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Member Spotlights

The following individuals are just a few of the many outstanding members of Appalachian Voices who volunteer their time to protect the natural and cultural heritage of our Appalachian region.

Dan Firth

Volunteer monitors coal mine data and maintains Appalachian Trail By Finn Halloran “I’ve hiked almost 1,000 miles…

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Mary Lou Dauray

Steadfast Support for Appalachian Voices  By Adam Wagner  At the heart of Mary Lou Dauray’s art lies…

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Betsy Shepard

Betsy Shepard of Surry, Virginia is a dynamo. In addition to helping her husband run their own…

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Russ Moxley

Russ Moxley

River Enthusiast Joins the Appalachian Voices Board By Cailyn Domecq Russ Moxley is always thinking of ways…

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Tom McIntosh

By Carolina Norman “We have to take care of the environment,” says Tom McIntosh. “It’s the air…

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Ashly Bargman

The Bargman family. From left to right: Ashly, her grandson Myron, her daughter Aisa, and her husband…

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Waltr Lane

The Greenneck Poet By Molly Moore “I write to say things, not to be talked about,” the…

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Vesta Jean Lenhart

A lifelong spirit of preservation By Hannah McAlister There’s no doubt in Vesta Jean Lenhart’s mind that…

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Marion Loper

By Sam Kepple Marion Loper, a volunteer distributor for The Appalachian Voice, retired from a 29-year media…

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Brian McAllister

Making a difference in Johnson City, Tennessee By Hannah McAlister “Being out in the mountains not only…

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John and Faye Cooper

The Coopers at the original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, N.C. Business owners with community purpose…

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Clint Dye

Honoring an advocate for justice and human rights Adapted from the obituary by Nancy Dye On June…

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Mike McKinney

Environmental Educator With an Impact By Hannah Gillespie Growing up in Orlando, Fla., during the construction of…

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Sister Beth Davies

Pictured: Sister Beth Davies (center) in 2014 with (l-r) her friend Jill Carson of the Appalachian African-American…

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Bruce Gould and Kate McClory

Advocates for a Better Appalachia By Hannah Gillespie Bruce Gould and Kate McClory are self-proclaimed “tree-huggers.” Although…

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Diana Withen

Teacher, Leader and Environmental Advocate By KaLeigh Underwood Diana Withen knew from an early age it was…

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Lucy and Rich Henighan

Lucy and Rich Henighan

Making a Difference in East Tennessee Rich and Lucy Henighan, members of Appalachian Voices since 1999, are…

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Judy Newton Scurry

Judy Newton Scurry

Steadfast Supporter and Nature Lover Judy Newton Scurry credits her father with first introducing her to nature…

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Susan Tyree and Kent Walton

Susan Tyree & Kent Walton

Nature’s Stewards By Molly Moore Susan Tyree and Kent Walton’s home is nestled in Franklin County, Va.,…

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Lynn Brammer

Embodying activism in Blacksburg, Va. By Elizabeth E. Payne “One of my favorite quotes,” says Lynn Brammer,…

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