitled, “Designs for a Sustainable Future” which featured a Fashion & Interior Design Contest for youth, college students and adults. The AAFCS Certification Exam was offered at the Nationwide Conference Center.   


Conference Objectives:

  1. Increase knowledge and skills relating to improving consumer sustainability through policy, system, and environment change.

  2. Promote a holistic culture of sustainable living in the communities we serve by engaging in community-based strategies.

  3. Provide effective resources and discuss the Family & Consumer Sciences knowledge areas of food and nutrition choices, financial practices, family relations, textile and apparel, and interior design decisions.

  4. Engage in professional networks that develop collaborative relationships to advance the mission of Family & Consumer Sciences. 

  5. Showcase Family & Consumer Sciences best practices and relevant research that contribute to advancing consumer sustainability in Ohio.


February 13, 2020

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Alana Shockey, JD, Assistant Director of Sustainability,

City of Columbus

Alana leads the City of Columbus, JD, Office of Sustainability and oversees the Blueprint Columbus, GreenSpot, and Sustainable Columbus programs. She is responsible for developing and implementing the City’s sustainability goals; advising the City on environmental objectives and actions related to climate change, energy, and ecological systems; and collaborating with environmental stakeholders inside and outside the City. Prior to her work with for the City, Alana worked as an environmental attorney in private practice and at the Ohio Attorney General’s office focusing her practice on surface water, drinking water, and contaminated sites.

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Brian Roe, PhD, The Ohio State University

Brian E. Roe, Ph.D. is the Van Buren Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at the Ohio State University. Dr. Roe has worked broadly in the areas of agricultural and environmental economics focusing on issues including food waste, agricultural marketing, information policy, behavioral economics and product quality.  His recent research includes a USDA funded project focused on local foods and school lunch programs, a USDA funded exploration of the role of nudges in reducing household food waste. He also helped form and currently leads the Ohio State Food Waste Collaborative, a collection of researchers, practitioners, and students working together to promote the reduction and redirection of food waste as an integral part of a healthy and sustainable food system.

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Marybeth Motasem, Family & Consumer Sciences Educator, Bexley, Ohio Schools

Marybeth Motasem has spent the past 17 years teaching Family and Consumer Sciences in both suburban and rural school districts in Ohio.  Marybeth has taught every subject taught under the umbrella of Family and Consumer Sciences, but for the past seven years has focused in on the subjects of personal finance, nutrition, and food science.  Marybeth strongly believes in creating connections between the foods we eat, and the food we grow.  She has embedded this belief in her classroom practices and in the 8 raised-bed garden she oversees along with her Garden Club students.  It is not uncommon to walk into Marybeth’s classroom on any given day and see students problem solving solutions to some of our world’s issues like how to reduce food waste, using resources more efficiently, and shifting our diets to more sustainable food sources.  When Marybeth is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family watching soccer, going on nature hikes, and doing lots of cooking.

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Fadehl Kaboub, PhD, Denison University

Associate Professor of economics at Denison University and President of the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, Fadhel Kaboub is Associate Professor of economics at Denison University and President of the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. He is also a research associate with the Levy Economics Institute and the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability. Fadhel Kaboub was also a research fellow with the Center for International Development at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a research associate the Economic Research Forum. Dr. Kaboub earned his B.S. in economics from the University of Tunis, and MA & Ph.D. in economics from the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Dr. Kaboub is a widely published scholar, and an engaging public speaker. His research is rooted in Post Keynesian and Institutional economics, and focuses on public policy solutions to unemployment, poverty, inequality, and climate change. He is an expert on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), the Job Guarantee, and the Green New Deal, with a particular focus on the structural features of developing countries. You can follow him on Twitter @FadhelKaboub & @GISP_Tweets

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Erik Porfeli, PhD The Ohio State University

Erik Porfeli, Chair of Department of Human Sciences and Professor of Human Development and Family Science, focuses his career on promoting positive human health and development and strengthening the fabric of our communities. He specializes in harmonizing and aligning resources and partnerships around a common mission.  His interest is Lifespan career development with an emphasis on how children and young adults establish a career identity and adapt their career goals in the face of changing life circumstances.  As one example, his prior role was associate dean of community engagement and admissions and tenured faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine for the Northeast Ohio Medical University.  He also co-directed the Ohio Alliance, a statewide program of the national Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions. Composed of scientific, educational, workforce and community partners, the alliance focused on meeting Ohio’s most pressing health care needs, especially in medically underserved communities.

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