Meet Our Team

Lynn Sprague: Executive Director

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As Executive Director for Southwestern NC RC&D Council, Lynn works to form partnerships in order to solve natural resource problems to improve our environment and economy. As the Director of Agricultural Development for Polk County, Lynn worked to find  new ways to grow the local agriculture economy. Lynn has also worked in Delaware, New York, and Raleigh, North Carolina heading up programs for soil and water conservation districts. Lynn holds degrees in forestry, wildlife biology, marine studies, and environmental education.

anita powell: CFO and Office administrator

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Anita D. Powell is our Office Administer and CFO. She coordinates office activities and operations to ensure the smooth running of our office. She has an A.A degree in Business Administration from Mars Hill University and a B.S. degree in Interior Design from Western Carolina University.

Christina newhouse: Agriculture and High tunnel Specialist

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Christina Newhouse is our Agricultural and High Tunnel Specialist.  She provides conventional and organic agricultural education, marketing, and production assistance to farmers in the Western and Piedmont regions of North Carolina.  Additionally, Christina provides fresh produce food safety assistance. She specializes in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)  and  the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) guidelines and regulations.

Jessica Kervin: Conservation Program and Outreach Coordinator

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Jessica Kervin is our Conservation Program and Outreach Coordinator. She provides assistance with energy programs like Rural Energy Assistance Program (REAP), TVA, and Tobacco Trust Fund, writes articles for our website, and coordinates outreach for our organization.