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For more information about the Ohio Soybean Association or to learn more about Ohio’s soybean industry, please contact us.

Ohio Soybean Association
918 Proprietors Rd., Suite A
Worthington, OH 43085
Ph: 614-476-3100
Fax: 614-476-9576
Toll Free: 888-SOYOHIO

Kirk Merritt, Executive Director

Phone: 614-476-3100 Fax: 614-476-9576 Kirk Merritt joined the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) in June 2007 as International Marketing Director, and also served as Director of Outreach and Programs for the OSC Foundation. He was promoted to Executive Director of OSC and the OSC Foundation in December 2009 and Executive Director of the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) in 2017. Kirk works closely with the OSA/OSC Board of Trustees to advance OSA's and OSC’s mission of enhancing profit opportunities for Ohio’s soybean farmers, and manages OSA/OSC’s staff and operations. From 2000 to 2007, Kirk was Director of the International Trade Division in the Ohio Department of Development, where he coordinated Ohio’s export and foreign investment programs, leading a team with offices in Ohio and eleven international markets. Prior to this, he worked for several years in international banking. Kirk earned a B.A. from Manchester University and a M.A. from The Ohio State University.

Carla DeBoard, Operations Manager

Phone: 614-476-3100 Fax: 614-476-9576 Carla DeBoard joined the Ohio Soybean Council and Ohio Soybean Association as the Accounting Associate in 2002. Carla manages OSC’s web-based project management system, the national soybean checkoff program for Ohio and all financial budgeting and transactions. She was previously employed with the Ohio Farm Bureau as the staff Accountant. Carla has over 20 years of experience in the accounting field and received a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. from Franklin University.

Angela Cook, Administrative & Planning Assistant

Phone: 614-476-3100 Fax: 614-476-9576 Angela joined the Ohio Soybean Council and Ohio Soybean Association in 2014 as the Administrative and Planning Assistant. She is responsible for planning board meetings, event planning, travel arrangements and office administrative duties. Angela previously worked as a Legal Secretary and Administrative Assistant for 10TV News. Angela brings over 25 years in Legal Secretary and Administrative Assistant experience.

Emilie Regula Hancock, Policy & Membership Coordinator

Phone: 614-476-3100 Fax: 614-476-9576 Emilie joined the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) as the Policy & Membership Coordinator in May 2017. She is responsible for assisting with OSA’s legislative and policy program, coordinating membership campaigns, and organizing OSA participation in statewide, regional and national programs and events. Emilie joins OSA after several years of legislative experience with the Ohio Senate and the Ohio Treasurer of State. She earned a degree in Political Science from the University of Akron and is a graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute.