Rodney Wolfenbarger originally joined the Brushy Fork Institute staff as an AmeriCorps VISTA from 2007-2009. He returned to the program as associate director in 2012 and was appointed executive director in April 2016.
He is a first-generation college graduate from Middlesboro, Kentucky. He earned degrees in English (2003, BA) from Eastern Kentucky University and Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities (2017, MA) from Western Kentucky University, with additional coursework in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
Rodney also serves as a board member of the New Opportunity School for Women and on the advisory board of Grow Appalachia. His campus leadership positions include membership on the Staff Forum Advisory Committee and past appointments as an elected delegate of the Berea College Faculty Assembly (2013-2016) and Chair of the Berea College Awards Committee (2015-2016).