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Staff Members


Cheyenne Olson

Executive Director

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


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


Ryan Sartor

Financial Manager

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


Sarah Buckley

Assistant Director, Berea Urban Farm

participates in all production, sales and educational activities

Board Members


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


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


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


George Schloemer

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


Kara Crispin

a stay-at-home mom, graduate student, and nurse & enjoys working with her family to learn sustainable living practices including gardening and food preservation

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Gwen Holder

is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor & currently the Behavioral Health Director for Foothills Health and Wellness Center in Powell and Estill County and has worked in the Addictions Profession for 26 years with experience in the Corrections setting, Residential, Inpatient and Outpatient programming.


Troy Price

works as the Application and Training Specialist at National Children’s Alliance & professional background includes fundraising, community development, program management, and information technology


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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