About HOPE for Bristol

HOPE for Bristol (Healing Our Polluted Environment for Bristol) is a community-led organization focused on charitable relief efforts, education, and science to improve the lives of the citizens of the cities of Bristol, TN and Bristol, VA. HOPE for Bristol was founded in 2021 and approved as a 501(c)(3) Public Charity in March 2022.

Our organization’s goals are as follows:

  • To engage with local, state, and federal government departments to bring about full closure of the Bristol Virginia landfill
  • To ensure and provide oversight for management practices relating to the Bristol Virginia landfill for activities leading up to and following closure
  • To provide, organize, and coordinate relief efforts for Bristol citizens
  • To coordinate and communicate scientific research efforts into the landfill impacts on Bristol citizens
  • To sponsor, host, and/or participate in events and activities that promote the well-being of the citizens of Bristol
  • To seek other ways to serve the citizens of Bristol when the immediate crisis of landfill issues resolve

Our Board of Directors

Joel Kellogg

President

Originally from Michigan, Joel Kellogg has worked in many capacities in manufacturing, remodeling, retail and service environments. He enjoys cooking, gardening, heavy metal, tinkering with his cars and riding his Harley all around this beautiful area.

Joel had the extreme good fortune to meet his soul mate who was born and raised in Bristol. They moved to Bristol in late 2013 and currently live in the Fairmount neighborhood home his wife was raised in. He has lived many places in this great country. None come close to Bristol. The people here are the best. There is a sense of community here that you have to experience to understand.

As the landfill emissions changed from an occasional “did something die?” or “do we have a gas leak?” to an almost daily/nightly assault he had to get involved.

HOPE (Healing Our Polluted Environment) for Bristol was formed by a core of concerned residents with the primary goal of closure and capping this landfill. Relief efforts for severely affected residents are a close second. Future goals are efforts to preserve and enhance our community through advocacy and actions.

Mike Dean

Vice-President

Mike Dean, his wife Tiffany, and their three children lived all their life in New York till the beginning of 2021, when they fell in love with the community and people of Bristol, TN. Mike had an assortment of jobs, from working in the film production business to fixing and troubleshooting many types of trains for one of the largest commuter railroads in the nation.

Mike loves rebuilding and restoring historic homes and vintage trailers, and he’s an avid collector of many antiques. In his spare time he researches the many objects and documents he comes across in his work. He has been an avid collector for the past 25 years. When he is not out hunting the landfill, he is out hunting antiques.

Mike is a co-founder of HOPE for Bristol and started that journey due to the crisis that stopped allowing him to do the many things he enjoys. He serves as Vice-President of HOPE for Bristol and leads the Special Projects Committee. He one day hopes to enjoy the many amazing places that Bristol has to offer.

Becky Evenden

Secretary
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Becky Evenden has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering (Lafayette College, Summa Cum Laude, 2003) and worked in several industries and sectors before moving to Bristol, VA in 2011. Now a resident of Bristol, TN, she enjoys homeschooling her son and helping her husband, Jonathan, with their small business. 

Becky became involved in community awareness of the Bristol VA Landfill crisis in early 2021 out of concern to see the problem correctly diagnosed and appropriate solutions applied. A firm believer that affected residents should be involved in the conversations and decisions about the landfill, she has worked hard to ask good questions, request and scour public records, learn from contacts with landfill and regulatory experience, and generally help to keep the community informed while advocating the best engineering solutions and relief to residents. She has met some amazing people and learned so much through this unforgettable experience. 

Becky is a co-founder of HOPE for Bristol and currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors. She has the pleasure of volunteering alongside fellow science nerds and technically-gifted neighbors as Chair of the Technical and Science Committee for HOPE for Bristol. Additionally, she currently chairs the Administrative and Organizational Support Committee as they attempt to impose order on our very passionate and fast-paced work in the Bristol VA and Bristol TN communities.