BOARD MEMBERS

Chair: Joel Hausser

Vice- Chair: Steve Tipton

Secretary: Jerry Anderson

Treasurer:  Teresa Shepard

Brian Click

Jennifer Lawson

Amanda Love

Robert McNeese

Elizabeth Mullins

Emeritus:Richard Spain, Farmer

Dr. Michael Hartsell, Physician

Dr. Barbara Hodges, Veterinarian

Joyce Doughty, Community Educator 

Staff Members

Sally Causey

Excecutive Director

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 Girl Scout, a 2004 Greene Co. Partnership Leadership Class graduate, and an Elder in the Presbyterian Church.

Teddy Dabbs

Farm Manager

Teddy cares 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.

Rhonda Hensley

Community Outreach Coordinator

Rhonda has been serving this role since 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.

Kim Rominger

Acting Farm and Food Teen Training Coordinator

Kim is recently retired as a public educator from Greeneville City Schools and has over 25 years of teaching experience. She earned a B.A. in Education from ETSU in 1985, Masters in Education K-12  in 1998, and an Education Specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University in supervision and administration in 2008.  After four months into her retirement, she realized there was much work to be done and her love for teaching still burned brightly.  Kim has lived here her entire life and raised both her adult daughters here. The light of her life is her grandson, Lane. Born medically fragile, he has changed so many lives and given her family an insight to the unlimited possibilities a person can achieve.  She feels blessed to be a part of Rural Resources where she can make a positive impact in the lives of people in our community.

Heather McNally-Gonzalez

Appalachia CARES AmeriCorps member serving as Marketing and Events Coordinator

Heather earned a culinary degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania Academy of Culinary Arts in 1996.  She spent 18 years as a professional Pastry Chef working around the country.  She has always been passionate about food and now she is using her industry knowledge to plan cooking workshops and events here at the Farm and Food Education Center.  Heather is a wife and a mother to 1 awesome girl.

Jimmy Mahaffey

Appalachia CARES AmeriCorps member serving as Garden Manager

Jimmy has been an avid gardener all his life and enjoys working with the neighbor farmers assisting with their livestock.  His hobbies outside of gardening are fishing and educating people on organic agriculture and the many environmental, industrial and therapeutic benefits of the industrial hemp plant.

Rushmie Bakshi

Appalachia CARES AmeriCorps member serving as Chef / Kitchen Manager

Rushmie has been volunteering with youth and children for the past 15 years. She started actively cooking while a student at Dalhousie University, in Nova Scotia. She is passionate about food and looks forward to passing that love on to the community.  Rushmie spent several years in North Carolina before moving to the Greeneville area in 2004.  She is married with three children, two of whom were Farm Day Campers!

Gerena Reed

Appalachia CARES AmeriCorps member serving as Agriculture Education Coordinator

Gerena is a single mother of one 4 year old little girl.  As a young girl she helped her grandfather on a dairy farm, where he taught her many things from planting a garden to driving a tractor.  In her spare time she is very active in her church and enjoys spending time with her daughter and family.  She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge with the community.

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