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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 is Assistant for Operations with LKLP Community Action Council, Inc. She serves her community as an elected School Board Member of the Perry County School District, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Child Welfare Agency (Buckhorn Children & Family Services). Robin is a member of the Prichard Committee, and is a Governor's Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership Fellow. She is a lifelong Perry County native; she and her family live in the family home place at Gays Creek.


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.


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. 


Wayne Riley. A carpenter by trade, Wayne Riley founded the African American Heritage Center in London in 2004 with the mission of conserving the traditions and legacy of the African American community. Wayne is also well known for carrying forward his own family food way traditions of barbecue and fish fries and has been a featured demonstrator at the Kentucky Folklife Festival in Frankfort, the Redbud Folklife Festival and the Multicultural Folklife Festival in London, among other venues. As president of the African American Heritage Center, he has coordinated one oral history project, a youth summer program, five community-wide celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday, including speakers, music, a parade and a dinner. Wayne has managed and directed the Grow Appalachia Food Security Project in Laurel County for many years.


Ada Smith. Ada Smith is from Whitesburg, Kentucky and currently serves as the Institutional Development Director of Appalshop. Appalshop is an anchor cultural institution in central Appalachia that has worked regionally and nationally for 47 years. She serves on the board of Southerners on New Ground (SONG) and is a founding member of the Stay Together Appalachian Youth (STAY) Project, a youth-led, multi-issue network. Ada was selected as a 2013 Arts & Culture Fellow by the Rockwood Leadership Institute and as a 2016 Local Economy Fellow by the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.


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.