Deanna Fehrer, District Manager & FOIA Officer
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Deanna has been employed at the Piedmont District since 2002. She started her District career as the education coordinator and financial specialist. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Concord University and is a Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. Deanna and her husband Damien live in Prince Edward County. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, hiking, bird watching, and reading.


Charlie Wootton, Senior Conservation Specialist
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Charlie is a native of Nottoway County. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1972 with a degree in Agricultural Education. He is a former USAF pilot and has over 40 years of experience raising beef cattle on the family farm. He is a certified Nutrient Management Planner and a Level 3 Conservation Planner.

Kevin Dunn, BMP Conservation Specialist
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Kevin Dunn is a native of Buckingham County and a 2000 Graduate of Virginia Tech. Since 2008 he has worked for Piedmont SWCD as the BMP Technician helping local farmers install conservation practices on their farms. He is a fourth generation farmer and has installed many of the same conservation practices on his family’s poultry, beef, and goat farm.

Ty Smith, Conservation Technician Ext. 131

Ty was raised on a cattle farm in Lunenburg County. He is a Virginia Master Naturalist with over 1,000 volunteer hours, and is very active in the field of herpetology (study of reptiles and amphibians). He also enjoys birding, fishing, tending to his chickens and quail, and almost everything else outside.

Chuck Fore, Equipment Program Manager          (434) 390-0448 

Charles “Chuck” Fore is a native of Prince Edward County.  Chuck works part-time for the District managing the equipment rental program.  He is a licensed certified commercial pesticide applicator and is the owner of a local pesticide company.  In his spare time, Chuck likes the outdoors and is an avid fisherman and hunter.

Kelly Atkinson, Education Coordinator
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Kelly has a bachelor of science from Kent State University and Masters Degree in education from Longwood University.  She resides in Farmville with her family.  She brings to the district 16 years of classroom teaching experience and is a certified Master Gardener and  Master Naturalist.

Vacant-Residential Conservation and Marketing Coordinator