Board of Directors
DR. THERESA BURRISS (SHE/HER)
Theresa Burriss serves as the immediate past ASD Board Chair. Born and raised in Bristol, TN, Theresa serves as the Director of Appalachian Studies and the Appalachian Regional & Rural Studies Center at Radford University.
Jim is the Executive Director of the Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission (CPPDC) in Lebanon, Virginia. Jim has been with the CPPDC since 1972.
A native of Appalachia, Ben grew up in Bristol, VA and spent his youth mostly outdoors. In 2006, Ben took a break from his studies of horticulture at Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) to hike the entire Appalachian Trail.
DR. HEATHER CHAMPNEY (SHE/HER)
Heather Champney serves as ASD’s Board Chair and is a Johnson City, TN native, who returned to the area after college to attend medical school at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine.
John is originally from the foothills of North Carolina where he developed a love of agriculture, apiculture, and community prior to attending NC State University for a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.
John is ASD’s Board Secretary and was born in Louisville, Kentucky and grew up in Morganton, North Carolina. He graduated from Duke University and earned his law degree at Washington and Lee University.
Earl joined the ASD board in 2019 and has 45 years of experience in state, local and Federal governments as both an elected and appointed official, serving three Governors, a Mayor, State Senator two, Federal Labor Secretaries and two Presidents.
Most of Antoinette Goodrich’s professional career has been with Coastal Heritage Society in Savannah, Georgia. After moving to Marion, Virginia with her husband Bill, they established Laughing Water Farm along with their children Eleanor and Alfred.
Jake Harris is a Senior Vice President and middle market banker with Truist. His responsibilities include commercial/corporate banking, business development and account management.
DR. STEVEN HOPP
Steven is broadly trained in the life sciences and received his Ph.D. in Animal Behavior from Indiana University. He moved to SWVA in 1984 to teach at Emory and Henry College and has been tied to this region ever since.
Dirk has worked at Emory & Henry for more than 27 years, beginning as a member of the faculty in the Mass Communications Department before joining the College administration’s Executive Council as director of public relations and later becoming executive director of the McGlothlin Center for the Arts.
John serves as the ASD Board Treasurer. John was born in Florida and has lived in southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee for most of his life.
Jason Willis is an energetic marketing professional with a record of developing, leading, and executing an array of goal-oriented, successful marketing efforts for a vast spectrum of clients and projects.
SCOTT N. WILSON
Scott was born and raised in Brandywine Hundred, Delaware and moved to Abingdon Virginia in 1995. A graduate from Virginia Tech with a BS in Civil Engineering, he is also a registered professional engineer, licensed in six states.
Having grown up in “a dusty farm town in the Texas panhandle,” Janet Woolwine knows first-hand the many trials and tribulations farmers face.
JoBeth Wright was raised in Grundy and moved to Abingdon, VA in 2000, where she completed high school. JoBeth earned a BS degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from East Tennessee State University.