Our Crews and Staff

Alexander Colt Brogan, Crew Leader
Caroline Copenhaver, Crew Chief

Lincoln County Farm

Joab Dellinger, Sales & Distribution Manager
Ben Gilmer, President

Contact Ben at bgilmer@refreshappalachia.com

Ben Gilmer is president of Refresh Appalachia, a social enterprise of Coalfield Development. Ben has over 15 years of experience in the non-profit, government, academic, and private sectors. Born and raised in Russell County, Virginia, his specialties include sustainable agriculture and food systems, economic and community development, and natural resource management. He has worked on projects in the U.S., Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and the Caribbean. Ben has a Masters degree from West Virginia University and a Bachelors degree from Radford University. When not working at Refresh Appalachia, Ben enjoys exploring the hills and hollows with his family, playing music, and writing.

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Lola Kline, Crew Leader
Savanna Lyons, Program Director / Food Hub Manager

Savanna oversees food hub operations and entrepreneurship training at Refresh Appalachia. Previously Savanna was Operations Manager for FarmTable Delivery, a food hub in Iowa, and worked at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, where she conducted extension and research on food hub financial management. In 2010-2013 Savanna was founding Director of the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition, a statewide nonprofit that continues to strengthen food systems through network-building and policy change. She helped launch the Value Chain Cluster Initiative, a regional technical assistance program for farm businesses, and served on the Administrative Council for Northeast SARE (USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program) as well as the board of the West Virginia Farmers Market Association. She holds a double M.S. in Economics and Sustainable Agriculture from Iowa State University and a B.A. from Harvard University. Contact Savanna at slyons@refreshappalachia.com

James Russell, Crew Chief

22 Mine Road Farm

Crystal Snyder, Crew Leader
Tim Wiley, Crew Chief

West Edge Farm