Amber grew up in rural Missouri in a community of artists and environmental advocates who helped shape her career and life in social work and community organizing. She received her M.S. from Washington University in St. Louis and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Amber has worked as a community organizer in Missouri and Minnesota on neighborhood vitality, substance abuse prevention and affordable childcare, and was as an associate professor at Ohio State University where she taught poverty, social justice and community practice. She moved to North Carolina in 2013 with her Appalachian-born husband and worked with the North Carolina Justice Center on tax policy before joining Appalachian Voices. Although her roots are in the Midwest, Amber fell in love with the mountains of North Carolina, and loves the ample opportunities the Blue Ridge provides for hiking, fishing, camping and general frolicking.
Jimmy has over 25 years of experience in graphic design, photography, illustration and web design. Hailing from the Atlanta area, Jimmy has lived in Michigan, Texas, Montana, Pennsylvania and New Zealand before finally settling in the mountains of North Carolina. He earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia and has created infographics, maps and illustrations involving environmental legal issues for his clients. He spends a good bit of his free time playing music and taking care of a large garden, a 125-year-old farmhouse, and various goats, sheep and chickens. He maintains an interest in native plants and their preservation and likes to hike, camp and bike with his wife and daughter.
Both Amber and Jimmy will work in our Boone, N.C. office. Reach them at 828-262-1500.