The Appalachian Voices Board of Directors is instrumental in our success through its thoughtful governance of the organization and partnership with our staff, bringing a wealth and variety of experience and a deep commitment to our mission.
Please cast your vote below for our annual Board of Directors elections.
Only current Appalachian Voices members may vote, and each member gets only one vote. Elections end Nov. 1, 2020.
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Tracey Wright for Board Chair, and for 3rd board term
Tracey is a native of Dickson, Tennessee, who currently calls Russell County, Virginia, home. During her career in higher education, Tracey has served in the administrations of three regional institutions. She spent 12 years at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where she became more interested in sustainability efforts. As an educator, Tracey strives to assist college students in developing into engaged citizens who care about their community and their environment. Tracey, a wife and mother of two daughters, describes herself as an average citizen who is seeking meaningful ways to have a positive impact on our environment. She also seeks better ways to help motivate others to do the same. Tracey graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in science in mathematics and master’s degree in educational leadership. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University. Tracey joined the Appalachian Voices board in 2015, serving on the Strategic Planning Committee, Board Development Committee and on the Executive Committee as secretary.
Dot Griffith for Vice-Chair
Dot Griffith earned her BFA in photography from the University of Georgia and is the founder of the Banner Elk Advocates for Responsible Expansion (BEARE). She is the mother of two and loves to cycle, hike, camp, cook, dance, and now spread awareness about mountaintop removal coal mining.
Christopher Scotton for Treasurer
Christopher grew up outside of Washington, D.C., in what was then undeveloped countryside — a place of cornfields and tree houses, dammed-up creeks and secret swimming holes. It was a magical place to be a kid, something that Christopher recaptured in his debut novel, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, which is set in a fictionalized eastern Kentucky town. As a teenager, developers bought up most of the land and the idyllic bounds of Christopher’s childhood became one big construction site — creeks were backfilled and swimming holes ran to mud. By the time he went to college, the countryside of his youth was solidly suburban. It was in college that Christopher first fell in love with Appalachia. Initially for the music — the spinning lilt of a fiddle reel, the compact fury of a mandolin run, the plaintive harmonies — then, for the beauty, as he came to know the region with little more than a backpack and a camp stove. Christopher currently lives near Washington, D.C., where he is president and CEO of a software company.
Bunk Spann for Secretary
Milton G. “Bunk” Spann is the founder of the National Center for Developmental Education at Appalachian State University. As a former member of the Boone, N.C., Town Council, Bunk was instrumental in establishing the Boone Water Committee and for several years chaired the town’s Water Conservation Committee that developed several water conservation programs. Following his tenure on the Town Council, Bunk was appointed to the Planning Commission and shortly thereafter was elected chair. During his 36 years in Boone, Bunk led the effort to establish the town as a “Smart Growth” community. He and his wife Nancy now live in Asheville, N.C., at the Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community where he is working to help make Deerfield and Asheville an even more environmentally friendly and sustainable community.
David Hairston for 2nd term
David is a North Carolina native, born and raised in Stokes County. He is an active and outspoken member of Residents for Coal Ash Cleanup (RCAC), a group of Stokes County residents founded in 2012 around coal plant discharges and pending EPA rules. RCAC has grown from six original members to nearly 40 members who meet monthly. David is a founding member of the ACT Statewide Alliance, a statewide group of residents impacted by coal ash, and since 2015, has served as president of the Walnut Tree Community Association, representing a community of color that has been fighting a 40-year battle against racism and environmental injustice against the nearly all white town of Walnut Cove. In 2016, David testified in front of the North Carolina Advisory Council to the US Commission on Civil Rights on behalf of residents living near the Belews Creek Steam Station and their concerns over their contaminant readings in their wells. He is president of the Mildred S. Hairston Youth Mentoring Center, which provides guidance to students in Stokes County, assistance with school work and skills training to prepare them for the future. David is also an active member of the Stokes County NAACP.
Peggy Mathews for 2nd term
Peggy has over 40 years of experience working with environmental and social justice organizations, primarily in the Southeast. Over those years Peggy worked as an action researcher, community organizer, fundraiser, executive director, and for the past 25 years as a fundraising and organization development consultant and trainer. For eight years Peggy worked as a coalfield community organizer and then as the first grassroots fundraiser for Save Our Cumberland Mountains (SOCM) an environmental justice organization fighting strip mining and mountaintop removal in the coalfield communities of East Tennessee. Peggy went on to found Community Shares, a statewide federated fund for social, environmental and economic justice organizations raising funds together through employee giving campaigns in the workplace. She was instrumental in the start-up and was a founding board member for three public foundations in the Southeast (Appalachian Community Fund, Southern Partners Fund, The Fund for Campbell County). Peggy received her Bachelor of Science degree in community organizing and community development from the University of California at Davis. Peggy and her husband live in an intentional community on the Clinch River in far Southwest Virginia with their two dogs.
Russ Moxley for 1st term
A native of Tennessee, Russ spent his career doing leadership and organization development work. For 18 years, Russ was a senior-level director and senior fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). Since 2002, he has served as a senior adjunct at CCL and as principal of his own consulting firm. Russ is the author of Leadership and Spirit and Becoming a Leader is Becoming Yourself. He is also co-editor and co-author of the first edition of the Center for Creative Leadership Handbook for Leadership Development. Russ and his wife, Jean, enjoy day hiking and kayaking the rivers of Western North Carolina. They have each been involved in conservation initiatives through the years, which includes Russ’ service as chair of the board of the New River Conservancy for five years. Recently, Russ and Jean moved to Asheville, North Carolina. from Greensboro and West Jefferson, North Carolina, and are glad to be at home on the other side of the mountain from where Russ started his life.
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