Vy Goddard

Experienced food safety professional with a demonstrated history of working with food regulations and laws, food package and nutrition labeling, and food compliance auditing. Vy is a Certified PCQI and HACCP manager that is enthusiastic about playing with food, but also keeping it safe. She has a strong foundation with a Master of Science in Food Science and Technology focused in Food Microbiology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


Stacey Brown

Has over 30 years of experience in commercial and non-commercial food service operations. Stacey has spent 15 years teaching incarcerated youth of various ages and abilities in culinary arts and commercial foods program with an emphasis on workplace readiness skills. She is an instructor/proctor for the ServSafe and ManageFirst Certification, Certified Dietary Manager and Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM, CFPP). Stacey serves as a mentor for students in the Cook’s Apprenticeship  program through the Department of Labor and Industry.  She lives in Culpeper where her family operate a beef and grain farm.


Bill Gartner

Bill has worked in the fire alarm industry for 30 years as a business owner, installation technician and project manager.  He brings a wealth of knowledge of building code and regulations along with a practical approach to managing a construction project.


Ren LeVally

Currently serving as Vice President of partner organization Rural Madison, Ren spent the first half of his career as a trained professional chef in the Chicago and Dallas/Austin metropolitan areas, where he developed a keen interest in human health and nutrition along with 20 years of commercial food service management experience. A member of Slow Food USA, the Southern Foodways Alliance and an award-winning food blogger focusing on healthy eating  (and still cooking privately), Ren now operates an IT consulting service, serving grassroots, nonprofit and small business organizations throughout GWCFEC’s 5-county service area.


Carl Stafford

Carl is the Senior Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Virginia Extension Service, in Culpeper, Virginia. With more than 30 years Extension experience, Carl is certified as a Forage Grassland Professional and a Commercial and Private Pesticide Applicator. Importantly, Carl is the founder and Vice President of the George Washington Carver Agricultural Research Center (GWCARC). It was Carl’s vision and tenacity that led to formation of the Carver-Piedmont Agricultural Institute, home of the GWCARC and the partner George Washington Carver Food Enterprise Center (GWCFEC). Carl’s role on the Food Enterprise Center Advisory team will be to ensure continued collaboration and synergy between the two Centers.

Carl holds a B.S. from Berea College and a M.S. from Virginia Tech.


Don Hearl

Don currently serves as Vice President of Environmental Systems Service, an environmental services company specializing in water and wastewater treatment and laboratory services located in Culpeper, VA.  Don has more than forty-two years’ experience working in the environmental services field, with broad expertise in industrial water and wastewater analyses, treatment, and process control. Specific experience includes waste stream characterization, equipment evaluation, and recommendations for treatment of wastewater generated by food processing, metals removal, plastics, and printing facilities.  Don also provides technical consulting and interface with State and Federal regulatory agencies in matters relating to permitting and environmental compliance, as well as conducting water and wastewater training classes, including teaching at the Wastewater Operators Short School at Virginia Tech.  As a member of the Carver advisory team, Don contributes his significant knowledge and experience to help us address the many environmental issues we will face in developing the Carver site.


Roger Williams

Roger came to Culpeper in the fall of 2015 to join the Carver Piedmont team. Coming from a career in IT and design engineering, he has integrated his systematic process thinking with a deep interest in both education and the study of the soil interrelationships required for sustainable farming. Handing off his three-year stint as President of the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association to make the move south, he brings his focus to creating the structure for the New Farmers Training program at the Carver Piedmont center.

Mr. Williams has a BA in Philosophy & Religion from Boston University and a M.Eng from Dalhousie University