EXECUTIVE BOARD
Orlando Phelps, President of Restoring Faith, a non-profit
Marketing Service (AMS) with over 32 years of experience serving
in various capacities.  During his tenure, Mr. Phelps served as the
Agency Outreach Coordinator and was instrumental in broadening
AMS stakeholders.  In addition, Orlando served on the leadership
team for the Southern University Agricultural Leadership Institute
which has trained over 100 small limited resource producers in the
(MANRRS) where he oversaw the functions of the organization.  
He served as the chairperson of the working group who developed
and implemented two successful Agricultural Marketing Outreach
Workshops in Tennessee which were later duplicated in Georgia
and California.  These workshops were instrumental in assisting
small limited resource farmers and ranchers acquire the knowledge
has a B. S. in Animal Science and M.S. in Agriculture, Animal
Science Concentration from Alcorn State University, Alcorn State,
Mississippi.  Currently, Orlando is the co-owner/Farm Manager of
Phelps Family Farms in Hermanville, MS.

James Bunch, Vice President, is retired from the USDA, Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  During his 34 years of
service he developed and participated in numerous outreach
projects and meetings both domestically and internationally.  
Recently, Mr. Bunch developed a concept for faith based
organizations to create employment opportunities and job training
by growing specialty crops/vegetables utilizing the Seasonal High
Tunnel System.  James serves as advisor to two historically
underserved groups seeking to develop farmers markets in northern
Mississippi and central Arkansas.  Those groups are faith based
organizations and small rural municipalities.  His focus includes
USDA Strike force areas and Food Deserts.  In addition, Mr.
Bunch developed and promotes an outreach initiative to young
people of color designed to teach them how to grow, manage and
market fresh vegetable utilizing the Seasonal High Tunnel System.
James served on the planning and implementation team charged
with developing and executing the Agricultural Marketing Outreach
Workshops held in Tennessee, Georgia and California.  USDA was
able to provide training to several hundred small and limited
resource farmers about their programs and services during the
training sessions.  James has a B. S. in Agronomy from the
University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and M.S. in Agronomy from
Alcorn State University, Alcorn State, Mississippi.  Currently,
Mr. Bunch is the Director of the Peetie Wheatstraw Foundation in
Cotton Plant, Arkansas.

Clifton E. Peters, Treasurer, is retired from the USDA, Office of
Advocacy and Outreach (OAO).  Mr. Peters has 40 years of
experience developing partnerships, designing and participating in
the people.  He served as President of the National Society for
Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences
(MANRRS) where he oversaw the functions of the organization.  
Cliff served as a key member of the planning and implementation
team charged with developing and executing the Agricultural
Marketing Outreach Workshops held in Memphis, Tennessee,
Macon, Georgia and Modesto, California.  These workshops were
very productive in bringing USDA and land-grant universities
together to help small farmers and communities’ understand USDA
programs and how to access them.  Cliff has a B. S. in Agricultural
Education and further studies towards a Masters in Agronomy
from Alcorn State University, Alcorn State, Mississippi.  
Currently, Cliff is Vice President of the Hermanville Community
Economic Development Corporation in Hermanville, Mississippi.

Secretary, Open

MEMBERSHIP
Membership in Restoring Faith is open to all who have an interest
in improving the conditions of citizens in rural America.