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The center is supported by a number of people including members of our Center Team and Advisory Group.

Team

Kim Niewolny

Kim Niewolny, Director
Professor, Community Education and Development
Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
Virginia Tech
Bio

Eric Bendfeldt

Eric Bendfeldt, Associate Director
Extension Specialist, Community, Local, and Regional Food Systems
Community Viability Program
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Bio

Katie Trozzo

Katie Trozzo, Center Associate
Food Systems Network and Outreach Specialist
Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
Virginia Tech
Bio

Roberto Franco

Roberto A. Franco, Center Associate
Program Coordinator
Agrability Virginia
Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
Virginia Tech
Bio

Picture of Lia Kelinsky-Jones

Lia Kelinsky-Jones, Postdoctoral Fellow
USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
Virginia Tech 
Bio

 

Picture of Pratyoosh Kashyap

Pratyoosh Kashyap, Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
Virginia Tech 
Bio

 

 

Justice Madden

Justice Madden, Center Graduate Fellow for Outreach
Point for Communications
MS Student
George Washington Carver Scholar
Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
Virginia Tech 
Bio

 

Justice Madden

David Smilnak, Center Graduate Fellow for Research
Point for graduate student learning circles
PhD Candidate
Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
Virginia Tech 
Bio

Shephanie Zhu

Stephanie Zhu, Center Graduate Fellow
Point for 5 Weekly Readings
PhD Student
Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
Virginia Tech
Bio

 

Arogeanae Brown

Arogeanae "NaeNae" Brown, Center Graduate Fellow
PhD Candidate
Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
Virginia Tech
Website

Advisory Board

Jeanette Abi-Nader

Jeanette Abi-Nader
Deputy Director of Justice and Programs
Piedmont Housing Alliance

Bill Crutchfield

William A. Crutchfield
Director
Small Farm Outreach Program
Virginia State University
VSU Small Farm Outreach Program

Dan Goerlich

Daniel Goerlich
Associate Director
Economy, Community, and Food
Virginia Cooperative Extension

Ellington Graves

Ellington Graves
Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Director,Africana Studies Program
Virginia Tech

Kathy Hosig

Kathy Hosig
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
Population Health Sciences Department
Virginia Tech
Center for Public Health Practice & Research

Janine Parker Woods

Janine Parker Woods
Associate Administrator
Cooperative Extension
Virginia State University
VCE Profile
 

Nicole Shuman

Nicole Shuman
Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent
Goochland County
Virginia Cooperative Extension

Max Stephenson

Max Stephenson
Professor and Director of the Institute for Policy and Governance
School of Public and International Affairs
Virginia Tech
Community Change Collaborative