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Davis Coffey – Communications Intern, Fall 2019

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 Cortinas – Energy Democracy Tour Assistant, Summer 2019

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.

Finn Halloran – Editorial Assistant, Spring 2020

Finn is a 22-year-old journalism student with a minor in photography at Appalachian State University. He lived in Richmond, Va., before moving to the Appalachian Mountains to study. When not found hiking or camping with friends, Finn is often reading a good book or attempting to write one of his own. He hopes to work in the newspaper industry, helping to spread the word about our changing environment and what can be done to preserve it. Finn is passionate and driven to maintain the wild nature of the outdoors, and acts on this by attending climate rallies, recycling and walking places whenever he can.

Carolina Norman – Editorial Assistant, Spring 2020

Carolina is a senior Sustainable Development student at Appalachian State University. She grew up in the tiny town of Todd, N.C., and spent her childhood camping, hiking, biking, and reluctantly gardening. In high school, Carolina spent part of her summers helping lead groups of teenagers on week-long backpacking expeditions on the Appalachian Trail through the Wilderness Trail organization. Carolina is passionate about environmental justice, conservation, and supporting local communities. In her free time, Carolina enjoys reading, hiking, drawing, and going to concerts. Carolina is excited to be a part of the Appalachian Voices team and to better connect with her community

Penina Harte – Virginia Program Assistant, Summer 2019

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!

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