Staff & Board
As the daughter of a farmer, Spencer can’t ignore her roots when it comes to farming and agriculture. She’s committed to helping those who want to live a farming lifestyle find the resources to do so.
In her other journeys she’s developed a deep commitment to helping communities tell their story. She’s worked with nonprofits, extension service, universities, and political candidates to visually showcase their projects and programs.
In her free time, Spencer operates a small freelance multimedia business and often travels to hear good old-time music played and to visit friends and family.
Spencer holds a B.S. in Communications from Missouri Western State University and a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Local Governance and Community Development from West Virginia University.
Evelyn’s passion for food, nutrition, and the environment from a young age influenced her desire to conduct undergraduate research on the alternative food system. The research illuminated many of the disparities within the current food system discussed and read about in her classes, continuing to increase her interest in food sustainability. Since graduating in May 2014, Evelyn has focused her internships, work, and travel on food and farming. Evelyn moved back to West Virginia after fifteen years to join the Coalition as the Foodshed Economic Development AmeriCorps VISTA. After her year service, she was hired to be a full-time staff member at the Coalition. Evelyn works on beginning farmer programing, data collection, and research. She also supports communication and outreach efforts between the Coalition, farmers, and food and farm businesses.
Evelyn holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a double minor in Environmental Sustainability and Economics from the University of Mary Washington (UMW).
Cody Addison was born and raised in southwest Virginia. He studied music and business at Radford University, where he was also the leader of two student organizations. As a musician, he has performed in many classical and modern settings. His past work with nonprofits includes event planning and entertainment, including organizing and performing for donor events. While most of his experience has been in the music business, he has studied fundraising, entrepreneurship, and writing.
Cody joins the Coalition as the New River Gorge Foodshed Development AmeriCorps VISTA. He works in Fayette, Raleigh, Summers, and Nicholas counties to develop participant-driven projects that advance the local food system.
Engagement & Media Producer
Rosalie Haizlett is a graphic designer and illustrator from a farm outside of Wheeling, West Virginia. She is the middle child of seven kids (and the only red-head!) and grew up touring Appalachia with her family’s old-time bluegrass band. The daughter and granddaughter of visual artists, Rosalie has been creating since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She is most inspired by taking long walks around her family’s farm and connecting with people and hearing their stories. She loves to document these stories visually through a combination of hand-drawn illustration, design and creative writing. Over the past few years, her desire to meet new people and experience new ways of life led her to live abroad in France, Cyprus, and South Korea. Rosalie graduated with a B.S. in Visual Communication from West Liberty University in December 2016. Following her graduation, she left for Washington D.C. to complete a design and illustration internship with USA Today Magazines. She is also currently one of two WV Tamarack Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellows. Rosalie is excited to use her creative talents to serve her home state and tell the stories of the inspiring, hard-working people that are making a difference in West Virginia.
Graphic Design Intern
Sara was born and raised in Charleston and is currently working towards attaining her B.S in Communications at West Virginia State University. She is currently Vice President of the Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter on campus as well as Graphic Designer for the organization. Most of her experience has been in working with clients for WVSU’s student-run public relations firm, but it was there she realized her passion for visual media and began developing her digital art skills. Sara’s passion for creativity is constantly pushing her design and development skills and she is always learning more.
WVFFC Board Members
Cheryl Brown, President
Associate Professor, Agricultural Policy, Resourse Economics, Agribusiness West Virginia University
Mike Costello, Vice President
Owner/Operator and Chef, Lost Creek Farm
Brooke Nissim-Sabat, Secretary
Professor of Foods and Nutrition, Registered/Licensed Dietitian, Pierpont Community and Technical College
Joe Brouse, Treasurer
Director of Existing Business Retention and Expansion, New River Gorge Regional Development Authority
Farm-Food Hub Marketing, KISRA
Project Coordinator, Potomac Highlands Food & Farm Initiative
Manager, Highland Market
Owner/Operator, Hudson Farms
Owner/Operator, Green Gate Farm
Owner/Managing Partner, Wonder Bar Steakhouse
Associate Professor of Geography, West Virginia University