Allyson Petry – Executive Director since April 2018
Allyson made the move back to the holler after a few years away. During that time, she ventured to Morgantown, WV to complete a Masters in Social Work, work at a free healthcare clinic, and become a real Mountaineer. Her dog Jasper also works diligently at the Farm, protecting the front yard from pests (aka cats) and soaking up the sun. She enjoys walks down the holler, watching the gardens, porch sitting with neighbors, and working for social justice in the best part of West Virginia!
Mike Black – Staff Member Since May 2018
If you ever have some time to lazily meander down the hollow some sunny summer afternoon at the Farm, be sure to gaze up at the sky. In the highest branches of the tallest trees, you might just be lucky enough to catch a rare spotting of the wild Mike Black in his natural habitat. Once spotted, he’ll likely dart down from the treetops and take off running down the hollow, as he is apt to do. Known for his speed, agility, and skills working on the trucks, the wild Mike Black is a great addition to the Nazareth Farm Staff. With his habitat now established in the woodland forest of Appalachia, Mike joins us from the concrete jungle of Long Island, New York, having spent some time in the frozen tundra of South Bend, Indiana. When he’s not scampering through the woods foraging for nuts, the wild Mike Black can often be found playing soccer, praying in the chapel, working in the wood shop, or leading the hike!
Julia Barcello – Staff Member since May 2019
Julia joins us from the hot sun and dry heat of southern Arizona. She can deal with the cold, having gone to school for geology in central New York, but it is still likely you’ll find her in a sweatshirt and pants if it’s below 70 degrees. Julia is a great addition to the Nazareth Farm team, and whether she’s leading prayer or leading a worksite you better believe she’s sporting a smile and having fun. Her true loves include painting, sitting around a bonfire, playing guitar, reading, and playing basketball. If she isn’t doing any of those then look for her enjoying the simple beauty of the sun, trees, and butterflies or gazing at the stars at night.
Adam Drill – Staff Member since September 2019
Adam is a retired professional ultimate Frisbee player looking to have fun on the Farm. He is spontaneous, carefree, and an animal lover, always searching for someone to pet Oscar and Ava with him. He enjoys short walks to the snack counter and gazing at the stars. He likes to think he’s musically talented and can be found pretending to play any of the various instruments around the Farm or snuggled up in the living room with a cup of tea and a good book!
Erin Rederscheid – Staff Member Since June 2020
From the busy, chaotic place of Long Island, New York, Erin has decided to change the scenery and join us here in rural, West Virginia for the near future. Erin may be a familiar face to a few as she has continuously made her way back home over the past two years as a sojo. Erin is a graduate from Sacred Heart University, where she learned to fall in love with service. As an East Coast fanatic, she will consistently tell you about her love for the beach, a long island bagel, and country concerts at the local beach theatre. Her favorite things to do at the farm include napping, reading a book on the porch swing, and watching the sunset up the hollow. Erin’s desire to continue to learn about non-profit work and ministry is what brought her back home once again! She looks forward to nights spent in the OCR with volunteers, and jokes on the worksites. If you catch her making popcorn late at night, do not be afraid to ask for a share, but know it will come with an intentional conversation too!
Remy Shaffer Gomes, M.S. – Director of Development since July 2015
I joined the Nazareth Farm team as the Director of Development in the summer of 2015. This position enables me to ensure Nazareth Farm’s worthwhile mission continues to transform lives and hearts for many years to come. My first visit to Nazareth Farm created an auspicious start: I had a ‘birthday match’ on my actual birthday! I fell in love with Nazareth Farm, the mission, the setting, and the people while learning to install a tin roof. I feel privileged to support our great work and believe this role beautifully combines my personal beliefs and professional skills. I graduated with a degree in communications from the University of Maryland and a M.S. from Miami University in young adult development and leadership. I also bring several years of professional experience in development and external relations to my role at Nazareth Farm. I reside in Owings Mills, Maryland with my husband Casey and our son Bailey and daughter Eliana.