Saro Lynch-Thomason is the artist, story writer, project coordinator and lesson plan developer for the project. She began the Lone Mountain Book Project as an intern in 2008 with non-profit United Mountain Defense. She is an illustrator, Appalachian ballad singer and amateur folklorist. In 2012 she produced Blair Pathways: A Musical Exploration of America’s Largest Labor Uprising, a multi-media CD project which tells the story of the West Virginia Coal Mine Wars through historic music (see http://www.blairpathways.com).
She recently received a fellowship from Berea College to study Kentucky ballads from the institution’s sound archives. Her art portfolio can be viewed on coroflot.com under the name Sara Lynch-Thomason.
Bonnie Swinford- Project Coordinator, Marketing, Fundraising and Research
Bonnie Swinford is a lover of nature and science who has worked at environmental education centers across the southeast sharing her passion for the natural world with children. When she became the director of a Montessori middle school she had a group of students who were concerned about mountaintop removal coal mining. In an effort to help her students learn more, Bonnie discovered a deep love for the mountains and people of Appalachia. She has spent the last 6 years organizing students and youth to work for environmental justice, by developing solidarity-based relationships between young people and communities directly-impacted by mountaintop removal. Bonnie is a nonprofit consultant who works with grassroots environmental justice organizations. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erin Bicknese- Research, Lesson Plan Development
Erin Bicknese began her work in the anti-strip mining movement while living in Northern Wisconsin, and moved back to her home state of Tennessee after learning about mountaintop removal. Since then, she has worked with a number of groups that seek to end MTR and support a healthy Appalachia. Her life has been strongly shaped by time spent with children, as well as with good children’s books. While studying social justice at Northland College, she had the pleasure of reviewing children’s environmental literature through the SONWA Nature Writing Awards. These days, Erin’s life is filled with her two passions: being an artisan bread baker, and a birth doula.
Daniel Snider – Website Designer
Daniel Snider works as a public servant and is a passionate outdoorsman. His deep admiration for the natural world pulled him into action after receiving his B.S. in Physics from UT. He became involved in anti-mountaintop removal activism in Knoxville in 2011 and has been volunteering his skills and talents to environmental and social justice organizing in and around Knoxville. Daniel also finds time to be a home-brewer, avid bicyclist, beekeeper and a gardener.
Kehren Barbour- Script, Lesson Plan Development
Kehren Barbour grew up in West Virginia. She’s an artist and folk practitioner, currently spending time raising her new son Pablo.
William Isom- Videographer
William Isom is a videographer, currently residing in East TN.