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

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Bradley Wilson

Director

304-293-9661

brwilson@mail.wvu.edu

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

304-293-6300

megan.govindan@mail.wvu.edu

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

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Amanda Marple

Program Director, Education and Outreach

304-293-5603

amarple1@mail.wvu.edu

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

304-293-5603

jlohnes@mail.wvu.edu

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

304-293-5603

jboettne@mail.wvu.edu

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

304-293-5603

tgross3@mail.wvu.edu

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

hlgum@mix.wvu.edu

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

akh0017@mix.wvu.edu

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

vm0028@mix.wvu.edu

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

vslone@mail.wvu.edu

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

ebtingler@mix.wvu.edu

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

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