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Fellow Description

The Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation works at the nexus of food, community, and society to catalyze new food system possibilities that are essential to advancing the human condition in Virginia and beyond. Being a Center fellow helps put you at the heart of this effort to bring change to our communities. 

A fellow is an outstanding individual who is part of a university, organization, or community that follows the aims of the Center and is a leader and resource to community members and stakeholders in their area. These individuals have a passion for exploring critical and often complex issues related to the food system, and are committed to supporting and working towards a more equitable, just, and healthy food system.

Being a fellow is an excellent way to participate in networking, professional development, and skill development related to community change processes as part of a community-university collective. All fellows will be highlighted on the Center’s website as a valuable resource, and you will have many opportunities to share your knowledge and experience with other fellows and community members. Specifically, it provides opportunity to engage with scholarship related to food systems work and learn from the practice-based experiences of peers from the region and beyond.

Fellows of the Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation are expected to be leaders in their communities. As such, we ask that you be involved with hosting a Center event once per year. This may be a speaking event, where you discuss a project or current work being done by your organization. It may also be a training program or podcast you offer for community members and other fellows.

In addition to hosting an annual event, fellows are expected to remain interested and involved with the Center’s work. The Center works to bring multiple speakers to Virginia each year, and also hosts community events, such as learning circles and workshops. While fellows are not expected to attend every event, it is anticipated that Center fellows offer input on event details and support the Center’s work by sharing news about the Center throughout their communities.

How can you become a Center fellow?
Fill out our Center Fellow Participation Form

Current Fellows

In addition to the below list of fellows we have a core team, advisory group, and partners, listed on our People Page

Ozzie Abaye

Ozzie Abaye
Professor of Agronomy
CALS Global Programs
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Virginia Tech

Jessica Agnew

Jessica Agnew, PhD, MSc, MPH 
Assistant Director of Research, Operations, & Program Management 
Center for International Research, Education and Development 
Virginia Tech 
www.jessicalagnew.com
www.buy2thrive.com

John Bovay

John Bovay
Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture
Virginia Tech
Faculty website
Virginia Sustainable Farms and Agribusiness Education Initiative

Reed Byg

Reed Byg
PhD Student
Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought

Livvy Call

Livvy Call
Edible Education Instructor
On The Road Collaborative
Emerging Chef's

Renata Carneiro

Renata Carneiro
PhD Candidate
Food Science and Technology
Virginia Tech

Michael Carter Junior

Michael Carter Jr. (Ben Ore)
Coordinator
Small Farm Outreach Program
Virginia State University
Farmer at Carter Farms
thecarterfarms.com
vasmallfarmers.com

Marcus Comer

Marcus Comer
Professor and Extension Specialist
College of Agriculture
Virginia State University

Natalie Cook

Natalie Cook, PhD
Assistant Professor
Public Health
Virginia Tech
Faculty Webpage

Susan Chen

Susan Chen
PhD Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant 
Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Virginia Tech
NAFSN Leadership Circle 

Nicolas Copeland

Nicholas Copeland, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology and American Indian Studies
Virginia Tech
The Guatemalan Water Network (REDAGUA) 

Danielle Christensen

Danille Elise Christensen
Assistant Professor
Department of Religion and Culture
Virginia Tech
Faculty webpage

Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown

Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies, Africana Studies
Virginia Tech

Roberto Franco

Roberto A. Franco
Graduate Student
Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
Virginia Tech

John Galbraith

Dr. John M. Galbraith
Associate Professor of Soil and Wetland Sciences and Extension Soils Specialist
Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension
NRV Glean TeamFaculty webpage  

Bikrum Singh Gill

Bikrum Singh Gill, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Virginia Tech
Four Stories about Food Sovereignty
Faculty webpage

Saul Halfon

Saul Halfon, PhD
Associate Professor and Graduate Director
Department of Science, Technology, & Society
Virginia Tech
Faculty webpage

Ralph Hall

Ralph P. Hall
Associate Professor & Associate Director
School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at Virginia Tech
https://ralphphall.com/https://ashfordhall2018.com/
https://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/95218
https://malawiedandchildwelfare.wordpress.com/

Conway Haskins

Conaway Haskins
Extension Specialist for Economic Development
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Virginia Tech

Mae Hey

Mae Hey
Assistant Professor 
American Indian Studies
Virginia Tech

Leonard Githinji

Leonard Githinji
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Sustainable & Urban Agriculture
Virginia State University

Lia Kelinsky-Jones

Lia Kelinsky-Jones
PhD Student
Agricultural, Leadership & Community Education
Virginia Tech

Vivica Crack

Vivica Kraak, PhD, MS, RDN
Assistant Professor
Food and Nutrition Policy, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Virginia Tech
Faculty webpage

Jacob Lahne

Jacob Lahne, PhD
Assistant Professor of Food Science & Technology
Virginia Tech
Faculty webpage

Joyce Latimer

Joyce Latimer
Professor and Extension Specialist
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Virginia Tech

Meredith Ledlie Johnson

Meredith Ledlie Johnson
VT Policy, Systems and Environmental Change Programming Coordinator
Facilitator of Virginia Community and School Garden Network
Food Security Sub Committee of the First Lady's Children's Cabinet work group

Bob Leonard

Robert (Bob) Leonard
Professor of Directing and Performance
School of Performing Arts
Virginia Tech
Faculty Webpage

John Munsell

John Munsell
Associate Professor & Forest Management Extension Specialist
Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Virginia Tech
ABFFC; VT Agroforestry

Erin Nuckols

Erin Lorann Nuckols
PhD Student
Environmental Design & Planning Program, Myers Lawson School of Construction
Virginia Tech
www.lunarelm.com

Nicole Nunoo

Nicole I. Nunoo
PhD Student
Agricultural Leadership and Community Education
Virginia Tech
Publications

Kasey Owen Henry

Kasey Owen Henry
MS Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant
Agricultural Leadership and Community Education
Virginia Tech

Brianna Posadas

Brianna B. Posadas
Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education
CRA Computing Innovation Fellow
Virginia Tech 
briannaposadas.com

 

French Price

French Price
Value Chain Coordinator
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Jayesh Samtani

Jayesh Samtani
Assistant Professor and Small Fruit Extension Specialist; Hampton Roads AREC, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Virginia Tech
Faculty Webpage

Laina Schneider

Laina Schneider
Kitchen Manager
Millstone Kitchen
Live Work Eat Gather Inc.
https://oldschoolpricesfork.org/

Lester Schonberger

H. Lester Schonberger
Research Associate
Food Science and Technology
Virginia Tech
Faculty Webpage

Jenny Schwanke

Jenny Schwanke
Community Garden Coordinator
Live, Work, Eat, Gather, Inc. 
blacksburgcommunitygardens.com

William Singer

William Singer
PhD Student 
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences & Translational Plant Sciences

Adam Taylor

Adam Taylor
Manager, VT's Catawba Sustainability Center
Owner/Operator, Singing Spring Farm
Vice President, Virginia Association of Biological Farming 

Pete Ziegler

Pete Ziegler
Assistant Professor of Practice
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Director, Civic Agriculture & Food Systems Minor Program Director, USDA-NIFA Food and Agricultural Education Information System

Anna Zeide

Anna Zeide
Associate Professor, History
Director, Food Studies Program
Virginia Tech
annazeide.org