Meet The Grower Team
Rhonda Cornett serves as the Director for Grower Communications at Atalo. She is also a hemp farmer with several years of personal experience growing the crop. Rhonda comes to us as a former Grower Representative with Altria (Philip Morris USA) as well as being a high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor for 11 years. She and her husband Brent, and children Jarrod and Miranda reside in London, KY.
Rhonda received both her Masters degrees from Eastern KY University in Educational Administration and Educational Leadership. She earned her BS in Agriculture Education, Communication, and Leadership from the University of KY.
Brent Cornett serves as Director of Agronomic Research and Development at Atalo. He is also a full time farmer growing hemp, produce, corn, cattle and hogs in London, KY. Brent has extensive knowledge in producing field and greenhouse hemp, processing, and managing hemp.
Brent received his BS in Agriculture Education, Communication, and Leadership and a minor in Agriculture Economics from the University of KY.
Robby VanHook serves as Director of Grower Agronomy and Crop Logistics. Robby has been a seedsman for many years working for FW Rickard and his own seed company. He is also a lifetime farmer having years of experience producing hemp, tobacco, forages, and cattle. He and his family reside on the family farm in Cynthiana, KY.
Robby received his BS degree in Entomology from the University of KY.
Barbara Appleman serves as a Territory Manager for the Northern Kentucky area. She comes to us from Bracken County and lives in the Germantown Community with her husband and two children. Barbara grew up on a dairy and tobacco farm and has been involved in farming most of her life.
Barbara has a background in customer service and public relations.
Rob serves as Territory Manager for the Central/ Western Kentucky area. He is a graduate from Western Kentucky University with his M.S. degree in Agriculture researching industrial hemp. Rob also has a background in extension where he was a horticulture agent in North Carolina. During his time at WKU/ NCSU Extension, Rob conducted research projects in industrial hemp yielding him a strong knowledge base in practical hemp research.
Nicole serves as territory manager for the southern area. She is a native of Laurel County. Nicole grew up with an active equestrian background. She graduated from Morehead State University with a BS in Agribusiness, where she lived and worked on the University farm.