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Civil Rights Advisory Committee (CRAC)

The CRAC serves as an advisory body to the State Conservationist to promote and assist with the NRCS Civil Rights program implementation. The committee helps to ensure equality for all employees, customers, and partners; and is governed by "by laws" that have been approved the the Chairperson and the State Conservationist.

Team Members

  • Dwight Forrester,  Chair, Smithfield Area Office Member - (804) 443-3571, ext. 113
  • Shavon Miller, Secretary, State Office Member - (804) 287-1665
  • Derek Hancock, Farmville Area Office Member - (434) 392-4127, ext. 101
  • Jonathan Lipinski, Farmville Area Office Member - (540) 967-0233, ext. 108
  • Greg Meade, Christiansburg Area Office Member - (276) 889-4650, ext. 110
  • Becky Smith, Christiansburg Area Office Member - (276) 228-3513, ext. 134
  • A.J. Schaeffer, Harrisonburg Area Office Member - (540) 434-1404, ext. 116
  • Geoff Moore, Harrisonburg Area Office Member - (540) 825-4200, ext. 105
  • Meredithe Wilson, Smithfield Area Office Member - (757) 357-7004, ext. 110

Program Managers

  • Loren Muldowney, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) - (434) 392-4171, ext. 129
  • Vacant, Hispanic Employment
  • Vacant, Asian Pacific Islander
  • Melissa Allen, American Indian Liaison - (540) 347-3120 x 110
  • Trenton Howell, Black Emphasis Program - (434) 432-8146, ext. 107
  • Casey Dietzen, Federal Women's Program - (540) 248-6218, ext. 107
  • Derek Hancock, Disability and Veterans - (434) 392-4127, ext. 101

Advisors

  • David Kriz, Team Sponsor - (804) 287-1646
  • Gayle Veney, Human Resources Manager - (804) 287-1685
  • Barbara Bowen, Outreach Coordinator - (804) 287-1679
  • Barbara Bowen, Acting Volunteer Coordinator - (804) 287-1679
  • Vacant, USDA 1890 Program Manager