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Adam Wells: A fifth generation Virginian hailing from the beautiful mountain region of Wise County, Adam got his start with Appalachian Voices as a volunteer. He now serves as the organization’s Economic Diversification Coordinator helping to bring clean energy and other opportunities to the Virginia coalfields.


Amy Adams: AV’s North Carolina Campaign Coordinator, Amy has traveled from the blue waters of the Pamlico to the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Boone, and possesses a passion for protecting resources for all North Carolinians.


Brian Sewell: Brian is an environmental news junkie concerned with our lagging energy policy and revealing the true cost of coal on our health, the environment and the climate. He is Appalachian Voices’ Program and Development Communications Coordinator.


Cat McCue: Although not native to the region, Cat is deeply connected to the mountains, rivers, backroads and small towns of Appalachia she has come to know over the years. She is Appalachian Voices’ Communications Director.


Erin Savage: While Erin prefers to be on rivers rather than at a desk, as Appalachian Voices’ Central Appalachian Program Manager, she devotes a lot of time delving into data to make it meaningful to others who care about the health of our waterways.


Lara Mack: A native Virginian and lover of mountains, forests, and people, Lara is enthusiastic about all good works to defend the Appalachian mountains and communities. As Appalachian Voices’ Virginia Field Organizer, she believes the best kind of political change comes from the bottom up.


Elizabeth E. Payne: A native of Boone, N.C., Lee studied archaeology and ancient history, earning a Ph.D. from Yale University. Her love of the Appalachian region drew her back to the region. She is the Associate Editor of The Appalachian Voice.


Rory McIlmoil: Rory is an energy policy and finance wonk with six years of experience working on energy policy and planning in Appalachia. He joined Appalachian Voices in spring 2013 as Energy Policy Director to head up our Energy Savings for Appalachia program. His dog, Hobo, is our official Boone office mascot.


Thom Kay: Appalachian Voices’ Senior Legislative Representative, Thom spends his days in Washington, D.C., knee-deep in politics and legislation, working to persuade decision makers to protect Appalachia from mountaintop removal coal mining. He is the least outdoorsy person at Appalachian Voices, and he’s just fine with that.


Tom Cormons: Appalachian Voices’ Executive Director, Tom holds a degree in law from UCLA and has a life-long appreciation for the Appalachia’s mountains and culture. An avid hiker and whitewater rafter, his latest pleasure is in sharing with his kids a deep respect and appreciation of nature.


Willie Dodson: A Virginia native and resident of Wise County, Willie is no stranger to the challenges Appalachia faces and he has organized for several environmental and social justice groups in the region. He is one of Appalachian Voices’ Central Appalachian Campaign Coordinators.


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