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The Center for Resilient Communities is led by dedicated staff and collaborators.

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Bradley Wilson



Bradley Wilson is Associate Professor of Geography and founding director of the CRC at WVU.

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Megan Govindan

Program Director, Community Leadership


Megan Govindan is a native West Virginian, with a passion for community nutrition.

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Amanda Marple

Program Director, Education and Outreach


Amanda Marple conducts action research focused on cooperatives enterprises as an alternative means of grassroots economic organizing.

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Joshua Lohnes

Program Director, Food Policy Research


Joshua Lohnes studies the moral, political and economic place of food in the wider economy.

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Fritz Boettner

Program Director, Food System Development


Fritz Boettner has 15 years of experience in a wide array of food system development and implementation activities.

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Thomson Gross

Program Director, Community GIS Research


Thomson Gross is originally from West Virginia but spent his formative years in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Heidi Gum

Graduate Research Assistant

Heidi Gum is a Master's student at WVU whose research explores women’s leadership in community food systems.

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Alanna Higgins

Provost Fellow

Alanna Higgins is entering her second year with the lab as a Phd candidate in the Geography Department.

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Valentina Muraleedharan

Graduate Research Assistant

Valentina Muraleedharan has a deep love for community-building and plans to pursue her Ph.D. research in this light.

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Valerie Slone

Graduate Research Assistant

Valerie Slone is an MA candidate in Geography and is passionate about the intersection of food and culture.

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Emily Tingler

Graduate Research Assistant

Emily Tingler is pursuing an MA in Geography and divides her energy among many interests.

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