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Courtney Carter Plaster

Executive Director

Courtney grew up playing in the creeks and woods of Martinsville, VA.
Environmental stewardship has been a part of Courtney’s life since she was old enough to catch her first ladybug, frog, toad, and salamander. In elementary school, she remembers winning a Keep Virginia Beautiful poster contest and still believes whole-heartedly in the “Don’t Be a Litterbug” slogan.
While attending Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College) in Lynchburg, she majored in biology. During that time, she was a member of a club that installed the first can crushers in dorms in an effort to get more students involved in recycling.
Roanoke has been Courtney’s work home for 20 years while residing in Smith Mountain Lake with her husband, two daughters, and a menagerie of pets.
For 32 years she has worked in four non-profit museums in research, collections, publications, and education. She has also served on the Roanoke STEAM Day Committee for the past six years.


Deena B. Sasser

Director of Operations and Communications

Deena grew up in a log cabin that their father built. Born and raised in NE Ohio, Deena grew up with log walls and a plethora of animals including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, goats, chickens, hamsters, newts, and sugar gliders, though not all at the same time. She spent a lot of time exploring her surroundings, especially the creek out back and the variety of creatures that lived in and around the running water and spending time in the next door neighbors’ barn, petting horses and befriending as many barn cats as she could.
Deena earned a BA in music from Winthrop University in South Carolina and a Master of Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. She is deeply passionate about historic preservation and adaptive reuse of the built environment. She was employed as a historic preservation specialist with a transportation engineering firm in Atlanta as well as serving as a remote contractor with a preservation planning firm. She brings a diverse background, both personally and professionally, to the CVC. When not at work, Deena can be found practicing flute, piccolo, and clarinet as well as participating in various aspects of the local theatre community. She lives in NE Roanoke with her husband and their two ultra-spoiled house cats.

Treyquan Farmer

Environmental Educator and Community Engagement Coordinator

Treyquan Farmer was born and raised in the small town of Altavista, Virginia. He is a graduate of Ferrum College with degrees in both Environmental Studies and Recreation Leadership. Trey uses his passion and creativity to address and inform the public and his peers on the importance of sustainability while addressing environmental issues. He enjoys mountain biking and hiking, as well as spending time with family and friends. He gives his all to ensure that his work with CVC is his best work, and his goal is to uplift both his peers and those he encounters through his role as Environmental Educator and Community Engagement Coordinator. He believes that the best way to live, as one of his professors shared, is to “Do Life,” and he wakes up with the mindset of participating with full engagement in his life and living with no regrets..

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Marc Lucht

Director of Programs

With a background in biology and philosophy, Dr. Marc Lucht worked as a professor and university administrator for 18 years.  Before joining Clean Valley Council, he co-directed North Cross School’s first campus in China and led the development of additional high schools in Asia.  Holding a PhD from Emory University, he has published and presented widely on environmental philosophy, animal rights, and intercultural dialogue, and is strongly committed to the idea that it is incumbent upon humanity to find more responsible ways of acknowledging and living together with the creatures with whom we share the planet.  He is an avid SCUBA diver and skier, and loves opera, cooking, mountain biking, hiking, and traveling.