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Caroline Comer -Editorial Communications Assistant, Spring 2021

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.

Korie Dean- Energy Democracy Communications Assistant, Spring 2021

Korie is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in journalism and minoring in southern studies. Originally from Efland, North Carolina, she is passionate about rural issues and has covered stories about health care, food access, infrastructure and environmental issues throughout rural North Carolina. She previously spent two summers on staff with Appalachia Service Project in West Virginia and Tennessee. She enjoys keeping up with her quarantine hobbies of embroidery, crafting charcuterie boards and going for walks around Chapel Hill. At Appalachian Voices, Korie hopes to use her background in journalism and communications to further the goals and objectives of the Energy Democracy initiative.

Cailyn Domecq Cailyn Domecq – Editorial Assistant, Fall 2020-Spring 2021

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.

Meredith Maiken – Mining Policy Intern, Spring 2021

Meredith is an undergraduate student at Appalachian State University majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Community and Regional Planning. Having grown up in Western North Carolina, the mountains are very close to her heart with their natural beauty and rich culture. Since starting college she has been involved in multiple outreach efforts through environmental education camps, political campaigns and her university’s service organization. She aims to spend her career working towards sustainable solutions specific to rural areas such as those found in Appalachia. She spends her free time outside, crafting or playing the fiddle.

Devin Mullins – Editorial Assistant, Spring 2021

Devin is an undergraduate student at Appalachian State University studying political science and sustainable development. With a mom from East Tennessee and a dad from rural West Virginia, Devin is a proud Appalachian native who grew up with stories of working class organizing and environmental advocacy. This upbringing sparked his desire to work on these issues in the context of the region he calls home. He spends his free time reading political non-fiction, kayaking, and hiking in the Boone area. He is a prospective JD student upon graduation in May 2022.

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