ALG Board of Directors – 2018-2019

ALG Board of Directors – 2018-2019

Aug 15, 2018 | Announcements, Newsletter

LEADERSHIP IS IN BLOOM this season at Augusta Locally Grown. Please join us in welcoming our newly elected board members and committee chairs for 2018-2019!!

The executive committee

JOHN (ADAM) STROUP

~ Board President

Adam was clearly a powerhouse volunteer for Augusta Locally Grown from the start. Since his first day with us 3 years ago, he has managed the installation of three irritation systems, helped to double the size of the theClubhou.se Incubator Gardens, built fencing at the Vineyard Church of Augusta gardens and orchestrated the entire install of teaching gardens at the Department of Health. Soon thereafter, Adam joined our board to help grow our leadership, and was first elected President in 2017.

LESLIE CARSON

~ Board Treasurer

Leslie started as a vendor with Augusta Locally Grown nearly a decade ago, as Luna Bug Soaps. Over the years, she has been a manager for the ALG OnLine Market and a co-founder of the Evans Towne Farmers Market. More recently, Leslie now provides the brains and talent behind our online market technology, our website reconstruction, and our financial management. She is the owner of Luna Bug LLC.

Board Members & Committee Chairs

DR JUDITH ANGLIN

~ Board Member
~ Chair of Education Committee

Judith is the Director of the Master of Science in Allied Health with a Concentration in Nutrition graduate program at Augusta University. She is also an associate professor at AU, a Registered Dietitian and she holds a PhD in nutrition science. Through her work at AU, Judith works closely with Augusta Locally Grown to provide her grad students with community-based learning opportunities within the local food system.

LAUREN BELCHER

~ Board Member
~ Chair of Farmer Support Committee

Lauren combines her profession as a dietician with her love for food, farmers and fitness every single day. Working as a Registered Dietician at the VA, she brought to life a rooftop garden and a weekly farmers market for the benefit of local farmers, military veterans and hospital staff. She is also an active member of the Augusta District Dietetic Association, connecting ALG to Augusta’s talent pool of passionate nutrition experts.

WILEY B (WB) BROWN

~ Chair of Finance Committee

WB operates Brown’s Place Farm, tucked away on 20 beautiful acres in Grovetown GA. WB was brought to Augusta by a 25-year career in the Army. In the 1990s, he and his wife, Lynn, bought the land, and WB started his “second act” by becoming a farmer. He is also a tax professional during these “retirement years.”

JENNIFER BATEMAN

~ Board Member

We first met Jennifer at Icebox Urban Farm a few years ago. Since that time, she has arranged for dozens of young students to participate in our youth gardening programs. Jennifer is the outgoing Director of Open Door Preschool and currently the Enrichment Director at the Savannah River Academy, a new K-7 school in Evans where she intends to make farm-to-school learning a priority.

LISA CLARKE

~ Board Member

Lisa Clarke is a mom first. She packs her kids the prettiest, healthiest and often most local lunches you’ve ever seen. She also works for the Georgia Farm Bureau, helping Augusta Locally Grown fit into the larger picture of Georgia agriculture.

HAZEL COOK

~ Board Member

Hazel’s first attempt at gardening was in the 1990s. Story has it that she grew a carrot so large that she lost her braces to it! Today Hazel remains very closely connected to the land. As the Director of the Central Savannah River Land Trust, she works regularly with farmers and others to encourage environmental stewardship and land management. With CSRLT, she established a 262-acre nature preserve in North Augusta, to include a permaculture food forest. She is also an avid backyard grower at home, which she calls Piccolina Farm.

AUDREY DOYLE

~ Board Member

Audrey has been a boots-on-the-ground champion of local farmers for many years, pre-dating ALG. She helped us launch our “Augusta Eats Local” restaurant award program, celebrating local chefs who buy from local farmers. Many people know Audrey as our “substitute market manager,” filling in as needed. She also acts as ALG’s ambassador to the good work of the Georgia Farmers Market Association.

SUMNER MARKWALTER

~ Board Member

Sumner is the Career Services Advisor at Helms College, where she helps create job opportunities for Helms graduates, especially within the culinary industry. As a seasoned organizer and people connector, Sumner has shared her skill sets with numerous nonprofits and initiatives, including Leadership Georgia.

DR KAREN PHELPS

~ Board Member

Karen is a practicing physician, a 20-plus-year military veteran, and the former Chief of Family Practice at Fort Gordon. She also volunteers at Faith Care, a free clinic offered by Wesley UMC in Columbia County. Karen’s commitment to Augusta Locally Grown is rooted in the notion that wholesome, local food is a cornerstone for good health and stronger community.

TERESA QUARLES

~ Board Member

Teresa brings a notable depth of connectivity to Augusta Locally Grown, evidenced by her strong history of board membership and community service for a wide variety of nonprofits throughout Augusta. She is both a gardener and a cook, and applies these skills regularly as a volunteer. Teresa is eager to see good-food education take firmer root in our school systems.

JULIANNA SHURTLEFF

~ Board Member

Julianna is the Development & Volunteer Coordinator for the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area. Through her work, she has forged an effective partnership with Augusta Locally Grown, enabling the ongoing use of workable spaces for The Veggie Park Farmers Market and Sibley Soilworks in the Harrisburg community. She comes to ALG ready to share fundraising and networking skills. Most importantly, Julianna is a brand new mom!

ROBERT SIMS

~ Board Member

Robert met up with Augusta Locally Grown two years ago as a volunteer. Since then, he has helped us spearhead gardening education programs throughout the city, overseeing our SNAP ED gardening education initiative and outcomes study. He is also the owner of R & R Sustainable Farms. Most recently, Robert began as a full-time farm-to-school educator for Richmond County Public Schools through Food Corp.