BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chris Barton, President

Christopher D. Barton, Ph.D., is a Professor of Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management in the Department of Forestry and Director of the Appalachian Center at the University of Kentucky. He is also the founder of Green Forests Work.

Carmen Agouridis, Treasurer

Dr. Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D.,  is an Associate Extension Professor in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Kentucky where she conducts applied research to address current issues in the natural resources community, particularly in the fields of assessment and restoration of streams impacted by mining, urban, or agricultural activities; stormwater management; mined land reclamation; and riparian zone management.

Steve Felch, Secretary

Steve Felch is a recent retiree of the US Department of the Interior and currently resides in North Carolina. Before retiring, Steve worked as a Federal Preservation Officer for the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement in Washington D.C. Among his many duties, Steve served on the ARRI Core Team and as the liaison for ARRI at OSMRE's headquarters. He also worked as a migratory bird specialist, served on a pollinator task force, and dealt with invasive species issues.

Tammy Horn-Potter

Tammy is a long-time collaborator of both ARRI and GFW. She grew up on a farm and was determined to never do science, math, or agriculture when she went to college. She was trained as an English professor, but began beekeeping with her grandfather in 1997 and immediately became smitten with honey bees. Since 2014, she has been the State Apiarist for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Prior to working for the KY Dept. of Agriculture, Tammy founded Coal Country Beeworks while employed by Eastern Kentucky University (2007-2014). Prior to that, she was the Chair of Appalachian Studies at Berea College, where she focused on surface mine reclamation and how it affects pollinators. Tammy has served as President of the KY State Beekeepers Association, President of the Eastern Apiculture Society, and she has served as a director with the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees. Tammy is a widely respected expert in her field, and has authored several books and technical publications on the benefits of bees and beekeeping, and is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.

Mary Miller

Mary has been a lifelong environmental advocate. Most recently, she has been a prominent member of the Cumberland Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Kentucky River Watershed Watch. She is also heavily involved in environmental improvement projects in her hometown of Wilmore, Kentucly, such as organizing several Arbor Day and riparian area improvement events and invasive species removal. 

Doug Blom

Doug Blom is a former business executive with a background that includes international operations, P&L management, business development, strategic planning, global accounts, sales and marketing, including data analytics, and communications. Doug recently retired from Komatsu Mining Corp but continues to work as a consultant/Strategic Advisor.

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