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.
Logistics and Program Coordinator
A West Virginia transplant, Gabby found her love of farming and nutrition once she moved to Charleston. The opportunity to work on local farms has given her a passion for preserving the farming lifestyle and helping young farmers follow their dreams. Above all, she feels most at home when outdoors in the meadows, forests, and fields. This is evident from her recent trek along the Appalachian Trail with her mother. After living in the forests that span the East Coast, they summited Mt. Katahdin, marking the end their adventure that spanned two years. Gabby is our Logistics and Program Coordinator. She is developing our membership, continuing our beginning farmer program, and coordinating the WV Incubator Farms Network.
Gabby holds a B.S. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Public Health with a focus on Global and Community Health from Marshall University.
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!). 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. 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.
Rosalie graduated with a B.S. in Visual Communication Design from West Liberty University in December 2016.
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