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Directors - Sustainability

Christy Gabbard (Secretary, Executive Committee) is the founder of Local Concepts LLC. Local Concepts offers businesses and organizations a variety of consultations services including: business development, planning, research, editing and writing (e.g., grants, reports, articles, etc.). Areas of expertise include agriculture, conservation planning and natural resources, and community organization.

Dale Gardner is the Chesapeake Agricultural Coordinator for Water Stewardship, Inc.  He comes to us from a farming and water conservation background. After graduating from Virginia Tech he became a partner in his family Dairy business working a pure bred Holstein dairy herd and then spent 8 years as the Executive Secretary of the Virginia State Dairymens Association while co-founding the Waste Solutions Forum.