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Gabriela Alberola “Gabby” – Environmental Fellow, Summer 2021

Gaby is a PhD student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, studying Environmental Science and Management. She is an Environmental Fellow with the University of Michigan this year, and she is interning at Appalachian Voices as part of her fellowship. Gaby is part of the Virginia Team and she works on Environmental Justice issues. Her work supports two critical areas: environmental justice policy analysis and energy democracy campaigns. Gaby is originally from Panama City, Panama, where she developed a passion for environmental justice after witnessing the damaging effects of extraction and other unsustainable practices on the people and the environment.

Grace Gray – Virginia Energy Democracy Assistant, Fall 2021

Originally from New Jersey, Grace has called Charlottesville home the past two years as a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia. She studies Environmental Thought and Practice and uses her proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains to her advantage, hiking 1,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail in the past year. Grace feels passionately about making this land—the very space she has called home on countless nights in her tent—accessible and welcoming to everyone. She has started this journey by lobbying for environmental justice, teaching at an outdoor-education camp, and seeking new friends to learn with along the way.

cameron stuartCameron Stuart — Editorial Communications Assistant, Summer 2021

Cameron is a senior at Appalachian State University majoring in journalism and sustainable development and minoring in French. Originally from South Carolina, she always enjoyed visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains when she was younger and quickly discovered her passion for learning about environmental issues. As a news reporter, she covers the environmental beat for the student newspaper, The Appalachian. She spends her spare time cooking new recipes, kickboxing and hiking local trails. At Appalachian Voices, Cameron hopes to use her love of writing to effectively educate the public about local environmental issues, while also learning more about the region’s history and culture.

Makaelah Walters – Editorial Assistant, Summer 2021

Makaelah is a rising senior at Appalachian State studying Journalism and Social Work. She moved to Appalachia to attend school in 2014, and has lived here ever since. Makaelah has covered arts and culture as a reporter for The Appalachian since 2016. Recently, she was one of 30 journalists around the country to attend Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Program. She was also a finalist for Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards. At App Voices, Makaelah hopes that her passion for writing and love of community can shed light on environmental injustices throughout Appalachia.

Hannah Wilson-Black- Editorial Communications Assistant, Summer/Fall 2021

Originally from northern Virginia, Hannah is a third-year student at the University of Chicago, where she studies Creative Writing and Environmental/Urban Studies. Hannah loves reading environmental memoirs like Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House and Miracle Country by Kendra Atleework and hopes to one day join the ranks of these formidable environmental writers! In her spare time Hannah is a singer-songwriter and member of a Chicago-based punk band. She hopes to spend her time at App Voices honing her writing skills and appreciating the beauty and culture of Appalachia!

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