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David Cooke. Director of Berea College's Grow Appalachia and Appalachian Fund. A southern West Virginia native whose diverse contributions to the Appalachian region have included teaching industrial arts to high school students and owning a furniture-building enterprise. He also served as an extension agent in the West Virginia coal fields where he worked with landholders and entrepreneurs in agro-forestry and other natural resource-based small businesses.


Corey Craig. President/Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Bank in Mt. Vernon. B.S. in Business Administration from Berea College-1997. Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, 2003. Berea College Outstanding Young Alumnus-2007, Rockcastle County Industrial Development Authority, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Board, Bankers Bank of Kentucky Board.


Robin Gabbard. Associate Executive Director at the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky and adult mentor of the Youth Leadership & Philanthropy Initiative, a permanent youth advisory council of the Foundation. Through this initiative, she works with youth to develop their leadership abilities and skills, and create a pathway for youth service on nonprofit boards within the community. Robin is an elected school board member of the Perry County School District, a member of the Prichard Committee, and is a Governor's Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership Fellow. Robin also serves on the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Child Welfare Agency/Buckhorn Children & Family Services. She is a lifelong Perry County native; she and her family live in the family home place at Gays Creek.


Nathan Hall. Reforestation Coordinator for Green Forests Work, a nonprofit restoring native tree species to surface mined lands throughout Appalachia. A native of Floyd County in the Eastern Kentucky coalfields, his work is focused on remediation of lands affected by mining and use of the region's renewable resources. He holds a BA in Sustainable Agricultural & Industrial Management from Berea College and will be attending the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies starting in Fall 2014 to earn a Masters of Environmental Management.


Peter Hille. President of MACED since 2015, previously MACED's executive vice president since 2012. Served as a MACED board member from 2003 – 2012 with roles as treasure and chair. Previous director of Brushy Fork Institute of Berea College where he conducted leadership and community development programs throughout Central Appalachia. Served as a consultant to regional and national organizations and implemented community development projects internationally. Currently serves on the boards of the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation and the Central Appalachian Institute for Research and Development. A graduate of Swarthmore College.


Steve Meng. Managing member of Retail Floors LLC., Manchester, KY. Over thirty years of starting and managing small manufacturing ventures in Eastern Kentucky. Ten years of work focused on rural development through new enterprise creation and investment at Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp. Obtained a bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky.


Vonda Poynter.  Director of consulting for the Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises. A Rockcastle County native, she brings more than a quarter century of experience managing community and economic development projects. Vonda has been involved in over 100 projects including the development of public facility strategies, capital improvement plans, downtown revitalization, housing, public facilities improvements and neighborhood redevelopment. 


Jodi Stacy. Vice-President of Bank of the Mountains in West Liberty, Kentucky and instructor at Morehead State University. Former training associate at The Conservation Fund in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Biology and Eastern Kentucky University with an M.S in Ecology. Currently serves on the boards of the Morgan County Community Foundation, Morehead State University at West Liberty Advisory Board, DOVES, Bluegrass Bankers Association and Bank of the Mountains.