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Patryk Battle - Vice President

Patryk Battle is the Director of The Mills River Educational Farm (M.R. Ed. Farm). M.R. Ed. Farm is the primary production, research and educational center of the Living Web Farms network. Living Web Farms is a non-profit network of farms. Our mission is to teach hands on innovative sustainable food and energy production skills. The produce (this year over 12000 pounds) from M.R. Ed Farm is donated to local food banks and other non-profits working to insure food security.

Patryk is the author of numerous nationally and regionally published articles on sustainable food production and has addressed the subject via local radio WCQS and MAIN-FM from 1998 until 2015. He is a frequent and popular presenter/consultant on the subjects of sustainable food and energy production.

Patricia Furnish - President

Patricia Furnish is a Charlotte native and received a Bachelorís degree in international studies from Meredith College. She received a Masterís degree in U.S. history from West Texas A&M University before moving to Oklahoma, where she earned a Ph.D. in Native American history for her dissertation on Native American political movements in the early 20th century. She taught history, sociology and Spanish at the community-college level for 12 years. Furnish recently earned a M.A. in Spanish language, culture and literature at UNC Charlotte. She is currently studying documentary film, as well.

Donna Khan

Donna Khan has a Masterís degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina, and is the Vice President of Nasrum Integrated Systems, a boutique consultancy firm specializing in media and development with clients worldwide. She is also editor-in-chief for the North American edition of the Singapore-based World Business Journal, and writes for international titles including Cigar Aficionado, Bon Appťtit, Town & Country, Robb Report, Outside Magazine, Veranda, and Polo Player. Before that, she was a reporter for the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain, and was a contributing editor for Log Home Living Magazine.

Stuart Tyrus 'Rusty' Maynard, Jr.

Rusty Maynard is a medical doctor, specializing in family medicine, at the Cherokee Hospital in Cherokee, NC. Maynard received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1973, and interned at the University of Virginia during the following year. He has been in medical practice for 42 years. Maynard is a long-time Linux user, and holds numerous patents, one of which is for a signalling mouse pointer.

Florian Rumme

Florian Rumme is a full-time employee of MAIN, as well as a board member. Rumme is a native of Asheville, and has studied computer science at AB Technical College. He has studied computer information technology, web infomatics and systems design, and microwave technologies. His interests include nature and the outdoors; he is raising his son, Rowan, who is four years old.

Mark West -- Secretary

Mark West is a professor at the University of North Carolina in its mass communication department, which he has chaired twice. He took his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina under Jane D. Brown and Donald Shaw, and his dissertation, on the effect of media coverage of the Tet 1968 offensive in the Vietnam conflict, won two international awards.

He has written five books, numerous book chapters, articles and presentations, and is presently completing a book on the linkages between Kantian perspectives on communication and modern empirical research. He was a participant in the research projects which led to much of the modern legislation concerning television violence as profiled in the Presidential Commission on Television Violence, devised the statistical analytic methods used by television networks for real-time analysis of presidential debates, and has published extensively on the relationship between television violence and the levels of fear in communities. West is a member of numerous scholarly organizations, including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the American and World Association for Public Opinion Research, and the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective. His most recent publications are on the social nature of belief.

West has served extensively as a consultant for governmental agencies on the analysis of large-scale bodies of textual materials, such as the real-time evaluation of extremely large databases of emails or related materials. West is a Perl programmer, user of Linux, and has experience in Forth, SNOBOL 4 / Icon, and other string-oriented languages. Prior to pursuing an academic career, West was a print journalist.

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