April Trent - Team Director
April serves as the Team Director for the Appalachian Coal Country Team. Hailing from the southern coalfields of Appalachia, April brings the coal country perspective to the Team. April has a Masters Degree in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University and an array of volunteer management experience. email@example.com
Erica Calderis-Dunbar - Office Manager
Erica began as the Office Manager for the Appalachian Coal Country Team in February 2012. Erica first joined the Team in 2010 as the Summer Programs Coordinator serving organizations throughout the East and West. A native of Beckley, WV, Erica graduated from Mountain State University with degrees in Business Management and Business Marketing. During her studies, Erica was a member of the SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) Team, a Non-profit organization educating people on concepts like market economics, entrepreneurship, and business ethics through educational outreach projects. It is through this Erica’s passion for non-profit work began.
Katie Blackman - Program Manager, Rural Volunteerism Initiative
Katie began as the Program Manager for the Rural Volunteerism Initiative in September of 2012. From Bethesda, Maryland, Katie received her BA from University of Maryland Baltimore County in History with a certificate in Elementary Education. After teaching 6th and 7th grade English and social studies in D.C. Public Schools for two years, Katie worked as the Volunteer Coordinator for an animal shelter in Washington D.C. In 2011, Katie moved to London to pursue a master's degree in Tourism, Environment and Development at King's College of London, writing her thesis on the impacts of volunteer ecotourism on host communities from a local perspective, using a site in rural Belize as a case study.
Jack Seitz - Volunteerism Field Coordinator
Jack is a native of Morgantown, West Virginia and a graduate of Dickinson College where he majored in history. After graduation Jack spent time researching Soviet Agriculture in Kazakhstan and farming in Central Pennsylvania before returning to West Virginia to work at the Rural Appalachian Improvement League (RAIL) in Mullens. At RAIL he worked on a variety of agriculture projects and supervised two OSM/VISTAs for the ACCT. Before becoming the Volunteerism Field Coordinator, Jack spent two years at Indiana University in Bloomington pursuing an MA in Central Eurasian Studies.
Spencer Moss - OSM/VISTA Leader
Spencer is the Southern Coalfields VISTA Leader. She is from St. Joseph, Missouri and graduated from Missouri Western State University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications. In September of 2009 she joined the ACCT as an OSM/VISTA Watershed Coordinator with the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable in Abingdon, Virginia. In September of 2010 she accepted a second term of VISTA as a Marketing Coordinator with Community Action of Laramie County/Laramie County Head Start in Cheyenne, WY.
Brantley Kirkland - OSM/VISTA Reforestation Project Coordinator
Brantley, a South Carolina native, works with reforestation and NCCC sites for the eastern and western OSM/VISTA Teams. He graduated in 2011 from Hampden-Sydney College in central Virginia with a B.A. in Foreign Affairs, writing his thesis on regional political integration in Central Asia. Brantley’s interests lie in the relationship between government, environment, and economics.
Eric Bourland - Marketing Coordinator
Eric is Marketing Coordinator for the OSM/VISTA Teams, and has built a career around the tasks of writing, editing, web development, social media, IT support, training, and technology management. In the past twenty years, Eric has worked on projects for a wide range of human development not-for-profit organizations, including the Academy for Educational Development, Population Reference Bureau, and DC Central Kitchen. As an independent internet solutions developer and project manager, he has worked with the Center on Education Policy, the 21st Century School Fund, the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education, the Coal River Group, the ASC Association, and many other clients. Eric has an M.A. in Writing from Syracuse University (2000). He has volunteered for many years with Calvary Women's Shelter in Washington, DC. firstname.lastname@example.org