Holly Morgan is a native of New Martinsville, West Virginia. She has served as the President and Chief executive officer for the Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau which also operates the Wetzel County Museum and the Back Home Festival in New Martinsville, WV. Concurrently, she served as the President, CEO of The Movie House Inc. a three screen cinema. She was first elected to the Upper Ohio Conservation District in 2018 and continues to serve as secretary/treasurer. She is the secretary for the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts and the West Virginia Association of Conservation District Foundation. Holly is passionate about her community and has worked in various nonprofit organizations such as the Wetzel County Farmers Market and FARMacy. She has spent the last several years striving to increase tourism, economic development, and the quality of life in Wetzel County. Holly, her partner Greg, and children Lily and Jonas spend their free time traveling the great state of West Virginia.
Danise grew up just outside of Charleston at Mink Shoals where her family raised a small garden every year. That’s where Danise learned to love the land. She spent her summers traveling around West Virginia’s state parks, camping, and fishing. After graduating from Charleston High School, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Marshall University. About 4 years after graduation, Danise and her husband moved to Lincoln County near Hamlin and Danise continues to live in the circa 1830 log cabin they restored. Currently, she has a small high tunnel and a couple of small outside garden plots, 3 cats, and, 2 dogs, a goldfish, and is blissfully surrounded by a host of flora and fauna. She is co-manager of the Lincoln County Farmers Market and regularly sells produce at the market, too.
Board of directors
Jeanie Smith - President
Jean Smith is retired from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. She served as the Director of Marketing and Development from 1999 until her retirement in 2015. She in charge of the development of various farmers markets in WV and served as the WVDA representative for Capital Market in Charleston, which grew from the former Charleston Farmers’ Market, operated by the Department of Agriculture. She was instrumental in the development and growth of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program in West Virginia. Jean remains passionate in her love of agriculture in her retirement.
Kacey Gantzer - Vice President
Kacey was born and raised on a former dairy farm in Ohio County, WV. Growing up she was heavily involved in 4-H and always interested in preserving WV farming heritage. Gantzer’s grandmother was the first female county Farm Bureau president in WV and she vowed to carry on the tradition of service to the farming community.
Kacey began farming full-time raising organic vegetables and building a cottage food jam business. After a few years selling at the Wheeling Farmers Market she competed in the National Farm Bureau Discussion Meet. Following the event, she became the farm manager for ECO-Vrindaban a non-profit farm in Marshall County and completed her Master of Professional Studies, Organizational Leadership.
From there she went on to manage the farms of Grow Ohio Valley a non-profit devoted to education and farming in Wheeling, and then became the Sales and Aggregation manager running the non-profit’s CSA, mobile farmers market, Farmacy, and wholesale accounts. With a focus on developing farmer relations and growing the local agriculture community, she started providing production planning, marketing, and additional services to local producers. Today Kacey is the Northern Region Planning Coordinator for the WVDA, working to strengthen the health of our farmers markets and community. Working one on one with farmers to grow their businesses is a passion and heritage she plans to pass on to her two young daughters.
Evan Osborn - Treasurer
Evan has spent the majority of his career in the nonprofit sector, working to improve the lives of West Virginia’s underserved populations. A West Virginia native, he grew up in coastal North Carolina and attended high school and college in rural Virginia. Along the way he learned to appreciate the influences of the land and people around him. Evan serves as the Outdoor Market Manager for the Capitol Market in Charleston. At Capitol Market, he leads the operations of one of West Virginia’s busiest year-round markets.
Evan, along with his wife, Heather, and children, Amelia and Holden live in Charleston. When not at work, he enjoys cooking, especially with fresh seasonal ingredients from our beloved Mountain State.
Lisa Jones - Secretary
Lisa has lived in Morgantown, WV since 2005 when she initially landed there to attend West Virginia University. She earned a B.S.A. in Animal and Nutritional Science in 2009 at WVU and an M.S. in Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Design from WVU in 2011. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Human & Community Development with a research focus in food systems.
Lisa has been the Program Coordinator for the West Virginia University Extension Service Small Farm Center for over 8 years. During her time with the Center, she has secured over $8 million in federal and state granting funding for agricultural projects and programs to benefit small farmers across West Virginia. Prior to which she managed the state’s most successful farmers market for four years and aided in the growth of sales to almost $500,000 annually. She has a vegetable and herb garden along with fruit trees in Morgantown where she resides with her spouse and toddler.
Fiona was born in California and grew up a beach girl. She had no interest in local foods, agriculture, or seasonal eating (everything is always in season in CA!). Fiona graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Natural Resources and has always loved the outdoors, nature, camping, and hiking. She worked all over the west for the National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and California State Parks.
She moved to West Virginia in 2001 and in 2009, after five years in the wine industry, she decided to start a small farm. She was a vendor at the Charles Town Farmers Market for five seasons, and she took over managing that market in 2012. Along with a market committee, she grew that market from just a few vendors in 2011 to over 40 vendors on the books in 2015. It is one of the premiere markets in the state and continues to foster a sense of community and friendship on Saturday mornings.
Fiona maintains a flock of approximately 50 laying hens, a garden and seven cats. In addition to being at market, she can be found in the garden cursing at the honeysuckle, declaring death to the chickweed with her flame weeder and waging war on the groundhogs that insist on chewing holes in her fence.
Dr. Carol Antonelli-Greco is a family medicine doctor based in Wheeling, WV. She received her medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and has been in practice for more than 33 years. She is passionate about nutrition and its effect on her patient’s health and well-being. Through her work with Health Right, she has assisted with the formation of a group called FARMacy and has written a blog titled “Fast Food May be Your Last Food” and FARMacy WV website; farmacywv.com.
“FARMacy” was established to educate people that healthy food is medicine. Carol passionately works to promote health of patients with the understanding that convenient, unhealthy food permeates our culture and that people are in a hurry, too busy and too stressed. She is dedicated to the promotion of people eating locally grown foods as a prescription for a healthy life.
In her role with the Office of Health Affairs, Dr. Govindan provides research and evaluation support to WVU Health System hospitals and the Monongalia County Health Department. Her work focuses on conducting Community Health Needs Assessments and developing Community Health Implementation Plans to meet provisions in the Affordable Care Act. She also serves as Principal Investigator for the 2021-2026 USDA Agriculture Workforce Training program, Shared Use Kitchen Internship and Network as well as the Community Health Needs Assessments Project.
Prior to joining the Office of Health Affairs, Dr. Govindan served WVU as a faculty member for 13 years. She recently worked as the Director of Community Leadership and Social Action at the WVU Center for Resilient Communities where she led the Health Equity Lab. Dr. Govindan has extensive experience in food systems and using research to connect community health advocates, public health professionals, and public advocacy groups.
Candace Nelson is a marketing professional living in Charleston, W.Va.
Nelson is the author of the book “The West Virginia Pepperoni Roll” from West Virginia University Press.
Nelson authors a food column for the Charleston Gazette-Mail where she explores the Appalachian food community and works to help tell West Virginia’s story. Her work has appeared in publications across West Virginia, in addition to Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, NPR, Food & Wine, The Huffington Post, CBS Sunday Morning and more. She writes a blog that focuses on food culture in West Virginia, Candace Lately, which can be found at www.CandaceLately.com.
She earned her Master of Science in Journalism (2013), Bachelor of Science in Journalism (2011) and Bachelor of Arts in English (2011) from West Virginia University.
She is a college instructor, author, published researcher, organization leader and community volunteer.
Kristin DeBoard is a life-long resident of Williamson, WV. She currently works with the outreach team for Williamson Health & Wellness Center as the Marketing & Nutrition Manager.
In 2009, after the birth of her second child, Kristin began to prioritize healthy eating and started learning more about local foods and nutrition. While studying local food trends, she acquired backyard chickens for fresh eggs, a backyard garden with raised beds full of greens and a newfound love of soap making. While discovering her passion for these activities, Kristin began to volunteer at the Williamson Farmers Market, assisting with cooking classes and helping with preparations for a new community food hub. Simultaneously, she was also selling eggs and soap at the market as a new vendor.
In 2016, Kristin left her full time job to pursue an AmeriCorps position as a Community Foods Organizer for the Williamson Health & Wellness Center and from here, really dug into the capacity building side of the local food movement that she had never seen. After the one year term expired, she was hired on permanently as staff for the Williamson Health & Wellness Center and Williamson Farmers Market where she has been since 2017. Currently, Kristin oversees several grant funded nutrition initiatives, community nutrition programming, and the Williamson Farmers Market. Kristin is an avid hiker, loves the outdoors, and still gardens in the backyard and community garden.
Kristin has an Associate Degree in Healthcare Administration and a certificate from International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) as a Certified Nutrition Specialist.
Meet Chris Wallace, the Agency Director at Vandalia Digital, where he oversees a comprehensive suite of digital marketing services. Born and raised in Wayne, WV, Chris spent most of his adult life in Huntington before finally settling in Charleston with his wife Katherine and two daughters.
Aside from his passion for helping local businesses grow and succeed, Chris enjoys traveling and exploring the great outdoors. He has a long history of supporting local farmers and farmers markets, providing valuable marketing consultation as well as printed products, labels and signage. With his extensive expertise and dedication to his clients, Chris is a new addition to the Board but brings a wide range of insight.
Past Board Members
Sandy Burky, Bürki Enterprises
Jillian Jones, GC Services Limited Partnership
Jenny Hudson, Williamson Farmers Market
Ruby Daniels, West Virginia Forest Farming Initiative
Cathy Hervey, Family Roots Farm
Lisa DuMars, The Garden Path
Quincy Gray McMichael, Vernal Vibe Rise
Terry W. Hudson, Hudson Farms
Susan Maslowski, Mud River Pottery and Produce
Deaonna Crowe, Clarksburg Farmers Market
Buck Edwards, Buckhannon Area
Stacy Marteney, Buckhannon-Upshur Farmers Market
Dina Foster, Putnam Farmers Market
Shelly Keeney, The Wild Ramp
Steve Coleman, Clarksburg Area Farmers Markets
Janet McDaniel, Monroe Farmers Market
Larry Lower, Berkeley Springs Farmers Market
Kellie Boles, Jefferson Farmers Market
Carrie Brainard, Calhoun & Wirt Farmers Markets
Craig Canterbury, Jackson County Farmers Market
Ann Conageski, Parkersburg Farmers Market
Jack Dunbar, Breezy Heights Farm, Sinks Grove
Lesa Gay, South Morgantown Community Farmers Market
Steve Martin, Romney Farmers Market
Melissa Lewis, Putnam County Farmers Market
Savannah Lyons, Fayette County Farmers Market
Rachel Moran, Interim Appointed, Monroe Farmers Market
Katy Orr, Orrs Farm Market, Martinsburg
Bill Reebel, Mason County Farm Markets
Ann Sandor, Interim Appointed, Morgantown Farmers Market
Susan Sauter, Morgantown Farmers Market
Brenda Shiflett, Morgantown Farmers Market
Pam West, West Farm, Lewisburg
Joel Wolpert, Elkins Farm Market
Deb Workman, Bridgeport Farmers Market
Brenda Hunt, Barbour County Community Garden
Tom Myslinsky, Grow Local Go Local
Elizabeth Spellman, Fayette County Farmers Market
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