Grant Advisory Team
Residents for Coal ash Clean up
ACT Against coal ash
Stokes County native, Caroline Rutledge Armijo is a mixed-media artist, environmental advocate and mother, who lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her work incorporates her concern for environmental issues threatening her home community – coal ash and fracking. Building on her work as a liturgical artist while living in Washington, DC, Caroline's work focuses on personal history, spirituality and the environment. Her graduate work focused on cultural institutions and lifelong learning with a focus on the importance of art and play. Caroline will manage the overall project, create public art and lead programming. She is very excited about collaborating with others.
Walnut Tree Homeowners Association, President
Residents for Coal Ash Cleanup
Walnut Cove, NC
David is a leader in both the Walnut Cove community and neighboring Walnut Tree. He recently completed building a playground for the Walnut Tree community and is now diving in to build The Walnut Tree Community Center. David will be involved with many of the community planning activities, and will continue to speak as an advocate with government officials about the environmental justice disparities impacting his community, the Walnut Tree.
Appalachian Voices, NC Field Manager Residents for Coal Ash Cleanup
ACT against Coal Ash
Amy has been organizing in the Belews Creek Community around coal ash since early 2013. Prior to joining Appalachian Voices, Amy worked for NC Department of Environmental Resources. She gives an impassioned presentation on why she left her state government job during the US Civil Rights Commission on Coal Ash, which was included in the film "Democracy for Sale" with Zach Galifianakis. Amy will continue to lead local organizing in the community through the grassroots group, the UNC Well Study and statewide. She will strategically use the space to invite and meet with policy decision makers.
Stokes County Arts Council, Executive Director Danbury, NC (Local)
Eddy is the fearless leader of the Stokes County Arts Council, which has earned the reputation of being North Carolina's Guerrilla Arts Council. Eddy will help integrate into the overall county programs, assist in fundraising and oversee the Artist Connect component of the project. Rumor has it, Eddy also makes a mean cheesecake, which appeared in Southern Living Magazine.
NC A&T, Center For Composite Materials, Director
Dr. Shivakumar has been studying how to use coal ash over over fifteen years and is a recognized as a member of the National Air and Space Museum Wall of Honor. Dr. Shivakumar is the lead researcher behind the coal ash technology. He will guide the development of the larger technology applications and also seek funding for a pilot plant, which will aid long-term continuation of creating art out of coal ash. Most importantly, he said yes when Caroline asked if he would help her make art out of coal ash.
Kimberly W. Moore
NC Mutual Life Insurance Company
VP, Marketing and External Affairs
Kimberly will serve as fundraising and development advisor for the grant project. Plus she will advise on media and public relations strategies and be a key contact with national organizations and elected government officials.
PhD candidate, UNC-CH
Dept of Communication, IHC
Chapel Hill, NC
Marie first began working in Walnut Cove in 2015, when she collected a dozen interviews of families impacted by coal ash and fracking. This work evolved into the Doctoral Dissertation. Marie will lead artistic workshops, host oral history trainings and curate the interview collection, including the creation of an original performance based on interviews. Marie is particularly drawn to using performance to aid in healing around cancer.
Residents for Coal Ash CleanUp
ACT against Coal Ash
walnut cove, NC
Tracey has taken up the helm of her mother Annie Brown, our leading community advocate before she passed away in September 2014. Since Tracey has been featured in national films and news reports, including "The Climate Listening Series" with Dayna Reggero and "Democracy for Sale" with Zach Galifianakis. Both Zach and Tracey are avid Price fans. Tracey will be involved in the community planning of activities, collection of oral histories, and speak to a broad range of audience members both locally and on a broader level.
NC A&T, Center For Composite Materials, Researcher
Within the coal ash reuse industry, Wade's name is well-regarded. Living within view of the Marshall plant, Wade will direct the fabrication of the public art installations using the coal ash composite technology.
Ball Green Energy Services, Developer
Lewisville, NC (Local)
From building tiny houses to overseeing the installation of solar farms, Josh is the renewable energy guide. Josh will manage the development of the solar stamens and lighting. He will also bring our community ideas to life in an environmentally sensitive way. Josh's most recent accomplishment includes a passive bottling system for The Southside Beer Garden & Bottle Shop.
Residents for Coal Ash Cleanup, Belews Creek, NC
Our main community group is known as Residents for Coal Ash Cleanup. It is made up of impacted neighbors to the coal ash ponds. Over forty families at Belews Creek are living on bottled water since Spring of 2015, plus almost one thousand families statewide. Many local residents have purchased their own water for decades. Other members include concerned community members and people wishing to help advocate for the excavation of the coal ash. Membership also overlaps with No Fracking in Stokes, another local advocacy group, which formed because fracking threats the same land and residents.
ACT against Coal Ash, North Carolina Statewide
ACT against Coal Ash formed after the 2015 Duke Energy's Shareholder Meeting. The first official meeting was held at Belews Creek in July of the same year. Weekly calls and quarterly meetings help us keep abreast of the continuous unfolding of the coal ash issues and policies in North Carolina. The entire country is watching how decisions are being made. Following include a few of our members:
Local Community Members
Just a few of the residents of Southeastern Stokes County, who will be helping us with the various programs under the umbrella of this project.