Meet Our Team
Adrienne Fouts is a senior at Appalachian State University, pursuing a degree in public relations and journalism with a minor in photography. She lived in Illinois and Georgia before moving to Winston-Salem, N.C., when she was twelve and has called North Carolina home ever since. When she isn’t studying, working or writing for the school newspaper, Adrienne loves going to concerts, hiking, skiing and reading. Adrienne joined the Appalachian Voices intern team as a way to use her experiences to help protect the mountains she loves, and she hopes to continue combining her love of writing, photography and the outdoors throughout her life.
Cory is a graduate student in the Environmental Policy and Policy Analysis Master of Arts program at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. He graduated in May 2016 with a B.S. in political science and Spanish from ASU. After moving to Boone, he developed a love for the outdoors through rock climbing and fly fishing. Cory has recent experience as a campaign organizer with the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group working on environmental and social justice issues. His professional interests include environmental economics, public policy, legislative affairs and research as well as renewable energy development.
Ashton is a student at Appalachian State where she is studying Geographic Information Science with a minor in Anthropology. Growing up in rural North Carolina she was exposed and encouraged to love and value the outdoors. Almost all her free time is spent outside, typically hiking with her dog Khaleesi. As a lover of the snow, she is happy to now call Boone her home. In the future, she hopes to utilize Geographic Information Science to help manage natural resources as well as expose environmental injustice issues.
KaLeigh Underwood is a graduate student in the Appalachian Studies Master of Arts program at Appalachian State University. A native of Olive Hill, Ky., she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a minor in Appalachian Studies from Eastern Kentucky University in 2016. Before Appalachian Voices, she worked for the Citizen Voice and Times in Irvine, Ky. As an intern and as she prepares to enter the career field, KaLeigh hopes to use her journalism skills and her passion for Appalachia to make a positive impact within the region.