Meet the Appalachian Sustainable Development Team

Kathlyn Terry

Executive Director
Kathlyn became Executive Director of Appalachian Sustainable Development in 2011 after serving for 5 years as its first Business Operations Manager. ...
She uses her strong background of large national project implementations and her experience with food systems development to identify and implement collaborative, cross-sector opportunities to increase the health of the region and to promote collaborative methodologies and approaches. Ms. Terry was appointed to the VA Governor’s Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide and serves on numerous steering committees and advisory groups. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Texas A&M University. Like many at ASD, she is an avid lover of her furry canine children along with her not quite as furry son and daughter-in-law.
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Dale Craig

Director of Operations
Dale was born in West Virginia and is married with 5 children and 2 grandchildren. He is ASD’s Director of Operations and joined the team in 2016 after a ...
26-year career with Lowe’s Home Improvement. Dale moved many times in his first 13 years with Lowe’s and he earned increasing responsibility in several east coast locations. In 2000, he transferred to their corporate office near Charlotte, NC to work in their Store Planning and Design Departments for the remainder of his career. In 2012, he retired and then in 2104, his family moved to Abingdon. Dale soon got bored with retirement, and he started researching non-profits to either work or volunteer at and found a fit with his farm upbringing in WV and ASD’s mission. Dale’s strong retail experience was helpful during the launch of Practically Perfect in 2017. Practically Perfect is designed to give farmers a retail grocer distribution network and point of sale for seconds graded produce while offering this product at discounted prices to consumers. Dale enjoys living near Bristol Motor Speedway and watching his favorite sport, NASCAR, helping out with his in-laws and attending Trigg Street Church of God, where his wife Virginia is the Care Pastor.
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Angie Vanover

Director of Finance
Angie resides in Wise, VA with her husband, Coy and daughter, LeeAnn. Angie joined ASD in August 2017 after an extensive background leading in the call center...
industry. Most recently, she was with Teleperformance where she was responsible for 1600 employees across 4 locations and 2 countries as the Director of Operations. Angie spent 5 years with Sykes Enterprises as Site Director – Major Market Accounts, with both banking and mobility clients. Prior to Sykes, she spent 12 years in a leadership role at Verizon Communications, Inc. Her professional career has provided her experience in financial management and reporting, operations, business analysis, and leadership; she holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree from King College and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from East Tennessee State University.
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Sylvia Crum

Director of Communications and Development
Originally from Chicago, Sylvia moved to the region in 1994. Over the years, she has been involved with ASD in a variety of ways. ...
One season in the early years she sold local produce to regional restaurants. She has been a volunteer, a donor and sat on the board of directors for many years. In her current position since 2013, Sylvia is responsible for ASD’s development and communication’s efforts. Sylvia has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Columbia College and has worked in for-profit marketing/advertising, sales and management roles for several small to mid-size companies. Sylvia has 2 adult children and currently lives on a 15 acre farm in Washington County, VA.
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Gina Patrick

Admin/HR Manager
Gina has been with Appalachian Sustainable Development for 13 years and is a southwest Virginia native. ...
She is responsible for designing marketing materials, publications, point of purchase materials, website design and management, and office management. She works closely with senior and. program staff to ensure that administrative support needs are met for the organization. Gina holds an Associate’s degree in Education and has over 18 years of administrative and human resources experience. She resides in Abingdon, VA with her husband and son and enjoys spending time with her family and pets, gardening, fishing, swimming, and cooking.
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Katie Commender

Program Manager
Katie first joined the ASD family in 2012 as a Sustainable Forestry AmeriCorps VISTA. Falling in love with the people, woods and farms of ...
Appalachia, this yankee-turned-biscuit lover has since built outdoor classroom gardens and trails, developed a riparian buffer program and taught forest farming workshops. In 2014, Katie took a hiatus at Virginia Tech to work on her Master’s in Forestry. In 2016, she returned to create a regional local food corridor connecting existing Appalachian Harvest distribution routes with supply in WV, KY and OH. When not whipping up ramp biscuits and pawpaw ice cream, she’s fully committed to hiking, paddling, and rock climbing her way to Narnia. Prior to an unfortunate series of events with a stingray, her first career aspirations were to be Steve Erwin’s apprentice on Animal Planet.
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Jody Myers-Bott

Admin/Finance Assisitant
Jody came to Virginia by way of Ohio and PA in 2006 and is a graduate of Virginia Intermont College with a degree in Equine Studies and Business Management....
As Administration and Finance Assistant, since 2011, she assists with the financial and record keeping needs of the organization. She lives in Bristol, VA and is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins fan. She enjoys food, wine and music festivals, the beach, boating and spending time with her husband.
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Emily Lachniet

Program Manager
Emily serves as the agroforestry program manager for ASD, assisting landowners in growing native fruit and nut trees, such as pawpaws, persimmons, and...
elderberries in riparian buffers and forest farming native medicinal herbs. She loves getting to work with these special plants at work and at home on a small farm in Glade Spring where she lives with her husband and young daughters. A graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s in Professional Forestry, Emily has made this area her home since 2001.
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Lindsey Keen

Program Manager
Lindsey Keen joined Appalachia Sustainable Development in January 2016 as Farmers Market Promotion Coordinator. In this role, Lindsey works ...

with various farmers market managers across southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee to coordinate Rooted in Appalachia Road Shows. A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Lindsey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management. Lindsey resides in Abingdon, VA with her husband, Matt and her two miniature schnauzers, Tucker and Annabelle. In addition to coordinating Rooted in Appalachia Road Shows, Lindsey is also the owner of Barkery & Company and enjoys promoting her business and providing homemade and healthy dog treats to canines near and far.
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Michelle Morgan

Program Manager
Michelle currently serves as Learning Landscapes and Grow Your Own Assistant serving Southwest VA and Northeast TN. ...
She began her career with ASD after volunteering at the Grow Your Own demonstration garden in Abingdon, VA. A Knoxville native, Michelle earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2012. Her interests include gardening, hiking, and swimming. She resides in Bristol, TN with her husband and three mutts.
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Jenni Roop

Program Manager
An Abingdon Native with an undying love for her home, Jenni lives in town with her Husband Brad, 6-year-old daughter Annabel, and 2 dogs Hank and Zoey...
Jenni became part of the ASD team in 2017 as demonstration garden in Abingdon, VA where she met the manager of Learning Landscapes and Grow Your Own, Denise Peterson. A few weeks later, she was offered the position. A Knoxville native, Michelle earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2012. Her interests include gardening, hiking, and swimming. She resides in Bristol, TN with her husband and three mutts.
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Robin Robbins

Appalachian Harvest Food Hub General Manager
Robin Robbins joined ASD as the Appalachian Harvest Marketer in September 2005. Prior to joining ASD, she was a public school teacher in the Lee County...
public school system, as well as an advocate for children with special needs. Raised on a tobacco farm, Robin joined the Appalachian Harvest network as a certified advocate for health, nutrition and building local community, and has many years of experience organizing events and special campaigns. After being promoted to General Manager in 2011, she drafted the Appalachian Harvest GAP Mirror Program and merged the USDA National Organic Program rules with GAP practice language into one farmer-friendly document. She also trains farmers on GAP procedures and processes. Robin and her husband Dave own and operate their own farm, Robbins Family Farm. They have 3 daughters. Outside of work she absolutely loves anything outside, working with children, and helping others.
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Adam Pendleton

Food Hub Manager

Adam Pendleton is a Lee County, Virginia native and began working at ASD’s Appalachian Harvest food hub in Duffield, VA as Facility Manager in 2014. ...

He assures the facility is running efficiently, orders are processed correctly and trucks loaded accurately while also proving technical advice to their farmers. Adam has his own farm, Pendleton Farms and raises registered Simmentals. He also grows a variety of produce for Appalachian Harvest. Adam enjoys boating, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his two nieces.
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Kevin McNew

Food Hub Assistant
Kevin McNew has been the “guru” at the Appalachian Harvest Food Hub since 2014. He does a little of everything, anything to do with the warehouse...
Kevin can do. He resides in Scott County where he operated his own farm. Kevin raises Ankole-Watusi cattle. Olé Kev loves his gentle giants. Outside of working Kevin enjoys anything outdoors.
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Gina Bishop

DOT Compliance Coordinator
Gina Bishop joined the Appalachian Harvest team in 2013 as a contractor to ensure that the food hub’s fleet of trucks...
and drivers were in compliance with Department of Transportation regulations. She became an employee in December of 2015 as Administrative Assistant and DOT Compliance Coordinator. She was born and raised in Michigan but relocated to Duffield, Virginia in 1995, with her husband and 4 children. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, fishing, reading a good book, and enjoying a great cup of coffee.
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Adam Watson

Compliance and Grower Manager
Adam Watson, a native of Whitley County, Kentucky, joined ASD’s Appalachian Harvest food hub in Duffield, VA as a Compliance and...
Grower Manager in 2017. He comes to ASD after more than seven years with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture where he managed a USDA accredited organic certifier, consulted with farmers on GAP and on farm food safety, coordinated an Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, and worked to connect farmers with markets. Adam began his professional career as a county extension agent for horticulture in Bourbon County, KY. Adam and his wife Melissa reside in Kingsport, TN.
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