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.


David Abler, Ph.D.

Professor of Agricultural, Environmental & Regional Economics and Demography
Interim Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
Penn State University

Andrew Crawley, Ph.D.

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

Heather Stephens, Ph.D. (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


Doug Arbogast, Ph.D.

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

Adam Hodges

Community & Economic Development Program Leader
West Virginia State University

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

Shannon Rogers, Ph.D.

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

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

Peter Wulfhorst

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