Matthew Carter is WMMT’s Program Director, Traditional Music Project Director, and is also the co-director of June Appal Recordings. He was born and raised in Pike County, Kentucky and has been a lifelong music fan and musician. Matthew has been a radio programmer with WMMT since 2009, and was a guitar instructor for WMMT’s Passing the Pick and Bow Program. He now oversees Pick and Bow as part of the Traditional Music Project. Matthew joined the Appalshop staff in October, 2014.
Mountain mama, wife, aunt, and musician from Partridge, Kentucky, Rhona Creech is the Communications Director at Appalshop. She holds a Master of Arts in Communication and Bachelor of Arts in English from Morehead State University. She was an Associate Professor of Communication at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Whitesburg, Kentucky for 12 years, and the TV Production Manager for Southeast TV on the Cumberland campus of the same institution for 3 years before working in the classroom. She has also taught Communications on an adjunct basis for Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, as well as Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. A descendant of the pioneers of the Hensley Settlement, she loves all things Appalachian, cooking, time with family, her dogs, and the beach.
Rachel was raised on a sheep farm in southeastern West Virginia. She received a BA from Hampshire College in 2007 and a MA in Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. Rachel has worked as a youth advocate and educator in a Transitional Living Shelter for homeless youth in TX, and Adult Basic Education classrooms and public schools in WV. A long time member of the STAY Project, Rachel has been gathering interviews with rural and small town LGBTQ+ folks across the United States for an ongoing multimedia oral history project called Country Queers since 2013. Rachel joined the Appalshop team in the fall of 2017 as WMMT’s Public Affairs Director. She is the proud human to a small dog, a big cat, an ever-fluctuating number of runner ducks, and dreams daily about adding goats to the list.
Before joining Appalshop, Gibson practiced law within the Torts, Insurance, and Business Litigation practice groups at Stites & Harbison, PLLC in Louisville, Kentucky, and in the Business Litigation group at Ballard, Spahr, Andrews, and Ingersol in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Before entering private practice, Gibson served as a federal law clerk for the Honorable Thomas W. Phillips, U.S. District Judge for the eastern district of Tennessee, where he assisted in the resolution of multi-million dollar law suits, federal criminal trials, and critical questions of constitutional law; particularly, those issues that implicate the First Amendment. Prior to his clerkship and while attending law school, Alex provided Pro Bono legal services to asylum seekers from central and west Africa; he conducted tax workshops in west Philadelphia and was part of a delegation that went to serve Mombasa, Kenya, in order to teach constitutional law to women’s rights groups in the wake of Kenyan constitutional reform.
Marley joined Appalshop in June of 2017 as a Community Development Worker. A native of Virginia, he graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from James Madison University in 2009, and graduated from the University of Virginia with a Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning in 2017. Prior to joining Appalshop, he worked as an environmental and economic justice community organizer in Southwest Virginia, linking ecological sustainability, community economic resilience, participatory democracy and social justice in pursuit of a better tomorrow for all. Marley is a passionate gardener, canoeist, and occasional host of the Whirled Beet on WMMT.
Daryl Royse joined Appalshop in February of 2017 as Financial Director. He is a native of Flemingsburg, Kentucky, and graduated from Georgetown College with degrees in Accounting and English. After pursuing graduate work at Morehead State University in English and Music Education, he moved to Lexington, Kentucky, focusing on his professional career in Accounting. During this time, Royse also served over 15 years on several LGBT non-profit boards, including Moveable Feast Lexington, the Lexington Pride Festival committee, and the Imperial Court of Kentucky. Much of this work was to increase access to basic services, promote equality and fairness, and facilitate community awareness. Building on previous small business ventures in the hospitality industry, Royse relocated to Whitesburg in the fall of 2015 and, with his husband Brad Shepherd, opened Heritage Kitchen, an American comfort food restaurant.
Appalshop Board of Directors
Nell Fields, Vice Chair
Marley Green , Treasurer
Appalshop Family Photo ca. 2017
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