The primary role of the Technical Advisory Committee is to advise the Board of Directors and Center staff on issues and opportunities in the region.


Dr. Paul Gottlieb

Associate Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Rutgers University
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
55 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 848.932.9122

Dr. László J. Kulcsár

Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography
Head, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
Penn State University
Phone: 814-865-5461

Dr. Andrew Crawley

Assistant Professor
School of Economics
University of Maine
207 Winslow Hall
Orono, Maine 04469

Dr. Heather Stephens (Chair)

Assistant Professor, Agricultural & Resource Economics Program
West Virginia University
Division of Resource Management
PO Box 6108
Morgantown, WV 26506-6108
Phone: 304-293-5639


Dr. Doug Arbogast

Rural Tourism Specialist
West Virginia University Extension Service
Morgantown, WV
Phone: 304-293-8686

Dr. Charlie French (Ex Officio)

Program Team Leader, Community and Economic Development
University of New Hampshire
UNH Coop. Extension/Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
Taylor Hall
59 College Road
Durham, New Hampshire 03824
Phone: 603.862.0316

Mr. David Kay

Senior Extension Associate
Community & Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University
275E Warren Hall
137 Reservoir Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607.255.2123

Dr. Shannon Rogers

Nature Based Economic Development Specialist
Associate Extension Professor
University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
Phone: 603 862-5171

Mr. Andy Wetherill

Adjunct Professor and Agribusiness Specialist
Agriculture and Natural Resources Department
Delaware State University
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Annex Building
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: 302.857.6491

Mr. Peter Wulfhorst

Economic and Community Development Educator
Penn State Extension, Pike County
514 Broad Street
Milford, PA 18337
Phone: 570.832.2803