Charles Tolbert, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology · Baylor University

Dr. Tolbert's areas of research include social stratification, social demography, rural sociology and quantitative applications.

Small Businesses and Employee Loyalty Restructuring Financial Institutions in Rural/Non-Metro America Social Stratification Social Demography Rural Sociology

Becky McCray

Expert for Small Towns · SaveYour.Town

Practical steps you can put into action right away to shape a better future for your community

Nonprofits Entrepreneurship Social Capital Community Development Small Town

Neil MacKinnon, PhD

Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs · Augusta University

Dr. Neil MacKinnon is a senior university administrator, academic health leader and an expert in population health and public health.

Opioid agonist maintenance treatment (i.e. addictions treatment via Methadone and Suboxone) Opioid Abuse Rural Health Care Access & Delivery Rural Health Medication Error

Mark Holmes, PhD

Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research · UNC-Chapel Hill

A Professor in the UNC-CH Gillings School of Public Health, with interests in rural health, health policy and hospital finance.

Policy Implementation and Development Patient-Centered Outcome Research Workforce Hospital Finance Rural Health

Dominique Halaby

Director, Business Innovation Group · Georgia Southern University

Dr. Halaby oversees development of Georgia Southern University’s City Center.

Community Development Workforce and Economic Development Non-Profit Organizations Workplace Innovation Rural Entrepreneurship

Steffanie Scott

Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Management · University of Waterloo

Leading international scholar on food security, food system change, and COVID-19 impacts on the food suppy.

Food Agriculture & Environment COVID-19 (Coronavirus) China Food Policy Local Food Systems

Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini

Assistant Dean/Associate Professor · University of Florida

Jeanne Stacciarini’s research interests are in the area of mental health promotion and health disparities in various populations.

Diversity Population Health Mental Health

Stephen Lisonbee

Assistant Vice President of the Office of Regional Services · Southern Utah University

Specializing in workforce and economic development, community outreach, and leadership development

Partnership Development Workforce and Economic Development Leadership Development Community Outreach Government Relations

Jed Johnson

Managing Director of Aging Services · CARF International

Jed Johnson is an award-winning, national leader in adult- and senior-services arenas.

Senior Transportation Rural caregiving Military or veteran caregiving Adult Day Services Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Dr. Adey Nyamathi

Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Nursing · UC Irvine

Dr. Nyamathi conducts studies among vulnerable groups, including homeless, drug-addicted and incarcerated persons and gay/bisexual youth.

Vulnerable Populations Tuberculosis Role of Nursing Hiv/Aids Hepatitis

Don Duke, Ph.D., P.E.

Expert in water resources and pollution control · Florida Gulf Coast University

Don Duke applies science and engineering analysis to policy and management decisions.

Municipal stormwater pollution reduction Industrial stormwater pollution reduction Flood mitigation policy Water Resources Policy Water quality assessment

Rita Osborn

Executive Director of Utah Center for Rural Health · Southern Utah University

Specializing in rural Utah healthcare, community building, and project management.

Community Health Programs Rural Health Care Access & Delivery Property Management Healthcare Grants

Robert Richardson

Associate Professor · Michigan State University

An expert in ecological economics, ecosystem services, food security, and sustainability.

Natural Resource Management Writing and Editing Sustainability Food Security Rural Development

David Todd

Speaker, Trainer , Coach · Toddy Talks

Entertaining and inspiring speaker drawing on two decades of experience across a range of business involvement.

The Characteristics of Successful People Attitude -It's Only Everything The Balloon and the Cactus Attitude Balance and Commitment

David Hess, MD

Dean · Medical College of Georgia

Dr. David C. Hess, a stroke specialist, educator, and entrepreneur, is dean of the Medical College of Georgia.

Stroke Neuroscience Telemedicine Neurology Stem Cell Research

Verena Seufert

Postdoctoral Fellow · University of British Columbia, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

Scientist interested in all things food and nature. Studying how we can do agriculture better.

Sustainability organic agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Biodiversity Climate Change

Jesmyn Ward

Professor · Tulane University

Critically acclaimed author Jesmyn Ward is a two-time National Book Award Winner and professor of creative writing.

Communication English Creative Writing Media Studies

Rhonda Armstrong, PhD

Professor of English · Augusta University

Professor Armstrong is an expert in Southern and Appalachian Literature, Death and Culture, and Perceptions of Rural America.

Perceptions of Rural America Appalachian Literature Southern Lite Death and Culture

Chip Konrad, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, and Director of Southeast Regional Climate Center, College of Arts and Sciences · UNC at Chapel Hill

Interests include a wide range of climatology and meteorology areas -- tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves, winter weather, more.

Climatology Meteorology Extreme Weather Atmospheric Science Heavy precipitation

Denise Schentrup

Clinical Associate Professor/Associate Dean · University of Florida

Denise Schentrup serves as clinical director of Archer Family Health Care, the UF College of Nursing’s nurse-led clinic.

Interprofessional Team-based Care Quality Improvement Rural Health Health Information Exchange