Allison Spain, Executive Director [email@example.com]
Allison joined Market Central as the Executive Director in June 2016. She has a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning and returned to Charlottesville after living in Salt Lake City and working for the City & Metropolitan Planning Department at the University of Utah for a couple of years. While in graduate school Allison studied local food systems, helped to design a course on food justice in Charlottesville, and served as the coordinator for the UVa Food Collaborative. She also has a professional certificate as a Breakthrough Leader in Sustainable Food Systems from the University of Vermont. She splits her time between Market Central and the Virginia Food System Council.
Meredith Dabson, SNAP/Debit Coordinator [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Meredith joined Market Central in March 2017. Meredith is a Charlottesville native and also works at the CFA Institute as an Event Specialist. She has a degree in Health Promotion from George Mason University, and enjoys running, hiking, traveling, and baking in her free time.
Board of Directors
Cecile Gorham, Chairwoman [email@example.com]
Cecile has been chairwoman of Market Central since its inception in 2003. She is a native of Chicago, a graduate of the University of Virginia, and an experienced gardener. Cile was a vendor at the City Market for 20 years, selling plants and cut flowers, and worked for several years at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants. She has completed coursework in landscape design, business development and Chinese language, and has contributed many volunteer hours to Charlottesville City Schools, neighborhood associations, VICFA, as well as Market Central.
Anita is a self-supporting artist since 1970 and began making jewelry in 1987. After growing up in Santa Monica, California, she now calls both Barboursville and the Lower Keys of South Florida home since 1972 and 1985 respectively. Her work is sold at the City Market, Vivian’s Art to Wear (Downtown Mall), The Nichols Gallery (Barboursville), the Barboursville Gift Gallery, and Imagine Art in Key West, Florida. She is also a member of The Annual Studio Tour based in Charlottesville.
Eric Betthauser enjoys being involved in all aspects of food–gardening, cooking, baking, canning, and eating. He has also been a crusader for local and sustainable food for many years, including involvement with Food Not Bombs, Green America, and the Charlottesville City Market. Eric is a self-avowed “apple geek” and has volunteered in two orchards, with the dream of one day growing his own little collection of trees. By day he is a teacher–mostly of music–in Albemarle County Schools. By night (also by day) he can often be found singing, having sung with a plethora of groups in virtually every musical genre. He is proud to be associated with Market Central and finds inspiration in the people committed to the City Market.
Kelly joined Market Central in June 2014 as the SNAP/Debit Coordinator after working with Rainwater Management Solutions, a firm specializing in rooftop rainwater harvesting systems for homes, farms, and businesses. A Virginia native, she graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in Environmental Sciences and German Literature. Since graduating, she spent several years with the National Park Service on wildlife management projects across the country, from New Mexico to South Florida and the Caribbean. Kelly has spent countless hours in the field monitoring stream health, as well as wrangling wildlife from peregrine falcons to coyotes to sea turtles. Among her passions outside of the office is horseback riding, and she is actively involved in the running of her mother’s training stable in Scottsville. An enthusiastic foodie and home cook, she enjoys spending free time experimenting with new recipes or experiencing all of the restaurants, wineries, and breweries that Charlottesville has to offer.
Brevy has more than a decade of experience as a professional communicator and has worked for the past seven years as a writer for the University of Virginia Media Relations office, the news hub of the University and publisher of U.Va. Today. He moved to Charlottesville in 1997 to attend the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar, fell in love with Charlottesville and has called it home ever since. His well-rounded background includes work experience as an electrician, farmhand, volunteer firefighter and ski instructor. He also has been involved in politics at many levels, from working on Capitol Hill in the press office of Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, to managing campaigns and serving as press secretary for local Democrat Al Weed’s first run for Congress in 2004. In 2011 he was a Democratic candidate for Charlottesville City Council. He serves on the boards of several local community organizations.
Chiara was born in Milano, Italy and moved to Los Angeles sometime in the 1990s. She came to Charlottesville almost by chance, but mostly for love and she is, four years later, absolutely loving it. She started out as a news reporter with C-VILLE Weekly and made her way through the ins and outs of the city’s local government. Her interest in the news business was born while toddling around the kitchen floor at her grandmother’s feet in Milan, Italy – I knew then I wanted to become a storyteller. She may or may not have gone to the dark side – marketing and PR for U.Va. Innovation – but she knows how important it is to create and execute effective strategic plans. Most recently, Chiara was the first Program Assistant for Market Central, an experience that strengthened her desire to see the current City Market become an even more vibrant and central part in the lives of Charlottesville and Albemarle residents. She cooks and blogs at www.theitalianfork.com.
Lynette Meynig is owner and top dog at Family Ties & Pies which has been selling their scrumptious gourmet fresh fruit pies, quiche, scones, brioche and granola for the last 6 years at the Charlottesville City Market, Relay Foods and other restaurants and festivals. “I love my business, the support our family has given and received throughout these past years and I love the win/win scenario of the partnership of building small businesses with building our community.”
Mark Watson, Treasurer
Mark Watson has been the Director of Project Development for the Piedmont Housing Alliance for the past 11 years. He received his B.S. in Horticulture in 1979 from North Carolina State University and his Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. Mark has over 30 years of work experience in both design and project management. He started his career as the Site Planner for the Mother Earth News Eco-Village in Hendersonville, NC. He then worked as a Project Planner for the Massachusetts Bureau of Building Construction. He later served as the Project Manager for the Olmsted Historic Landscape Preservation Program in Boston, Brookline and Lynn, Massachusetts. A former golf professional, prior to coming to the Piedmont Housing Alliance he later was the principal of a Charlottesville-based golf course architecture firm which focused on ecologically-sensitive course design and restoration. Mark currently serves on several public sector and non-profit boards and committees, including the Virginia Urban Forest Council (TreesVA), where he occupies the Builder seat; the Charlottesville PLACE Design Task Force; Oasis Village; the East McIntire Park Master Plan Committee; and his new position as the Treasurer of Market Central.