Philipp Gabathuler is a Lynchburg native and passionate advocate for the local food movement. He works as an Urban Planner at the Region 2000 Local Government Council and also serves on the board of the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen.
Philipp received his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and Planning and Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Tech. He is an avid outdoorsman and completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2007. Philipp also enjoys riding his flock of bicycles and commutes to work every day by bike. Philipp and his wife Andrea are part and parcel of the Lynchburg community and love the many activities offered that make them feel “home”.
immediate past President
Kevin is the 4-H / Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Agent and Unit Coordinator for Virginia Cooperative Extension in Lynchburg.
He started with Virginia Cooperative Extension in 2007 as the 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent in Amelia County. Kevin is unique in his position with Virginia Cooperative Extension as his primary Extension responsibilities are split into two roles. Kevin manages an impressive group of trained Extension Master Gardeners who, since his arrival in Lynchburg, have contributed over 160,000 hours of volunteer time to the Lynchburg area which are averaged out to benefit Lynchburg by over $3 million. He organizes pest management, certification, and recertification programs as well as provides educational programs to nearly all of Lynchburg’s eleven elementary schools. Locally, he serves as President on the Lynchburg Area Food Council and is Vice-President of the Lynchburg Grows Board of Directors. Kevin is extremely passionate about Urban Agriculture and the benefits of it and has helped spearhead several agricultural projects to highlight and promote agriculture in the region and in the Commonwealth. He lives in Forest, VA with his wife Aimee and boys, Zack and Ethan.
Patrick Haley a charter member of LAFC has served in the field of children, family and human services with roles of social worker, executive director and servant leader for the City of Lynchburg and surrounding area for over the past three decades.
For the past 10 years his concentration of children and families and their engagement and relationships with nature and healthy lifestyles has been a cornerstone of his passion and commitment where he served as executive staff and board director for Camp Kum Ba Yah Inc.. and various non profit human service boards and advocacy groups.
Patrick holds degrees in clinical social work and MBA. He is published in professional journals and music where he currently performs as a singer songwriter. Patrick's life theme "there's no limit to the good you can do as long as you don't care who gets the credit".
Since John retired as a senior executive from AREVA in 2011, he has devoted much of his time and energy to food justice issues. He was the project leader in launching the Veggie Van in 2014 at Lynchburg Grows where he continues to serve on their Board. He is especially interested in healthy food access initiatives in the community.
Mike Cundiff is the owner of Mind Body Studio and Lynchburg Real Foods.
He is also an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Central Virginia Community College. As one of the five founding members of the Lynchburg Area Food Council, Mike has been involved in addressing food access issues for nearly a decade. He currently serves on the executive board as secretary.
Howard Covey is the Facilities Supervisor for the City of Lynchburg Department of Parks and Recreation.
A Pulaski County native who has been in the Lynchburg area for 20 years - he grew up in a farming family and has only recently re-awakened his appreciation for the connection to nature that gardening provides. Howard is a United States Air Force veteran who was a member of the last Titan II ICBM Combat Crew squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force base in Tucson AZ. In his spare time, Howard likes to enjoy life to the fullest.
Jennifer Kennedy has enjoyed the honor and privilege of being the Lynchburg Community Market's manager since October of 2010.
As a Lynchburg native, she is a proud product of our beautiful landscape and rich history. Her heart has always been working with small businesses and producers as she finds it inspiring to see the hard work, dedication, and creativity that drive the foundation of our community. When not at the market, Jennifer enjoys all things that include amazing food, live music, loved ones, and the great outdoors.
Pauline Stokes has worked with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Family Nutrition Program for 13 years.
The Family and Consumer Science (FCS) SNAP-Ed Extension Agents play an important role in reaching limited resource audiences by recruiting, training, and managing volunteers within a region to teach nutrition, health, and weight management programs in a variety of venues such as schools, farmers markets and grocery stores.
She serves the Counties of Prince Edward, Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Amherst, Campbell and Lynchburg City.
Kelly Love has spent three decades researching and developing artisan-fueled innovation for the social good at the nexus of individual well-being, community integrity and global resilience. An ethnographer and systems thinker, her work encompasses human ecology, social justice, arts advocacy, visual anthropology and integrative scholarship.
Her passions led her to collaborative action research exploring creativity and intelligence development with Leonard Bernstein Center, Harvard Project Zero, Vanderbilt University, Room 13 International and the University of Edinburgh. Recognized by Queen Elizabeth for pioneering doctoral research articulating the unique culture and impact of exemplary trans-national artisan-based communities; she also helped design urban/rural regenerative initiatives in the UK and was active in the development of arts, culture and lifelong learning policy for the Scottish Executive/Creative Scotland.
Most recently she founded Susten8™/SusteNation™, a social initiative fostering the co-creative actions which enrich artisan-based culture and enhance community well-being. In addition to LAFC, she serves on the boards of Central Virginia Master Naturalists and the James River Arts Council.
Justin Barricks is the head chef at Kegney Brothers in Lynchburg, VA.
Growing up in Lynchburg, Justin attended Lynchburg City Schools. Justin is an advocate for food access to all and that no one should be without having fresh food to eat. Justin is also the Executive Director of White Rock Cemetery. He currently lives in downtown Lynchburg and is anticipating the opening of his new restaurant downtown.
Lindsey Cawood is the population health manager for Virginia Department of Health, Central Virginia Health District. She expects to graduate in 2020 with a Doctor of Health Sciences degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School, where she earned her master’s degree in public health. Mrs. Cawood is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners as well as a Certified Health Education Specialist by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Her previous experience includes overseas employment in the Czech Republic as well as India, where she launched and managed health promotion programs.
Jennifer Wills has 15 years of experience as an environmental lawyer, working for the federal government (US EPA) and teaches a graduate course on international environmental law and policy through Virginia Tech. Jennifer values community and public service, locally and nationally. In addition to LAFC, she serves on the board of Camp Kum-Ba-Yah. She has over a decade of volunteer work with the American Bar Association, including chairing a committee on environmental justice for the past two years. She has volunteered with the Virginia Association for Biological Farming and Future Harvest CASA; she has apprenticed at a farm in northern Virginia; and she composts and grows a few things herself at her Lynchburg home.