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Remembering David Hairston

David Hairston

It is with great sorrow that we reflect on the life of David Hairston, a profoundly inspirational community leader, a deeply respected member of the Appalachian Voices Board of Directors, and a treasured friend to many.


Remembering Harvard Ayers, founder of Appalachian Voices

Two men stand outside a small plane

Harvard Ayers, founder of Appalachian Voices, passed away on March 9, 2023. Ayers was a true visionary and leaves behind a powerful legacy for the people and environment of Appalachia.


Member Spotlight: Russ Moxley

Russ Moxley

River Enthusiast Joins the Appalachian Voices Board


In gratitude to Appalachian Voices’ outgoing and incoming board chairs

During this season of gratitude, we thank James “Kim” Gilliam for his six years of excellent leadership as Appalachian Voices Board Chair, and welcome new Board Chair Tracey Wright to her role. Read on to learn more about Tracey and Kim.


Welcoming New Members to Our Board of Directors

We are pleased to welcome Bill Bailey and John Dezember to Appalachian Voices’ Board of Directors!


Expanding Our Vision & Deepening Our Impact

Appalachian Voices staff and board share our objectives for the next three years, which will advance our regional vision of a healthy environment and strong local economies that allow communities to thrive.


Member Spotlight: Tracey Wright

Appalachian Voices Board Secretary Tracey Wright isn’t one to sit back and wait for change to happen — she strives to do all she can to advocate for environmental protection and inspire others to work for change.


Member Spotlight: Pallavi Podapati

Appalachian Voices board member and native of Hazard, Ky., Pallavi Podapati is currently researching coal miner health policies in Wales to analyze the differences between policies in the United States and abroad.


Board Member Spotlight: Two Inspiring Leaders

Appalachian Voices is paying tribute to two outstanding individuals, Christina Howe and Bunk Spann, who rotated off our Board of Directors after many years of devoted leadership to the organization.


A Fond Farewell for a Fantastic Leader

In October of 2008, I met an extraordinary person at the Appalachian Voices headquarters in Boone, N.C. She’d been hired as an organizational consultant, and I was a new member of the board. It was immediately clear that Willa Mays


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