Staff

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We love to eat, grow, and share food!

We are Sally Causey (Executive Director), Teddy Dabbs (Site Manager), Eva Griffin (Communications Coordinator & Administrative Assistant), Rhonda Hensley (Mobile Farmers' Market Manager), Gene Maddox (Assistant Program Coordinator), Melissa Rebholz (Garden/Grazing Manager), Paul Scala (Accounts Manager), & Debbie Strickland (Farm & Food Teen Training Coordinator).

 

Biographies:

Sally milks Bella with a visiting class

Sally Causey loves teaching children of all ages how to milk Bella the 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 beginning the Mobile Farmers' Market and Farm & Food Training Program. 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 and a 2004 Greene Co. Partnership Leadership Class graduate.

 

Teddy Dabbs is an Appalachia CARES/AmeriCorps Member serving as 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.

 

 

Eva Griffin is an Appalachia CARES/AmeriCorps Member serving as Communications Coordinator and Administrative Assistant.  She loves working with children and young people, and she recently graduated from Berea College, with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Sustainability and Environmental Studies. While there, she built on her lifelong interest in theatre, writing, and art, and learned everything she could about sustainable agriculture, natural building, and renewable energy. Eva comes from Grundy County, Tennessee, and hopes to help solve the social and economic problems of Appalachia by promoting sustainable livelihoods.

 

Rhonda Hensley is an Appalachia CARES/AmeriCorps Member serving as the Mobile Farmers’ Market Manager 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. Working with local organic farmers and their produce has led her to have a passion for nutritional education.


 

Gene Maddox has worked with Rural Resources since 2003. He coordinates the Local Food for Better Living Project and plans Grazing Events. Gene studied social work at East Tennessee State University.

 

 

Melissa Rebholz is an Appalachia CARES/AmeriCorps Member serving as the Garden/Grazing Manager at Rural Resources.  She is originally from Buffalo, NY but came to Rural Resources by way of NYC where she ran three farmers markets; and California, where she grew veggies for Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, taught canning classes, catered local meals, and much more. She is a graduate of the Culinary Arts program at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York.

 

 

 

Debbie Strickland is an Appalachia CARES/AmeriCorps Member serving as 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.

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