Being an Appalachian mountain girl, born and bred, my heart soars when I'm close to the clouds, near a stream, and surrounded by green. As I always say: "I'm happiest when I'm going uphill."
I was thrilled to take on the role of executive director of Appalachian Voices in 2009, to help strengthen this dynamic, powerful organization whose mission is my passion -- to bring people together from around the country, people like you, to protect the land, air, water and communities of this Appalachian region we all love so dearly. It has been an exciting and extremely rewarding four years as we have taken our cause to new heights.
But change is a part of life and the time has come for me to move on. With Appalachian Voices stronger than ever, I have decided to turn over the reins to someone who I believe will be the best leader of this great organization yet. Tom Cormons, who for several years has helped lead our program work from our Virginia office, is stepping into the role to lead Appalachian Voices into the next stage of transitioning our region away from fossil fuels and to a clean, vibrant future.
I, too, will continue this work, but now as a member of Appalachian Voices, rather than its leader.
We know you love the mountains - but what if you could show TWICE the love? A generous member has donated $25,000 toward helping us end mountaintop removal coal mining -- help us double our impact by reaching our goal of $50,000.
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Appalachia's Political Landscape
It's a new year, and politicians new and seasoned are presiding in the halls of federal and state government. Our staff has taken a look at the key issues and leaders to watch in Appalachia's upcoming political landscape:
- Federal: They're Baack
- North Carolina: New faces and new issues
- Tennessee: Governor Haslam's moment
- Virginia: Renewing the Push for Renewable Energy
NO MORE EXCUSES! Eight Young
Residents Speak Out for the Mountains
Children in Appalachian coal mining communities are 42% more likely to be born with birth defects and have a life expectancy that is almost 5 years lower than the national average. They understand why. [ Please watch this important video and ask President Obama to END mountaintop removal coal mining now ]
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