Our Graduates

Jake Altemus 2004, is the Director of Outdoor Programs for The McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN. He spends his days trying to get young men into the Southern Mountains.
Courtney Baines 2008, is currently teaching for Sustainable Development at ASU.
Rebecca Anne Beyer 2018, More information
Jessica Blackburn 2000, is assistant chair and director of rhetoric and writing studies in the Department of English at Appalachian State University. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Appalachian studies program at ASU. Her areas of academic interest include cultural, digital, and feminist rhetorics; multimodal composition theory and pedagogy; and Appalachian studies and critical regional rhetorics.. 
Lori Briscoe-Pennington 2000, Director of Program Development, People, Inc.. Abingdon, VA. Lori and Corey are the proud parents of Selah (7) and Norah (5). lbpetc@gmail.com
Burchett Theresa E. Burchett 2001, lives in Gray, TN and has been the Director of the B. Carroll Reece Museum at the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University since March 2005. She was recently was named the Director of the Appalachian Studies Minor at ETSU.  B. Carroll Reece Museum | Center for Appalachian Studies and Services | theresaburchett@hotmail.com | burchete@etsu.edu
Jamie Gail Butcher 2005, completed her M.A. degree in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University in August 2005. She holds a B.A. degree in anthropology from the University of Virginia. Currently, Ms. Butcher is pursuing a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Her research interests include missional theology, women and gender, and all things Appalachian.jamie.butcher@ptsem.edu
Edward J. Cabbell (1946-2018) 1982, was curator of the John Henry Center for Culture and History Exchange and director of the John Henry Festival and Conference. With William Turner, Ed co-edited Blacks in Appalachia (1985), a ground-breaking project that emerged partially from Ed's graduate work in our program. Ed was a scholar, singer, poet, activist, community organizer,  and folklorist. He also funded a scholarship for graduate students in our program.
Donavan Cain 2001, is Assocate Rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, FL
Whitney Kimball Coe 2008, has taken a position at the Center for Rural Strategies in Knoxville, TN.
Erica Collins 2000, is working on completing her MS in biology at ASU and is also beginning seminary studies this fall at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. She lives in Todd, NC, with her partner, Julie. bethgimel@hotmail.com
Nancy Collins 1999, has changed her name to "Anita Mann," and is thoroughly enjoying her new job at Sherwin Williams, where she's fulfilling her life-long dream to be a mountain mover and "shaker." Still lazy after all these years, she can sometimes be spotted wandering the ASU campus looking for a parking place, and/or dodging UFO's. Her greatest accomplishment in life (thus far) is the not-one, not-two, but THREE tickets she has successfully wormed her way out of. She would like to thank the ASU Parking Nazi's and her parole officer for their support.
Dare Cook 2005, is working at the NCSU Graduate School (http://www.ncsu.edu/grad) in admissions. She has been accepted this fall into the Ph.D. program in Psychology in the Public Interest with a focus on Community Psychology. dare1231@aol.com
Dave Cozzo 1999,  is now Dr. Dave. He is the Project Director for the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources (http://www.rtcar.org) and, with intensive training in yogic breathing, he will soon be able to say his title in one breath. cozzod@wcu.edu
Aaron Davis 2005, has been working at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park since May 25th, 2011. He accepted the position of Chief Ranger-Interpreter (Education/Program Director in non-state-park terms), effective July 25th, 2011. As opposed to many state parks, which focus on nature-based programming, this site focuses on cultural/historical programming, which is right up his alley.voicesofthehills@gmail.com | Aaron.Davis@dcr.virginia.gov
Dottie Demarest 1999, is the Genealogy and Local History librarian with the East Central Georgia Regional Library System, living in Augusta, Georgia. Genealogy and Local History, East Central Georgia Public Library, 902 Greene St., Augusta, GA 30901 | 706.821.2600 | Fax 706.821.2629 | demarestd@ecgrl.org
Farlow Cameron Farlow is the Farm Programs Coordinator for the Organic Growers School in Asheville, North Carolina. She organizes a network of experienced, beginning, apprentice, and aspiring farmers from across Western North Carolina in a comprehensive training program designed to mentor and teach the next generation of farmers the skills of farm operation as well as the art and science of sustainable agriculture. She is al- so the Land Access Coordinator for Western North Carolina FarmLink working to match farmers seeking land with landowners hoping to keep their land in agriculture for lease or sale.
Trish Kilby Fore 2003, accepted a job as a library assistant in Technical Services at the Galax-Carroll Regional Library in Galax, VA. Her main duties include tending the circulation and information desks, cataloging books, compiling monthly reports, and troubleshooting computer problems. On two occasions she was named acting-director when the library's regional director was away. In August 2007 Trish enrolled in Florida State University's Library and Information Studies master's degree program at a distance. Upon completion of the degree in two years, she hopes to obtain a position as a regional library director. In her spare time, Trish continues to enjoy playing the banjo at local square dances, fiddler's conventions, and community events. Her husband, Kevin, is also an accomplished clawhammer banjo player and plays with the Galax, Virginia-based group, Southern Pride, winners of the 2007 Galax Old-Time Band contest. He is also beginning to build banjos in the Kyle Creed tradition, fretted and fretless with gold-flecked formica. They are doing well in Lowgap, NC, on the banks of Camp Creek with our cat, Otis. BREAKING NEWS: I finally won 1st place in the clawhammer banjo contest at the Galax Fiddlers' Convention!!! It was truly a dream come true. I had been trying to win for 14 years!
Freed Mark Freed 2017, is the Cultural Resources Coordinator for the Town of Boone in Boone, North Carolina. Mark works with the Cultural Resources Department to oversee the function and programming of culturally significant buildings, grounds, and other resources in the town, working out of one of those sites—the Jones House Cultural and Community Center in downtown Boone. Mark's programs include coordinating an outdoor summer concert series, the Doc Watson Day Celebration, a weekly old-time jam session, a music lessons program, art and historical exhibitions, and coordinating public and private use of the community center. philburs@yahoo.com
Ashley Crabtree Grindstaff 2005, is the Executive Director of the Yancey County/Burnsville Chamber of Commerce (http://www.yanceychamber.com). She moved to North Carolina and married Ben Grindstaff who is also an Appalachian grad. ashleycrabtree44@hotmail.com
Maria Nicole Hale 2018, More information
Vicky Hayes 2005, is working at the Berea College Learning Center working one-on-one with Appalachian students engaged in learning to write, as well as other diverse and interesting duties. She plans to work with Pat toward publishing Mary Jane's material. vicky_hayes@berea.edu
Leigh Ann Henion 2005, is a freelance writer and photographer based in Boone, NC. Her essays and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as the Washington Post Magazine, Smithsonian, the Christian Science Monitor and Orion. Additionally, Leigh Ann teaches writing in the English Department at Appalachian State University. Please visit www.leighannhenion.com to learn more about her work.
Alex Hooker 1999, is still in Boone, teaching two Appalachian Strings undergraduate courses for the Center, building and working on violins with Alfred Michels (Solitude Violin Shop), married and has a beautiful daughter, and according to him, still good looking. He is the director for Habitat for Humanity in Boone. Alex@AlexHooker.com
Eddie Huffman 2004, has entered the UNC Ph.D. program in Anthropology with a full, renewable scholarship for next year. Eddie continues to do contract work for the Folklife Section of NCAC and NC Folklore Institute.
Gene Hyde 1992, is Appalachian Collection Librarian at Radford University in Radford, Virginia, and works closely with the Appalachian Regional Studies Center at Radford.
Jamison Phil Jamison is a nationally-known dance caller, old-time musician, and flatfoot dancer. He has called dances, performed, and taught music throughout the U.S. and overseas, including more than thirty years as a member of the Green Grass Cloggers. His flatfoot dancing was featured in the film Songcatcher for which he al- so served as Traditional Dance Consultant. He toured and played guitar with Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers, but he also plays fiddle and banjo. In 2004, he co-founded Dare To Be Square!, a weekend workshop for square dance callers. Phil’s forthcoming book about the history of Appalachian dance, “Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics,” will be published by the University of Illinois Press in 2015. Phil teaches mathematics as well as Appalachian music and Appalachian studies at Warren Wilson College, where he also coordinates the Old-Time Music and Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering.
Carl Jenkins 2008,  is working for Northwestern Regional Housing Authority as a Housing Counselor. He counsels folks intent on being homeowners, guiding them through the obligations that go along with their new home. Most of the calls he gets are from people in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure. In reemployment from Hospitality House to the NRHA, Carl has gone from helping those who are already homeless and trying to get back into stable housing, to helping those who are finding their housing unstable avoid homelessness. carljenkins@hotmail.com
Kim Johnson 2000, is Managing Editor of The Mountain Times, Boone, NC.
Sarah Joslin 2005, is a native of the Pacific Northwest. As an undergraduate student at Washington State University - Vancouver, Sarah became interested in grassroots community activism. While studying at Appalachian State University, Sarah worked with a group of local community members on an oral history project. Since her stay in Boone, Sarah graduated from the MAT program at University of Portland - Portland, Oregon and is now a high school science teacher (all things science) in a rural Alaska Native village in western Alaska. Sarah continues to pursue her love of oral history within the communities she works. sjjoslin@gmail.com
Caroline Knight 2003,  is currently employed as an Assistant District Attorney General for the State of Tennessee Thirteenth Judicial District, and her office address is 116 Rector Avenue, Crossville, Tennessee 38555. Her interests include hiking, running and staying in touch with long-distance friends.
Zachary Kopkin 2018, More information
Kelsey Krepps 2018, More information
Britt Long  is Special Master for the 10th Judicial District Court in Lewistown, MT, is about to be published in Volume III of the Appalachian Natural Resources Law Journal and legal counsel to two tribally-owned corporations working towards the production of meat for retail sale via the sustainable management of the tribe’s bison herd. She’s also glad this winter’s finally letting up. blong3@mt.gov
Kristyn McGraw 2000, is working as a College Bookstore Manager for Sodexo Corporation at Spartanburg Methodist College. She is a teacher by calling and passionate about education. Previously she was a teacher and educator in Southern Illinois working for a children's science museum where she developed interactive science and math programs and exhibits. She worked in 27 counties with children, teachers, future teachers, state educational agencies and many others.
Alythea McKinney 1996, is currently in the Ed.D. program in Learning and Teaching at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.
McNaughton Tamara McNaughton 2007, works as the Agriculture Program Manager for Appalachian Sustainable Development. She coordinates programs focused on strengthening the local food economies in Virginia and Tennessee including Rooted in Appalachia and the Appalachian Farmers Market Association and that association’s Local Food Guide. She is also a certified organic farmer of two acres and the Fee Waiver Coordinator for Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group.
Mitchem Pam Price Mitchem 1999, is now assistant professor (recently promoted) and archivist for the University Archives unit of Belk Library at Appalachian State. She completed her Ed.S. degree in Leadership & Higher Education in 2006. When she has time, she teaches Southern culture and Appalachian culture classes for Wilkes Community College. Pam and her husband Gary still live in West Jefferson, NC with their now 3-year old daughter Madeline Rose. pricemtchemp@appstate.edu
John Mongle is a radio reporter for WVTF Public Radio.
Lynn Ochsendorf is married to Al Martin. Took over parent's promotional product business and trustee of a charitable organization doing home repairs for low income homeowners...likely to be Appalachian raised widows. She is serving in her 6th year as president of the city council in Whitehall, Ohio. lynnopromo@aol.com
Susan Pepper 2008, teaches Diversity in Appalachia and Appalachia: An Introduction (Humanities) for Appalachian Studies at ASU and is also with the Avery County JAM program. susan_pepper@hotmail.com
Randall Pfleger 2003, is living in Asheville with his lovely wife, Cassie Robinson Pfleger.
Sarah Poteete 2003, currently works as the donor relations coordinator for the University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is constantly and gladly in the thick of things. The most recent fascinating thing that has happened to her has been her marriage to her beau of six years, Eddie Huffman, who also graduated from App Studies. They are living in Carrboro, which is quite different than Chapel Hill. poteetesp@hotmail.com
Price Sharon Price 2005, completed her double degree program in English and Appalachian studies with the publication of her experimental thesis, a novel entitled "Dovie," in the summer of 2005. She currently teaches in the English Department at Appalachian State University and at Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, North Carolina. Her double program awards her the privilege of being the only college level English instructor for whom the phrase "Y'all ain't right" is grammatically correct. Sharon is married to Larry Jackson Price who also graduated with a Master of Arts from Appalachian State University, and they make their home in Brendletown near Morganton, NC. pricesp@appstate.edu
Danielle Rector Quales 2009, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Folklore, Indiana Univeristy, Bloomington, IN.
Zeb Ramsbotham 2017, More information
David Reynolds 1997,
Stephanie Roark Keener can be reached at skeener73@charter.net.
Robinson Pfleger Cassie M. Robinson Pfleger 2004, is now Assistant Director of Pine Mountain Settlement School in Pine Mountain, KY. Pine Mountain Settlement School
Travis Rountree 2007, is an adjunct instructor in the ASU English department and taught Appalachian Culture for the Duke TIP program at ASU summer 2008. rountreeta@appstate.edu
Susanne Savall 2003, is the Traditional Music Coordinator at Appalshop. suzsav@gmail.com
Laura Schaffer 2018, More information
William Schultz 2012, is a Cataloging Librarian at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, after having held a similar position in Belk Library at ASU for almost 5 years. He would be happy to hear from other alumni and his contact information can be found through the EIU website. Cataloging Librarian | wnschultz@eiu.edu
Billy Schumann 1999, is the Director for the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University. He teaches the Postindustrial Wales study abroad and Colloquium in Appalachian Studies. schumannwr@appstate.edu
Roberta (Robyn) Seamon 2018, More information
Shepherd-Powell Julie Shepher-Powell 2005, is beginning a Ph.D. program in Anthropology at the University of Kentucky in fall 2008. She plans to study grassroots organizing around coal in eastern Kentucky. Julie "tied the knot" in May 2008, and she spends her free time with her husband (and fiddle player) Adrian Shepherd-Powell at fiddlers' conventions--playing banjo and dancing. oldtimejulie@yahoo.com
Smith Steve Smith 1993, performs professionally with his wife Ruth doing Celtic Appalachian music on hammered and mountain dulcimers, guitar, and clawhammer banjo. He also teaches audio production in the Department of Communication at ASU, and owns Cabin Cove Music, a recording studio and music publishing company in Zionville, NC. Visit their website at http://www.steveandruth.com. Also, check out the new ASU Student Media Showcase where they are exhibiting Steve's audio students' and Kevin Balling's video students' work at http://mediashowcase.appstate.edu. Cabin Cove Music
Amy Sparrow Potts 2002, is field representative for the Rural Heritage Development Initiative-a three-year pilot program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in collaboration with Preservation Kentucky and funded through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to help develop and implement preservation-based economic development strategies in eight Kentucky counties. For more information visit www.preservationkentucky.org. Amy resides in Harrodsburg Kentucky with her husband Craig.National Trust for Historic Preservation | Preservation Kentucky | amy@preservationkentucky.org | asparrow@hotmail.com
Blaine Kathy Staley 1999, lives in Boone with her family. Blaine is in kindergarten! She works as the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection archivist and still sadistically teaches the genealogy portion of Fred Hay's AS 5000 course. She hopes to be completing her second masters in History within the next year.W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection | staleykl1971@yahoo.com | staleykl@appstate.edu
Terman Anna Rachel Terman 2009, is a dual-title Ph.D. student at The Pennsylvania State University in Rural Sociology and Women's Studies. She is working as a research assistant on a project titled "Doing Food Work: Practices of Gendered Inequalities in (re)productive Labor in the U.S. Food System" funded by the National Science Foundation.
Thompson Deborah Thompson 1988, is Programming Director at Berea College Appalachian Center. Berea College Appalachian Center | Deborah_Thompson@berea.edu
Sara Harris Thum 2004, finally tied the knot with her main squeeze, Ryan--it was a fun, beautiful mountain (valley) wedding in Blacksburg, VA. Ryan is studying for the Bar and has accepted a job in Roanoke, while Sara is still working for NC State Libraries, when she is not crocheting, perfecting her EAD, chasing her two dogs, or watering her garden, etc., etc. We are looking forward to getting settled in Roanoke soon! Sara_Harris@ncsu.edu
A. Simms Toomey 2005, can be reached at simms77@gmail.com.
Justan Treadway 2007, completed the M.A. in Appalachian Studies in Fall 2004. He is currently working for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City as an Anthropology Educator for the Moveable Museum Program. This involves tremendous fearlessness while driving a 37' Winnebago around Manhattan, and the continuous search for the proper Brooklyn pronunciation of "y'all." Moveable Museum Program | treadway@amnh.org
Shohei Tsutsumi 2018, More information
Jinny Turman-Deal 2017, is working on her doctorate in history at West Virginia University. Her major field is 20th century U.S. history, and her minor fields are Appalachian, world, and public history. While she is very enthusiastic about her studies, she finds it somewhat challenging to keep her nose in the books and her hands out of the garden. Aside from gardening and reading, she spent the summer of 2008 tracking down current and former regional back-to-the-landers to interview for her dissertation. jaturman@yahoo.com
KaLeigh Underwood 2018, More information
Jim Veteto 2005, has accepted a job as assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of North Texas. Jim and family are moving to Denton in early July. His new email is James.Veteto@unt.edu. He will also continue to conduct agrobiodiversitry and sustainable communities research in Western North Carolina during the summers. James.Veteto@unt.edu
Kelsey Merreck Wagner 2018, More information
Leigh Walters 2012, graduated from the M.A. program. She now lives in the southern part of the Shenandoah Valley; in Natural Bridge, Rockbridge Co., Virginia, with her boyfriend, Jon Kirchner (ASU Alumn '12, M.S. Appropriate Technology), and their two dogs and two cats. Leigh works nearby in Lexington, Virginia, at Washington and Lee University School of Law as an Administrative Assistant in Faculty Services.
Henry J. (Hank) Weaver 1989, retired ASU Police Department, June 2001. Moved to Research Triangle or Piedmont Triad in Fall 2001. Enrolled in Continuing Ed at Duke University. (828) 773-2016 (cell phone/voice mail)
Leila Weinstein Leila Weinstein is the Director of the Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival and Program Coordinator at the Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill University in Madison County, North Carolina. She organizes programs for students, faculty, and community members that explore the culture, history, and arts of the Appalachian Mountains and also teaches Appalachian Studies courses. Prior to working at Mars Hill University, Leila was the Director of Education and Outreach at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum and was the founding director of the Caldwell County Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program.
Natalya Weinstein-Miller 2018, More information
Rachel Westrom 2009, is pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy at West Virginia University.
Elizabeth Williams 2005, is a librarian at Appalachian State University. willamsem@appstate.edu
Williams Marc Williams is executive director of Plants and Healers International in Asheville, North Carolina, and serves on the board of directors of the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies. He has studied the people-plant connection intensively while learning to employ botanicals for food, medicine, and beauty. Marc added a graduate minor in geography and planning to his Master of Arts degree in Appalachian studies while at Appalachian State University. He has spent over a decade working at restaurants and farms with a focus on sustainability and has visited over one hundred botanical gardens and research institutions during extensive travel in the United States and abroad. Marc has taken thousands of pictures of representative plants during these visits and taught clients about the world of plants, people, and their interface while working with over fifty organizations in the last few years.
Alice Brooke Wilson 2017, was accepted into the UNC Anthropology Ph.D. program.
baby Jessica Wrye Coffman 2002, is the Program Manager of the Preschool Health Promotion Project at the Health Behavior Research Center at West Virginia University. Jessy and and her husband Jason are living in Morgantown with their little boy, Colt, who just turned 1 in January 2008. Jason's restaurant celebrated its 5th anniversary. wryebread@hotmail.com