Our Team

By working together and sharing a common passion for the organization we serve, we propel our mission forward.

Gina Bishop
Appalachian Harvest Administrative Assistant

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.

Katie Commender
Regional Marketing and Logistics Coordinator

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.

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 of the board of directors for many years. She has been in her current position since 2013 and is responsible for ASD’s development and communication’s efforts.   Sylvia has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Columbia University and has worked in for-profit marketing/advertising, sales and management roles for several small to mid-size companies. Sylvia currently lives on a 15 acre farm in Washington County, VA.

Marty Huber and Jo Ann Detta
Healthy Families, Family Farms Coordinators

Marty and Jo Ann served on the volunteer committee for the Healthy Families, Family Farms program when it was created in 2004.  In 2008 they began to work as a team to coordinate the program which connects the local network of Appalachian Harvest farmers with Feeding America and local food pantries.  Inspired by this creative community connection, Marty and Jo Ann raise funds to purchase farmers’ “seconds,” which are then donated to those in need.  In 2012 they launched the Garden Box project to help elderly and less able folks have the joy of planting and harvesting some of their own vegetables.  Their commitment to food access for all goes back to 1986 when they helped to bring the SHARE food program to Scott County, VA.  They also worked as a team for over 20 years coordinating regional events in 11 counties of southwest Virginia for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and both have backgrounds in education. They are both nature lovers and enjoy camping and bird watching.

Lydia Graves
Farmers Market Promotion Coordinator Intern and Rooted in Appalachia Sales and Delivery Coordinator

Lydia Graves serves as the Coordinator of Sales and Delivery for Rooted in Appalachia and assists Lindsey Keen Felty with the Rooted Roadshow. A native of Bristol, VA and longtime veteran of food service; she now facilitates food sales between local growers and area restaurants. Lydia graduated from Appalachian State University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Development. She decided to invest her knowledge of sustainability in a region that she loves and understands by helping to build a healthy community in Appalachia while celebrating its agricultural heritage. She firmly believes that life’s greatest joys are petting dogs, eating vegetables, and listening to public radio.

Tracy Griffith
Farm to School Procurement Coordinator and Garden Box Manager

Tracy grew up in northern Ohio and spent the summers helping on her great-grandmother’s farm. She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH with a degree in Microbiology in 1990.  She relocated to the area with her husband in 1994 where they raised their two children.  She has volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader for seven years and served on the Tennessee High School Band board as an accountant for students’ accounts.  She worked as Assistant Director at Spring Garden Preschool for two years prior to becoming office manager at her husband’s small medical practice.  She currently works there part time in addition to working at ASD on the Farm to School and Garden Box projects.  She is currently the Chair of the Spring Garden Preschool Board.  In her free time she enjoys working on their farm in Scott County with her husband and their golden retriever.

Anne Haynes
Director of Finance

Anne Haynes joined Appalachian Sustainable Development in November of 2009 and is responsible for the financial management of all of ASD’s programs and businesses. She is a CPA with over 18 years of experience managing the finances of nonprofits including The Paramount Center for the Arts, River’s Way, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, and the Eleanor T. Reynolds Foundation. She also has experience in providing bookkeeping, payroll, tax and investment services for individuals and small businesses. Anne has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from East Tennessee State University and a Master’s degree in Accounting from Gardner-Webb University. Anne lives on her family’s horse farm in Bristol, TN which she has helped operate for over 30 years.

Lindsey Keen Felty
Farmers Market Promotion Coordinator

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.

Emily Lachniet
Forestry 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.

Kevin McNew 
Appalachian Harvest Facility Assistant

Kevin McNew has been the packinghouse “guru” at Appalachian Harvest since 2014.  He does a little of everything but he is responsible for maintenance and repairs as well as loading, unloading, grading and packing produce.  He resides in Scott County where he operates his own farm.  Kevin raises Ankole-Watusi cattle.  Ol’ Kev loves his gentle giants.  Outside of working Kevin enjoys anything outdoors and making apple butter.

 

Tamara McNaughton
Sustainable Agriculture Program Manager

Tamara serves ASD as Sustainable Agriculture Program Manager which includes general support to farmers, farmers market managers, and building consumer awareness of the local food system.  She focuses on assisting farmers with Whole Farm Business Planning, assisting farmers markets in accepting EBT and double dollars, designing ASD’s Local Food Guide, and team coordination of various aspects of Rooted in Appalachia.  She studied Applied Anthropology and Sustainable Development as an undergraduate and Appalachian Studies and Sustainable Development as a graduate, both at Appalachian State University.  When she’s not working on aspects of the local food system for ASD, she’s tending to her business, TNT Farm N Greenhouse in Meadowview, VA.

Michelle Morgan
Learning Landscapes and Grow Your Own Assistant

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 where she met 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.

Jody Myers-Bott
Financial Assistant

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.

 

Gina Patrick
Administration and Human Resources 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.

Adam Pendleton
Appalachian Harvest Grower Manager

Adam Pendleton began working for ASD’s Appalachian Harvest food hub in Duffield, VA as Facility Manager in 2014 and was promoted to Grower Manager in 2015.  He provides technical support to our growers as well as ensuring that planting and harvesting schedules are met.  He was born and raised in Lee County and graduated from Lee High in 2013.  Adam has his own farm, Pendleton Farms and raises registered Simmentals. He also grows a variety of produce for Appalachian Harvest.  He enjoys boating, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his two nieces.

Deni Peterson
Learning Landscapes and Grow Your Own Manager

Denise “Deni” Peterson is the Manager for ASD’s Learning Landscapes and Grow Your Own programs.  Deni draws from over 28 years of organic gardening experience to help her educate and empower youth and adults to grow and cook food, using a variety of outdoor classrooms and gardens around the region. Deni holds a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Road Island.  Deni lives in Abingdon, VA with her husband, Tom, who together run a small organic farming business called Blue Door Garden from their home where Deni specializes in cut flower production.

Robin Robbins
Appalachian Harvest 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 Farms with their three daughters. Outside of work she absolutely loves anything outside, working with children, and helping others.

 

Kevin Rowe
WoodRight Business Manager

Kevin is ASD’s Business Development Manager for, and creator of WoodRight Forest Products™. Kevin’s interest in all things wood began and grew during seven years of middle and high school woodshop classes.  This early interest developed to later become a part of his livelihood where, after completing studies in Business Management and Political Science at Emory & Henry College, he worked in building material sales, project management, estimating, and design with STOCK Building Supply, Sterling Building Systems, and Dominion Truss.  While his love for southwest Virginia began at his alma mater, his passion for the region’s people and forests has only grown since joining ASD’s sustainable forestry program in 2011.  Kevin helped WoodRight and ASD obtain their first patent pending status on a uniquely beautiful wood wall cladding system called StakWood™.  Kevin lives in Abingdon, VA with his wife and two children and enjoys biking, camping and racing remote control off road vehicles.

Kenny Stewart
Appalachian Harvest Facility Manager

Kenny is the Facility Manager at Appalachian Harvest and has been around farming his whole life.  He manages the daily operations of the packinghouse including incoming and outgoing shipments.  A southwest Virginia native, he joined the Army National Guard in 2009 as a tractor trailer driver.  When not in training or active duty, he worked as an underground and surface coal miner in three states until being laid off in 2015.  He has two daughters Madisyn and Alexis.  Kenny owns a small mowing and tree trimming business on the side and enjoys hunting, fishing, riding ATVs, and spending time with his family.

 

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.

 

Derrick Von Kundra
Local Foods and Value-added Products Coordinator

Derrick started with Appalachian Sustainable Development in 2014 as an Appalachian Transition Fellow through the Highlander Education and Research Center.  He relocated to the area from Central Pennsylvania, to be with his family who moved to the area a few years earlier.  Derrick earned his Marketing degree from Kutztown University but has discovered a stronger passion for videography. He is currently working on a video series to educate farmers in the Organic Growers Group, as well as a video series to help farmers understand the barriers when selling to wholesale markets. Derrick is also using his previous experience to manage the Appalachian Harvest Value Added line.  Derrick lives in Damascus, within walking distance to the Damascus Brewery. Derrick strongly supports local craft beer and started growing hops this year.