Meet Our Team

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Bernie Crane – Data Research Assistant, Spring 2022

Bernie is a sophomore studying political science and economics at American University in Washington, D.C. He was born in New York and lived there until around age 10, when he moved to Pennsylvania. Bernie has been passionate about politics and environmental issues from a young age. Through post-secondary education, he continues that passion, learning about the political and economic components of implementing sustainable environmental practices. He is excited to aid the fight for a more sustainable environment with Appalachian Voices. In his spare time, Bernie likes to box and power-lift. He is excited to do work that helps make a difference!

Sarah Lown – Energy Democracy REC Fellow, Summer 2022

From the Small town of Cashiers, North Carolina, Sarah formed her interest for environmental protection while playing in the woods next to her house as a child. Sarah earned her B.S. in environmental science at Western Carolina University, where she also held the position of project manager with the Sustainable Energy Initiative. She is currently a J.D. candidate at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and is excited to have the opportunity to work with Appalachian Voices to spread awareness and work towards solutions to further environmental protection of Appalachia. Sarah enjoys reading, hiking, and photography.

Megan Pettey – Editorial Assistant, Summer 2022

Megan is a recent graduate from Appalachian State where she studied journalism and Spanish. She was born in Raleigh, N.C. but has spent the past four years in the mountains of Boone. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time outdoors, painting, writing and hanging out with her pet guinea pig. Megan has been passionate about the environment from a young age, and she’s very excited to put her writing skills to use at App Voices to inform the public about environmental concerns and sustainable practices in an effort to protect the Appalachian region she cherishes.

Ryan Tucker – GIS Technician Intern, 2022

Ryan is a rising senior at Roanoke College in Salem, VA with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in history. He is from Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Ryan has been passionate about environmental issues and global issues from a young age. Ryan enjoys backpacking, ice hockey, trail running, and reading in his free time. After college he hopes to serve in the Peace Corps and later pursue a career in either Natural Resources Policy or International Environmental Policy. He is excited to put his GIS skills to use and to make a difference for a great cause with App Voices.

Faith W.- Graphic Design Assistant, Spring 2022

Faith is a senior at Appalachian State University studying graphic design. She is from Greensboro, N.C., and is very passionate about art. Faith spends her free time painting or designing in Adobe programs and can’t wait to put her skills to use for a great cause with Appalachian Voices.

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