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Board and Staff

BOARD OF DIRECTORS -2024

Lori Tipton, Chairman, Retired

Emily Bidgood, Treasurer

Brooke Wedding, Secretary, Wedding Farms

Dawn White, Appalachian Hemp Farm

Brent Woolsey, Woolsey & Woolsey Law / Woolsey Overlook Farm

Carley Lester, Retired Educator in Agriculture

Sarah Creutzinger

Executive Director

Sarah joined the Rural Resources team in 2021 as a Farm Day Camp instructor and an art teacher. In August 2023 she answered the call to become the Executive Director. 

She brings 15 years of experience in teaching and school administration, principally at Lincoln International Academy in Santiago Chile. As both a Greene County native, and a traveler who has explored places around the world, she is able to uniquely understand Greene County's strengths and opportunities of today. 

sarah@ruralresources.net

Vicky Rowe

Education Director

Vicky has been the Farm Day Camp Coordinator and worked with the Teen Program for the past two seasons. She brings 20+ years of experience owning and operating her own equestrian facility for children and youth in California and a lifelong commitment to teaching children, including a degree in Children’s Psychology.

 

As Education Director, Vicky oversees the team of educators who offer Rural Resources’ excellent farm and food experiences, principally the Teen Training Program, in-school food and nutrition programming.

Position funded by the TN Department of Health Project Diabetes program.

vicky@ruralresources.net

Willa Childress

AmeriCorps member serving as the Agriculture and Education Coordinator

willa@ruralresources.net

Kristin Boone

Teddy Dabbs 

Grounds Manager

Teddy cares for livestock on a daily basis as well as overseeing gardens, repairs and maintenance. To everything there is a season on the farm. Teddy grew up on a Greene County farm and enjoys his time working in the country. When we have a cow in milk he loves showing children how to milk by hand.

Rushmie Bakshi

Culinary Educator / 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. Two of her children were Farm Day Campers and volunteers.

The Culinary Educator leads the Teen culinary portion of the program, as well as teaches nutrition and love for fresh fruits and vegetables in -schools and for field trips.

Rushmie is the on site Chef for Rural Resources events. She manages our fully commercial Kitchen to exact standards.

rush@ruralresources.net

Parke Brumit

Community Outreach & Events Coordinator

Parke Brumit has joined the Rural Resources team as the Community Outreach and Events Coordinator. You may know Parke from the stage, as a teacher, organizer, and dancer for the Central Ballet of Greeneville. She is a Greeneville native who brings incredible talents in finances, public relations, communications, management.

If you want to sponsor an event or learn more about donating, please contact us!

events@ruralresources.

April Neas

Accounts Manager

Bookkeeper

April manages the accounting and processes grant reports. In addition to keeping the books and financial procedures in place, April works for Greeneville Schools, and volunteer in her church.

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