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Hayley Canal Hayley Canal – Editorial Assistant, Summer 2020

Hayley is an undergraduate student at Appalachian State University, majoring in both journalism and sustainable development. She lived in San Jose, Calif., and Orlando, Fla., before moving to Boone for her studies. Hayley discovered her passion for environmental justice during high school as she began to grapple with the social and ecological threats faced by her local community. She paired these concerns with her love of storytelling in college, and has since focused on environmental justice-related stories in her journalistic work with The Appalachian. In the future, she aims to provide hope through visual storytelling on climate change. In her free time, Hayley enjoys painting, cooking and thrifting, especially for green clothing.

Caroline Comer – Editorial Communications Assistant, Spring 2020

Caroline is an undergraduate at Appalachian State University studying global studies and German, with a focus in peace, conflict and human rights. Born and raised in North Carolina, her move to Appalachia sparked a passion for community engagement. She has worked in DuPont State Forest as a counselor and expeditions leader. There she facilitated youth programs in environmental education. Caroline has worked with nonprofits since adolescence, following a passion for service. In 2019, she took a gap year to serve with AmeriCorps. Caroline is a hobbyist and an entrepreneur and runs a thrift account on Instagram that is a product of her enthusiasm for street style and sustainable fashion.


Cailyn Domecq Cailyn Domecq – Editorial Assistant, Fall 2020

Cailyn is an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Environmental Sustainability. Born and raised in northeastern North Carolina, she has always enjoyed a road trip to the mountains and been interested in the environment along with its impact on people and their stories. She hopes to utilize her time at Appalachian Voices contributing to advocacy work by incorporating her interest in writing with environmental justice and learning more about the region along the way. Some things Cailyn enjoys doing in her free time are exploring hiking trails, sneaking in an episode of the Great British Bake Off and attempting to bake, going to concerts (pre-COVID-19) and playing guitar.

Casey Dunajick-DeKnight – Data Research Assistant, Summer 2020

Casey is an incoming first year MBA student at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business focusing on finance and social impact. After graduating from Florida State University in 2012 having studied International Affairs and Economics, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she was drawn to the rich food and agriculture community in the Mid-Atlantic region. From 2014-2019 she worked extensively in the urban farming community and for a social enterprise, food desert grocery store. Casey is committed to working with equitable, long-term solutions of economic justice for communities marginalized by systematic racism. For fun, she’s spending her summer volunteering for Appalachian Voices as a data analyst, and on a specialty cut flower farm in Purcellville, Va.

Robert Kell – New Economy Graduate Intern, Summer 2020

Robert is a native of Southwest Virginia and a proud Appalachian. He is currently at Vanderbilt Divinity School studying religion and economic justice. This summer, Robert is researching land ownership and taxation issues in Virginia’s coalfield counties.

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