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Meadowlake Farms Botanicals

Join us on June 10 for a fascinating conversation with Judy Bulcroft

Join us on June 10 for a fascinating conversation with Judy Bulcroft, certified family herbalist, and owner of Meadowlake Farms Botanicals. Judy will be presenting "A Natural Approach to Body Care and Beauty."

Meadowlake Farms formulates and manufactures skin care products using raw organic honey and herbs from Meadowlake Farms hives and woodlands, one small batch at a time specializing in problem skin, acne, herpes simplex, rosacea, psoriasis, burns and wounds.

When: Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m.
Where: University of Akron/Lakewood 1415 Warren Road, (The Bailey Building) in Lakewood. (map)
How: This program is FREE but registration is required.
Register through Eventbrite >

2015 Nature's Bin & Friends Neighborhood Run

Nature’s Bin & Friends Neighborhood Run - June 13!

Cornucopia/Nature’s Bin is gearing up to hold its 13th Annual Nature’s Bin & Friends Neighborhood Run! Nature’s Bin is again teaming up with New Avenues to Independence and The Arc of Greater Cleveland for what has become an annual tradition. We are excited about this long-standing collaboration among agencies in our community that all serve people with disabilities.

Join us as a sponsor or as a participant. Register to run or walk at The Run will be held on Saturday, June 13th, at Lakewood Park. It will feature a 5K (3.1 mile) fast, flat out-and-back course and a 1-mile run/walk beginning and ending at Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave. in Lakewood (map). Each distance is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Hope to see there!


Scott Duennes, Cornucopia, Inc., Executive Director

Cornucopia/Nature’s Bin Executive Director Retires Ater 30 Years. Successor Named.

After 30 years with Cornucopia/Nature's Bin as Executive Director, Scott Duennes, retired on March 20. “It was an honor to be a part of this organization and to be a part of serving thousands of people with disabilities in the Greater Cleveland community, Duennes said. “Finding the right person to sit in this chair and making a smooth transition is very important to me. I am happy to tell you that Nancy Peppler has been hired to succeed me as the Executive Director of Cornucopia and Nature's Bin.” Peppler brings almost three decades of nonprofit experience to this role, most recently as the vice president of external relations at Beech Brook in Pepper Pike, the leading behavioral health agency in Cleveland serving more than 22,000 children, teens and families each year.

Peppler began her new position on March 9, 2015. Duennes and Peppler are working together through the end of March to effect a smooth transition for the organization.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of Cornucopia, I am delighted to welcome Nancy Peppler as the new executive director,” said Board President, Tony Rospert. “The Board of Trustees conducted a regional search to find the right person to step into this vital position. Scott Duennes successfully led and grew Cornucopia and Nature's Bin for the past 30 years and we believe that we have found in Nancy an energetic and creative leader to build on that success and take Cornucopia to the next level.”

As executive director of Cornucopia, Inc. Peppler will oversee a $7.2 million organization that provides vocational training leading to employment for people with disabilities. Since 1975, Cornucopia programs serve people with a wide range of issues including developmental disabilities, autism, mental illness, visual, speech and hearing impairments, and injuries resulting from accident or illness. Cornucopia may be best known for its social enterprise Nature's Bin, an independent natural foods store in Lakewood, Ohio that also serves as a training site for its unique and successful job training program.

“I look forward to leading this great organization and to working with the board and staff to expand community support for the quality services that Cornucopia provides,” Peppler said.

Prior to her work at Beech Brook, Peppler was the chief development officer for Community Care Network, a nonprofit providing administrative and management services to other nonprofits; and as the vice president of resource development for ChildServ, a nonprofit that provides vital services to children and families in Chicago. Peppler’s community involvement also includes serving two terms on the Cleveland Heights/University Heights School Board. She is currently president of that board.

Peppler holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Case Western Reserve University and a master's degree in social service administration from Case Western Reserve University/Mandel School.

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