Staff

Jane Harf
Executive Director

Jane Harf assumed the position of Executive Director in June 2017. Prior to GEO, she was engaged in energy and environmental consulting, with clients including the Environmental Law and Policy Center, the Ohio Environmental Council, and the National Wildlife Federation. In 2014-2015, she served as Director and Spokesperson for Ohio’s Energy Future Tour, a collaboration among businesses, trade associations, nonprofits, and local governments designed to showcase the positive impact of renewables and energy efficiency throughout the state. As Director of the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio (UCEAO) from 2008-2014, Jane led a statewide coalition of public and private colleges and universities. She spent ten years in various leadership positions at AEP, including Vice President for External Affairs at AEP Ohio. In state government, Jane served as Deputy Director for Policy and Legislation at the Ohio EPA and Executive Director of the Ohio Low-Level Radioactive Waste Facility Development Authority. Her expertise in environmental issues was developed during her tenure as State Government Liaison for the Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club. Ms. Harf received a Bachelor’s from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in political science from the Ohio State University, with an emphasis on American government and politics.

Franny Miller
Outreach and Digital Director

Franny has lived in Athens, Ohio, for most of her life. She attended Ohio University and graduated in the spring of 2019. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication specializing in the Music Production and Recording Industry track, while also obtaining certificates in both Journalism and Music. She is excited to seamlessly integrate her passions with her work and leadership experience here at Green Energy Ohio. Franny can usually be found perusing social media in her off time; she equally enjoys cooking, loves going on hikes, and is almost constantly listening to music or a podcast. Prior to this position, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Live Healthy Appalachia where she ran socials, performed website management, and worked with local restaurants and community agencies to help bridge the food insecurity gap within Appalachia.

Courtney VanHuffel
Communications & Member Relations Director

Courtney is a senior at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Sociology with a minor in Sustainability.  Through the University’s Center for Social Concerns, she has participated in multiple immersive learning seminars that promote sustainable practices and social justice commitments, including learning local sustainable practices in Gulu, Uganda for eight weeks.  In her free time, Courtney enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling.  After graduating in 2021, she hopes to attend graduate school for a Masters in Global Affairs, focusing on international peace studies through environmental sustainability.

Emerson Bannon
Electric Vehicle Tour Director

Emerson is an undergraduate at Miami University, majoring in Environmental Earth Science with a focus on policy. He is involved with a number of activist and service groups on campus that specialize in environmental and social justice. Over the past year, he has engaged students and the interfaith community on campus with environmental issues. He is entering his senior year and is planning on graduating in Spring 2021, and then move on to a master’s program. He plans to use his policy focus to further renewable energy and the fight against climate change, and to apply a field science background rooted in his geology experience to policy and advocacy work.