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Our Team

Meet Our Staff

David Cooke
David CookeDirector & Founder
David has been with Grow Appalachia since the start and believes now more than ever that this work is of great importance in the region.
Candace Mullins
Candace MullinsAssociate Director
Candace started with Grow Appalachia in 2012 and manages fundraising, evaluations, program development, marketing and strategic planning.
Mark Walden
Mark WaldenProduction Efficiency Adviser
Mark began with Grow Appalachia in 2012 and currently delivers direct technical support to producers throughout the region.
Matt Wilson
Matt WilsonSmall Farm Production Advisor
Matt works with small farm families in Eastern Kentucky to develop plans to increase their farm’s efficiency and profitability.
Chris McKenzie
Chris McKenzieSmall Farm Production Adviser
Chris works with small farm families in Eastern Kentucky to develop plans to increase their farm’s efficiency and profitability.
Martina Leforce
Martina LeforceBerea Kids Eat Coordinator
Martina coordinates the Berea Kid Eat Program, increasing summer and afterschool nutrition opportunities for Berea youth.
Kayla Preston
Kayla PrestonSocial Enterprise Manager
Kayla manages our social enterprise program, including high tunnel consultation and construction, fertilizer and garden supply sales.
Terra Cash
Terra CashHigh Tunnel Assistant
Terra is the social enterprise program assistant. She manufactures and travels with Kayla building high tunnels around the region.