Meet Our Team
Davis is a second year student at the University of Virginia majoring in Environmental Science and Global Sustainability. He is committed to the idea of community and is striving to create a more active and engaged network in Charlottesville. Things that interest him are environmental justice, conservation, student activism, local products/music/art, gardening, hiking, and self-sufficiency. Davis is thrilled to be interning with Appalachian Voices and cannot wait to bring awareness to local environmental and social issues and engage with the Appalachian community.
Sarah graduated with her undergraduate degree in Sustainable Development and a minor in Commercial Photography from Appalachian State University in 2017. She is currently working towards her Master of Public Administration from App State and hopes to pursue work in an environmental nonprofit in the future. She has a passion for preserving the natural places of Appalachian while simultaneously supporting the people and animals that live in the region. In her free time she enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with her cats.
Penina is a rising senior studying Natural Resources Conservation with minors in Forestry and Leadership Studies at Virginia Tech. When she is not energetically running around trying to get everything done, she can be found perched in the upper branches of a tree or attempting to teach herself guitar. Penina first got involved with environmental justice and pipeline resistance efforts when she moved to Southwest Virginia as a freshman in college. She immediately fell in love with the mountains and the Appalachian community, and knew she wanted to help. Penina is excited to continue her work opposing pipelines and supporting local communities as an intern with Appalachian Voices!
Rachael is a junior English major at Appalachian State University concentrating in Professional Writing. She is also double-minoring in Nonprofit Organizations and New Media & Digital Cultures. Writing has always been one of Rachael’s passions, and she looks forward to using it to engage with the community and bring awareness to important environmental issues. Whether it’s at school, work, or for fun, she enjoys finding ways to express her creativity. Rachael’s appreciation of nature is reflected by her love of traveling, hiking and photography.
Sara graduated from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise in 2017. She chose to study Communication and Media Studies to better understand relationships and social phenomena. She enjoys activities such as hiking, hammocking, candle making, and cooking. Writing is her forte, so Sara will be writing blogs for Appalachian Voices. She is very excited for the opportunity to grow as a writer and to also stand up for environmental issues. She is looking forward to working with this medium and to begin writing professionally.
Hazel is a junior Sustainable Development major at Appalachian State University. She is interested in learning how to organize people in order to bring about change, to create stronger local communities, and how to in general create a more just and sustainable future for all. Hazel is looking forward to a summer or gaining knowledge from this organization while making time to hang out in Boone’s finest watering holes, garden, travel, and play with some pups.
Jack is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Sustainable Development and a Minor in Sustainable Technology. He is pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration degree in order to facilitate the transition of business to the sustainable, equitable and ethical models of the future. Jack is a triplet from Winston-Salem, N.C. His interests include energy policy, journalism and community development, as well as hiking, cooking and reading.