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Staff Members

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Cheyenne Olson

Executive Director

works with the board to guide programs and educational activities that support the mission and vision of Sustainable Berea

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Richard Olson

Director, Berea Urban Farm

responsible for planning, production and educational activities & manages the farm’s bee hives, orchard, and ducks, and oversees El Jardín Latinoamericano

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Ryan Sartor

Financial Manager

responsible for generating financial reports, creating and managing budgets, monitoring accounts, and evaluating the overall financial health of the organization

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Betty Brinegar

Assistant, Berea Urban Farm

helps with production, sales, events, and tackling the pesky invasives at the back of the property

Board Members

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Ethan Connelly

from Berea, Kentucky and a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University & holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Health Science and works as an industrial hygiene consultant

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Lou Deluca

has degrees in political science (Yale), law (U. Colorado), and city planning (Harvard) & career included city planner, New Haven, CT; Asst. Dean and Assoc. Professor, Yale School of Art and Architecture; Dir. of the Mountain Program at U. Kentucky; Arts and Humanities Director, KY Dept. of Education; Exec. Director of KY Arts Council and Deputy Secretary KY State Cabinet for Education, Arts, and Humanities. Spent a decade living on and helping manage a small hill farm in Anderson Co., KY

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Terry Fields

is co-owner of Top Drawer Gallery, a master woodworker, and an avid gardener

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David Kennedy

was the founder and director of Leaf for Life, a nonprofit organization working to reduce micro-nutrient malnutrition through the optimum use of leaf crops. For 40 years, he initiated projects that combined small-scale agriculture and simple food processing in 13 countries. He led an environmental program at the Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center in Berea for three years. Dave is the author of four books on integrating green leaves into our food systems

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Janet Meyer

is Director of Farm Enterprises at Berea College. Previously, she worked with Berea College students and staff to produce and market certified organic plants, seeds, fruit, and vegetables. She graduated from Berea College with a B.S. in Agriculture and Natural Resources in 2005 and has more than 35 years of agricultural experience

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Daniel Nerenberg

is the Education and Communications Specialist for Just Vision, an organization that fills a media gap on Israel-Palestine through independent storytelling and strategic audience engagement. He is also an occasional adjunct professor at Berea College where he teaches on social movements and nationalism. Growing up on a small organic farm in southern Québec, Daniel has always had a passion for small-scale, sustainable gardening, and maintains a small vegetable, fruit and mushroom garden with his family in Berea

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Richard Olson

a Ph.D. agronomist who recently retired from the Environmental Studies faculty at Berea College & has experience in ecological design, ecological restoration, small-scale farming, and horse logging

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Kayla Preston

moved to Berea in 2012 after graduating from the University of Kentucky and found passion and love for sustainable farming after interning on a nearby Permaculture farm, and ever since she has been involved in the local foods movement in the Berea area. She has worked with Grow Appalachia as their Social Enterprise Manager since 2016 supporting and educating farmers on season extension specifically high tunnel greenhouses. She has a love for growing flowers, making bouquets and enjoys cultivating vegetables for herself, friends and her neighbors. 

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George Schloemer

a local physician, bicyclist, gardener, and practitioner and advocate of the health and environmental benefits of a vegan diet

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Randy Stone

is the retired city administrator of Berea KY, and a life-long gardener with a particular affection for cabbage and sauerkraut.

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Maria Wright

a web developer and co-founder of Wright Venture Services & has lived in Berea since 2011 and loves helping entrepreneurs and social enterprises with their digital presence

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