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.
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.
River Enthusiast Joins the Appalachian Voices Board
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.
We are pleased to welcome Bill Bailey and John Dezember to Appalachian Voices’ Board of Directors!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…