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We love to eat, grow, and share food!

We are Sally Causey (Executive Director), Teddy Dabbs (Site Manager), Lorelei Goff (Communications Coordinator), Rhonda Hensley (Community Outreach Coordinator), Paul Scala (Accounts Manager), Debbie Strickland (Farm & Food Teen Training Coordinator), Sharon Tanner (Volunteer Coordinator).



Sally milks Bella with a visiting class

Sally Causey loves teaching children of all ages how to milk Rural Resources' Jersey Cow and feels so lucky to do that as part of being the Executive Director of Rural Resources, the post she has held since 1996.  She has shepherded Rural Resources through many stages of program and organizational development including the Farm & Food Training Program, beginning a Mobile Farmers' Market and developing the Farm & Food Learning Center. Sally holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina and a MAEd. from Tusculum College.  She is a Mom of 2 boys, a 2004 Greene Co. Partnership Leadership Class graduate, and an Elder in the Presbyterian Church.




Teddy Dabbs is the manager of the farm site at Rural Resources which includes caring for livestock on a daily basis as well as overseeing gardens, repairs and maintenance, etc. Teddy grew up on a Greene County farm and enjoys his time working in the country.



Lorelei Goff is a part time Appalachia CARES AmeriCorps Member serving as Rural Resources Communications Coordinator.  Lorelei handles press releases, email blasts, newsletters and more.  She is a graduate of East Tennessee State University's Media and Communications Program.



Rhonda Hensley is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Rural Resources, a post she has held since January of 2005.  She received her Associates Degree in Education from Walters State Community College in 1995 and attended East Tennessee State University. Prior to working for Rural Resources, Rhonda operated a restaurant as well as a rural country store with a lunch counter. Rhonda has a passion for working with people and sharing food.




Debbie Strickland is the Farm & Food Teen Training Coordinator at Rural Resources, a post she has held since 2008. She, with community trainers, teaches nearly 50 teens gardening, animal husbandry, cooking, business, and leadership skills. Prior to working with Rural Resources, she worked for Just for Girls, Manatee County Girls Club in Florida where she helped to develop class curriculum. She has a college background in Business Administration and Management, and comes from a family farm in Indiana.






Paul Scala is Rural Resources' Accounts Manager and long time organic grower and is passionate about composting with worms!  At Rural Resources he oversees all bookkeeping functions and works with the Finance Committee. Previously, Paul worked in Accounts Payable for a local industry. He holds a B.A. in sociology from Binghamton University.


Sharon Tanner serves as the Volunteer Coordinator through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).  Her invaluable experience and dedication to our mission shows as she organizes projects for individuals and groups who want to help out at the Rural Resources Farm and with Rural Resources' programs.  Before she stepped into the SCSEP position, she was a volunteer for Rural Resources.

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