Staff

Paula Bates: Appal-TREE Project Field Director for Knott County 

*bio pending

Contact: paula@cfaky.org

Tiffany Bellfield: Northeast Farm to Table Coordinator, Waco, KY

Tiffany was raised in Waco outside of Richmond, Kentucky where her family raised tobacco and instilled a passion for horticulture. She is a graduate of the National College, obtaining an Associates in Science. Her degree lead her to work at a local hospital. During her time there, she decided that the best way she could help her community was to become a local food advocate. She started her advocacy journey by volunteering in local community gardens. Later, Tiffany become part-owner of her childhood family estate, and decided to turn it into a space for kids and adults to come and reconnect to the land. She began Ballew Estates, LLC in 2016. Additionally, Tiffany is a dedicated pollinator conservationist, Mother of one daughter, Makayla, homeschool teacher, and community organizer.  Contact: tiffany@cfaky.org

James Cochran: Farmers Market Support Program Manager, Louisville, KY

James brings his 8 years of managing farmers markets in Northern California to CFA. He oversaw a quarter of the market for Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, supervising 18 markets in San Francisco and San Mateo County. He is a graduate of Miami University (OH), where it became abundantly clear how important food and local production of food is to community health. Since his arrival in Kentucky, he has worked with the Food in Neighborhoods Community Coalition, the Louisville Sustainability Council, and Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets. He loves to cook, camp, ride his bike, pursue his photography and trying to get his wife to like cilantro. He lives in Louisville with his wife, their dog, a small orchard, and a couple of bee hives. Contact: james@cfaky.org

Kristen Coomer: Farmers Market Support Program Southwest Technical Assistant, Bowling Green, KY

Kristen lives in Bowling Green and recently graduated from WKU with a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies with a focus on sustainability. She discovered Community Farm Alliance through volunteer work with the Community Farmers’ Market, where she also discovered her passion for food access, sustainable agriculture, and local food systems. Kristen aspires to use her skills to bring more attention to farmers’ markets and local food systems in general, which can benefit the health, economy, and fellowship of any community! Contact: kristen@cfaky.org

Sister Kathy Curtis: SEKY Farm to Table Associate, Martin, KY

Sister Kathy is a member of the Dwelling Place Monastery, an ecumenical women’s monastic community in Martin, Kentucky. She is from the west coast of Florida where her two sons and five grandchildren still live, and where she spent thirty years in the distribution sector of the food value chain working in family-owned restaurants. Coming to Eastern Kentucky in 2005, for a two-year volunteer opportunity, she fell in love with the region and its people and never left. She has been a project manager for the Grow Appalachia program at St. Vincent Mission, started the Friends of the Floyd County Farmers’ Market group, and was an incorporating director of Appalachian Roots Inc. Sister Kathy go her start with CFA as one of the original Communication Fellows working on Breaking Beans: The Appalachian Food Story Project. She currently hosts the hour long Breaking Beans Radio on WMMT, 88.7 out of Whitesburg. Contact: kathy@cfaky.org

Nathan Flynn: Farmers Market Support Program Eastern Kentucky Technical Assistant, Corbin, KY

Nathan Flynn lives in rural Whitley County where he moved 5 years ago from his home of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He spent his first summer interning on an organic family farm in Williamsburg, KY, where he fell madly in love with the soil, and decided to make Whitley County home. He has since worked with the Whitley County Farmers Market, as a council member 2015-2018 and Manager in 2016. As well as working on the supply chain side of the Whitley County Food System,  Nathan also managed 2 local restaurants, sourcing as much product as he could from local family farmers. Through his time working within the food system and with family farmers, Nathan Believes in the positive impact local foods can have on the economic and physical health of a community. He is excited to contribute with CFA. Contact: nathan@cfaky.org

Cathryn Forester: Appal-TREE Field Director for Letcher County, Harlan, KY

Cathryn was born and raised in the heart of coal country, Harlan, Kentucky, where she adopted a deep love of place and culture. After living in Miami, Florida for nearly 30 years, where she raised a family and became a Licensed Massage Therapist, she finally came home to the mountains she loved with a mission to make a difference in the health and economy of her hometown. Cathryn recently earned a B.S. in Public Heath from Kent State University, focusing on health disparities and determinants of health in her own community, and in April of 2018 she joined Community Farm Alliance. In her role as a Field Director for the Appal-TREE Project, she strives to make it easier for community members in her region to make healthy choices, like eating fruits and vegetables and drinking more water. She passionately believes that a healthier population is the key to economic recovery.  Contact: cathryn@cfaky.org

Camille Hyberger: Administration & Resource Manager, Berea, KY

Camille holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Berea College. She and her partner reside in Berea with their two dogs and flock of layers. Having working virtually on all sides of the food system, she has a deep understanding and appreciation for hte mission of Community Farm Alliance. Camille owns and operates a small wholesale coffee roasting business, and currently serves on the Berea Farmers Market board. When she is not roasting coffee, she can probably be found wandering the foothills of Berea. Contact: camille@cfaky.org

Martin Richards: Executive Director, Berea, KY

A graduate of UK’s College of Architecture, Martin has farmed his family’s land in Woodford County, been a partner in Pranja Design/Construction, and most recently was the economic development organizer for Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, working on energy and sustainability issues. Martin has been an active member of CFA since he joined in 1995, serving as the board president in 1998. He was the first CFA Fellow during the passage of HB 611 that created the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. Martin became the executive director of CFA in November of 2010. Contact: martin@cfaky.org

Debi Sexton: Appal-TREE Field Director for Harlan County, Isom, KY

Debi grew up in the small Eastern Kentucky area of Partridge where her parents were avid gardeners who raised much of the family’s food. It was there that her competitive spirit and love of card games began. Around their dinner table, she learned the important of not only quality of local foods, but of family, and education. With that love of teaching and learning , she earned a B.S. from Alice Lloyd College, an MA, and other degrees all related to education and administration, from Morehead State University. During her last years of teaching middle school, her classroom was a part of the Go H2O UK Research Project, and upon retirement she continues that work as the Appal-TREE Field Director for Harlan County. She lives in Isom with her husband. Together they have one son, own and operate local businesses, and collect classic cars. As a family, they enjoying traveling, lake life, theater, and corn hole while carrying on the traditional meetings at the table for food and games. Contact: debi@cfaky.org

Maggie Smith: Director of Communications, Berea, KY

Maggie, native to Eastern Kentucky comes from a long line of farmers, gardeners, and cooks. They passed down their love for the land, their passion for people, and their way of connecting the two through food to her. Due to the way she was raised, she always knew she wanted to pursue a career that preserves and educates Kentuckians about local farms and food. She is a graduate of Berea College with a B.S. in Agriculture and Natural Resources with a minor in Appalachian Studies. She is a writer for the Richmond Register, publishing Homegrown Recipes related to cooking with local food. Currently she lives in Berea where in her free time she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her dog Chip. Contact: maggie@cfaky.org

Brittany Steffey: Kentucky Double Dollars Coordinator, Lexington, KY

*bio pending

Contact: brittany@cfaky.org

Margie Stelzer: Farmers Market Support Program Associate, Richmond, KY

Margie was the manager of the Berea Farmers Market (BFM) from 2013-2017. A native of St. Louis, MO and graduate of St. Louis University, she has spent many years in health related fields in Missouri, California, and Kentucky. She sees her role with farmers markets as another phase of that health work. Margie firmly believes that creating safety nets for the most marginalized citizens has positive repercussions for the entire community.  She is excited to be a part of the program that will create greater access of farmers market food to more Kentucky residents. Along with her husband and two children, she resides in a small intentional community outside of Richmond dedicated to environmental sustainability, hospitality, and peace. Contact: margie@cfaky.org

Kelsey Voit: Organizing Director, Louisville, KY

Kelsey lives in Louisville and recently graduated from UofL with a B.S. in Geography and minor in Social Change. Kelsey is dedicated to working toward sustainable, equitable, and liberatory communities. She is excited to bring her years of community organizing experience to build people power to catalyze change in Kentucky agriculture. In her free time, Kelsey, likes to ride her bike, make music, cook, and dance with friends. Contact: kelsey@cfaky.org

Jennifer Weeber: Northfork Local Food Coordinator, Hazard, KY

*bio pending

Contact: jennifer@cfaky.org

Lindsey Windland: Grants Manager, Berea, KY

Lindsey first learned about CFA during her time as a vendor at the Berea Farmers Market. Her love for food and farming systems of Kentucky and the culture that surrounds them is what brought her to the farmers market; that paired with her love and reverence for community organizing and its potential to create change is what brought her to CFA. She is excited to use her experience and knowledge of both to further CFAs work.  Contact: lindsey@cfaky.org

Laurie White: Berea Local Food Coordinator, Berea, KY

*bio pending

Contact: laurie@cfaky.org